You’ll fall in love with Red Rider Resort and Campground—overnight lodging just 1.5 miles north of downtown Crosby, MN. When you initially drive, cycle, or walk into Red Rider, you’ll be greeted by a pine forest on the hillside of the former Manuel Open Pit Mine, now the Manuel Mine Lake (160 foot depth). Local owners Teffany and Vern Lewis masterfully carved this resort and campground into the hillside, providing genuine forested privacy, even though other resort campers are also lodging on site.
Their cabins on stilts (Cabins #6, #7, and #8) are what set Red Rider Resort apart. Imagine being seven feet above the ground with not only a commanding view of Manuel Mine Lake from the large deck on the front of the cabin, but also a screened-in porch under the cabin. That’s thoughtful, and more important, highly usable. Each cabin comes complete with secure bicycle and gear storage, fire ring with cooking grate, park-style charcoal grill, picnic table, and four folding chairs. You have the ability to purchase firewood at the time of your online reservation. (Purchase it!)
Cabins #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5 provide a more traditional “ground-based” camper cabin experience for those adventurers who would rather keep their feet on the ground. Special note, cabins #4 and #5 feature 3/4 bathrooms, 2 bedrooms, 2 pillows per bed, and daily housekeeping. How amazing is that? Cabins #1 through #4 are ADA accessible.
In addition to the cabins, also within a very short walking distance, are the brand-new shower house, bathrooms, and a small, shared kitchen with a cooktop/stove, pizza oven, and toaster.
Inside the cabins, you’ll immediately enjoy the air conditioning (summer) and heat (winter), along with complimentary WiFi, Smart TV, mini-refrigerator, electric outlets, and USB chargers. Please note, only cabins #4 and #5 feature bedding and towels (bring your own pillow). If you are staying in any other cabin, bring along your sleeping bag, pillow, and towels. Know in advance, the mattresses are super-comfortable. We actually slept through our alarm!
Red Rider Resort is ride-in, ride-out to the Yawkey Unit of mountain biking trails. That’s perfect in our books. And we call it the “Stairway to Heaven”—a beautiful, wood stairway is crafted into the hillside of Manuel Mine Lake and it goes right down to the water. From atop the floating dock, you’ll be able to see into the crystal-clear water and view sunfish and rainbow trout (depending on the season). Lifejackets are highly recommended for all water use, as this is an open pit now filled with water, so the shoreline drop-off is much steeper than a natural Minnesota lake.
Pets! Red Rider Resort accepts pets with a maximum of 2 dogs per cabin. Pets must be kenneled (within the cabin) when not supervised (providing your pet is not a barker when left alone). Pets must be leashed when outside with owner. Pets must be picked up after on the resort and campgrounds. Currently Red Rider Resort does not charge a pet fee extra.
For more details on the cabins, campground, and availability please visit redriderresort.com
Amazing lakefront cabins. Private campsites tucked in the woods.
A true ride-in, ride-out location for Cuyuna mountain bike trails—all cabins and campsites are connected to the trails. The six cabins are nestled along Armour Mine Lake #2 and there are also 23 private, wooded campsites.
The upscale lakefront cabins are made of corrugated steel and exposed wood beams—styled after mining sheds. Each has its own theme (such as Twin Six or Surly Brewing) and all have one full bed and three twin beds. Amenities include heating and air conditioning, USB charging ports, access to high-speed Wi-Fi, picnic table, bike rack, and a bike wash. The year-round shower house has heated floors, city water, changing areas, and bathrooms. Vault toilets are also onsite.
The well-maintained campground has 23 campsites (4 are suitable for pop-ups or pull-behinds) and views of Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area and downtown Crosby. Campsites include fire ring, picnic table, bike wash access, on-property Wi-Fi access, and drinking water. No hook-ups, pull-through sites, or generators. Pets are permitted for a fee (two-pet maximum).
For more information, including photos of the unique cabins, which were modeled after the taconite mining industry buildings of the early 1900s, visit truenorthbasecamp.com