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HI - Park Rapids - Mississippi Headwaters

27910 Forest Lane, Itasca State Park, Park Rapids, Minnesota, 56470, United States

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Overall Rating 91%

From 10 Reviews

Hostel rating (10)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 91%
Cleanliness 92%
Location 99%
Security 88%
Service 88%
Comfort 91%
Green rating 91%

Book your stay at HI - Park Rapids - Mississippi Headwaters in Park Rapids

  • Dorm
    From $28.00
  • Private
    From $90.00
10 or more people?

Park Rapids Hostel

Hostel Park Rapids

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

Located in Itasca State Park, just a short distance from the headwaters of the Mississippi River, the hostel is a beautifully restored log building. Constructed in 1923 as the park headquarters, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Exposed log walls, new furnishings and appliances, beautiful hardwood floors and massive stone fireplaces create a uniquely comfortable lodging experience.
Itasca State Park, recently rated one of the nation's top 50 state parks by National Geographic, features some of Minnesota's last remaining virgin pine forest. Enjoy outdoor recreation year-round on over 30 miles of hiking and cross-country ski trails and 17 miles of paved bike trails right from the hostel's doorstep. Bike and boat rentals and a swimming beach are across the road. The park offers summer naturalist programs and displays on Native American culture and early explorers.


Prices are members' prices

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • Additional tax of 6.875% is payable at check-in.
  • If a cancellation is made within 18 hours of arrival time for a booking of 1 or more nights you will be charged for 1 night.
  • Government-issued photo ID is required to check in.
  • A maximum stay of 14 nights applies at this hostel.
  • Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Membership can be purchased on arrival at hostel.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association.
  • A non-member supplement of USD 4 per person per night is payable on arrival at hostel.
  • Accommodations are available only to guests from outside a 30 mile radius of the hostel.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Games room
  • Playground


  • Suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • BBQ
  • Self-catering kitchen

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Wifi
  • WIFI Charges - Free

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Shop
  • Car Parking at Hostel
  • Car Parking at Hostel Type - Free
  • Conference Facilities
  • Cycle Rental
  • Cycle Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Lockers Available
  • Luggage Room
  • Luggage Room Availability - Available during hostel reception times
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

From 08:00 to 10:00
From 17:00 to 20:00
From 08:00 to 10:00
From 17:00 to 22:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. (218) 266-3415

Fax. 1-218-266 3415

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Movie Nights (At or next to the hostel)
  • Foosball game (At or next to the hostel)
  • Cooking Classes (At or next to the hostel)

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Loved the Mississippi Headwaters Hostel. We would recommend it to friends. Only problem was air conditioning wasn't working at night and the room was very warm.


Avatar for Terri


Thu 18 Jul 2019

The couple running the hostel had 15 family members there when we stayed. They stayed up until 1am singing, and they stomped around nonstop. I've stayed in countless HI hostels, and never have I had such a miserable time at one. We just wanted a peaceful weekend away up north, and we slept maybe 2 hours each night between the singing and stomping until 1am, and beginning again at 5am.


Avatar for Myranda


Wed 10 Jul 2019

I cannot tell you how sorry I am that you had this experience. It was the first weekend for this manager and I am disappointed that they did not observe the posted quite hours and be more considerate to the other hostellers staying here. I will definitely show them these comments and educate them on how they can be better "hosts".

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Sara Parthun,

Fri 12 Jul 2019

We had a wonderful time! The shared spaces were great. Very nice fireplace. Good games. The only improvement to suggest is that it would have been nice to be greeted and given the low down on the place but we figured it out. We enjoyed meeting the other hostel mates.


Avatar for Lisa


Wed 22 May 2019

Thank you for your feedback. I am sorry you were not greeted properly and orientated to the hostel. I am glad you had a nice time anyway.

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Sara Parthun,

Fri 24 May 2019

It is a great experience to live in HI Mississippi Headwaters. Sarah is so nice. The hostel is warmly decorated. We had a good time around the fireplace singing songs. Besides, it is located beside the beautiful Ithaca lake. Many forests are there as well. Recommend strongly.


Avatar for Ze


Wed 17 Oct 2018

Make office hours public. They are not on reservations web site, nor in reservation e-mail. No response when I sent e-mail to ask. Don't create false sense of urgency. Reservations web site said, "Only 3 beds left!" both before and after I registered, but I was the only one in dorm-style room. No room for luggage. Had there been other guests sharing room, I would have liked to know ahead of time to bring a lock for the small lockers. First time in a hostel. Great location.


Avatar for Elizabeth


Thu 11 Oct 2018

Thank you for your review. I now have office hours posted on website, the front door and will try to add to phone message. We are looking into the miss conception of availability on booking site. We have locks available to purchase for the lockers for a nominal fee.

Manager avatar

Sara Parthun,

Sat 13 Oct 2018


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Amusement / Theme park (5 to 10km)
  • Beach (Less than 500 m)
  • Distance to Cinema (More than 10km)
  • Cycle trails (At or next to the hostel)
  • Golf course (5 to 10km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (At or next to the hostel)
  • Local market (500m to 1km)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (At or next to the hostel)
  • National / State Park (At or next to the hostel)
  • Distance to Nightlife (500m to 1km)
  • Parks / Green Area (At or next to the hostel)
  • Restaurants (Less than 500 m)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (At or next to the hostel)
  • Shopping area / Mall (More than 10km)
  • Ski area (At or next to the hostel)
  • Supermarket / Food store (500m to 1km)
  • Theatre (More than 10km)
  • Wooded Area (At or next to the hostel)
Getting to us

Getting to us

Bemidji Airport - 38 miles
Alternate Transport
26 miles north of Park Rapids and 38 miles south of Bemidji on U.S. Hwy 71. The hostel is on Main Park Drive across from the public boat landing. A $5 daily vehicle pass is required to enter Minnesota State Parks. <br><A HREF= "" TARGET="_blank">Click here for location map </a> At hostel
Sports & activities

Sports & activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Ski / Snowboarding
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
  • Walking / Hiking

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