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Property Master Plan

This billion-year-old hill is one of the oldest geological formations on earth. LocationRib Mountain State Park is a premier day-use facility with picnicking, hiking trails and a reservable amphitheater. The top of the 60-foot observation tower offers spectacular views of the Wausau area and Wisconsin River. Granite Peak Ski Area is on the north face of the mountain and offers downhill skiing and snowboarding during winter.

Hiking Playground Picnicking Hunting Trapping Winter Activities

Contact information
For information, contact:
Rib Mountain State Park
149801 State Park Road
Wausau WI 54401

Wisconsin State Park System Rib Mountain State Park

Enjoy a picnic with spectacular vistas from the top of Rib Mountain.

DNR Photo

COVID-19 Update

Wisconsin state park system properties are operating 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week. Most campgrounds are open with special conditions.

An annual park sticker or trail pass is required to visit state parks and trails. Buy before you go: annual and daily passes are NOT available for purchase at individual properties.

Office buildings, visitor centers, observation towers, shelters and playgrounds remain closed. For more information, please see:

Properties may be limiting admission based on capacity. Please make sure to seek out current property information on our website before visiting:

Park information


  • The park is open year-round from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Master Plan

A property master plan is in progress for Rib Mountain State Park. For more information, see: Rib Mountain State Park - Property Master Plan.


Rib Mountain is off of US Highway 51 just southwest of Wausau. Exit the highway onto County Highway N west. Go straight at the first intersection onto Park Road and go about 2.5 miles to the summit. Geographic coordinates are 44° 55' 11.23" N, 89° 40' 49.50" W.

Granite Peak Ski Area [exit DNR] facilities are at the north base of the mountain. Exit the highway onto County Highway NN and go about 0.7 miles west to the entrance.


Concessions and rental equipment

The Friends of Rib Mountain State Park operate a concession stand during the late spring, summer and fall months of the year. Hours vary with time of year and weather conditions.

Friends group and volunteering


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Wisconsin State Park System

Last revised: Wednesday May 06 2020