Minnesota ATV Trails

There are Minnesota ATV trails throughtout the state. Minnesota ATV enthusiasts can enjoy trail riding throughout the state.

Minnesota ATV Trails

Miles of Minnesota ATV trails and old logging roads entice us out to ride!

Our favorite off-road trails are near our cabin on the border of Itasca park.

During family reunions the parking area near the cabin is full of red, green and yellow ATVs.

Couples regularly leave the warmth of the fire in the cabin to explore the beauty along the trails in the surrounding forest. Riding an ATV is a great way to take the road less traveled.

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Minnesota has a large number of ATV riders and quite a few ATV clubs. Though most often used for recreation, ATV's have become the "workhorses" in Minnesota rural areas. They are often the only vehicles that can make it to some areas of a resort or farm despite heavy rain or snow.

Outfitted with proper helmets, goggles, and gloves, an ATV ride is an awesome experience in any type of weather.

There are restrictions on where it is legal to ride an ATV in Minnesota. However there are trails all over the state that will get you out enjoying your machine and the Minnesota landscape.

Here is a long list of Minnesota ATV trails.

With the number of Minnesosta ATV trail riders increasing, land managers are trying to balance the popularity of the sport with protecting our natural resources.

Patti Klein, National Stewardship Coordinator for the Bureau of Land Management says: "ATV riding can be a blast. But it can also be damaging to public lands if not done responsibly. As land managers, we encourage people to help protect the great outdoors by riding responsibly and practicing outdoor ethics, like those created by Tread Lightly."

Here are some tips to balance fun with responsibility:

  • Stay only on roads, trails or other areas designated for ATV use.
  • Try to stay in the middle of the trail to avoid widening it.
  • Cross streams only at designated fording points, where the trail crosses.
  • Approach a stream slowly, crossing at a 90-degree angle.
  • On switchbacks, avoid roosting around. Roosting around the apex of the turn when climbing or brake-sliding during descent will gouge the trail.
  • On slick trails, moderate the throttle and use the clutch to gain maximum traction with minimum wheel-spin.
  • Try to avoid muddy trails; they are easily damaged.
  • Pack out what you pack in.
  • Carry a trash bag on your vehicle and pick up litter left by others.
  • Always wear a helmet, eye protection and other safety gear.
  • Take an ATV training course to learn how to ride safely
  • Ride on designated trails; never on private property without the consent of the owner.

Find additional tips at Tread Lightly!


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