Winter Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Riding

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Winter brings a whole new experience to OHV riding in Minnesota. A number of state and grant-in-aid OHV trails are open year-round, with exciting challenges you’ll find only during winter.

  • Appleton Area Recreational Park – Located in the southwest corner of Minnesota, this park has 20 miles of trails and is ideal for OHV enthusiasts of all skills levels.

  • Chisholm Trail – This 11-mile trail winds riders across rolling hills and through the forests of northeast Minnesota.

  • Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle State Recreation Area – Minnesota’s premier OHV recreation area spans 1,200 acres with 36 miles of scenic trails. During the winter months, the front office is staffed Friday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • Nemadji State Forest Trails – The popular trails within Nemadji State Forest connect with the Gandy Dancer and Matthew Lourey trails, for even more winter riding opportunities.

  • Spider Lake Trails – This trail system has 29 miles of ATV 1/ ATV 2/OHM/ORV trails that wind throughout the Foot Hills State Forest.

As you explore winter ATV riding, please remember groomed, signed snowmobile trails are closed to OHVs and highway-licensed vehicles (HLVs) beginning December 1. Please respect private property and follow all signs.

Before you go, find out the snow conditions and check for OHV trail and road closures. Winter survival gear is strongly recommended and please use caution when riding in remote areas.


Learn more about OHV riding in Minnesota.