Winter Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Riding

OHV riders in teh snow

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. In the winter, 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 great winter riding.
  • 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 that 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.