Modified machines no longer allowed on Minnesota snowmobile trails
BAUDETTE, Minn. - The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds snowmobilers that only snowmobiles can operate on the state's 22,000 miles of trails.
BAUDETTE, Minn. - The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds snowmobilers that only snowmobiles can operate on the state’s 22,000 miles of trails.
Due to a change this year in the way a snowmobile is legally defined, certain vehicles are no longer allowed on the state grant-in-aid trails. The new definition of a snowmobile no longer includes all-terrain vehicles (ATV) modified with aftermarket ski and track kits, said Pat Znajda, DNR enforcement district supervisor in Baudette.
“The legal definition of a snowmobile is a self-propelled vehicle originally manufactured and designed for travel on snow or ice steered by skis or runners,” he said.
Snowmobiles also don’t include vehicles equipped with aftermarket ski and track configurations such as an off-highway motorcycle, an off-road vehicle, a mini truck, a utility task vehicle, vans with tracks and skis and some bombardiers.
The grant-in-aid trail program is a cooperative effort between the DNR, local governments, local snowmobile organizations, and private landowners who provide the majority of Minnesota’s snowmobile trails that are open through the end of March.