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Statewide snowmobile trails open with new opportunity

December 1 marked the opening of the North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department snowmobile trails.

North Dakota offers 2,800 miles of riding trails on 13 different trail networks across the state, which will be open for riders to enjoy once snow conditions are desirable. An additional 143 miles of trail have been added in McLean and Ward Counties for this year.

“We are excited to kick off another great season of winter recreation in North Dakota. Snowmobiling is a great way to explore North Dakota from a different perspective,” stated Andrea Travnicek, North Dakota Parks & Recreation Director.

The department, in partnership with Snowmobile North Dakota, has also been working on updating trail signage. Snowmobile North Dakota will continue to provide riders with digital trail maps and updated grooming information on their website.

This year a new winter recreational opportunity will be offered with the opening of the Missouri Valley Snowmobile Trail to tracked off-highway vehicles as part of a pilot project. The Missouri Valley Snowmobile Trail runs from south of Wilton to Bismarck and then southeast to Zeeland, totaling 129 miles.

Riders who have a registered tracked OHV and liability insurance are welcome to use the Missouri Valley Snowmobile trail from Dec. 1, through April 1. The purpose of the test is to determine the feasibility of opening additional snowmobile trails to tracked OHV use during the winter seasons, further expanding the state’s recreational offerings.

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