Iron Range Rally For OHV Riders Set For Saturday

A driver looks over the side of his red pickup while crawling over large rocks at the state's OHV park near Gilbert. (News Tribune file)
A driver looks over the side of his red pickup while crawling over large rocks at the state’s OHV park near Gilbert. (News Tribune file)

Off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts are invited to participate in the Iron Range Rally from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Iron Range Off-highway Vehicle State Recreation Area in Gilbert. The event is free and is open to all classes of off-highway vehicles.

The rally highlights the importance of motorized recreational trails as part of the state trail system and celebrates the 125th anniversary of Minnesota state parks and trails, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Ongoing activities will include an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) simulator experience, crawler talk, “Ask the Naturalist” booth, educational trailer and displays, and an opportunity to meet members of OHV clubs.

An optional guided ride will begin at noon and will include stops at various locations where skill demonstrations will take place. Riders must bring their own OHV to participate in the guided ride. Individuals can visit the skill demonstration locations independently by walking a short distance.

At 2:30 p.m. a cake social will held to celebrate the parks and trails system’s 125th anniversary.

The Iron Range Off-highway Vehicle State Recreation Area opened in 2002 on 1,200 acres of land just east of the city of Gilbert. An expansion underway will add another 2,700 acres of riding area near the city of Virginia. The area currently features 36 miles of trails for ATV, off-highway motorcycles, and off-road vehicles (ORV), including Jeeps and modified vehicles commonly known as rock crawlers.

For more information about the Iron Range Off-highway Vehicle State Recreation Area, vehicle and safety requirements, visit dnr.state.mn.us/ohv/trail