New all-terrain vehicle (ATV) simulator gives people a chance to experience what it is like to ride an actual ATV. One of the new and different ways the DNR is working to engage the next generation in the outdoors.
An instructor controls the movement of an actual ATV to let adults and kids feel how their center of balance must shift as the ATV is tilted sideways and up or down as if they were traveling across a hill. This simulator provides an opportunity to teach safe riding techniques, which includes wearing proper equipment (helmet, gloves, long pants, boots). Safe riding techniques are also emphasized in the ATV safety training courses that are required for anyone born after July 1, 1987, and highly recommended to anyone new to the sport. Get information about safety training, where to ride and how to get started in the sport.
A DVD of one of trails at the Off-Highway Vehicle State Recreation Area in Gilbert plays on the TV for spectators and the rider to watch. Gilbert is considered the state’s premier OHV recreation area, with 36 miles of trails of varying difficulty for ATVs as well as Off-highway motorcycles and other Off-road vehicles such as Jeeps. Minnesota state forests offer additional riding opportunities. Places like Nemadji State Forest and Spider Lake are two popular places to ride with a couple hours of the Twin Cities. Minnesota also has several Grant-in-aid motorized trails across the state. Free maps are available online or by calling the DNR.