Border to Border Touring Route

Photo of a red off-highway vehicle traveling on a rocky road.

What is the Border to Border Touring Route?

  • The touring route is for highway licensed vehicles on roads already open to drive on.
  • Similar to a back country scenic byway, it provides a meandering, signed, mapped touring route on low volume natural surface and gravel roads.
  • Connects communities and travelers with food, gas, lodging, museums, etc.
  • No new construction will occur since the touring route follows roads already open to drive on.
  • The project is still in the early planning stage and a full touring route hasn't been identified.

How will the touring route be put on the ground?

  • By Minnesota's Grant-In-Aid program and other agreements or permits with local road authorities.
  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will provide wayfinding signs for roads on the touring route.
  • Being part of the touring route will not supplant or replace any existing uses.

More information

The Department of Natural Resources, Parks and Trails Division was given oversight of this project and hired the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC)  to manage the project with the cooperation of the Minnesota 4-Wheel Drive Association. 

"The Border-to-Border Touring Route is an opportunity to provide a quality adventure touring and Off-Road Vehicle riding opportunity while assisting smaller, rural communities in northern Minnesota with a positive economic influx," said Rick Langness, president of the Minnesota 4-Wheel Drive Association (MN4WDA). "In order to accomplish both those goals, as well as to be sustainable, input from people and communities is important to planning where it will be located."

Listening sessions

A series of listening sessions in February through March 2018 provide an opportunity for public input on the Border to Border (B2B) touring route across northern Minnesota.

All meetings are held from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

The schedule is subject to change due to inclement weather. Please check this website before leaving for a session to verify the date, location and time.




Tues., Feb. 20, 2018

Cook County Schools, Cafeteria

101 W 5th St, Grand Marais, MN 55604 Map it

Wed., Feb. 21, 2018

Mountain Iron Community Center, Wacootah Room

8586 Enterprise Drive South, Mountain Iron MN 55768 Map it 

Thurs., Feb. 22, 2018 

Beaver Bay Community Center

711 MacDonald Ave., Beaver Bay, MN 55601 Map it

Mon., Feb. 26, 2018 

Squaw Lake Community Center

52201 MN-46, Squaw Lake, MN 56681 Map it

Tues., Feb. 27, 2018

Black Duck School Library

156 1st St NW, Blackduck, MN 56630 Map it

Wed., Feb. 28, 2018

Clearbrook Gonvick School Library

16770 Clearwater Lake Rd, Clearbrook, MN 56634 Map it

Mon., Mar. 15, 2018

Newfolden City Office

145 E 1st St, Newfolden, MN 5673 Map it

Tues., Mar. 6, 2018

Hallock City Hall

163 3rd St SE, Hallock, MN 56728 Map it 

Wed., Mar. 7, 2018

Red Lake Falls Lafayette High School Cafeteria

404 Champagne Ave., Red Lake Falls, MN 56750 Map it 

Comments and feedback

The DNR will also accept written comments on the touring route proposal from Feb. 20 through March 25. Written comments will be accepted by email to [email protected] or sent by mail to Mary Straka, Minnesota DNR, Parks and Trails Division, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155.

Image of the Border to Border Touring Route, located in northern Minnesota.

Touring route draft maps

Draft Alignment Maps


Map size

Draft Alignment Map Overview

Map segments 1-7 located in the northern part of Minnesota.

36" X 48"

Draft Alignment Map 1

Kittson, Marshall counties.

36" X 48"

Draft Alignment Map 2

Marshall, Polk, Pennington, Red Lake, Clearwater counties.

36" X 48"

Draft Alignment Map 3

Clearwater, Beltrami, Itasca Counties.

36" X 48"

Draft Alignment Map 4

Itasca County

36" X 48"

Draft Alignment Map 5

St. Louis County

36" X 48"

Draft Alignment Map 6

Lake, Cook Counties

36" X 48"

Draft Alignment Map 7

Cook County

36" X 48"

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For more information, or to request a printed copy of the proposal, call Mary Straka, at 218-203-4445, or email [email protected].

Mary Straka
Division of Parks and Trails
[email protected]

Ron Potter
NOHVCC Management Solutions
[email protected]

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