Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle State Recreation Area - Gilbert

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Enjoy 1,200 acres of off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation in a North Woods setting. This area was mined until 1981 and contains iron ore pits, ore stockpiles and tailings basins. Today it is Minnesota's premier off-highway vehicle recreation area, providing riding opportunities for many skill levels on varied terrain. Features include recreational trails, scramble areas, training and special events. With 36 miles of OHV trails, whether you ride an all terrain vehicle (ATV), an off-highway motorcycle (OHM) or an off-road vehicle (ORV), there is something for everyone!

All OHVs are allowed: Icon: ATV symbol Icon: ATV 2 symbol Icon: OHM Symbol Icon: ORV symbol

Trails range from easy Easy to more difficult More Difficult to most difficult Most Difficult.

  • OHV registrations are required.
  • You need to check in at the office before entering, and check out when you leave.
  • Alcohol is not permitted anywhere within the recreation area.
  • No camping is allowed within the recreation area.
  • Use extra caution during your visit, as park staff may not be available to assist with emergency services. For all emergencies dial 911.
  • There is iron in the soil. Be prepared to get orange and red stains on your clothing and equipment.
  • Want even more trails to ride? Check out the nearby Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area Expansion Site!
  • May through Labor Day: open 8 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., seven days a week.
  • Labor Day through October: open 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., seven days a week.
  • Closed during the Minnesota firearms deer hunting season, typically the first three weeks of November.
  • Late November through April: open 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Staffing may be limited - call ahead. Weekend parking and trail access is in nearby Gilbert.
Safe riding requirements
Registration and renewal requirements
  • OHV rules and regulations.
  • Your OHV must be registered to enter the state recreation area. It is best to purchase your registration before your trip. Buy yours online.
  • We recognize OHV registrations from other states. If your state does not have OHV registration you will have to purchase the Minnesota OHV registration.
  • Non-residents must purchase a non-resident OHV trail pass unless operating vehicles already registered in Minnesota.
Sound emission requirements
  • We enforce vehicle emission sound test requirements on site. Mufflers must have a federally approved spark arrestor.
  • Overall noise emission from ATVs and ORVs may not exceed 99 decibels at a distance of 20 inches.
  • OHMs manufactured after 1986 may not exceed noise emissions of 96 decibels when operating on public lands.
  • Mufflers may not be altered to increase motor noise, or have a cutout, bypass, or similar device except for organized events.
Fuel, food, camping and services
  • Gas, restaurants, camping and snacks are all available in nearby Gilbert, approximately one and one-half miles from the state recreation area's entrance. Most services in Gilbert are accessible by OHVs that are legal on city streets. Additional services and OHV-friendly hotels are available in Virginia and Eveleth.
  • OHV rentals are available in Gilbert and Eveleth. Dealerships can be found in Eveleth, Nashwauk, Hibbing and Tower.


St. Louis County
Gilbert slideshowFrom Gilbert, go east on Highway 135 to the entrance on Enterprise Trail

Iron Range OHV SRA
7196 Pettit Road
Gilbert, MN 55741
Telephone 218-735-3831
(Allow 24-48 hours for calls to be returned)


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