Looking for the ideal place to getaway and kick the dust up in Minnesota? Look no further, Grand Rapids, Minnesota is your ATV/OHV/OHM destination.
In the Grand Rapids, Minnesota area there are many opportunities to ride all terrain vehicles, four wheelers, and off highway motorcycles. There are over 200 miles of groomed trails to ride in Itasca County. These trails include: UPM-Blandin, Rabey, Alborn, Little Moose, Northwoods, Thistledew, Blue Ox and Chippewa National Forest (AKA Alvwood/Squaw Lake Trails). Click HERE to download the Itasca County ATV Map that includes all of the listed trails, area lodging and Itasca County ATV trails. There are two other ATV trails in development currently, and the Itasca County Commissioners are considering opening country roads for ATV travel. A decision on this is due this summer/fall.
The tentative opening dates of the Grand Rapids area trails are as follows: Rabey, Alborn – April 1st; Chippewa National Forest – May 2nd; UPM-Blandin, Little Moose, Northwoods, Thistledew – May 15th. Opening dates are due to trail conditions; trails may open earlier than tentative dates or later based on spring thaw and spring weather conditions. Click HERE to view the Minnesota DNR OHV closure dates. Make sure that you are aware of opening and closure dates of these trails. There is active enforcement on the Itasca County ATV/OHV trails. Several of the trails are marked for multiple use, but make sure to check the trail maps for which trails are approved for which type of travel. All of the trails except Thistledew are approved for off highway motorcycle (OHM).
A nice half day ride is UPM-Blandin Trail to Hill City. You can park your truck and trailer at the Smith Road parking lot that is located off of Hwy 169 (just 8 miles south of Grand Rapids). The UPM-Blandin trail is located right off the parking lot. This trail will connect up with the Rabey Line and take you into Hill City. There are three great places to eat in Hill City: Harry’s Bar & Grill, Knuckleheads and Ruthie’s. Harry’s is known for smoked meats (ribs, chicken and brisket). Knuckleheads is known for good bar burgers and basket specials. Ruthie’s in known for home cooked meals.
The Chippewa National Forest is a great place to ride. You can ride all day long and never take the same trail twice. These trails are also known as the Alvwood/Squaw Lake trails because this is the area you are riding in. A suggestion is to park at one of the restaurants in the area. There is The Hill in Squaw Lake, and Fish Tales in Squaw Lake. Then a great place to ride to is the Hoot N Holler in Alvwood (their address is Blackduck). All of these places are great to eat and grab a beverage.
Open Road Girls Tour – May 5-7, 2017 (Grand Rapids, Minnesota)
Squaw Lake/Alvwood ATV Club Ride – May 6, 2017 (Squaw Lake/Alvwood, Minnesota – Meet at the Hill ride to Hoot-N-Holler)
Deer River Veterans Ride – May 29, 2017 (Leave from Deer River VFW)
Itasca Veterans Ride – June 24, 2017 (Leave from Deer River VFW)
Quadna Mud Nationals – June 16-18, 2017 (Hill City, Minnesota)