DNR says trails need more time for snowmobiles

The late Thanksgiving holiday weekend and the heavy snowfall is making snowmobile riders chomping at the bit to start ripping up State Parks and Trails, but the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says to wait until the December 1st opener.

The DNR says trails are not 100 percent ready for riders and despite the December 1st opener, there are still many conditions that must be met for travel. According to the DNR, the ground must be frozen especially where trails cross wetlands, there must be 15 inches of ice in order to support the weight of trail groomers. Adequate snow cover of 12 inches is also needed and must be on the ground for packing and grooming. Fallen trees must also be cleared off trails, signs must be in place, and the gates opened. 

DNR officials also remind riders to make sure your registrations are up to date, snowmobiles are in good operating order, safety training is reviewed, and local trail maps are checked for route changes or new trails. 

Registrations can be purchased at any deputy registrar of motor vehicles or at any DNR License Bureau in St Paul. Renewals and out-of-state trail stickers can bought in-person or online