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Snowmobile season is upon us

12/03/09 (Thu)

Snowmobile season is upon us

Snowmobilers took full advantage of last season’s great snow conditions and expectations are high as another winter season approaches and the North Dakota snowmobile trail system is prepared.
North Dakota offers almost 3,400 miles of snowmobile trails for riders to enjoy.  The state snowmobile trails are located on both public and private lands.  In order for trails to be allowed on private lands, easements are secured by the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department from landowners.
Approximately 2,000 landowners in North Dakota have generously provided easements on their property for the trail system.  These trails offer some of the most scenic riding opportunities in the state.  An easement allows snowmobile operation within a corridor or lane traveling across the landowners’ property.  Snowmobilers can show their appreciation and respect for landowners’ property rights by traveling inside the marked corridor.
The abundance of snow last season helped lead to numerous complaints related to trespassing.  Temptations like rolling hills and shelter belts filled with snow drifts away from the trails provided riding opportunities that have rarely been seen in the past decade.  But, it is important to remember that snowmobilers need permission to operate on private property, whether it is posted or not.   A common misunderstanding is that if property is not posted, snowmobilers can have access for recreational opportunities.  When planning a ride, obtain permission before operating on private property.