Ah, memories of the Dirty Chicks ATV ride at Docs in Sturgeon Lake. [see pics here].  But, this ride is different, a little more mellow and with a history lesson.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Parks and Trails Division is offering two opportunities for ATV riders to hit the trails with DNR staff and learn about some of Minnesota’s premier off-highway vehicle (OHV) areas.

Beltrami Island State Forest

This  Saturday, July 28, ATV riders can take a trip down memory lane with DNR staff as their guides. Participants will look into the historic background of the forest, including early settlements and project sites of the Works Progress Administration and Civilian Conservation Corps. The ride will cover approximately 40 miles of easy terrain over the course of four to six hours. Space is limited. Spots can be reserved by calling Zippel Bay State Park at 218-783-6252.


Iron-Range OHV State Recreation Area (Gilbert)

On Saturday, Aug. 4, DNR staff will dig up the mining history of the area and examine how nature is reclaiming its beauty. The ride will begin at 9 a.m. and last approximately two hours. Gilbert is Minnesota’s top OHV area, containing 36 miles of trail across all levels of difficulty. Space for this ride is limited. Spots can be reserved by calling 218-753-2245.

All vehicles and riders must meet requirements for OHV use. Find information on Minnesota OHV trails, vehicle registration, safety certification and more at (www.mndnr.gov/ohv).