MRTUA User Groups
Working together to preserve and further recreational trail opportunities in Minnesota.
Minnesota is blessed with a number of recreational trails that are enjoyed by a diverse group of users. The users of these trails are represented on the MRTUA board by representatives from the following organizations.
4-Wheel Drive Vehicles
Minnesota 4-Wheel Drive Association (MN4WDA)
Founded in 1987, the Minnesota 4 Wheel Drive Association (MN4WDA) is a non-profit dedicated to creating new trail opportunities for off-road vehicles and educating the public about off-road recreation.
We have a wide user base; from stock jeeps to slightly modified overlanding vehicles, all the way to home-build buggies and rock crawlers. We do not discriminate based on gender, age, level of experience, or vehicle make. We welcome everyone! We cater to every group and have opportunities for everyone across the state. We rely heavily on the support of our members, as we do not exist without them and we work to further the sport we all enjoy.
Over the past 35 years, we have worked hard on legislation since the beginning for 4×4 vehicles, such as the bumper height laws, fuel use taxes allocation, OHV regulations, and trail use.
For further information and how to become a member, please visit our website at www.mn4wda.org.
The All-Terrain Vehicle Association of Minnesota (ATVAM)
When you join ATVAM, you're helping to ensure the future of ATV activities in the state of Minnesota. You'll join hundreds of other enthusiastic ATV owners from throughout the state and be part of one of the strongest state ATV organizations in the country. Several times each year, ATVAM members enjoy the hundreds of miles of ATV trails in Minnesota through organized rides and events. Other's spend their time enjoying their ATV's while hunting, fishing or simply making the task at hand just a bit easier and more pleasurable. But being a member of ATVAM doesn't stop there. ATVAM social events, like spring and fall conventions and an annual off-highway vehicle meeting bring you and other off-highway friends together throughout the year. ATVAM has been an integral part in opening new trails and broadening the use of existing trails for ATV riders in Minnesota. We were instrumental in the passage of a 1985 Minnesota statute which allows ATV use on frozen lakes, ditch lines, select state forest roads and trails, and established a Grant-in-Aid trail fund. ATVAM is concerned not only about trails and opportunities for the sport rider but for other uses as well, whether it be a trail to your favorite fishing hole or making the commute to check a fence line easier, ATVAM is there for you. There are no special interest groups in ATVAM. Our primary concern is you. ATVAM gives you a voice to express your concerns and ideas regarding ATV use in Minnesota. This is an organization that truly belongs to the members. All officers, board of directors and committee members are volunteers, people who are doing it for the love of the recreation. ATVAMs purpose:
To encourage and promote the use of All Terrain Vehicles.
To stimulate and advance the general welfare and safety of All Terrain Vehicle use.
To serve the interests of All Terrain Vehicle owners.
Promote legislation and regulations favorable to use of All Terrain Vehicles.
To develop a fraternal spirit among All Terrain Vehicle clubs and associations.
To provide a medium for exchange of information regarding the use of All Terrain Vehicles.
To promote, foster, and encourage sentiments and beliefs among the general public and persons in official positions and within the All Terrain Vehicle industry and sport to the advantages and desirability of safe All Terrain Vehicle use as a wholesome outdoor activity and strong positive factor in the Minnesota economy.
For further information, please visit our website at: www.atvam.org
The State Nonmotorized Transportation Committee (SNTC)
Appropriation law instituted the State Bicycle Advisory Committee in the mid 1980's to advise the Commissioner of Transportation and other state officials on issues pertaining to bicycle transportation in Minnesota. Over the ensuing years, it has operated under its own bylaws and with registration by the Secretary of State. In 2008, the committee was put into statute and asked to advise on nonmotorized transportation modes. The committee then became the State Nonmotorized Transportation Committee (SNTC). The committee currently has 15 citizen members and 12 agency members and conducts 5 meetings per year. The executive committee and various short-term issue committees work on specific priority projects. The SNTC and Mn/DOT bike staff work to coordinate work plans and objectives.
For further information, please visit our website at: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/sntc/
Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota
Based on a foundation of collaboration, our mission is to provide leadership and a unified voice for bicycle education, advocacy and efforts to make Minnesota more bicycle friendly so that more people will ride bicycles more often.
Enjoy attending our education classes or learn to teach Smart Cycling yourself. Participate in our efforts to make Minnesota more bicycle friendly. Help us to strengthen and develop our marketing and promotions. And, enjoy our events with fellow bicycle enthusiasts.
Our vision: Minnesota is a state where bicycling is a safe, easy, fun and cool choice for everyone
For further information, please visit our website at: www.bikemn.org
Cross Country Skiing
Minnesota Nordic Ski Association (MNSA)
The purpose of the Minnesota Nordic Ski Association is to:
Promote and advance the sport of cross country skiing in Minnesota.
Promote and encourage education regarding cross country skiing in Minnesota.
Support athletic advancement for all ages and abilities up to and including Olympic Nordic ski competition.
Support the preservation, enhancement and expansion of quality, diverse ski trails.
To be actively involved with the legislative process and the Minnesota DNR to improve cross country skiing in Minnesota.
Advocate stable and increased trail maintenance and grooming funding from diverse sources.
For further information, please visit our website at: www.mnnordicski.org
Hiking in Minnesota is represented by numerous groups. Here are links to a number of the organizations:
North Country Trail Association - https://northcountrytrail.org/trail/minnesota/
Superior Hiking Trail Association - https://superiorhiking.org/
Border Route Trail Association - https://www.borderroutetrail.org/
Boundary Waters Advisory Committee - https://www.boundarywaterstrails.org/
Minnesota Rovers - https://mnrovers.org/
Volkssport groups in MN - http://clubs.ava.org/gen3/data/clubsbystate.asp?EVState=MN
Barefoot Hikers of Minnesota - http://www.bfhikersmn.org/
North Star Trail Travelers - http://www.nstt.org/
Minnesota Horse Council (MHC)
The Minnesota Horse Council, a non-profit corporation, encourages and supports equine-related activities, concerns and education. Founded in 1935, the Council began as a vehicle for horse owners and exhibitors to coordinate horse activities with the Minnesota State Fair Board. Since then the Minnesota Horse Council has evolved into an umbrella organization uniting and supporting equine activities throughout the state.
Goals and Objectives
Promote and/or support equine educational activities.
Strengthen and facilitate communication among horse-related groups.
Provide expertise, consultation and advice in horse-related matters
For further information, please visit our website at: www.mnhorsecouncil.org
Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists (MORC)
is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to safeguarding the future of mountain biking in Minnesota through the promotion of responsible riding, establishment and maintenance of mountain biking trails, and preservation of Minnesota's natural resources.
For further information, please visit our website at: www.morcmtb.org
The Amateur Riders Motorcycle Association (ARMCA)
The Amateur Riders Motorcycle Association was formed in 1968 as an organization dedicated to promoting motorcycling activities. It was incorporated in 1969 in the state of Minnesota as a non-profit. Over the years we’ve grown to include ATV events and points paying competitions as AMA (American Motorcyclist Association) district 23, having become a chartered AMA organization in 1974.
Motorcycling is a family sport, which you can see reflected at any ARMCA event, whether it’s a competition like a motocross race, or a non-competitive trail ride day. We work with motorcycle clubs and promoters throughout Minnesota (and beyond), as well as state and local government agencies, to encourage the support and growth of motorcycling in a safe, responsible manner – for the riders, their neighbors, and the environment.
ARMCA administers and supports youth and amateur competition by managing the rules, numbering, points and award systems, as well as event calendars and rider advancement, for all AMA-sanctioned events within the D23 area.
Non-competitive events, like trail rides, dual-sport rides, and road rides, are also central to the mission of ARMCA – we seek to support and promote all forms of motorcycling, recognizing that each type of activity is of great importance to the overall motorcycling community. We also realize that public trail systems are crucial to the long-term future of off-road motorcycling, and that rider involvement through organized clubs is essential to the development and maintenance of public trails.
We work with agencies such as the DNR and lawmakers at our state capitol to preserve access to public resources and facilities for motorcycle and ATV recreation. Through our efforts we help to maintain appropriate and fair regulations for usage of public and private lands for all citizens of Minnesota. ARMCA was instrumental in passing Minnesota’s Off-Highway Motorcycle (OHM) registration and funding bills in 1993 and 1994, and is the only statewide organization recognized by the DNR as the voice of dirt bike riders in Minnesota.
For further information, please visit our website at: www.armca.org
Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association (MnUSA)
MnUSA was organized in 1978 to protect, preserve and promote the sport of snowmobiling throughout Minnesota through favorable legislation and programs. Through the years, MnUSA has become a state and national leader in recreational support. Minnesota today enjoys over 20,000 miles of snowmobile trails because of combined efforts of local snowmobile clubs, State and Federal leaders, Department of Natural Resources and snowmobile volunteers.
The purpose of MnUSA is:
To encourage and promote recreational snowmobiling.
To stimulate and advance the education, general welfare and safety of snowmobiling in the State of Minnesota.
To serve the interests of snowmobile owners in the State of Minnesota.
To promote favorable State and Federal snowmobile legislation and regulations.
To further develop a fraternal spirit among local snowmobile clubs and other associations.
To provide a medium for the exchange of snowmobile information.
To provide desirable and lawful functions for the successful operation of MnUSA and in the general public interest.
To promote active youth participation in organized snowmobiling.
To promote the creation and protection of snowmobile trails throughout the State of Minnesota.
For further information, please visit our website at: www.mnsnowmobiler.org