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6100.3400 TRAIL USES.

Subpart 1.

In general.

Subject to the limitations imposed by these parts and other duly enacted statutes, rules, and ordinances, or unless specifically prohibited by the commissioner, trails may be used for snowmobiling and all nonmotorized forms of recreation, including but not limited to hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, camping, and picnicking.

Subp. 2.

Motor vehicles.

No motor vehicle, other than a snowmobile, shall be operated within a trail, except upon a legal road or highway as those terms are defined in Minnesota Statutes, section 160.02, subdivision 26, and except as authorized by the commissioner.

Subp. 3.

Snowmobiles.

No snowmobile shall be operated within a trail except upon treadways designated for such use and under conditions considered adequate for the protection of the trail by the commissioner.

Subp. 4.

Horses.

No one shall ride, lead, or drive a horse or other beast of burden upon a trail except upon treadways designated for such use.

Subp. 5.

Trail hours.

Any specific use of a trail may be limited to hours designated by the commissioner and any use in violation of such limitation is unlawful.

Subp. 6.

Traffic control.

Traffic control:

A.

Trail signs shall be obeyed.

B.

When on a trail treadway, all trail users must stay on the right half of the treadway when meeting or being passed by another trail user.

C.

When passing another trail user traveling in the same direction, a trail user must pass on the left half of the treadway and may pass only when such left half is clearly visible and is free of oncoming traffic for a sufficient distance ahead to permit such overtaking and passing to be completely made without interfering with the safety of any trail user approaching from the opposite direction or any trail user overtaken.

D.

Any trail user who is about to enter onto or cross a trail treadway, shall yield the right of way to any trail user already on the treadway to be entered or crossed.

E.

When at approximately the same time, two trail users are about to enter an otherwise unmarked treadway intersection from different treadways or are approaching an otherwise unmarked merger of two treadways from any two directions, the trail user on the left shall yield the right-of-way to the trail user on the right.

Subp. 7.

Special events.

No special events shall be held within a trail except with a written permit of the commissioner previously obtained. Such permit may exempt the holder and other participants from the operation of any of the rules contained herein, and may be revoked or suspended by the commissioner at any time.

Statutory Authority:

MS s 84.03; 84.86

Published Electronically:

June 11, 2008

700 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155 ♦ Phone: (651) 296-2868 ♦ TTY: 1-800-627-3529 ♦ Fax: (651) 296-0569