Permitted Uses for The Sunrise Trail

The Sunrise Trail is open 24/7 to both non-motorized and motorized use with the following conditions:

  • Non-motorized use includes but is not limited to: walking, hiking, horseback riding, bicycling, snowshoeing, dog sledding, and skiing.
  • All motorized vehicles permitted on the Sunrise Trail  must be legally registered as either an ATV and/or snowmobile.
  • Vehicles registered or built for on-road use such as cars, trucks, jeeps and motorcycles are prohibited.
  • Other vehicles such as scooters/mopeds or Dual Sport motorcycles must be registered as an ATV to be on the Sunrise Trail.
  • The trail is developed and maintained for snowmobiles and/or ATVs up to 60-inches wide. (but not restricted to width)

Winter Closings

  • During the winter season, the snow conditions on the trail determine which types of vehicles may use the trail.
  • If the trail is snow covered, ATVs and horseback riding are not allowed.
  • The following uses are permitted when the trail is snow covered: snowmobiling, snowshoeing, dog sledding, skiing, bicycling and hiking.
  • If the gravel trail surface is exposed and frozen (no snow) and conditions allow, ATV use is permitted as long as the trail has not been officially closed.

Construction and Mud Closings

  • If a section of the trail is closed due to construction it will be identified as “CONSTRUCTION ZONE, NO TRESPASSING” and is closed to all public use.
  • Trails closed during mud season will have signs stating “STOP TRAIL CLOSED DUE TO SATURATED SOILS.”
  • Pedestrian use is permitted during mud season and is defined as walking, jogging or hiking use only.
runners on the sunrise trail

Special Events

  • Organizations or businesses that would like to host a special event or activity are required to obtain a Special Use or Conditional Use Permit from the Department of Conservation, Off-road Vehicle Division at least 4 weeks prior to the start of the event.
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