The pass will be sold through the DNR central office only. The pass will enable commercial riding facility owners to purchase horse trail passes which can be issued to riders that hire or rent horses from a commercial facility. Commercial riding facility owners will need to fill out an application and send it to the DNR central office. The Commercial Horse Trail Pass application is available on the DNR website. Contact the DNR central office License Bureau for more information.
Minn. Stat. § 85.46 states "While riding, leading, or driving a horse on horse trails and associated day use areas on state trails, in state parks, in state recreation areas, and in state forests, a person 16 years of age or over shall carry in immediate possession and visibly display on person or horse tack, a valid horse trail pass. The pass must be available for inspection by a peace officer, a conservation officer, or an employee designated under Minn. Stat. § 84.0835." The DNR's Division of Trails and Waterways administers the program for the Department of Natural Resources.
Each person needs to have their own signed pass and must "...carry (it) in their immediate possession and visibly display the pass on their person or horse tack..." The pass is valid only for the individual whose name and signature are on that pass.
* When two people are riding the same horse, they would
both need a horse pass.
* Only the driver of a horse and buggy would need a pass;
any passengers would not be required to have a pass.
* Should a person be riding one horse and leading another
horse (without a rider), the person needs only one pass.
* If a stable brings a horse onto a designated trail with
different riders throughout the day, each rider needs their
own horse pass.
Ideally, the trail user would acquire a pass prior to arriving at the horse trail facility. In the event that he or she did not purchase a pass prior to arrival, a self-registration system will be available, similar to that used by the cross-country ski pass program. Using this self-registration envelope, the trail user fills out the form, selecting either a daily or annual horse pass option, encloses payment and drops the postage paid envelope into the mail or payment box, if one is provided. If the user selected an annual pass, it will be mailed to them. Trail users retain one copy of this form as either a daily pass or temporary annual pass. Horses can be ridden in some state parks, state forests and on some state trails.
Refer to the Horse Pass FAQs
Contact the MN Dept. of Natural Resources Information Center at
651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367 or refer to Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Commercial facility owners can purchase 15 passes for $200 plus the $1 issuing fee; individual commercial passes are $20 plus the $1 issuing fee.
Annual passes are valid for one year beginning January 1 and ending December 31.