THE THEILMAN TRAILRIDE---SOME OF THE FINEST RIDING FOUND
ATV's and golf carts are no longer allowed. Please see below.
The 2016 Spring Trail Ride will be held May 21st and 22nd
The 2016 Fall Trail Ride will be held Sept 10th and 11th
9/9/16 update: The 2016 Fall trail ride is cancelled. We have had over an inch of rain since 5am this morning, Friday 9/9/16, and it will not soak in for days since the ground is already saturated. It was a tough decision for the club, but as good stewards of the land, it was the only choice we could make. We apologize to everyone that were planning to come, and we hope to see you in the spring.
ALL camping will be at the West campground. And please remember to pay the camping fee. The DNR counts the number of camp sites used at our events and compares them to the number of paid sites over the weekend. The percentage that pay is not very good historically, and reflects poorly on us. The payment of camping fees has gotten much better the last few events and makes a very strong statement to the DNR about off road events. And we appreciate more folks paying. But we need everyone to pay. So please help us out by paying the fee right when you pull in. Thanks!
The DNR is forbidding bringing of any unapproved firewood into any state run campground due
to the ash emerald beetle risk. So you can NOT bring your own firewood this year unless it is from a DNR certified seller.
Gathering down wood in the State Forest remains acceptable and there is plenty of it around
to gather and cut. Many Kwik Trips sell DNR approved wood.
Minor Release Forms:
Starting in 2012, AMA will be strictly enforcing all minor release forms to be either 1.) signed by both parents and notarized before the event or 2.) witnessed and signed by BOTH parents at registration. If a parent has sole custody of the child, they can solely sign the form with a note to that effect. Notary can use the space at the bottom of the form to stamp and sign. However, AMA offers an annual minor release card. Upon validation, AMA will issue a verification card that is valid for one calendar year from January 1st to December 31st. Present this card during registration at any AMA sanctioned event to skip minor release form paperwork.
Pancake Breakfast Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 – 10:00 am, at the campground. Proceeds from the breakfast will be used to pay for some land acquisition costs for the Houston OHV trail project. Tom and Karen Umphress and the GECC members put on a great feed!
Single Event Minor Relase form
Minor Annual Relase form
All registration, sound checks, etc. will be at the big West Assembly area as it has been the past
couple of years. We do NOT have any ability for pre-registering, all registration is handled at the trailride itself.
Take County Road 4 either north from Hwy 42 near Plainview, MN or south
from Hwy 60 to Theilman, MN. Take County Road 86 Northeast through the
town of Theilman. You will come to a Y about 1.5 miles down 86. Stay
right at the Y to the campground/signup area. It will be well arrowed
so just follow arrows.
Camping available at staging area, no hook ups
but there will be a charge for camping at all DNR campgrounds in this
unit this year. This charge is per camping unit (5 folks in a tent or 1
in an RV is the same charge, for example), not a per vehicle charge.
The DNR camping fee is $16 per night.
8:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturday
8:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday
8:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturday
8:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday
Trailride Cost: (We accept
Cash & Checks, no cards please)
Adults: $25 per day, $40 for both days.
Ages 13-17: $10 per day, $15 for both days.
Kids (12 and under): FREE
-AMA District 23 (ARMCA) asks that ALL riders who participate at trail rides in Minnesota be a member of an AMA district. For those of you who are not AMA District competition card holders, we do offer an annual trail ride membership to ARMCA for $10.00 per person. This is a change from what we have done in the past, and for families with kids, a $25.00 family pass will be available that will cover membership requirements for your whole family for a calendar year. As always, we will honor current district card holders from outside our state and Canadian competition card holders as well.
-DNR camping fee of $16 per camping unit (tent, RV, etc).
-AMA membership is not required, but is suggested.
We have about 45 miles of trails not including forest service roads. 15
miles of river bottoms (nice open trails) and 10 miles of woods 2 track
that is all suitable for all bikes. There is also about 20
miles of single track. All trails are marked and range from easy to challenging.
Two mini areas right next to the campground provide lots of fun for the
The GECC trail ride will no longer accept ATVs, motorcycles only. As a motorcycle club, our focus is on providing high quality off road motorcycle experiences and allowing ATVs detracts from that focus. The trail rides continue to grow and this action has been considered for several years to insure our trail rides remain the premier off road motorcycle trail rides in MN. We understand this will disappoint some loyal ATV riders but most ATV trails do not allow motorcycles on them for similar reasons, both user groups have slightly different trail preferences.
Golf carts are no longer allowed. Per the DNR, licensed motor vehicles (cars, pickups, etc.) and off road motorcycles with a DNR sticker are allowed during our event as a result of special use permits. Golf carts do not fit into either one of these categories and therefore are not allowed in State Forest Campgrounds including West Assembly of the Zumbro Bottoms. Enforcement will be done by the DNR. Please leave your golf cart at home.
Requirements: NOTE TO OUT OF STATE RIDERS: We have a
permit from the DNR for our event that exempts out of state riders from
needing to buy a MN offroad sticker. This exemption is only for our
event. Copies will be available at signup and you need to have it with
you while riding.
-DNR Registration Decal
-Machine must pass a sound check of 96 db or less (STRICTLY ENFORCED!)
-USFS approved spark arrestor
-Everyone must wear a helmet while riding
Things to Know:
- Trails are marked with arrows and other types of
- There may be sections of trail that include 2-WAY TRAFFIC -
-While traveling within the campground and on roads SLOW DOWN & USE
- This area is only available to us twice a year. Please treat it
with respect so we can continue to enjoy it! -
- There is no gas and VERY limited services available at Theilman. -
- You WILL have fun! -
See a map of the trail layout
Not all of these trails will be used, but it gives you a good idea of
how much riding we have to offer!