Our partners in outdoor recreation, working together to make North Dakota a great place to ride.
The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department contracts the Snowmobile North Dakota Trail Program to manage the state snowmobile program under the general administration and direction of the Department. The Recreation Division team made up of staff from both organizations works hard to bring the best in motorized recreation to the state.
About the department
The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department is the state agency charged with administering selected parks and recreation areas that are deemed to have state-wide or regional significance.
In addition, the department has responsibility for the following functions:
- Off-highway vehicle planning and safety program
- Snowmobile safety programs and trails
- Nature Preserves Act
- Outdoor recreation grants and statewide recreation planning
- State Scenic Byways Program
Snowmobile North Dakota partnered with Bunke Racing in 2012 aimed at awareness and expansion.
Who is Bunke Racing?
Widely regarded as one of the most talented and polished racing drivers to ever emerge in the oval track arena, Jerry Bunke posted one of Sno-Pro’s most amazing records during his three-year career as a professional driver on the Polaris Midnight Blue Express racing team. An independent USSA racer since 1969, the talented Minnesotan was named Central Division High-Point Driver in 1973 and was offered a berth on the Polaris team in 1975. After a modest rookie season in 1976, Bunke exploded into the Sno-Pro limelight in 1977 with an astonishing 15 feature victories including the Kawartha Cup tile, the Alexandria International Championship and a rare four-class sweep of all Sno-Pro classes at the Wisconsin State Open Championship as well as double-up victories at the Ironwood Olympus and the North Star State Championships.
On the heels of posting both USSA Driver of the Year and Sno-Pro High Point honors in 1977, Bunke continued his charge to greatness in 1978 with a repeat of his Kawartha Cup triumph and a 440 feature win at the Eagle River World Championship. Bunke was poised to card another banner season in his third year as a professional when a competition accident at the Beausejour Power Toboggan Championships ended his life on February 26, 1978 at the age of 26.
Snowmobile North Dakota partnered with Keep ND Clean (KNDC) in 2009 to promote “Greener” snowmobile trails! The partnership promoted to “If you, Pack it in… Pack it Out”, by placing trail signs across the state on the snowmobile trails.
Who is KNDC?
In 1968 KNDC Inc. was formed to ensure a continuous statewide program of education for beautification of the state and the proper disposal of litter. KNDC believes education is the key to any successful program. When people are informed, they are more apt to think before they throw. And to be truly effective, the education process needs to begin early. That is why KNDC holds an annual statewide poster contest for students in grades one through eight and special needs students.
The North Dakota Scenic Byway Program is a collection of scenic roadways that embrace the beauty of North Dakota and showcase the diversity of its landscape. The success of the scenic byway program is dependent upon dedicated byway leaders and volunteers.
About the Program
The North Dakota Scenic Byway Program was created in 1996 by the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT), North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department (NDPRD), and North Dakota Tourism Department. Today, the program is administered through a cooperative effort between the NDDOT and NDPRD. The NDPRD manages the program with leadership from the state byway coordinator.
North Dakota has 10 designated scenic byways or backways. Two byways are also nationally designated. To qualify for designation, a roadway corridor must possess strong characteristics which fall under at least one of the following intrinsic qualities: scenic, natural, historic, cultural, archaeological, recreational.
BYWAY—roads with an all-weather surface suitable for year-round automobile travel
BACKWAY—unpaved or loose-surfaced roads that lack all-weather surface features
The Pink Ribbon Riders and Snowmobile North Dakota partnered in 2009 to host the ND Snow Run. This partnership has helped raise the Pink Ribbon Riders over $150,000 for the organization’s patient assistance program and placed North Dakota on the map as a snowmobile destination.
About Pink Ribbon Riders
The Pink Ribbon Riders ©is an organization that spends its energy raising funds to provide direct financial assistance to both men and women diagnosed with breast cancer. The organization’s vision is to create awareness in the motor sports industry.
The Pink Ribbon Riders is a small volunteer based 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that raises funds through motor sports events. The funds raised are distributed through an assistance program that is made available to both men and women breast cancer patients. The patient assistance program provides $500 gift cards to help with medical, mileage, and cost of living expenses. The program is open to patients in Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming. As of April 2013, the Pink Ribbon Riders has given out 1,316 financial gift cards; a total of $658,000 to patients in need. The month of February 2013 was the highest month; providing $43,500 to breast cancer patients. The organization is proud to announce 84% of the funds raised in 2012 were given to the cause!