Bring An ATV In Iowa To Ride Around A Former Gypsum Mine That Has Been Transformed Into Trail Heaven

In the 1850s, early settlers discovered something valuable around Fort Dodge, Iowa. Rich deposits of gypsum are here, the  product of a prehistoric age. Mining operations moved in to extract the mineral, which is a key part of drywall used in homes.

Eventually, some of the mines gave up their last load of gypsum, leaving vast areas of land without a use-until some local visionaries came up with an idea that’s now entertained thousands of off-road enthusiasts.

The Gypsum City Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Park is the largest park of its kind in Iowa, a playland for ATVs and off-road motorcycles that’s drawing riders from hours away. Interested in learning more about why this place is so fantastic? Start your engines!

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The Gypsum City Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Park trails are open from sunrise to sunset. ATVs must be registered and helmets are required. Looking for more Iowa thrills? Here are 10 Iowa outdoor adventures for thrill-seekers.

Address: 2390 Mill Rd, Fort Dodge, IA 50501, USA