The Heritage Trail has been leased from private landowners for public use. Continued use of the trail depends upon your cooperation in following all regulations.
When will the Indiana Snowmobile Trails Available to Ride?
Indiana snowmobile trails are open from December 1st to March 31st and only when the trail is posted “Open.”
Trails must be posted as "open" to ride on them. Snow conditions must be adequate to ride and only registered snowmobiles may be on the trail.
Where do I find out if Trail is Open or Closed?
Conditions are available 24 hours a day, after the first good snowfall and updated as trail conditions change. Please check trail conditions and postings at Indiana Snowmobilers Association or Trail Club’s websites and
Can I ride my snowmobile on the road?
Snowmobiling on county roads is allowed in some counties. Check with the sheriff’s office
of the county you wish to ride in. Some trails may use county roads as part of the trail. All road laws, including holding a valid driver’s license, must be obeyed. DON’T DRINK AND RIDE!
Can I ride my ATV on the snowmobile trails?
No. The use of trails by wheeled vehicles is strictly prohibited.
Can I ride anywhere along the trail system?
STAY ON THE TRAIL; leaving the marked trail is trespassing, and you can be prosecuted.
How do I register my snowmobile with the BMV?
If your snowmobile was previously registered with DNR, your DNR registration will remain valid until its expiration date. After January 1, 2014, when you are ready to renew, visit http://www.mybmv.com/ and create a myBMV account. Go to ‘my Registrations > Register an Off-Road Vehicle or Snowmobile.’ The snowmobile
title(s) the BMV has on record for you will be listed on the ‘my Off-Road Vehicle or Snowmobile Registration’ page. Simply select the sled that you choose to register and follow the registration wizard.
Snowmobiles do not require a title regardless of model year. If a title is not required, you may process a registration for your snowmobile online. Enter the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) twice and select
“Validate VIN.” You may also be prompted to enter the year, make, and model. Once the snowmobile information has been entered, select the sled to register and follow the registration wizard.
Snowmobile registrations may also be processed at any BMV License Branch. Requests for replacement registration documents and/or decals must be processed at a BMV License Branch, replacement transactions are not available at this time on the website.
Why do I have to register my snowmobile?
Indiana law IC 14-16-1 states that all ORV/snowmobiles purchased after December 31, 2003 must be registered. The purpose of registration is twofold (1) to provide correct information for law enforcement to track stolen or improperly used vehicles, and (2) the revenue is used to improve, maintain, and administer the motorized
programs, properties, and trails.
I am not a resident of Indiana, what do I do?
First, determine if your home state requires snowmobiles to be registered. In this case, registration is defined by IC 14-16-1-9(b) as
(1) A certificate of registration containing the following:
(A) The number awarded to the vehicle.
(B) The name and address of the owner.
(C) Other information that the department considers necessary.
(2) Two (2) decals indicating the vehicle's registration number and the year in which the registration will expire that must be attached to the vehicle.
(C) A certificate of registration must:
(1) be pocket size;
(2) accompany the vehicle; and
(3) be made available for inspection upon demand by a law enforcement officer.
In Indiana, a snowmobile registration certificate includes the vehicle identification number (VIN).
CAUTION:Many states have “permits,” “decals,” “passes” and/or require titling.THESE ARE NOT REGISTRATIONS and do not allow you to ride in Indiana without a valid registration.
If your state requires ORV registration that complies with the information above, then IC 14-16-1-19
allows out-of-state residents use of our facilities for up to 20 days a year.
Indiana recognizes most out-of-state snowmobile registrations, but many out-of-state ORV
registrations are not compatible with Indiana’s legal definition and information requirement.
I’m questioning if we should include this info??
Out-of-state residents may register their snowmobile through the Indiana BMV.
How much does it cost to register my vehicle?
The current cost is $30 for 3 years.
When will I be legal to ride my vehicle?
When you receive your registration in the mail and your decals are properly displayed on your vehicle.
How can I legally ride the vehicle I just purchased?
Keep a copy of your bill of sale with you. It allows you to operate your snowmobile for 31 days after purchase. The bill of sale must include date of purchase, the make, model, and vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle. (IC14-16-1-8)