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by Craig Holgate

Sales of Minnesota State Park permits were up slightly last year (2%) compared to 2012. However they are up by 21 percent since 2008, giving the DNR.  

Courtland Nelson, director of the DNR’s Parks and Trails Division says, “We’re obviously pleased to see evidence of increasing interest in Minnesota’s 76 state park and recreation areas. This news comes at a time when national parks and many other states are reporting significant declines in their visits and overnight stays.” 

The Minnesota state parks year-round vehicle permit ($25) provides unlimited access to all 76 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas for 12 months from the month of purchase. The 2014 year-round permit features a photo of Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area, where a 25-mile single-track mountain bike trail system opened in 2011, with support from Legacy funding.  Aaron Hautala, a Cuyuna-based photographer, shot the photo on Miner's Mountain trail in September. 

I purchased my last State Park permit back in October, so I won't need the new sticker until November 1st of this year. But I do like the fact the new sticker has bikes on it, and I've heard it's a great place to ride. For more information on Minnesota State Park Permits.