A Premier ATV Destination
Located less than one mile southeast of Fort Dodge, Iowa, the Gypsum City Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Park is a premier destination for All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV), dirt bike, and snowmobile riders as well as other outdoor enthusiasts. Currently situated on 800-acres of land formerly mined for gypsum, it’s the largest public riding area in Iowa with approximately 60-miles of trails that traverse varying terrain to ensure a unique riding experience.
Planning for the project began in 2000 as a collaborative effort between individuals and groups along with United States Gypsum Corporation representatives and state and local officials. After being mined, the land was deemed unsuitable for urban development, with few possible alternative uses.
The diverse topography and natural landscape of fields, hills, and cliffs made the location ideal for OHV use.
Phase 1 (2006): 15-miles of trails through an area of rolling hills and grassland. Along with a motocross course, safety training area, two youth riding areas, and a parking lot for 350 vehicles with trailers.
Phase 2 (2014): Additional trails and day use areas including fishing ponds.
Phase 3 (2015): Consists of 33 campground sites, restrooms, and showers.
We collaborated with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Iowa Department of Transportation, City of Fort Dodge, Webster County Improvements Corporation, and Webster County Conservation to design and construct the park. Our team was instrumental in creating the design for bringing electrical, water and sanitary sewer services to the park. This project was separated into three distinct phases to capitalize on available funding opportunities.
RTF funds were one of more than 20 grants that made the park possible at a cost of over $5.5 million without utilizing tax dollars.
On June 8, 2016, representatives from the Gypsum City Off-Highway Vehicle Park accepted an Annual Achievement Award in recognition of their outstanding use of Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funds. Hosted by the Coalition for Recreation Trails, the ceremony was held in Washington, D.C. during Great Outdoors Week.