Reopened in 2009, the park now plays a revived role to the ORV community, eager to restore Reiter Pit to its heyday when it hosted national competitions and bike trials. Many of the groups that use the park are regular volunteers, helping to ensure that the trails are not only safe but fun and challenging for off-roaders too.
Four-by-four drivers can spend a whole weekend navigating six miles of high-density and high-intensity trails designated just for them. The most skilled drivers with elite equipment can expect to complete the most rigorous trail in about 45 minutes.
ATV riders have nine miles of trails to play on. Dirt bikers have access to five miles and to two open-space areas for trials bikers to master their technique and get a good adrenaline boost.
One of those areas is chockful of boulders for every kind jump imaginable. The other has a striking kettle feature where the ground sinks in to create a nature-made halfpipe.
As improvements continue, Reiter Foothills is seeing a comeback that has taken years of planning and community feedback to generate.
The next challenge for the DNR is the planning and building of trails for UTVs to be unveiled over the next two years. And eventually, campers will have a place at Reiter Foothills too.