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Baja ORV Area

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Alt Names

Buffalo Gap National Grasslands, Wall Ranger District, Hurley Butte, White River, Badlands

Last Known StatusOpen

This remote location offers about 480 acres of open play areas and several smooth, designated hardpacked 4x4 trails to explore. The terrain primarily consists of flat, open prairie grasslands but there are some steep and rugged hillclimbs for those looking for a challenge.

The area is open year-round but during spring thaw or wet weather the soil can get very muddy and should be avoided since there are no trees or large rocks to attach a winch if you should get stuck.

Camping is permitted and there is plenty of turnaround room for large trailers. There is no fee charged for camping or riding but there are no amenities except for a informational kiosk located near the main entrance. Basic groceries, supplies and water can be found about six miles east.

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Nearest CityInterior, SD
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From: Rapid City, SD
1) Take I-90 east to exit 110
2) Turn right (south) off the exit ramp onto SR-240, continue about 11 miles
3) Turn right (south) onto CR-C509/Conta Road, continue about 9 miles
4) Turn left (east) onto SR-44, continue about 5 miles
5) Staging area is on the left (north).


LandNational Forest


Our RatingRatingGood    
Recommended StayFull Day
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Permit RequiredNo
Dates OpenYear-Round
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Cross CountryPermitted
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that all riders obtain medical insurance and buy motorcycle insurance or ATV insurance before visiting any of the locations depicted on this website.


Parking ($0.00)
EntryNo ($0.00)
RidingNo ($0.00)
CampingNo ($0.00)


Contact InfoBuffalo Gap National Grasslands - Wall Ranger District
708 Main Street
Wall, SD 57790
(605) 279-2125


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Square Miles1
Climate TypePlains
Elevation2400 to 2450 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has no trees.None
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe trail has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
Single TrackThis national forest has no single track trails.None
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little


First Aid First Aid30+ Miles (NW)Regional Health (605) 719-1000
Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (E)Cowboy Corner (605) 433-5333
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (E)Cowboy Corner (605) 433-5333
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (E)Badlands Motel and Campground (800) 388-4643
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (E)Badlands Motel and Campground (800) 388-4643
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (E)Badlands Motel and Campground (800) 388-4643
Primitive Camping Campground5-20 Miles (E)Cedar Pass Campground (605) 433-5460
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (E)Cowboy Corner (605) 433-5333
Swimming Swim Area30+ Miles (SW)Angostura Lake Ski Beach (605) 745-6996
Body of Water Water Body1-5 Miles (S)White River
Boating Launch Boat Ramp30+ Miles (SW)Angostura Lake North Boat Ramp (605) 745-6996
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