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Black Hills National Forest

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Other Names

Pilot Knob Trailhead, South Boxelder Trailhead, Boxelder Forks Campground, Roubaix Lake Campground, Red Fern Trailhead, Shanks Quarry Trailhead, Dalton Lake Campground, Dalton Lake Trailhead, Redbank Spring Campground, Nemo

Last Known StatusOpen

With many campgrounds, miles of ATV, 4x4 and motorcycle trails plus numerous scenic vista points, the Black Hills National Forest is one of the premier offroad destinations in the country. Trails wind through deep woods to open meadows with moderate to steep elevation changes. This place is huge, so plan to stay at least several days to get the most of the area.

Camping choices are plentiful and options range from primitive sites to full service campgrounds with direct trail access. Popular picks for primitive camping include Roubaix Lake, Dalton Lake and Boxelder Forks. Some choices for RV campgrounds include Trailside Park Resort, Nemo Guest Ranch and Mystic Hills Campground.

A permit is required for each rider which can be purchased online or by visting the Black Hills National Forest Ranger Station.

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Permit RequiredYesBlack Hills National Forest Motorized Trail Permit
Dates OpenMay 15 - December 15
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedUnknown
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesSome Areaspermitted on designated trails
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsSome Areaspermitted on designated trails
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSSome Areaspermitted on designated trails
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Some Areaspermitted on designated trails
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Some Areaspermitted on designated trails
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
MX Helmet RequiredYouth Onlyrequired for persons under 18 by state law
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedkeep vehicle on trail
Rule Enforcement


Approx Size1,200,000 acres (1,875 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail500
Climate TypeForest
Elevation4500 to 6000 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has mostly loose dirt.Mostly
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has some mud after it rains.Some
DustThe trail has some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has many trees.Many
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has some single track trails.Some
RoadsThis national forest has some roads.Some
ShadeThis national forest has many shaded areas.Many
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has some expert terrain.Some


AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest


Gasoline GasolineSturgis, SD
Diesel DieselSturgis, SD
Potable Water WaterOn SiteMystic Hills Campground (605) 584-4713
RV Hookups RV HookupOn SiteMystic Hills Campground (605) 584-4713
RV Dump Station RV DisposalOn SiteMystic Hills Campground (605) 584-4713
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv StoreSturgis, SD


RidingYes ($25.00 per OHV)
Black Hills National Forest Motorized Trail Permit Fee
Tent: $21.50
RV: $21.50
Addtl. Vehicle: $7.00
Boxelder Forks Campground Fee
CommentForest Service campround fees range from $18-$28/night.


Our RatingRatingVery Good
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
Comments(Scroll Down For Rider Reviews & Comments)


Nearest CitySturgis, SD
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Sturgis, SD
1) Mystic Hills Campground (North-Western Access) Take 14A west 12.1 miles
2) Turn left (east) on US-85, continue 2 miles
3) Turn left (south) on US-385, continue 9.4 miles
4) Turn right (west) on Custer Peak Road, continue about 1 mile toward campground.

From Sturgis, SD
Dalton Lake Campground (North-Eastern Access)
1) Take I-90 east 12 miles to Exit 44
2) Turn right (west) off exit ramp onto 218th St, continue about 50 yards
3) Turn left (south) on 1st Street, continue .9 miles
4) Turn right (west) on Main Street, continue 4 miles
5) Turn right (north) on NF-226, continue 2.2 miles
6) Turn left (west) on Dalton Lake Road, continue .6 miles
7) Campground is on the right (north).

From Rapid City, SD
Nemo Guest Ranch (Center Access)
1) Take CR-234/Nemo Road north-west about 10 miles
2) Ranch is on the left (west).


Contact InfoBlack Hills National Forest
1019 N. 5th Street
Custer, SD 57730
(605) 673-9200
Contact InfoNemo Guest Ranch
12737 Guest Ranch Loop
Nemo, SD 57759
(605) 578-2708
(605) 578-1638
Contact InfoMystic Hills Campground
21766 Custer Peak Road
Deadwood, SD 57732
(605) 584-4794
Contact InfoMt. Meadow Store And Campground
11321 Gillette Prairie Road
Hill City, SD 57745
(605) 574-2636
CommentCampground and ATV rentals
Contact InfoBlack Hills Trailside Park Resort
24024 US Hwy 16/385
Hill City, SD 57745
(605) 574-9079
Contact InfoMad Mountain Adventures
11201 US Hwy 14A
Lead, SD 57754
(605) 578-1878
CommentATV and snowmobile rentals


Black Hills NF Trail Photo

Black Hills National Forest Trail

This is one of the top destinations for SUVs to go off roading in the United States. Photo Submitted 10/10/2013 (Thanks!)

Black Hills NF Trail Photo

Elderly man standing next to flagpole with American flag overlooking cliff with scenic view of valleys, meadows and forests.

Some trails lead to scenic views like this. Photo Submitted 10/4/2013 (Thanks!)

Black Hills NF Trail Photo

A close up photo of steep cliff overlooking pine tree forest and valleys.

Another view of the rugged cliffs that overlook the surrounding valleys. Photo Submitted 10/4/2013 (Thanks!)

Black Hills NF Trail Photo

Lexus LX450 4WD navigating rocky 4x4 trail in the woods.

This trail system has plenty of routes for SUV drivers to test their rock crawling skills. Photo Submitted 10/25/2013 (Thanks!)

Black Hills NF Trail Photo

Lexus LX450 4WD on the trail.

Another view of one of the 4x4 trails. Photo Submitted 10/10/2013 (Thanks!)

Black Hills NF Trail Photo

Side view of Lexus LX450 4WD on the trail.

Another view of SUV navigating a 4x4 trail. Photo Submitted 10/10/2013 (Thanks!)

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