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Railroad Buttes

Friday, April 28, 2023

Other Names

Buffalo Gap National Grasslands, Fall River Ranger District, Rail Road Buttes, Farmingdale, Rapid Creek, Creston Road, Spring Creek, Railroad Buttes, Cheyenne River

Last Known StatusOpen

This large open area offers miles of trails, play areas with plenty of hill climbs, makeshift motocross tracks and beautiful views of the surrounding hills and grasslands.

Most of the terrain is hardpacked and smooth but can get a bit dusty during dry weather. There are some rugged hillclimbs for those looking for a challenge, and some singletrack can be found at the top of the hillclimbs which follow the ridgetops.

The staging area offers plenty of space for large RVs and trailers and primitive camping is permitted. There is no charge to ride or camp but there is no shade or water so bring your own.

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Permit RequiredNo
Dates OpenYear-Round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedUnknown
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingSome Areas
Rule Enforcement


AreaMotorized Trails, MX Track
LandNational Forest
MX TRACK  Motocross Track
Max Engine SizeNo Maximum
Min Engine SizeNo Minimum




Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityFarmingdale, SD
AddressFarmingdale-Folsom Road, Caputa, SD 57725
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Rapid City, SD
1) Take SR-44 East about 21 miles
2) Turn right (south) onto 160th Ave/Farmingdale-Folson Road, continue about 3.5 miles
3) Staging area is on the right (west).


Contact InfoBuffalo Gap National Grassland - Fall River Ranger District
1801 Highway 18 Truck Bypass
Hot Springs, SD 57747
(605) 745-4107


Railroad Buttes OHV Area Photo

Railroad Buttes OHV Area

Photo Submitted 11/2/2016 (Thanks!)

Railroad Buttes OHV Area Photo

Railroad Buttes OHV Area

Photo Submitted 11/2/2016 (Thanks!)


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Approx Size1,745 acres (3 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail50
Climate TypePlains
Elevation2700 to 3200 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis OHV area has some loose dirt.Some
Hard PackThe OHV area has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis OHV area has little sandy areas.Little
MudThe OHV area has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe OHV area has some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis OHV area has some rocks.Some
TreesThe OHV area has few trees.Few
Steep HillsThis OHV area has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe OHV area has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis OHV area has many small jumps.Many
Large JumpsThis OHV area has some large jumps.Some
BermsThe OHV area has some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has some sand or gravel pits.Some
Single TrackThis national forest has few single track trails.Few
RoadsThis national forest has some roads.Some
ShadeThis national forest has few shaded areas.Few
HazardsThis OHV area has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Beware of cliffs.
Easy Terrain NoviceThis OHV area has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis OHV area has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis OHV area has little expert terrain.Little


Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (N)Country Corner (605) 393-8094
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (N)Country Corner (605) 393-8094
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (SW)Heartland RV Park & Cabins (605) 255-5460
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (SW)Heartland RV Park & Cabins (605) 255-5460
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (SW)Heartland RV Park & Cabins (605) 255-5460
Primitive Camping Campground5-20 Miles (SW)Heartland RV Park & Cabins (605) 255-5460
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (N)Country Corner (605) 393-8094
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