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Shanks Quarry

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Other Names

Black Hills National Forest, Schroeder Trailhead, Norris Peak, Loveland Canyon, Boxelder Creek

Last Known StatusOpen

This area has about 15 miles of mostly easy and wide double track trails. The terrain is mostly hard packed with the occasional loose chunk rock. The trail system has two designated staging areas with plenty of room for parking and camping but no services.

Visitors should be aware that unless machines are street legal, there is no direct offroad access to the other motorized trails of the Black Hills National Forest, so plan accordingly. 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
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (62 inches)has entrance gate or posts
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(maximum width 62 inches)
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Some Areaspermitted on designated forest service roads
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Some Areas(maximum width 62 inches)
permitted on designated forest service roads
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedstay on designated trails
Rule Enforcement


AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest


CommentNearby Forest Service campground fees range from $10-$20/night.


Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityRapid City, SD
AddressSD-44, Rapid City, SD 57702
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Rapid City, SD
1) Take Hwy 44 West about 9 miles
2) Look for unmarked forest service road on the right (north), continue about .5 miles toward staging area.


Contact InfoBlack Hills National Forest
1019 N. 5th Street
Custer, SD 57730
(605) 673-9200



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Approx Size6,400 acres (10 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail15
Climate TypeForest
Elevation4350 to 4700 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has no loose dirt.None
Hard PackThe trail has almost all hard pack terrain.All
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has few single track trails.Few
RoadsThis national forest has mostly roads.Mostly
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 mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little


Gasoline GasolineRapid City, SD
Diesel DieselRapid City, SD
Potable Water WaterRapid City, SD
RV Hookups RV HookupRapid City, SD
RV Dump Station RV DisposalRapid City, SD
Primitive Camping CampgroundRapid City, SD
Convenience Store Conv StoreRapid City, SD
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