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Motorized Recreation In The Black Hills

Black Hills Motorized Trail Information

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News & Alerts


As of today, May 15, 2023 most Black Hills Motorized trail gates will be open.

Exceptions include routes too wet to sustain OHV traffic.


Forest Service News Release:
Forest Service Road to be
Closed Temporarily.

View or Download the


Black Hills OHV Action Team :

Trail Permits and License Plates

Visitors to South Dakota
Out of state visitors will need both a Motorized Trail Permit and a temporary South Dakota License Plate (which can be purchased from Black Hills Area county court houses).
Local Riders
South Dakota residents will need both a Motorized Trail Permit and a South Dakota License Plate to fully access the motorized system.

Wyoming trails, including those in the Black Hills, are regulated by the state of Wyoming under a separate program from the South Dakota side of the Hills.
Click the Wyo Parks Trail Program logo for more information.

The links below will help you find...

Motorized trail permits are required to ride on motorized trails in the Black Hills. Due to COVID-19, Forest Service offices are not open to sell trail permits. Select either the Buy On-Line link or the Local Vendors link to the left to purchase your permits on-line or chose from the list of local vendors in the Black Hills area.


In order to have the best experience while visiting from outside South Dakota, we recommend getting a temporary license plate for your ATV or UTV. This will allow you to use Forest Service roads and other non-paved roads to move from one trail to another.
You can get a temporary plate from Meade, Lawrence or Pennington Counties. Select one of the county links to the left for information about temporary license plates for your machine. Lawrence County currently has the easiest on-line access to this information.

Black Hills
National Forest

The Trail Information link will take you to a Black Hills National Forest web page with Motorized Trail System resources and information including pdf versions of the MVUM (Motorized Vehicle Use Map). Paper copies are available at the Black Hills Visitor Information Center.


The Trail Map App link will take you to the Avenza web site with information about how to download the Avenza trail map app.

First download the App. Next (while you have access to wifi) open the app to find and download the FREE maps for Black Hills motorized trails: Click or tap in the search box, type Rapid City, South Dakota, then type “MVUM” in the keywords box].

Once you have downloaded the maps, they can be used with no access to WiFi or cell service.

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