Black Hills Snowmobile Trails
|Distance||Nearest trails are about 12 miles away|
|Time Needed:||Half- or all-day to a week or more|
|Best Time To Go:||Snowpack usually begins to build in late November or December and lasts through March. Black Hills trails open December 15th.|
|Directions:||Varies depending on trail. The majority of the trails are in the Lead-Deadwood region, however two of the longest trails begin southwest of Hill City near Bear Mountain. Also the Needles highway is open to snowmobiles when snowpack permits.|
|Cost:||Peak Season Snowmobile rentals start at about $150 per day day.|
|Highlights:||About 350 miles of groomed and well-marked trails, plus much of the Black Hills Forest is open to off-road snowmobiling.|
|Description:|| Two of
America's top snowmobile magazines have rated the Black
Hills is one of
the best places to ride in North America. The Black Hills
ranked in the top ten with both SnoWest and SuperTrax
were recognized for outstanding support in the areas of
signage, maps and services. There are some 350 miles of
and additionally, most of the Black Hills Forest is open
snowmobiling. Trail maps are available from the South
Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks web site
More information is available from the Black Hills Trail office at (605) 584-3896. Black Hills snow condition reports are available at 1-800-445-3474.
All snowmobiles must be licensed. A South Dakota resident tag is $20 per year. Snowmobiles that are licensed in other states may be used in South Dakota without additional licensing. Those that are not can be temporarily licensed for five days for $10. Permits are available at various Black Hills courthouses and at several snowmobile oriented businesses in the northern hills. Persons must be at least 16 years old to operate a snowmobile.
ATVs and OHVs are not permitted on snowmobile trails.
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