Black Hills Snowmobiling: Snowmobile Trails, Rentals, Tours

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Black Hills snowmobiling is a popular wintertime activity, featuring a 350-mile network of groomed, mapped and marked trails strictly designated for snowmobile use, and local companies offering rentals and tours.

  • 350 miles of designated Black Hills snowmobile trails traverse pine forests, open meadows and climb up to 6,000 feet in elevation for spectacular mountain views.
  • Trails officially open December 1 and are groomed from December 15 – March 31.
  • Several local retailers offer snowmobile rentals.

Overview

The Black Hills is a snowmobiler's dream location with a large network of mapped and marked trails, groomed from December 15 through March 31. This designated network is ranked as one of the top 10 places to ride in the nation, featuring parking, pit stops, and warming shelters. The western region of Black Hills National Forest is a popular spot, including several campgrounds close to trails. For those yearning to break new track, there are very few unavailable locations.

Restricted areas include:

  • Wildlife winter ranges/habitat
  • Private property
  • Cross-country skiing complexes
  • Active logging areas

Trail maps and daily conditions are available on South Dakota Game, Fish and Park’s website, or by calling: (800) 445-3474.

Where To Go Snowmobiling

Try some of these designated locations in Black Hills National Forest:

  • Central Hills (Rapid City)
    • Blue Fox Campground
      Location – South Fork of Rapid Creek
      Trails open from Dec 15 – March 31
      Warming shelter
    • Deerfield Reservoir Complex – Dutchman Campground
      Location – 20 miles west of Hill City
      Water, vault toilets
    • Ditch Creek Campground
      Location – just south of Deerfield Reservoir
      Potable water, vault toilets
  • Northwestern Hills (Sundance, Wyoming)
    • Cook Lake Campground
      Location – Cook Lake shore; nearest town, Aladdin, WY
      No Water
  • Northern Hills (Spearfish) region of Black Hills National forest is another popular area.

Trails and Conditions

Conditions: This snowmobiling report is updated daily during the winter season.


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Other Resources
  • Go Snowmobiling
    A useful directory of stores, trails, clubs, and much more for the snowmobiling enthusiast.
  • WestWide Avalanche Network
    The Westwide Avalanche Network is a resource for snowmobilers on weather, avalanche advisory in certain areas, and previous snowmobile related accidents.