Here at Wild ATV, we get around. We’ve had the opportunity to visit and explore a lot of beautiful places.
But some places really stand out. Not just for their natural beauty, but for the whole package – wildlife, big nature, awesome off roading, friendly people and charming small towns.
The Black Hills of South Dakota have really won us over. It has a permanent place in our hearts. We know that we’ll come back time and time again. It will be a part of our regular traveling adventures. We don’t know exactly when we’ll be back, but we definitely know we will.
Almost any town, any campground, any ATV resort in the Black Hills will give you excellent trail access. ATVs are street legal in South Dakota, so you can easily get on the trails.
This is one of the most ATV friendly areas we’ve ever seen. ATVs/UTVs are everywhere. Almost every house has an ATV parked outside. People drive their ATVs to the grocery store, to grab lunch or run around and do errands.
The Black Hills National Forest has over 3,600 miles of roads and ATV trails open to motorized travel. If the road has a numbered sign, then it is open to motorized traffic unless otherwise noted.
Dirt roads are everywhere. Basically all you have to do is drive out of any town, hit a dirt road and start exploring. It really is that easy!
If you don’t have your own ride, rentals are easy to find.
You can even ride an ATV through Custer State Park! Just don’t get head butted by a buffalo!
The best season for ATVing the Black Hills is late Spring – mid July. This is our personal preference. We like it when the hills are green and lush.
Towards the end of July, things start to dry up and it definitely gets a lot browner. It’s still plenty beautiful, but we love the green. Barring an early freak snowstorm like in 2020, the weather is nice for riding into early October.
If you’ve never had the opportunity to ATV the Black Hills, be sure to put it on your list. Just be sure to not visit during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. It’s a bit crazy and hard to get reservations.
Black Hills ATV Trails (this is just a fraction of the riding available)