BLACK HILLS TRAILS INFO
ATV / UTV / Off-roading
ATV’ing / UTV’ing / off-roading is one of the most adventurous ways to explore the Black Hills. Rent one of our new UTVs. If you got your own, ride from our place. Rec Springs is located in the center of the Northern Black Hills trail system. When riding your own, be sure to get a Forest Service Trail Permit. You can pick one up right from us or at any of these locations:
- Rec Springs Resort – Lead, SD
- Pactola Visitor Center (open Memorial Day to Labor Day)
- Black Hills Visitor Center – I-90, Exit 61, Rapid City, SD
- Northern Hills Ranger District – Spearfish, SD
- Mystic Ranger District – Rapid City, SD
Or you can purchase the trail pass online. Follow the link below.
South Dakota is one of the few states that allow ATV and UTV use on the roads and highways (except interstate). If your own ATV/UTV is not licensed and road legal in your own state, we recommend getting a temporary license. These can be purchased at the Lawrence County Treasurers office in Deadwood, or by mail with the form below.
Snowmobiling in the Black Hills is an experience you’ll never forget. It is the outdoor sport that started Rec Springs! We are located right on trail 5 in some of the best snow the Black Hills gets, follow the link below for the map of the snowmobile trails. We have new Arctic Cat rentals if you don’t have your own, and we have plenty of trailer parking if you do have your own. We sell the $40 trail permits right onsite if you need them.
Rec Springs is located near some of the best hiking trails in the Black Hills. There are easy to difficult trails in Spearfish Canyon, just 3 miles down the road. Try the 76 Trail for a challenge or the scenic Roughlock Trail for breathtaking views of the waterfalls. The Englewood trailhead for the Mickelson Trail is just a mile away too! And don’t forget about the local favorite hike to Devil’s Bathtub!
Of course cruising the Black Hills on a Motorcycle can’t be beat. The Black Hills has some of the most scenic highways in the country. Biker come from all over the country and even the world to experience the thrilling rides through the hills and the Legendary Sturgis Bike Rally. Rec Springs is located on the Spearfish Canyon and Deadwood route and is just 22 miles from Sturgis. Check out the map below for all the recommended bike routes.
CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING & SNOWSHOEING
Rec Springs is located just minutes away from some of the best cross country skiing and snowshoeing areas. Eagle Cliffs Cross-Country Ski Area has over 25 miles of groomed trails. Further down to Spearfish the Big Hill Ski Area has even more groomed trails.
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