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Black Hills National Forest | Spring 2019 Trail Conditions (Updated)

  • Black Hills National Forest | Spring 2019 Trail Conditions (Updated)
    Black Hills National Forest | Spring 2019 Trail Conditions (Updated)
Updated: Tuesday, May 21, 2019
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Due to the extreme wet conditions on the Forest, a closure order has been signed prohibiting any type of motorized use on motorized trails. Additionally, seasonally closed gates, which were set to open on May 15, will remain closed until conditions allow them to open.

The restricted area covers the entire Black Hills National Forest Motorized Trail System in both Wyoming and South Dakota.

For more information on the Black Hills National Forest call (605) 673-9200 or visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/blackhills.

May 21, 2019 - Update

Per U.S. Forest Service - Black Hills National Forest

Motorized trails on the Forest will remain temporarily closed over Memorial Day Weekend due to extreme wet conditions and a forecast calling for more wet and cold weather.

A closure order was signed last week prohibiting any type of motorized use on motorized trails. Additionally, seasonally closed gates remain closed until conditions allow them to open.

Users can still ride on over 3,000 miles of Forest Service roads. Forest officials ask the public to avoid driving through wet and muddy spots on these roads to prevent damage to road surfaces.

“The trails will be opened when conditions allow, but for now they need to remain closed to prevent long lasting damage,” said Mark Van Every, Black Hills National Forest Supervisor. “As trails dry out, some may be opened while others may take additional time.”

The restricted area covers the entire Black Hills National Forest Motorized Trail System in both Wyoming and South Dakota.

The public can stay informed on status of the closure order by viewing local news media, the Black Hills National Forest website (https://www.fs.usda.gov/blackhills), Black Hills National Forest Facebook page or by contacting their local Black Hills National Forest Ranger District Office. https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/blackhills/about-forest/contactus/?cid=st...

Please be aware that damaging forest roads and lands is against the law. The legal and financial consequences can be steep and damages done to the land can take years to repair.

Addtional Information can be found on USFS Facebook.

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