View Full Version : Has anyone ridden the Black hills? (need input)

09-10-2009, 08:49 PM
Has anyone ridden the Black hills?? Is it worth the 15 hour drive? We are thinking about heading out to South Dakota between Christmas and New years. Looking for recommendations on places to stay (brining wife and all 3 kids) 2 of the 3 kids ride their own sleds and we would like to plan a day without Mom and the littlest one during the trip for some off trail riding. We are looking for a lodge or hotel on the trail system with as a many near by amenities as possible. From what I have read there some 350 miles of groomed trails and most of the Black Hills National Forest is open to off-road snowmobiling. Any input would be appreciated.

09-11-2009, 07:38 AM
I've been out there several times and have always had a good time. I'd be a little concerned about good snow that early in the season. A great place to stay is Spearfish canyon Lodge, right on the trail, restaurant across the street. But it's a little bit removed from everything else. I've also stayed at the Golden Hill resort in Lead. Nice place, you have access to the YMCA from there, it has food, etc... And it's only a couple miles down into Deadwood. You can also ride right from it.

The groomed trails are great, the forest roads are better, and the power lines and boondocking are the best.

09-11-2009, 06:51 PM
We trailed out our ATVs and it was great.Elf is right miles of Forest roads the park is huge like 1.2 million acres and you will need a GPS and a Map from the Ranger station to get around.We stayed @ Spearfish Canyon Lodge also here is there website.www.spfcanyon.com (http://www.spfcanyon.com)

09-16-2009, 09:37 PM
Try Mystic Hills Campground. Brand new bar and grill and lodging of most any needs. It's just 12 miles out of Deadwood (the heart of the action) Tell them you heard of them on John Dee too. Great people. Or try the Deadwood Gulch Hotel, they are on the trail and have a Casino right there and the Trolley will take you Downtown hourly. Have fun the trails are awesome. Both places have websites. And it's 10 hours closer than Tog.

09-18-2009, 01:29 PM
What's the altitude there?

09-20-2009, 07:55 AM