ATV Trails South Dakota’s Custer National Forest

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There is a small area of South Dakota that is part of the Custer National Forest. This area is known as the Slim Buttes area. Historically, the Battle of Slim Buttes was fought here.

Numerous Forest Service roads and campgrounds are located in this area. If you are looking for a treeless and Ponderosa tree type of forest ride consider traveling to South Dakota’s Custer National Forest.

This area is beautiful with its out of the usual features of trees, limestone capped sandstone cliffs and special heights. From the trails look down hundreds of feet to the vast, open and wildlife filled prairie. Pillars of rock shoot upward to create unusual visuals, tricking your eyes to see castles and other shapes. Buffalo graze in the distance. The trails run down the midrange of these uplifted buttes, and skirt the edges to provide special views of the South Dakota grassland area far below.


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Places to Visit:

The Castles National Forest Campground
Picnic Spring National Forest Campground
Reva Gap Campground

Other Places to Visit:

Black Hills Power Equipment

Sturgis OffRoad Rally

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Favorite Rides Out of Custer National Forest:



Favorite Drives Out of Custer National Forest:

Slim Buttes Drive

Cave Hills Drive

Parking Map: 45.3741,-103.1627

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Degrees Minutes Seconds:
Latitude: N45 22 26
Longitude: W103 09 45

Decimal Degrees:
Latitude: N 45.3740746
Longitude: W -103.162691

Latitude: N 45 22.444
Longitude: W 103 09.761

13N 643862 5026149


Custer National Forest

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  1. The Black Hills have great ATV trails and Forest Service roads. I have traveled most of them. Our forest service roads are either road-like or trail-like. On my Favorite Rides pages, I have highlighted the many TRAIL-LIKE Forest Service Roads.

    I put this website together to help others enjoy their ATV visit to South Dakota. When I ATV out of my state, I realize how difficult it is to plan a three day ride without good information. I hope my website will be good information for you.

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  2. Chad Weinert says:

    I was wondering if there were any width restrictions in the slim buttes area of the Custer National Forest for side by sides?

    • The area called Slim Buttes is a tree covered outcrop area in our western South Dakota prairie. It is satellite part of the Montana Custer National Forest and is actually closer to North Dakota than it is to Rapid City SD.

      Most users of the area are full size vehicles, so your Side by Side will travel most of the Forest Service roads. However, you will experience one restriction, an eroded trail that was a challenge for my 48” ATV to traverse.

      Enjoy our Custer National Forest trails or maybe even our Black Hills National Forest trails?