Things to Remember While on the Trail

The 1.2 million-acre Black Hills National Forest offers unlimited-trail riding in addition to the 350 miles of trails groomed by the South Dakota Snowmobile Program. Forty miles of the system are made available through a cooperative agreement with the Wyoming Division of State Parks and Historic Sites


Things to Remember:

Operating Under the Influence: In South Dakota, snowmobiles are classified as motor vehicles. Therefore the operator of a snowmobile who is under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or otherwise, may be prosecuted under the same provisions of the state's DUI laws. The legal limit in the State of South Dakota is 0.08 percent.

Plowed Roads: No person may operate a snowmobile on a roadway that has been plowed or where snow removal has taken place. Except to cross the road only after stopping and yielding to any oncoming traffic, or, when operating in a road ditch is not possible, to the extreme right-hand side of the road until such time as the operator can against use a road ditch or an unplowed area.

Speeding and Reckless Operation: No person may operate a snowmobile at a speed that is greater that is reasonable and prudent under the circumstances, or in a reckless way so as to endanger the person or property of another.

Wildlife: No person may, while operating a snowmobile, chase, harass, kill or attempt to kill any game animal or game bird. When encountering elk, deer or other wildlife, please stay on your snowmobile and keep moving. Limited contact reduces the impact on wild animals during the critical winter season when food supplies are at the lowest and animals are the most vulnerable to stress.

Accidents: The operator of a snowmobile involved in an accident on public lands, frozen public waters or any private lands leased for public snowmobile use which results in damage to a snowmobile or another property in excess of $1,000 or results in death or injury requiring medical attention to any person must immediately report the accident to a law enforcement officer. If the snowmobile operator is physically incapable of filing a report, then someone acting for him/her must file. Failure to report such an accident is a Class 2 misdemeanor.

Trail Conditions:


Trail conditions are available online at and via the mobile app: SDGFP Outdoors. Trail conditions are also posted to Twitter accounts dedicated to both the Black Hills (@SDsnowBHills) and East River Trails (@SDsnowEast).

All Above Information was published in the 2019-2020 South Dakota Snowmobile Map, by the State of South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks

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