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Trail Policies

  1. Trail Pass required: All trail users age 12 and older are required to have a trail pass (except on the trail within the city limits). Passes must be located on the person or the bicycle: trail users who are unable to show a trail pass will be subject to a fine.
  2. Trail Traffic: The trail is open to hiking, biking, horseback riding, cross county skiing and snowshoeing. No motorized vehicles are allowed on the trail. Exception: section of the trail is open to snowmobiles between Deadwood and Dumont.
  3. Wildlife: Avoid disturbing wildlife.
  4. Refrain from defacing natural features.
  5. All pets must be leashed.
  6. Camping: prohibited on the trail and trailheads.
  7. No campfires allowed.
  8. Smoking: not allowed on or adjacent to the trail.
  9. Discharging firearms or fireworks from or across the trail is strictly prohibited.
  10. Air guns and slingshots are not allowed on the trail.
  11. Trail Times: The trail is closed to all users from ½ hour after sunset to ½ hour before sunrise.

Trail Etiquette

  1. Obey all traffic signs.
  2. Remain to the right side of the trail except to pass: Be sure to give a clear warning before passing others and do not pass others in the tunnels.
  3. Bicycles must yield to pedestrians and everyone must yield to horses.
  4. Keep children near adults.
  5. Use the buddy system: Travel with a buddy or in a group in case of an emergency.
  6. "Open Range" areas: these are areas where cattle roam freely. If you come to an area where cattle are on the trail, DO NOT spook them, speak in a calm voice and slowly work your way around them.
  7. Respect Landowners.
  8. Stay on the trail and be considerate of other users.
  9. Emergency Assistance: 911.

Additional Information

  • Telephones: not available on the trail, but pay phones can be found in the towns along the trail - there is little to no cell phone reception in the Black Hills.
  • Equipment: Be sure to keep your equipment well maintained and carry simple repair tools.
  • Weather: Be conscious of changing weather conditions and dress appropriately for the weather.
  • Sunscreen: Bring sunscreen and a hat, as several portions of the trail are not shaded.
  • Rest often and carry plenty of water.
  • Bicycle Helmets: Bicyclists are encouraged to wear helmets.
  • Thin tire road bikes: not recommended.
  • Theft Protection: Trailheads are not under constant surveillance. Be sure to place valuables out of view and lock your vehicle.
Report concerns to the trail office in Lead at 605.584.3896.