Takers and Givers?
All of the work to provide and maintain the DakAL is done by volunteers of the 501c3, non-profit, SD Trails Development Corporation. We work to protect existing trails and to build new ones. It takes some money to make all of this happen. Everyone that rides the DakAL is passionate about our sport. However, some are merely TAKERS and give little or nothing back to the sport. Others are GIVERS and recognize the need to support trail development efforts.
The question is: Which are you?
We encourage each rider of the DakAL to make a tax-deductible contribution of $50 or $100 to aid in preserving the passion we all enjoy.
You can donate right here, right now! Thanks you for your support.
Maps & Nav:
A GPS device is strongly recommended. Navigation via maps only will be difficult and will greatly increase the time to complete each day's ride. There is no single map that can show the entire route. The maps listed below will help greatly if you plan to travel with or without a GPS.
Free GPS map -Black Hills National Forest Trail GPS Map-
Recommended that GPS users download the free Black Hills National Forest Trail GPS Map at:
Maps for purchase:
Black Hills National Forest- waterproof map (2014) - $13 http://www.blackhillsparks.org/black-hills-national-forest-recreation-map-2001/
Delorme Atlas & Gazetteer- South Dakota ($19.95) https://shop.delorme.com/OA_HTML/DELibeCCtpSctDspRte.jsp?section=10096
All of these suggested maps are free in printed form and are highly recommended:
Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM)
Both for the Black Hills National Forest maps- Bearlodge/Northern Hills & Mystic/Hell Canyon
Custer National Forest (Sioux Ranger District – South Dakota) (MVUM)
This map may be obtained at the regional office in Camp Crook during normal business hours.
Nebraska National Forest (Fall River District)
http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/nebraska/maps-pubs . This map may be obtained at the regional office in Hot Springs during normal business hours.
South Dakota highway map.
http://www.travelsd.com/. This map may be obtained at most tourist stop and convenience stores throughout South Dakota.
Permits & Passes
Bikes will be required to have a Black Hills National Forest Trail Permit.(cost is $25)
Trail permits may be ordered on-line at :
If you order on-line expect delivery to be about 10 days.
Or permits may be purchased at any of the regional offices. Office locations and hours are available at:
Trail permits are now available at some retail outlets. Most of the motorcycle shops have the permits available. Some C-stores and other locations also have them. Unfortunately, there is no listing of available outlets with permits. You may have to call or visit several to find a permit. The good news is that many of these business are open long days and on weekends which is a great help.
A Custer State Park permit is required. Cost is $10 for seven days or $30 for an annual permit and can be obtained at entrance points to Custer State Park. Additional information available at:
Black Hills Powersports, Rapid City - Kawasaki, Yamaha - (605) 342-5500
Outdoor MotorSports, Spearfish - Honda, Yamaha, Beta – (605) 642-7731
Rice's Rushmore Motorsports, Rapid City - (605) 342-2242
Sturgis Motorsports, Sturgis - Yamaha, Suzuki, Husqvarna, BMW - (605) 347-2636
ET Sports, Belle Fourche - Kawasaki-– 605-892-2945
Black Hills Harley-Davidson- Rapid City – Harley- (800) 727-2482
Fall River: 911, Sheriff (605) 745-5155
Custer County: 911
Pennington Co: 911
Lawrence County: 911
Butte County: 911, Sheriff, Dispatch, Belle Fourche, SD (605) 892-2737/(605) 892-3324
Harding County: 911, Sheriff (605) 375-3414
Edgemont Clinic- (605) 662-7250
Custer Hospital: (605) 673-2229
Rapid City Regional Hospital: :(605) 644-4000, 353 Fairmont Blvd, Rapid City
Spearfish Hospital: :(605) 644-4000 , 1440 N Main St, Spearfish
Hot Springs Hospital: 1201 S Dakota 71, Hot Springs, (605) 745-3159
Belle Fourche Clinic: 2200 13th Avenue, Belle Fourche, (605) 723-8970
Buffalo Medical Clinic: 209 Ramsland Street, Buffalo, (605) 375-3744
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