Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM)

Welcome to the Motor Vehicle Use Maps page. Here you will find information for motorized travel on the Black Hills National Forest.

The Black Hills offers over 3,600 miles of motorized travel on the forest, including over 600 miles of system trails.  For further information, contact a local Forest Service Office.

Also check out the OHV Riding & Camping webpage

NEWMVUMs are now available in multiple formats


Motor Vehicle Use Maps are available for the 1.2 million acre Black Hills National Forest. Motor Vehicle Use Maps are the official map for designating all roads, trails and areas available for public motorized travel on the National Forest. Visitors should not rely on any other maps for making decisions about motorized travel.

The Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) is a requirement of the 2005 Final Travel Management Rule and is a product of the 1997 revision of the Forest Plan and travel management decisions on each ranger district.

The MVUM displays National Forest System (NFS) routes (roads and trails) or areas designated as open to motorized travel. The MVUM also displays allowed uses by vehicle class (ex. highway-legal vehicles, vehicles less than 62 inches wide and motorcycles), seasonal allowances, distance allowances, and provides information on other travel rules and regulations.

Routes not shown on the MVUM are not open to public motor vehicle travel. Routes designated for motorized use may not always be signed on the ground but will be identified on the MVUM. It is your responsibility to reference the MVUM to stay on designated routes for motor vehicle use or follow the terms of the permitted use. The MVUM will be updated annually.


The MVUM is a black and white map with no topographic features. It is a map for legal designations of where you can travel with various motorized vehicles, but for additional reference it is best used in conjunction with a Forest Visitor Map or other detailed map.

The printed MVUM is free to the public at each local Ranger District office and at the Supervisor’s Office.


Do Your Part - Don't Spread Invasive Species: Help prevent new infestations and avoid spreading invasive species. Clean and wash dirt and seeds from motorized vehicles prior to riding the roads and trails.

For more information on National and Regional Travel Management Policy and Implementation: USDA Forest Service Travel Management & Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Program

USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Region Travel Management

If you do not already have a copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader you can download a copy from Adobe.

Motor Vehicle Use Maps:

View and Print from your Computer (PDF format - click links below)


View on your Mobile Device

MVUM MobileIf you own a mobile device such as an iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch or Android (4.0.3 or newer), you can take the Black Hills National Forest MVUMs with you.

  1. Download the free Avenza PDFMaps app, available at to your mobile device.
  2. Once you have Avenza on your mobile device, use your device to download the maps while running the App. Search for “Black Hills MVUM” to download MVUMs for Bearlodge, Northern Hills, Mystic and Hell Canyon Ranger Districts.

With the app and maps installed on your mobile device, you will be able to:

  • View your location on the PDF MVUM using the built-in GPS device
  • Measure distances and areas
  • Plot waypoints
  • View maps offline
  • And more…

Through a no-cost contract with Avenza Systems, Inc., the USDA Forest Service has made electronic versions of its Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs) available as free downloads for smartphones and tablets.


View on your GPS unit (compatible with newer Garmin GPS units only such as Alpha, Astro, Dakota, Oregon, Colorado, Edge 800, Montana, Rino 650, GPSMap 62 series, GPSMap 78 series, eTrex 20 and eTrex 30)

Open the file and extract the .kmz files to your PC.  Plug in your compatible Garmin GPS unit and copy the .kmz file(s) to the "CustomMaps" folder on the GPS unit.  Unplug your GPS and then select "Set Up - Map- Map Info" and change "Disabled Custom Maps" to "Enable."


View in Google Earth (must have Google Earth software loaded on your computer)

Open file and double click on .kmz file to open in Google Earth


Frequently Asked Questions