BKNF Travel Map—GPS Compatible

GPS screen shotThe Black Hills National Forest has released a forest-wide map that is compatible with some Garmin GPS units. This map contains only roads and trails (and their designations) on the Black Hills National Forest that are open to motorized travel.
The map is designed to be scalable (as you zoom in, more route features will appear), to reduce clutter when zoomed out to a small scale and increase drawing performance. If you feel that you are not seeing the data you intended, try zooming in.

GPS Map Legend



Note: If you have background maps loaded in your GPS unit, various “roads” and “trails” with differing symbols may appear that are not open to motorized use. When in doubt, temporarily disable the background maps in the Map Setup Menu.

The map is designed for color GPS units. It will function in compatible grayscale units; however the road and trail symbology will be mostly lost. You will need to “hover” the pointer over specific roads or trails to obtain their designations.


Route Number Open Route Type Vehicles Allowed (Symbol)
Road #

Seas: Seasonal

(Yearlong otherwise)

Rd: Road

HLO (solid white)

All (solid yellow)

Trail #

Seas: Seasonal

(Yearlong otherwise)

Tr: Trail

All (dashed red or dashed black, with black denoting Rock Crawling trail)

62 in. (SD-dashed green)

50 in. (WY-dashed green)

MC (dashed blue)

"Route # only" n/a n/a Other Public Roads (solid dark gray)


Text abbreviations used:

Seas: Open seasonally; refer to MVUM for specific dates.
Rd: Road
Tr: Trail
All: Open to All Vehicles
62 in.: Open to Vehicles 62” or less in width (South Dakota)
50 in.: Open to Vehicles 50” or less in width (Wyoming)
MC: Motorcycle Only
HLO: Open to Highway Legal Vehicles Only

OPR: Other public roads


Your GPS unit must be able to accept User Defined Styles in order for the information to be displayed correctly.  Newer Garmin units will accept user defined styles, although you may need a firmware update for your unit.  See www.garmin.com for information on updating firmware.


Downloading the Data

1.  Check to confirm your Garmin™ GPS Unit is Compatible (Units need USB or serial cable to connect to computer for file transfer):

Garmin ® Nuvifone M20 ™
Garmin ® Mobile XT ™
Garmin ® Aera ™
Garmin ® Oregon ™
Garmin ® Dakota ™
Garmin ® Colorado ™
Garmin ® Montana ™
Garmin ® Astro ™
Garmin ® Nuvi and Zumo (all models) ™
Garmin ® Edge 605, 705, 800 ™
Garmin ® iQue M3, M4, M5 ™
Garmin ® eTrex Summit HC ™
Garmin ® eTrex Venture Cx, HC ™
Garmin ® eTrex Legend C, Cx, HCx ™
Garmin ® eTrex Vista, C, Cx, HCx ™
Garmin ® Rino 120, 130, 520, 530, 520HCx, 530HCx ™
Garmin ® GPS V ™
Garmin ® GPSMAP 60C, 60CS, 60Cx, 60CSx, 62, 62s, 62st ™
Garmin ® GPSMAP 76, 76S, 76C, 76CS, 76Cx, 76CSx, 78, 78s, 78sc ™
Garmin ® GPSMAP 176, 176C, 276C, 376C, 378, 478C ™
Garmin ® GPSMAP 96, 96C, 196, 296, 396, 496 ™
Garmin ® GPSMAP 620 - only routing maps in automotive mode ™
Garmin ® Quest, Quest 2 ™
Garmin ® Street Pilot i2, i3, i5 ™
Garmin ® Street Pilot c320, c330, c340 ™
Garmin ® Street Pilot c530, c550, 580 ™
Garmin ® Street Pilot 2610, 2620, 2650, 2660 ™

  • NOTE:  Attempting to load data into a unit that it is not intended for may render the unit inoperable.
  • To check for updates of compatible units, visit:  http://www.mapwel.eu/gpsunits.htm


2.  Click HERE for information and instructions to load the map in your GPS.

3.  Click HERE to download (run) the Black Hills National Forest GPS Travel Map (If you prefer to use a map loading program other than MapUpload, right click HERE and choose "Save As" to download the map only.)

 This GPS Map Does Not Replace the Motor Vehicle Use Map

Users must remain in compliance with the official current Motorized Vehicle Use Map, and it is highly recommended that it be carried as a companion to this GPS map.

The MVUM is a legal document that identifies the roads and trails where motor vehicles are allowed.  The GPS Travel Map does not replace the MVUM, which makes designations of roads, trails, and areas legally effective pursuant to 36 CFR 212.56 and 261.13.  It is the user’s responsibility to be familiar with the current MVUM.  Printed copies of MVUMs are provided free of charge at local Forest Service offices and on the internet at:   http://www.fs.usda.gov/blackhills


This product is reproduced from geospatial information prepared by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service.  GIS data and product accuracy may vary.  They may be developed from sources of differing accuracy, accurate only at certain scales, based on modeling or interpretation, incomplete while being created or revised, etc.  Using GIS products for purposes other than those for which they were created may yield inaccurate or misleading results.  The Forest Service makes no expressed or implied warranty, including warranty of merchantability and fitness, with respect to the character, function, or capabilities of the data or their appropriateness for any user's purposes.

The Forest Service reserves the right to correct, update, modify, or replace GIS products based on new inventories, new or revised information, and as required by policy or regulation in conjunction with other federal, state or local public agencies or the public in general.  Previous recipients of the products may not be notified unless required by policy or regulation. 

Information shown is based upon data compiled as of January, 2016. 

For more information, contact the Black Hills National Forest:  (605) 673-9200.