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 650 miles of system trails.  For further information, contact a local Forest Service Office.

Also check out the OHV Riding & Camping webpage


2016 Motorized Vehicle Use Maps and Trail Permits Available


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 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 available free to the public at each local Ranger District office and at the Supervisor’s Office.


Motor Vehicle Use Maps and Travel Aids are available in multiple formats:

Paper copies of the black and white Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs) are available free at local offices.


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

Type of Device Description Downloadable Map Content

Desktop or laptop computer

(View and Print .PDFs from home)

Black and white MVUM

2016 Bearlodge (.PDF) 

2016 Northern Hills (.PDF)

2016 Mystic (.PDF)

2016 Hell Canyon (.PDF)

Color Travel Aid 2016 Color OHV Maps

Smartphones and Tablets  

(Android 4.0.3+ or 
iPhone or iPad  Apple iOS 5.0+)

Black and white MVUM

Read this SmartPhone/Mobile Device Guidance 

                     MVUM Mobile

Garmin GPS Receivers Black and white MVUM

These maps are compatible with newer Garmin models only.  Read GPS Guidance for more information.

2016 Bearlodge (.KMZ)

2016 Northern Hills (.KMZ)

2016 Mystic (.KMZ)

2016 Hell Canyon (.KMZ) 

Color Travel Aid

These maps are not compatible with all Garmin models.  Click link below to confirm your device is compatible and to access downloadable file.

 2016 GPS-compatible Color Travel Aid

View in Google Earth

(you must have Google Earth downloaded on your computer to use these files)

Black and white MVUM

2016 Bearlodge (.KMZ)

2016 Northern Hills (.KMZ)

2016 Mystic (.KMZ)

2016 Hell Canyon (.KMZ)

Color Travel Aid 2016 Forest wide (.KML)
Maps will be updated annually in January to reflect current information.


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.


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


Frequently Asked Questions