Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM)

The Black Hills offers over 3,600 miles of motorized travel on the forest, including over 700 miles of system trails. For further information, contact a local Forest Service Office. Also check out the OHV Riding & Camping webpage.

Motorized Vehicle Use Trail Permits

A Motorized Vehicle Use Trail Permit is required for any motor vehicle traveling on motorized use trails in the Black Hills National Forest in South Dakota. Permits may only be purchased at the Black Hills and Badlands Visitor Center, located off Exit 61 on I-90 just east of Rapid City, online, or at any Black Hills National Forest Service office. Additional local vendors coming soon.

Motor Vehicle Use Maps

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.

A hard copy 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.

Type of Device Downloadable Map Content

Desktop or laptop computer

(View and Print .PDFs from home)

2019 Bearlodge .pdf/.tif

2019 Northern Hills .pdf/.tif

2019 Mystic .pdf/.tif

2019 Hell Canyon .pdf/.tif

Smartphones and Tablets  

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

Download the Avenza App for SmartPhone/Mobile Devices

                     MVUM Mobile

View in Google Earth

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

2019 Bearlodge (.KMZ)

2019 Northern Hills (.KMZ)

2019 Mystic (.KMZ)

2019 Hell Canyon (.KMZ)

Google Earth Roads, Trails & Trailheads

2019 .KMZ Roads, Trails & Trailheads

GIS Shapefiles

Roads, Trails & Trailheads

2019 GIS

MVUM and other USFS GIS data is on the EDW Enterprise Data Warehouse

Garmin GPS Receivers

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

2019 Bearlodge (.KMZ)

2019 Northern Hills (.KMZ)

2019 Mystic (.KMZ)

2019 Hell Canyon (.KMZ)


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: 

Frequently Asked Questions

Review frequently asked questions about the Motor Vehicle Use Maps.