Sturgis Proposes Non-Motorized Trail Construction

Contact(s): Scott Jacobson, (605) 440-1409

Spearfish, SD – The City of Sturgis is proposing the construction and subsequent maintenance of approximately 15 miles of non-motorized trails on the Black Hills National Forest. 

The proposed trails would form a multiple-loop trail network in the area of Vanocker Canyon, Deadman Mountain and Veteran’s Peak south of Sturgis.  The trail network would link into already constructed trails on City of Sturgis property around the Sturgis Reservoirs and would also link into the existing Centennial trail, which is administered by the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management.

Construction and maintenance of the trails would be carried out by the City of Sturgis under a special use agreement with the Forest Service. The completed trails would be open to hikers, runners, mountain bikers and horseback riders.

Environmental review of the proposed trail network is under way, with a final decision expected in the fall of 2018.  Information on the project can be found online at or by contacting Chris Stores at the Northern Hills Ranger District office at 605-642-4622.

A public open house is scheduled for April 18, 2018, from 4:00-6:00 PM at the Sturgis Community Center for those interested in learning more about the proposed project. Forest Service and City of Sturgis officials will be available to answer questions about the proposal. 

For more information on the Black Hills National Forest, visit or call (605) 673-9200.


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