Railroad Buttes OHV Area

Large gravel lot and hills

Railroad Buttes area is one of a few large, open off-road riding areas on Forest Service lands, covering approximately 3 square miles. The open play area includes hill climbs, multiple trails and makeshift motocross tracks. Most of the terrain is hard packed and can get dusty and there is little to no shade. There is a large parking/staging area with plenty of space.

Dispersed camping is allowed but there is no potable water. Fireworks and shooting are prohibited. There are no fees or permits required at this time. Please recreate with respect and pack out all trash. 

A lone vehicle on the gravel surface at Railroad Buttes area parking. Truck traveling along a road at Railroad Buttes area Green rolling hill with OHV trails Rolling hills with tracks of OHV vehicles. large parking area with rolling hills around it

At a Glance

Fees: No fee
Open Season: Year-round weather dependent
  • Fireworks and shooting are prohibited.
  • Pack it in, Pack it out 
Closest Towns: Rapid City, SD
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Fall River Ranger District (Buffalo Gap National Grassland)(605) 745-4107

General Information


From Rapid City, SD east on Highway 44 about 21 miles then turn south on Pennington County 160th Avenue/Farmingdale-Folson  Road and travel approximately 3.5 miles.

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Mountain Biking

OHV Open Area Riding

Access to rolling hills
Staging Area Parking
Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

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