We received 5 inches of new snow in the last 2 days with a lot of wind. It was good sugary and not dry and fluffy. The temps are going to be in the upper 30’s to low 40’s for the next 5 days, with a chance of snow next Tuesday and Wednesday. Temps going back down Friday the 21st through the following Thursday, better chances of snow starting the 21st through Christmas and possibly the weekend before New Years. The warmer weather will help the snow setup and add to the base.
Trails open this Saturday. Most likely won’t be groomed until the afternoon of the 15th. They are in great shape around us. You can get all the way south and north. It does get thinner by Big Hill Lot, north. It does get a little thinner to Lead and Mt Meadow (Deerfield), but it is ridable at this point. You can get to the Clinton Overlook (way south). Snow is better south than north. You can get to Spearfish Canyon Lodge and Buckhorn as well and I believe Cement Ridge.
The lot across the road was plowed late last night and we did get a dusting after that. It is safe to unload over there.
We still have a couple of cabins open after Christmas and maybe a few more starting the 30th or 31st. We have openings before Christmas as well.
The trails are looking really good! I have been getting reports back from Game, Fish, and Parks as the trails are being inspected. We are told that the snow is at an average 8-12 inches, but 16-18 inches in isolated spots. You can get all the way south and north of us. It is snow covered all the way to Recreational Springs and Mt Meadow. It does get thinner as you get that way, but it is ridable at this point.
Some riders have been out. They all have said that they were pleasantly surprised on how much snow was really out there. If you have your own sled, you can go out on the trails before the 15th. You just have to stay off the private ground area. The trails officially open Dec 15, this coming Saturday. They most likely won’t be groomed until the afternoon of the 15th. They usually go out around 2 or 3pm. Some trails have been groomed in places. We do have more snow in the forecast for this coming Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday and a few days the following week. The forecast does change often, but our warmest day is going to be tomorrow with a high of 36, but partly cloudy and the temps are going back down to the 20’s and lower 30’s.
We do still have some cabins open during Christmas and New Years if anyone is interested.
We got 7 inches of new snow over the weekend. We are supposed to get a little more later today. The temps are going to stay in the upper teens and lower 20’s, so the snow will be sticking around. We had around 6-8 inches on the ground before this new snowfall. Our ground is good and frozen as well.
The lot is plowed across the road if anyone is wondering and want to come up to sled.
Snowmobile trails officially open on Dec 15. They will not be groomed or maintained until then. The lease with the private ground areas is from Dec 15 through March 31st. So, you need to stay off the private ground area if you come out before Dec 15. You need to have a trail pass if your sled is not licensed in your state to be on the trails, even if it is before Dec 15. You do not need a WY sticker if dip into WY on our trail system. As long as you are on the Black Hills Trails system, you don’t need a WY sticker. We do sell the SD trail passes here. They are $42 for 5 days. Again, you don’t need one, if you are licensed in your state or providence.
Disregard the wrong date, day and time on the live webcam. For some reason it went wacko and it won’t let us change it. It is a current live streaming picture.
It is getting real pretty out here!
We all have been patiently waiting for the snow to build up. Our ground is good and frozen and it helps hold our snow, which is an important factor! The trails officially open December 15. So, we should have good rideable snow by then. I will definitely repost before then if we get a good amount of snow to ride on. If you have your own sled, you can go out on the trails before December 15. You still need to be licensed and if you aren’t, you will need to buy a trail pass. You have to stay off the private ground area until Dec 15. You have more that you can ride on than you can’t up by us. You can’t get from Deadwood to us. That is all private ground. If there is rideable snow before Dec 15, just stop in and we will show you on the map where you need to stay off of.
Trail 8 has been moved. I hear it is going to be a good trail. (trail 8 is south of us) It is scenic and has a lot of trees that will hold the snow. It actually had more snow there than we had at the lodge. We had about 4 inches on the ground about a month ago and there was about 8 inches on the new trail. It seems to be that the pattern of snow fall has been more south of us than north again. So, hopefully we will be able to go all the way south and to every piece of the trail system like we were able to last year.
The South Dakota State Snowmobile Convention is this weekend, Nov 30 and Dec 1st at the Ramkota in Sioux Falls. Hopefully many of you will be able to attend.
We have added a piece to our website. We do have on line booking, if you would rather book on line.
We have added Sloppy Joes to our menu and Butterfinger Cappuccino’s.
We do still allow people to store their trailers here for a month or the season for a fee and you do have to fill out some paperwork as well. We are limited to a certain amount, so it is first come, first serve. You need to stop in and tell us that you are interested. We will tell you were you can park. It depends on how long you plan on storing your trailer on where we have you park.
I will continue to keep our facebook page updated and this page as the snow continues to come.
Look forward to seeing you sledders again!
Fall is here. It was 27 degrees at 5:30 this morning. The colors will start to change soon. The peak time for the fall colors is usually the last weekend in September, if the snow doesn’t take the leaves down before then. So if you want to come out, you may want to come sooner than later, to make sure you can enjoy it!
We are still renting UTV’s. It is a beautiful time to go out in a UTV when the leaves are changing color and all the wildlife are moving around.
If anyone is interested, we are selling our 2 seater UTV’s this fall. Call if you are interested….605-584-3464
Snow will be here before you know it. If we get as much snow as we have of rain this year, it will be a record snowfall year! Looking forward to it!!
The weather has been really good lately for UTV riding out here. The Black Hills haven’t been this green in a long time! We are offering some 2 and 4 people package deals this year for one night stay in a cabin and 1 all day rental of a UTV. Call 605-584-3464 if you are interested. We do provide laminated maps with highlighted suggested routes with all our rentals and we do sell the maps as well.
We are open if you would like to rent a cabin and bring your own UTV’s out. We have a large parking area for trailers. You may park in the lot of the Lodge if you are staying with us and you are welcome to park and unload in the lot across the road from us if you are staying elsewhere.
Dry camping is available for $15 a night. We do have some make shift plug in areas with only 20 amp availability for $20 a night.
Our grill is on from 8 to 8. We have 91 octane and 87 with 10% ethanol on site. Check out our prices, they are lower than anyone around us. Probably the lowest in the state as of right now.
We still have some cabins available for the Rally. We don’t raise our prices on ANYTHING during the Rally.
The riding is awesome right now. Even this April riding is better than it has been in years out here! You get the best of both worlds right now, great temps and great fresh snow. We have gotten 8 inches of new snow this week so far and supposed to get another 8 tonight. The trails aren’t groomed anymore. The leases through the private ground areas expired March 31st. We can’t rent snowmobiles right now, but if you have your own sled, you can still go out and ride. It is marked in white where the private ground areas are located, you need to stay off that area. You can still do a lot of riding south, north, west and some east of us. We still have plenty of maps here at Trailshead Lodge or you can download if from this website as well. We are still open for gas, food, and lodging.
We did do some riding in the last 2 days and it was great riding. It is only better now with the 5 inches of new snow that we got last night and it is still coming down. I did post some pictures on our facebook page….Trailshead Lodge, if you want to check that out.
The markers are still out on the trails and some signs. The maps that are located at every intersection are down and 2 of the gates are closed on Trail 3. If you want to stop in a visit about what you can and can’t do, feel free to. You do still need a trail permit if your sled doesn’t have current or up to date tags.
Today is the last official day that the snowmobile trails are open. It still looks more like Christmas out there rather than Easter. We have gotten 11 inches of new snow this week. Riders are telling us that the trails are still good, mainly south and they are still off trail riding in places as well. After today, if you have your own sled, you are still allowed to go out and ride. You are supposed to stay off the private ground area, which is marked in white on the trail maps. You will be on your own. The trails aren’t maintained after today nor will anyone be out there to help you, if you need it.
The UTV/ATV trails do not open until May 15. We will not rent out our side by sides until then. You can still call and reserve for the May 15 or anytime after that. We do provide detailed maps with suggested routes with our rentals. We do sell these maps, if anyone else would like to purchase them. We also have the free forest off road vehicle maps here as well. We will not be selling the OFF road permits this year. The Forest Service has changed their ways and has made it very difficult for us to do this. I am not sure if there will be many others selling them as well. You will have to buy them on line or stop at one of their sites that sell these maps. You can go to blackhillsparks.org to purchase these on line or find out where their sites are located at. This is the website to go to find all the rules and regulations of your UTV/ATV. It will explain about being licensed for a road and trails and how to get your off road vehicle licensed for road if it isn’t or if you can’t get it licensed in your state. You can get a temporary pass or an actual license plate for here in SD. They can be purchased at any courthouse in SD. The courthouse in Deadwood is probably the best place to go. They are the most familiar with this and sell hundreds of these.
Have a great Easter!
The trails south of Trailshead Lodge and some north aren’t completely to dirt yet. You can still take trail 1 all the way south to the end of the system. Trail 8, 11, 12B and all around Mallo Camp are good. 2A to 6 to 4 and back to us is good as well. 3 riders rode all the way to Big Hill Lot on 1 north of us and back down 3 to 3B to Trailshead. That wasn’t bad as well. It is 54 degrees here today. It is supposed to be 40 tomorrow with 70% chance of rain/snow tomorrow afternoon. Temps back up on Saturday and down on Sunday with 50% chance of rain/snow. Monday’s temps are going to be down with a chance of snow. Temps are going to be up and down next week with a chance of more snow on the weekend over Easter.
It is spring riding right now. The snow gets pretty mushy in the afternoon. The snowmobile trails are open until March 31st. After that, it is at your own risk. The trails won’t be maintained and you are supposed to stay off the private ground area.
The UTV trails don’t open up until May 15.
It has been great to see the winter riders and we look forward to seeing you again!!
Trails are still holding up around us. Anything east of Dumont Lot is in poor condition. High of 43 today, 51 and partly cloudy Wednesday, 46 and partly cloudy Thursday. Snow Thursday night, 1-3 inches. Snow Friday, 3-5 in the day, another inch at night. Snow on Sunday, 1-3 in the day and 1-3 at night. Temps will continue next week to be around the 30’s with more chance of snow the following end of the week.
It all depends on how sunny it is going to be in the next few days with these higher temps, that will determine how much snow we lose. We do have a good base, so hopefully it will hang in there.
We are still renting snowmobiles. We may not rent this Wednesday or Thursday due to the higher temps. It depends on how today goes. We are taking reservations for the weekend and filling up for Saturday. It will depend on how the week goes, if we can continue to send them out or not.