Black Hills winter recreation season draws closer

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - Monday’s snow isn’t all bad news as the winter recreation season draws closer.

Starting Friday, Dec. 15, Black Hills trails will open for snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and snowshoe hiking.

The National Forest will close seasonal gates and recreation sites that do not remain open through the winter.

Gates are closed to provide a seasonal refuge for wildlife, protect road surfaces and other resources, and provide for public safety as some of the roads are converted into part of the snowmobile trail system.

As a safety reminder, use extreme caution when driving on forest system roads as the road ahead may become impassable or hazardous due to ice and snow cover. National Forest System roads are not plowed or maintained during the winter.

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