Rocks, woods, water, and mud make for some of the best Jeep territory around, and the 16th Annual Dakota Territory Challenge, held last Labor Day weekend, had it all and more. Located just west of Rapid City, South Dakota, the Black Hills 4 Wheelers have access to some of the toughest trails around, deep in the heart of the Black Hills National Forest.
When you hear trial names like Twisted and Kong, you get the feeling that stock vehicles should stay away, and, in fact, lockers, winches, and 33-inch-or-better tires are required for these 5-plus-rated runs. We went on the truly tough rides, but other runs range from purely scenic to mild to really wild, with something for everyone's ability.
The Black Hills 4 Wheelers put on a great event and expect to provide an even better time next year. But if you must drink on the trail or bring a pet, don't even bother to register for the 100 spots that are available. The rules are tough but mandatory for the skill level needed on these trails. This year, over 750 entries were received for the 100 spots, so write immediately to the Black Hills 4 Wheelers, Dept. Jp, P.O. Box 1354, Rapid City, SD 57709.