The South Dakota Challenge

’Wheel With a View

Verne SimonsPhotographer, Writer

With the beautiful backdrops of Mt. Rushmore, the Black Hills of South Dakota offer many pleasures to the outdoor enthusiast, and we the Jeep owners of the world are no exception. Every year over Labor Day weekend the Black Hills 4-Wheelers put on an event called the Dakota Challenge. The Challenge is an invitation for off-roaders from around the country to check out some of the trails that wind throughout the Black Hills. There are Jeeps in just about every imaginable configuration from bone stock Tuxedo Parks to full-on rock buggies that regularly compete in rockcrawling championships. There are trails to test every driver’s ability ranging from 5+ rocky riverbeds to calming rides through the scenic woods. To get info about this year’s event Check out the Black Hills 4-Wheelers Web site at, fire an e-mail to, send snail mail to P.O. Box 1354 Rapid City, SD 57709, or call Scott Wrigglesworth, the ’02 Challenge Director, at 605/393-8787.

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