What a great event. If you want a once a year event to do, consider The Dakota Territory Challenge. The challenge itself is always held on Labor Day weekend. It begins the Thursday before and concludes, the Sunday of. The challenge is sponsored and put on by The Black Hills 4Wheelers. What a great group of guys and gals!
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The Dakota Territory Challenge is open to a select number of rigs so spots can fill fast. The challenge is held at a campground just passed the breathtaking Pactola Reservoir on the beautiful drive towards Lead-Deadwood. The campground is currently owned by a husband and wife who love their job. They offer a small store, hot breakfasts in their restaurant along with bag lunches you can order the night before for the trails. They even recently put in a small pool for down time or family fun for the kids. There is a shower and bath house with an outdoor sink for washing dishes.
The Black Hills 4 Wheelers very own Pizza Boy, and his family, who own a pizza place in Lusk Wyoming make the dinner one of the nights. They come all the way to The Black Hills just to offer the best homemade BBQ ever! Complete with homemade rolls, honey butter, and deserts. Eat to your hearts content.
What does it cost and where does the fee go? Fees go to the upkeep of all the Black Hills Trails. The Black Hills 4Wheelers are the primary clean up, open up, and maintenance crew for the Black Hills trails. Thanks to these wonderful guys and gals, the Black Hills is open to the off road community and events like The Dakota Territory Challenge. The fee and registration can be found on their web page www.BH4Wheelers.com.
On To The Good Stuff
Bikini. Named for the full sun trail that it is. This trail winds around the top and sides of the hills. Depending on the weather of the day, you can easily get two trails for the price of one. The trail can be completely different one day to the next, especially if it gets wet. It is good to start Bikini in the morning before the hot part of the day as it is a southern facing trail.
Located on the opposite side of the hill from Bikini is T-Back. T-Back offers a little more shade but still named for the sunny trail that it offers as well. You are greeted on T-Back with an obstacle named The Hall Way. Equipped right away with a climb to end with a tricky L-turn V-notch, this obstacle is great for pictures and quite entertaining to watch. The guys from Black Hills 4Wheelers are very knowledgeable and will take care of everyone on this obstacle. If you pay attention you can also catch glimpses of Mt. Rushmore in the foreground of the hills.
A popular trail after it's sponsorship of BFG tires, this trail is an all day event. You get to drive through the old cobble stone roads of Lead Deadwood on your way to the trail where everyone stops to check out your rig. Hal Johns offers great shade being in the valley, down side is not much wind. Hal Johns is a longer trail, taking up as much of the day as you'd like to spend. A mild dirt road runs back and forth and along side Hal Johns offering a good emergency exit for any unfortunate breaks or for spectators to easily fallow. Hal Johns ends with the infamous Water Fall obstacle. During the challenge the Water Fall may be dry and unassuming but make no mistake about it, it is a climb worth seeing!