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This is a popular destination, however repairs need to be made. Please respect the closure.National Forest System Road (NFSR) 216.2, also known as Custer Peak Road, will be closed August 8, 2022 - September 18, 2022 for safety during a construction project on the Custer Peak Fire Lookout.

HistoriCorps (non-profit organization specializes in preserving historic structures on public lands) and Boxelder Job Corps Center will be working with employees from the Black Hills National Forest on the historic Custer Peak Fire Lookout south of Lead/Deadwood off Hwy 385.

Contracted engineers completed a structural evaluation in 2021 and recommended a list of repairs to the lookout. The project will repair the catwalk, railing, stairs, and cab support structure.

“I know the temporary closure will affect people’s ability to visit Custer Peak Lookout, but it is needed for safety reasons while repairs are made to preserve the historic value and keep it functioning as an important fire lookout in the northern Black Hills,” said Steve Kozel, Northern Hills District Ranger, Black Hills National Forest.

Custer Peak Fire Lookout was built in 1911. In 1935 it was replaced with a cupola building, and in 1941 the Civilian Conservation Corps used local natural materials to construct the fire lookout you see today.

(📷: Custer Peak Fire Lookout, Black Hills National Forest/USDA Forest Service)
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This is a popular destination, however repairs need to be made.  Please respect the closure.

If you intend to ride trails/roads that are available to Jeeps you need to expect and accept slow movement.

Jeep groups are usually easy to work with and will allow you to pass when space is available and timing is right.

Be respectful, chat them up and learn about their side of the off-road sport.


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    T replied to the topic 64 inch ok now? in the forum Where to Ride 2 months, 1 week ago

    Update on this. I have learned they are still enforcing the 62 in rule. It will be changed to 65 in approx 3 years to accomodate the move to 64 inch machines.
    (that’s how long it takes to get through the bureaucracy.)

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    T started the topic 64 inch ok now? in the forum Where to Ride 2 months, 1 week ago

    Spent 3 days out on the hills last week renting 3 different side x side machines. All were 64 inch…was careful to stay off the 62 inch trails, but noticed many, many folks on them.

    Decided to take the time to measure the green gates and was surprised to find they are now 80 inches wide at narrowest part!

    Wondering if they have changed the…[Read more]

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