Your UTV + President’s Day!

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You depended on your UTV to be your wingman (or wingwoman!) for Valentine’s Day—or maybe you don’t believe in celebrating love just one day out of the year. However, this February we have a whopper of a holiday weekend with back to back events: V-Day on the 14th and President’s Day on the 19th. If you got President’s Day off, or you simply want to make the most of this smack in the middle of the month weekend, there’s no better way to celebrate than by heading to the Badlands of South Dakota.

The Black Hills National Forest is home to 1.2 million stunning acres of land, and much of it is open to off-road lovers. Explore thousands of acres on the Motorized Trail System, which includes more than 3,600 miles of roads and 600 miles of trails. Both are UTV-legal and many offer a peek of Mt. Rushmore. You’ll find more than 90 miles of single-track options for motorcycles, as well as 347 miles designed just for UTVs that are less than 62 inches wide.

Embrace Your Bad Self

The Badlands are home to 72 miles of trails for vehicles narrower than 50 inches, and 148 miles are a free for all. Bring all your off-road machines, from UTVs to motorcycles. Many of the trails are looped and there’s clear marking to 20 key trailheads. It’s a very good idea to pick up the Black Hills Forest Service map before your ride. It’s updated every year to identify new trails, construction areas, and any spaces that are currently off limits. Some routes aren’t clear on the trails but are well marked on the maps.

It’s absolutely required that all riders stay on the trails. This forest is for trail riding only, and cross-country drivers are strictly prohibited. Still, the Black Hills embrace the “tread lightly” mantra of many UTV riders. Always pack out what you pack in, and follow UTV social etiquette. In South Dakota, UTVs are managed by the state’s motorcycle law. This means there’s no legal age limit to drive a UTV. Follow common sense, and know that you still need a valid driver’s license when on non-trail roads.

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A Presidential Welcome

You can get an annual pass for $25, or a week pass for $20. The Forest Service is open on weekdays from 8am to 4pm, but is closed on President’s Day. Plan early and pay your fees online before arriving. Every vehicle on the trail needs an independent permit, and you will get a free route map when you purchase your trail permit.

While you’re in the Badlands, take a detour to get up close and personal with some of our most beloved of presidents. Seeing Mt. Rushmore is a bucket list item that can’t be missed! Before heading out, make sure you have all the upgrades necessary for a great President’s Day!


Turf Vehicles for Any Terrain

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Whether you call them turf vehicles, utility vehicles, or even golf cars, these powerful and rugged machines can handle some very trying terrain. Of course, one of the most common places you see turf vehicles is on golf courses, whisking players around the greens so you can really enjoy your game. You’ll also see other kinds of turf vehicles on the course when the food and beverage carts trolly by. However, turf vehicles are very multi-faceted and can be found on nearly every type of terrain being used for a number of tasks.

Mehta_Turf GolfYou’ll find turf vehicles like the CarryAll series and XRT 1500 series tackling landscaping projects and sometimes even on construction sites. Available with a variety of hauling power capabilities, they’re used to transport branches, mulch, and fertilizer, large shrubs to be planted and sometimes even kindly caught pests like raccoons! From deep muddy soil to frozen and frosty terrain, there’s no such thing as an offseason for construction and renovation projects.

Turf Vehicles for Luxury

Turf vehicles capable of carrying large groups are spotted on college campuses, retirement communities, and any type of campus (including corporate) that’s too big for everyone to easily walk. If you’re on a tour, perhaps checking out your child’s future university, you don’t want to spend the entire time huffing and puffing across campus. Turf vehicles help make tours and transportation easier, faster and much more comfortable. With heating, cooling and a number of coverage options, you’ll also be able to avoid inclement weather.Mehta_Turf Taxi

Airports are another place where turf vehicles are a staple and a reminder that these machines aren’t just for the outdoors. Easily able to transition from the indoors and outdoors, you might want a turf vehicle for very large and spacious interiors. Additional options include mega malls and some corporate buildings, although your imagination is the limit.

Bumps, Hills and Sand

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Turf vehicles have the ability to easily get where you cannot. This can include sand dunes, very steep and trying hills, deep mud, and navigating across the icy or snowy terrain. Some can navigate surprisingly deep water, and others are designed with very hot temperatures in mind. Matching your turf vehicle to the job you have in mind is critical, and something a reputable terrain vehicle company can help you with.

Those on a budget can always check out used turf vehicle options, or consider a variety of model types to handpick which features you don’t necessarily need. A turf vehicle for every owner, budget, and terrain is sure to make life much simpler. Get started on your turf vehicle shopping process now!