The Black Hills National Forest is located in western South Dakota.
Where is this Forest?


The Black Hills, in western South Dakota and northeastern Wyoming, consists of 1.2 million acres of forested hills and mountains, approximately 110 miles long and 70 miles wide.

The Forest has four Ranger Districts and a Forest Supervisor’s Office. Offices are located in Sundance and Newcastle, Wyoming and Custer, Rapid City and Spearfish, South Dakota. 

The Black Hills rise from the adjacent grasslands into a ponderosa pine forest. Described as an “Island in the Plains,” the Forest has diverse wildlife and plants reaching from the eastern forests to the western plains. The Forest is a multiple-use Forest with activities ranging from timber production, grazing, to hiking, camping, mountain biking, horseback riding, rock climbing, mining, wildlife viewing and many others. 

Enjoy yourself while viewing the many rugged rock formations, canyons and gulches, open grassland parks, tumbling streams, and deep blue lakes. Millions of visitors come to the Black Hills each year to experience the rich and diverse heritage.


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Forest Happenings


Plan Your Visit to the Black Hills National Forest Got a Map? Need a Recreation Pass?



Mountain Pine Beetle Response Project

Mountain Pine Beetle RODThe Forest is working to manage populations of mountain pine beetle (MPB) and to help protect communities, watersheds, and natural resources from wildfire by treating hazardous fuels. See the Black Hills National Forest Mountain Pine Beetle Response Project Decision

Bear Lodge Project

Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) & Travel Management

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Check out a Virtual Tour Video of the Mount Roosevelt Friendship Tower

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Mount Roosevelt Virtual Tour QR-Code




Recent News


Mountain Pine Beetle Information

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Have fun, but look up, look down, look all around, and beware of falling dead trees. The mountain pine beetle epidemic is spreading in the Black Hills, even as foresters work to address the situation.


Summer Flowers

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The Black Hills Regional Mountain Pine Beetle Strategy

Custer Peak Aerial Photo

A 5 year strategy that identifies the response to the current mountain pine beetle in both WY, SD

Gold Mountain Mine - the last mine standing

Gold Mountain Mine

LEARN about the only gold mining site left on the Forest with a standing mill frame.


Interested in Volunteering?

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Learn about many volunteer opportunities available on the Black Hills and across the country! Click Here

Forest Service Job Outreaches

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Interested in a career with the Forest Service? Check out the latest FS job openings available across the country on USAJOBS.