Dispersed Camping

Setting up your own campsite away from developed fee sites, also known as dispersed camping, is allowed on most of the Forest for a maximum of 14 days in any 60-day period. However, around developed reservoirs and campgrounds, camping is allowed only in designated areas. Check with the closest Forest Service office for specific information.

General rules:

  • Camp 100 feet away from any creek or stream and 1/2 mile away from developed recreation sites, including campgrounds and picnic areas.
  • Motorized vehicles allowed 300 feet off of roads as shown on the Motor Vehicle Use Map (dots) for dispersed camping on the Black Hills National Forest. 
  • Around developed reservoirs and campgrounds, camping is allowed only in designated campsites.
  • Can camp for a maximum of 14 days in any 60-day period. 
  • No open campfires in South Dakota portions of the national forest.
  • Open campfires are permitted in Wyoming portions of the national forest, unless a special order prohibiting such is in effect. 
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Dispersed Camping Areas

Areas & Activities


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