Rockhounding - the collecting of small rocks or mineral specimens from the surface, for personal use - on the Black Hills National Forest does not require a permit. 

Collecting from within historical sites on the Forest is not allowed. Please do not disturb historical sites; leave them as is, for future visitors to enjoy.

If you have questions about appropriate areas for rock-hounding, contact your local Ranger District office.

Rockhounding Areas

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities