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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(current as of July 16, 2019)


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Forest Happenings

Yonder.Yonder: Share Your Love for the Outdoors

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Avenza.The Black Hills National Forest Visitor Map is available for use with iOS Mobile Devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch) or Android (4.0.3 or newer).


Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Information

Changes for purchasing Motorized Trail Permit for 2019. Permits may be purchased at the Black Hills and Badlands Visitor Center, located off Exit 61 on I-90 just east of Rapid City, online, from a local vendor or at any Black Hills National Forest Service office. 


Non-Motorized Trail Strategy

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Recent News


Black Hills Resilient Landscapes Project

The Black Hills Resilient Landscapes project decision includes reduction of hazardous fuels, prescribed burning, enhancement of hardwoods and grasslands, timber harvest, non-commercial thinning, and associated actions.

Historic Forest Photo Archive

Historic Timber Photo

A Black Hills National Forest and Black Hills State University partnership has made a historic Forest photo archive accessible for the public. Over 10,000 images are available for viewing on the Digital Library South Dakota website at:

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Use of UAS's or Drones

Drone in Spearfish Canyon

"Know Before You Fly" and learn about drone usage Do's & Don'ts on National Forest land.

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?

Forest Service Volunteer Belt Buckle

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

Forest Service Job Openings

Lookout Tower Employee

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


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