• Northern Hills Ranger District

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    2014 N. Main Street
    Spearfish, SD 57783
    Phone: (605) 642-4622
    Fax: (605) 642-4156
    Hours:  8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

  • Overview

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    The Northern Hills Ranger District employs approximately 50-55 permanent full-time employees and an additional 25 seasonal hires. It encompasses approximately 326,000 acres in the northern part of the Black Hills.

    Vegetation management (timber harvest/fuels reduction) and related silvicultural activities are the largest resource programs on the district. The district also has a large and growing recreation program in areas of non-motorized and motorized trails, dispersed use, winter activities, and special uses. The district also has active programs in lands and minerals, wildlife habitat improvement, fire, cultural resources, and livestock grazing.

    Game species on the district include white-tailed and mule deer, elk, Merriam’s turkey, and ruffed grouse.

    The Northern Hills Ranger District includes many popular scenic locations, such as Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, which is a beautiful drive all year round. Spearfish Canyon contains many campgrounds, hiking trails, rock formations, and waterfalls. The Northern Hills is also home to the Mount Roosevelt Friendship Tower, a historic landmark that was built in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt. Spearfish has nearby access to over 300 miles of snowmobile trails, groomed and ungroomed cross-country ski trails, a 100-mile-long hiking trail (Centennial Trail) and many other trails, a 110 mile long biking, hiking and horseback trail (Mickelson Trail), and a downhill ski area (near Lead, SD).

  • Nearby Communities

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    Learn about communities located in the northern Black Hills, including Spearfish, SD where the Northern Hills Ranger District office is located.

  • Highlights

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    #NorthernHillsRD Highlights (Twitter feed link)