Forest Conditions (2022)

Current as of January 20, 2022

The Black Hills National Forest strives to provide safe motorized trail and road access as well as modes of non-motorized travel while protecting the resources. Due to a variety of weather events and high user volume some of the roads and trails are rutted, muddy, damaged, blocked by fallen trees or impassable for a variety of reasons. The Black Hills National Forest will keep these roads and trails restricted to certain modes of use until they have conditions that will allow safe travel without causing resource damage. 

Temporary Road and Trail Administrative Restrictions (Jan. 20, 2022) & Map


The following conditions / closures are currently in effect until further notice for each District below:

Hell Canyon Ranger District

Road Closures​

  • NFSR 326.1A - entire length
  • 682.2O - entire length
  • 781.1A - entire length
  • 781.1C - entire length
  • 781.1G - entire length


Mystic Ranger District

Trail Closures

Ditch Creek Trail System. This area is south of the intersection of HWY 385 and Merritt Estes Road.

  • 6069 - entire length


Northern Hills Ranger District

Road Closures

  • NFSR 135.1N - entire length
  • 170.5l - entire length


Conditions can vary on system Forest roads and trails that are presently open to public travel. Please be advised that some of these roads may be saturated, with isolated cases of downed trees across roads. Crews continue to assess road and trail conditions and clear them of obstacles.