Forest Seeks Expression of Interest for Re-Use of Pactola Visitor Center

Contact(s): Scott Jacobson, (605) 440-1409

Custer, SD – Black Hills National Forest officials are looking to sustain the operation of the Pactola Visitor Center into the future and are seeking Requests for Expression of Interest (RFEI) from outside sources to provide concepts and ideas for the adaptive re-use of the facility. 

The REFI allows interested parties an opportunity to review the property, its facilities, and grounds and submit a concept for potential future use of the facility, taking into account the purpose and character of the facility and its location.  A long-term occupancy arrangement is desired and the property would be operated under a special use permit or lease.

The Black Hills National Forest may choose all or part of the content of one or more responses for consideration and potential development into a public solicitation. The Forest may then advertise for proposals to operate the facility. 

“While the facility has been operated by the Black Hills National Forest since it was built, we feel there is an opportunity to expand its use to outside sources to allow such amenities as a gift shop, food service and special events,” said Mark Van Every, Black Hills National Forest Supervisor. “The Pactola Visitor Center will remain the property of the U.S. Forest Service and we still plan to have an employee on site to provide visitor services to the public.”

The Pactola Visitor Center is located west of Rapid City, and sits on top of the Pactola Reservoir Dam on Highway 385 in the Central Black Hills.  Built in 1976, the Pactola Visitor Center has served as a seasonal visitor center, serving over 40,000 people per year during the summer months from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Interested parties can find additional information on the RFEI and submission guidelines at

Responses are due back to the Black Hills National Forest by close of business on December 1, 2018.  For additional information or questions, please contact Anne Apodaca, Forest Recreation and Lands Program Manager at (605) 673-9239 or by email at


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