Forest Conditions (2021)

Current as of August 11, 2021

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 (August 11, 2021) & 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
  • NFSR 495.lA - entire length
  • 682 - closed from 682.2P to 682.2N
  • 682.2N - closed from 682 to 682.2Q
  • 682.2O - entire length
  • 781.1A - entire length
  • 781.1C - entire length
  • 781.1G - entire length

Cattleguard Work

  • Crews will be working on a cattleguard on Trail 3200 south of Hawkright Trailhead. Forest officials urge the public to find alternative routes until the project is complete.

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

Road Closures

  • NFSR 299.1C (NFSR 299.1C/F/J/K are near Bear Mountain)
  • NFSR 299.1F
  • NFSR 299.1J 
  • NFSR 299.1K


Northern Hills Ranger District

Road Closures

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

Logging Operations

  • Logging operations are currently going on in the Eagle Cliff trails. Operations are approximated to last into August.
  • There will be logging activity and hauling on the Georgia Timber Sale this summer on roads 170.5D, 170.5B and 534.2E. 
  • Logging is also occuring off 219.1 (Old Salt) that leads up to Custer Peak from the south.

Bearlodge Ranger District

Road Closure

  • FSR 830.4Z is closed in order to prevent further natural resource damage to the area and to protect the safety and health of visitors. 

Conditions vary on system 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.