Forest Conditions (2020)

Current as of November 4, 2020

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 the high amount of moisture received in late Spring and Summer flooding in 2019, some of the roads and trails remain muddy, damaged or impassable. The Black Hills National Forest will keep these roads and trails closed to certain modes of use until they have conditions that will allow safe travel without causing resource damage. 

Temporary Road and Trail Administrative Restrictions (Nov 4, 2020) & Map

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

Hell Canyon Ranger District

Road Closures‚Äč

  • NFSR 284.2A - closed from 284 - 284.2D
  • NFSR 326.1A
  • NFSR 495.lA 
  • 781.1A
  • 781.1C
  • 781.1G


Mystic Ranger District

Trail Closures

  • Nugget Trail System. This area is West of Rapid City and South of Silver City on both the East and West of China Gulch Road {NFSR 249).
    • Trails - 6805, 6832
  • Ditch Creek Trail System. This area is south of the intersection of HWY 385 and Merritt Estes Road.
    • 6069

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

Trail Closure

 Riley Hill Trail System

  • FST 8217 - NFSR 203.5 to 8214

Road Closures

  • NFSR 135.N
  • 170.5l


Bearlodge Ranger District

  • Trail 91 (Cliff Swallow) - entire length is closed.
  • Trail 1681 - entire length is closed
  • 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.