Visitor Center Information

Visitors walk into Pactola Visitor Center

The Black Hills National Forest Visitor Center is located west of Rapid City on Pactola Reservoir Dam on Highway 385 in the central hills.

OPEN DAILY, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 5 days a week (Closed Wednesdays & Thursdays), Mid-May - after Labor Day weekend

Phone: (605) 343-8755

Exhibits inside Pactola Visitor Center
  • Information: The friendly visitor center staff has brochures, maps, and other information to help you plan your visit to the area and forest.
  • Exhibits and Programs: An outdoor bulletin board explains the reservoir's history and recreational opportunities. 
  • Black Hills Parks and Forests Association: This non-profit organization has outlets in most Forest Service offices and at the visitor center, and Wind Cave National Park, Jewel Cave National Monument, and Custer State Park. Sales of forest maps, books, and other items support the education programs and facilities on the forest and may be purchased on their website: or by calling 605-745-7020 or tollfree at 888-804-9090.
Forest employee assists visitors
For more information, please contact the Pactola Visitor Center at (605) 343-8755 or any of the other Black Hills National Forest offices

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or familial status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact the USDA's TARGET Center at (202)720-2600 (voice or TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 14th and Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202)720-5964 (voice or TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.