Recreation Passes & Permits

Black Hills National Forest Annual Recreation Pass

Swimming & Beaches

Many picnic grounds, trailheads, and other recreational areas in the Black Hills National Forest have no day use or parking fee. However, some developed areas charge a fee. If you visit these recreation sites frequently, you may want to purchase a Black Hills National Forest Annual Recreation Pass.

Interagency Recreation Passes:

National interagency passes offer discounts, free entrances, and cover some standard amentity fees at recreation sites with the following federal agencies: U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Reclamation. These passes may or may not be accepted by concessionaire operated sites.

*Buy passes online at the US Geological Service or at your nearest national forest or grassland office.

4th Grade pass


4th Grade Interagency Pass - Free for current 4th grade students.

Graphic: Annual recreation pass


Interagency Annual Pass ($80) -  For anyone to purchase, valid for 12 months. 

Graphic: Senior Pass

Graphic: Annual senior pass


Interagency Senior Lifetime Pass ($80) -  For those age 62 or older. Valid for the lifetime of the passholder.


Interagency Annual Senior Pass ($20)

For those age 62 or older. Valid for one year from month of purchase. A Senior Annual Pass may be applied towards the purchase of a Senior Lifetime Pass. 

Graphic: Access Pass


Interagency Access Pass (Free)  -  For those with a permanent disability.

Graphic: Military Pass


Annual Military Pass (Free) - Available for active military personel, or their dependents. Valid for 12 months.

Contact the nearest office to find out more about these passes.