Pactola Visitor Center


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., 7 days a week, Mid-May - after Labor Day weekend

Phone: (605) 343-8755

Request for Expression of Interest

  • 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: The center's exhibits feature wildlife mounts including a bald eagle! An outdoor bulletin board explains the reservoir's history and recreational opportunities. If you have time, stay for an interpretive program given by the staff! 
  • 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.

For more information, please contact the Pactola Visitor Center at (605) 343-8755 or any of the other Black Hills National Forest offices.

At a Glance

Fees None

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


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