Hot Springs, South Dakota

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Buffalo Gap National Grassland - Dispersed Camp

The Fall River Ranger District is located in Hot Springs, South Dakota, which is known as the Southern Gateway to the Black Hills! Hot Springs has been well known for many years for it’s large, natural, warm water springs. With easy access to great attractions; soothing, natural, warm water springs; great year-round weather; distinctive sandstone architecture; and multiple opportunities for outdoor activities and experiences. Spread out over a wide geographic area, a current visitors map is strongly recommended. Watch wildlife in their natural habitat and enjoy the wide open spaces.

The Fall River area is also known as an important geological resource included in the well-known Fossil Freeway, covering western Nebraska and stretching into western South Dakota,

For more information about the community of Hot Springs, please visit the Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce.

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Hot Springs, SD
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Fall River Ranger District, (605) 745-4107

General Information


The Buffalo Gap National Grassland covers 322,869 acres dispersed through southwestern and south central South Dakota. An up-to-date visitor map shows the area's boundaries interspersed with private property.

Fall River Ranger District (Buffalo Gap National Grassland - West) 
1801 Highway 18 Bypass
Hot Springs, SD 57747
(605) 745-4107

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


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