The Black Hills, in western South Dakota and northeastern Wyoming, consists of 1.2 million acres of forested hills and mountains, approximately 110 miles long and 70 miles wide.

The Forest has four Ranger Districts and a Forest Supervisor’s Office. Offices are located in Sundance and Newcastle, Wyoming and Custer, Rapid City and Spearfish, South Dakota. 

The Black Hills rise from the adjacent grasslands into a ponderosa pine forest. Described as an “Island in the Plains,” the Forest has diverse wildlife and plants reaching from the eastern forests to the western plains. The Forest is a multiple-use Forest with activities ranging from timber production, grazing, to hiking, camping, mountain biking, horseback riding, rock climbing, mining, wildlife viewing and many others. 

Enjoy yourself while viewing the many rugged rock formations, canyons and gulches, open grassland parks, tumbling streams, and deep blue lakes. Millions of visitors come to the Black Hills each year to experience the rich and diverse heritage.


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Forest Happenings


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Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) & Travel Management


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Check out a Virtual Tour Video of the Mount Roosevelt Friendship Tower

Black Hills National Forest QR Code

Mount Roosevelt Virtual Tour QR-Code




Recent News


Mountain Pine Beetle Information

mountain pine beetle

Recent aerial photo analysis and ground surveys show overall mountain pine beetle populations declining from prior years.


Summer Flowers

Check out our companion media site! allows you to search, browse, and download BKNF photos, videos, documents, and audio files.


The Black Hills Regional Mountain Pine Beetle Strategy

Custer Peak Aerial Photo

A 5 year strategy that identifies the response to the current mountain pine beetle in both WY, SD

Gold Mountain Mine - the last mine standing

Gold Mountain Mine

LEARN about the only gold mining site left on the Forest with a standing mill frame.


Interested in Volunteering?

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Learn about many volunteer opportunities available on the Black Hills and across the country! Click Here

Forest Service Job Outreaches

Lookout Tower Employee

Interested in a career with the Forest Service? Check out the latest FS job openings available across the country on USAJOBS.


  • White Nose Syndrome - Rocky Mountain Regional Response to the Westward Spread


  • Battle for Bats - Fighting WNS Link opens in a Pdf Document

Featured Events

Letter to Daniel Hill Jr., January 5, 1919 (Archives of Ontario, F 2130-1-1-1)

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Black Hills National Forest Map

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National Forest Foundation

National Forest Foundation