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Black Hills National Forest

  • Black Hills National Forest

Black Hills National Forest is a diverse and stunning natural wonder that attracts visitors from all over the world. From its forested mountains and canyons to its crystal-clear lakes and streams, the forest offers an abundance of recreational opportunities and breathtaking scenery.


Explore the forest's many trails and witness its natural beauty up close. With more than 450 miles of marked trails, visitors can experience everything from leisurely walks to challenging backcountry adventures.

Scenic Drives

Take a scenic drive through the forest and witness the stunning beauty of the Black Hills up close. From the famous Needles Highway to the more remote backcountry roads, the forest offers plenty of opportunities for leisurely drives and wildlife viewing.

Water Recreation

Black Hills National Forest is home to several beautiful lakes and streams that offer endless opportunities for water-based recreation. Whether you prefer fishing, kayaking, or swimming, the forest has something to offer for everyone.

Winter Sports

In the winter, the Black Hills National Forest transforms into a winter wonderland, with plenty of opportunities for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and downhill skiing at the nearby ski resorts.

Wildlife Viewing

Observe the forest's diverse wildlife, including bighorn sheep, elk, deer, and black bears. With over 1.2 million acres of stunning natural beauty, the Black Hills National Forest is one of the few remaining intact native ecosystems in the United States and provides a natural habitat for a variety of wildlife.

With its stunning natural beauty and diverse array of recreational opportunities, Black Hills National Forest is a must-visit destination for anyone who loves the outdoors. Plan a trip today and explore the breathtaking beauty of one of South Dakota's most beautiful natural wonders.


Black Hills National Forest is open year-round, 24 hours per day.


There is no fee to visit the Black Hills National Forest, but some day-use recreation sites charge a per-vehicle fee from about Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Passes can be purchased at most Black Hills National Forest offices, some campgrounds and the Forest Visitor Center at Pactola. Fees are used to maintain and operate the facilities.

Click here for more information and to purchase passes online.

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