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Black Hills National Forest GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Data

The Black Hills National Forest provides a wealth of geographic informational maps for recreational, scientific, and administrative purposes. Browse to view all of our maps and data.

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.

Images and metadata files are in Adobe PDF format, but other files are in winzip executable format. The winzip files include an ESRI shapefile(s). Save the winzip executable file to a temporary folder, and then double click on the filename, enter a destination folder and choose "unzip."

NOTE: All GIS Data obtained from this site is in the UTM Projection, Zone 13, NAD83, Units Meters.

Release Date
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Location
western South Dakota and northeastern Wyoming
USDA Forest Service
Contact Name
Van Every, Mark
Contact Email
Public Access Level
Bureau Code
005:96 - Forest Service