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Black Hills National Forest

Black Hills National Forest

Black Hills National Forest, an area about 125 miles long and 65 miles wide, is partly in northeastern Wyoming and partly in western South Dakota. President Grover Cleveland established the reserve on Feb. 22, 1897. Visitors come from around the world to enjoy natural formations like canyons, gulches, lakes and open grasslands, and to partake in outdoor activities like hiking and rock climbing.

The Sundance trailhead is located within one mile of the town of Sundance. From Sundance, take County Road 123 north for 3.5 miles; the trailhead is on the west side of the road. The trails are rated as moderate to difficult hikes. For more on the diverse history and culture of the area visit the website linked above. To speak with an official at the Black Hills National Forest office in Sundance, visit the Bearlodge Ranger District office at 101 S. 21st St.