Black Hills National Forest to offer season passes at half price

Black Hills National Forest

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Forest Recreation Management (FRM) will be hosting their annual Half Price Pass Sale for the 2021 season on Friday, December 4, 2020.  

This one-day sale will be held at a new location: The Lions Building on the Central States Fairgrounds from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

“We are hosting the sale at the Lions Building at the Central States Fairgrounds this year as Forest Service Offices are currently closed to the public,” said Ty Gerbracht, Operations Manager for FRM. “Due to staffing limitations, we are only able to hold the sale at one location and the Lions Building will be a nice place for the public to purchase their annual pass.”

“COVID-19 safety precautions will be in place at the Lions Building. Masks are recommended, hand sanitizer will be available and social distancing will be used to keep people safe,” said Gerbracht.

These passes are for USDA Forest Service facilities located within the Black Hills National Forest fee areas and should not be confused with South Dakota State Park Passes.

The Premium passes (which includes the Sheridan and Pactola complexes) will be $20 (regularly $40), and the Standard passes (which are for all FRM operated day use areas except the Sheridan and Pactola complexes) will be $12.50 (regularly $25).  Please pay with cash or check.

The number of passes available for purchase per individual is unlimited, making them great gifts for stocking stuffers, gift exchanges and prizes for drawings. No other discounts will be accepted with this offer and those with senior or access discounts can receive this reduced price any time.

To accommodate people that are not able to purchase the pass in person, the public may also purchase the pass by mailing a check and a self-addressed envelope to FRM, PO Box 1168, Hill City, SD 57745. The request must be postmarked no later than December 7.  Please include a check for the appropriate amount.

Under a special use permit, FRM operates Black Hills National Forest campgrounds and other recreation facilities. FRM has been operating these facilities since 1999.

For more information on the passes, visit or contact Forest Recreation Management at 605-574-4402. For more information on the Black Hills National Forest, visit

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