Officials with the Black Hills National Forest, which spans from northeastern Wyoming to southwestern South Dakota, are asking the public to avoid parking in front of the forest gates.
In a media release, Bethany Doten with the U.S. Forest Service says the gates are used for a variety of reasons. During seasonal closures of recreational and camping areas, temporary closures for road construction and prescribed burns, the gates need to be accessible to USFS employees.
Doten also adds that employees need access to the areas behind the gates to conduct surveys, monitoring and project work.
If you need a place to park, guests may park their vehicles on the side of the road when it is safe to do so and without causing damage to area - unless it is explicitly prohibited by state law, a traffic sign or an order. Parking is also allowed within up to 30 feet from the edge of the road surface, according to the forest's official website.