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About Ingalls Homestead

Camp on the Open Prairie Camping at Ingalls Homestead is a unique way to experience the prairie. All sights are located on the land Charles Ingalls homesteaded. With just a handful of sites - 4 covered wagons, 1 bunkhouse, 4 RV sites, and tent camping - the prairie doesn't feel crowded.

Fee Info
Covered Wagons - $60/night Our covered wagons are based after a sheepherder's wagon and come in two sizes, large or small. Cost is $60/night regardless of the size. All wagons have electricity, screened windows, a small fan, a campfire ring, and a picnic table. You must provide your own linens and pillows. The large covered wagon sleeps five and includes one full-size mattress, two mats (approximately 2'x5') on platforms built into the wagon and a roll out mat for the floor (approximately 3'x6'). The small covered wagon sleeps three and includes one double-size mat (approximately 4'x6') and a roll out mat for the floor (approximately 3'x6'). Bunkhouse - $60/night If you'd like a bit more space or a real roof over your head, the bunkhouse is an excellent option. It is a simple one-room building that sleeps six and includes a full-size mattress and two sets of twin-size bunkbeds. The bunkhouse has electricity, a small refrigerator, a small microwave, a table and chairs, a campfire ring, and a picnic table. You must provide your own linens and pillows. RV Sites - $30/night Our RV sites include water and electrical hookups. We offer 20, 30 or 50 AMP electrical connections. Each site has a campfire ring and picnic table. All sites are back-in; we do not have any pull-through sites. While we do not offer sewer connections the sites, there is a dump station in our parking lot. Tent Camping - $10/night Our tent camping is simple. We do not have specified sites. Rather, you choose your own spot in the camping area. The camping fee includes use of the bathroom and shower facilities. Since we do not offer specified sites, tent camping does not include electricity. Of course, you do have access to electricity in our bathroom facilities.
Reservation Info
Call us old-fashioned, but since we only have nine sites, you still have to give us a call to set up a reservation - 800-776-3594. Please feel free to contact us via email to check availability. You may make reservations as far in advance as you like and we are open to make reservations year-round.
Operator
Private
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Boat In
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Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
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Picnic Table
Reservable
Sanitary Dump
Showers
Toilets
Trash Available
Location
Ingalls Homestead is located in South Dakota
Latitude
44.3667 N
Longitude
-97.5408 W
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4 Reviews of Ingalls Homestead
Laura would be honored

We have traveled in a RV for 6 years and been to 48 states (3 or 4 times each), visited 300 plus small towns and I can say this was one of my favorite camp spots. There are only 4 RV lots, and they are pretty close together, but we stayed before season, so we had the place practically to ourselves. For $30, we had W&E, fire pit (firewood not sold), picnic table and free access to the homestead. Bathrooms were so clean and smelled like cedar wood.  There is a dump station but be fore warned it's on a slope, so emptying your tanks completely will be a challenge. Also a sign says grey water only, this is not true, you can dump your black water too. Since we were off season, during the day, they had school trips daily, so there were a lot of children, having fun playing right behind our rig. But it was only for a short period of time during the afternoon. There's a museum right next to the sites, which is always open. There's also is a tower you can climb to get some really great views. Several houses and buildings are on the property you can explore and hay rides are available. They also have a nice country store where you can by your souvenirs. If your a Laura Ingalls Wilder fan, like me, this is a must stop, if only for a night! I also want to mention that the camp hosts and gal that ran the store, couldn't have been nicer.

Very Cool and Unique Campsite on the Grounds of the Laura Ingalls Homestead

A very cool and unique campsite on the grounds of the Laura Ingalls Homestead near De Smet, SD. Unique in that you can camp right on the open prairie and for only $10 a night. Just pick a spot of grass and you’re good to go. There are some picnic tables you can choose to be near or just head out on the frontier. There are also options to camp in a covered wagon as well as a bunkhouse. RV spots are available and include water and electric hookups. Well appointed and clean bathrooms (electricity and flush toilets) are on site with showers.

The other really cool thing about this spot—especially for families—are all of the fun activities at the homestead itself. There’s a one-room school house with tours, a barn with animals, a covered wagon ride where you (or your kids) can lead the horse-drawn wagon, opportunities to learn how to make a jump rope, twist hay, wash clothes—all things the Ingalls family had to do on a farm from long ago.

A night or two in the summer is great though with no shade for the campsites field, it can get warm but evenings on the prairie are gorgeous. All in all, a great spot to set up that is cheap but with nice facilities and staff.

Magical Must-See for Kids & All Little House on the Prairie Fans

This is a truly magical place, and if you’ve ever read any of the Little House on the Prairie books and are anywhere near De Smet South Dakota, do yourself a favor and swing by.

The Campground

The Ingalls Homestead consists of two main parts. First is the "campground," which is a basically a large grassy slope where you can set up your tent for just $10. It includes hot showers, flush toilets, and a few picnic tables and fire-pits throughout the field. There's also fairly basic RV parking for $30 with electric and water hookups and a dump site as well as some basic but cool covered wagons for $60. We arrived just as the sun was setting, found a lovely spot for our tent, and then paid in the shop the next morning. The bathrooms were clean, the showers were a little strange but also clean and hot (basically a large room cordoned off by several shower curtains).

The Homestead

De Smet is where the Ingalls family lived during the "Long Winter" of 1880-1881, and the Ingalls Homestead is a "family run business" that brings to life many activities from the 1880s such as visiting a one-room schoolhouse, making a corn on the cob doll, going on a covered wagon ride, etc. It's truly hands-on and some of our favorite time was spent hanging out in "Pa's" lean-to barn with the barn kitties and riding horses and ponies. My oldest son also learned how to drive the covered wagon to the schoolhouse down the road (another treat). Each station on the self-guided tour has an activity with incredibly nice and informed hosts. Most of the buildings are based on the original plans and descriptions from the Ingalls family, though no original buildings remain on the site. Visiting the homestead is an additional $15 per person over the age of five, and while you could camp without visiting the homestead, it was definitely worth a half or full-day visit.

First to Review
Put down those ipads and play like 1880

Friendly folks and simple camping. Lots of things for the kids to do and play just like its 1880.