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Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, SOUTH DAKOTA

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Most Recent Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area Camping Reviews
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Nice Campground

We needed a camp site with full hookups for one night. This KOA clean & the people running it do a nice job. Pull through sites. Nice and level.

Beautiful campsite in canyon near creek

Beautiful campground in canyon of the Big Horns and near a creek. Great trout fishing there per the host. Campsites are right on the creek #4 is RIGHT on the creek and you can just walk down to it to fish. Cleanest vault toilets we have ever seen. All first come first serve $16

Beautiful Bighorn Mountains

Small but beautiful campground located in the Bighorn Mtns of Wyoming. Off hwy 16 a little ways this campground is big on scenery if not amenities. Although tree covered they are rocky and small. However the equestrian area at the back has some beautiful spots.

One of my favorite High Country Campgrounds

We took a motorcycle trip from Missouri to Yellowstone and stopped here for 3 nights on the way. This is an excellent Primitive campground with unbelievable views.

Although it has minimal services, it makes up for it with the views. Make sure to wake up early and walk to the lake, there was moose hanging out when we were there. Even the drive into the campground is nice. The high elevation makes the evenings cool.

I would go back here in a heartbeat, if I’m ever in the area, I will plan to stay here.

Pros: Very primitive feel, nice toilets for being so far out, shady campsites with plenty of room,

Cons: The long 7 mile gravel road on cruiser motorcycles is a pain.

Beautiful area

This was our first trip to this campground. My friend reserved the site for us so we did not know anything about this area. 

PROS -Very small campground- 

Cleanest & best smelling toilets I have have ever encountered.

Lake at Campground

Great Hiking area's

Lake is clean & beautiful (Go for Kayaking & Fly Fishing)

Moose in area 

CONS:

7 miles of Gravel road to get to Campsite -Very bumpy ride for 3500 ton Truck

Campsites are small. We have a 27 Foot bumper pull -No problem but some sites smaller & uneven. (Research your site)

No Camp Host on Site-Have to drive about 4 miles to buy wood bundles.

Dry Camp-No Electric 

Dump Station about 13 miles away

Nice views of the Bighorn mountains

On Highway 16 across from the lake. There are great views of the mountains with nice wooded sites. The vault toilets were really clean and there was some bit of privacy between sites. Each site had the usual picnic table and fire pit (no bear boxes). In the evening there was a lot of wildlife in the meadow to watch, so try and get a site on the outside of the loop so you can watch. Because it was early in the season (the campground had only been open for a week when I arrived), they were not collecting fees yet (I double checked with the campground host). North Cove was across the street from the entrance and was very popular with fishermen and boaters.

Family friendly camping

For $17 a night, try and get a site right on Tensleep Creek. Sites are pretty, and private-ish with lots of trees (some good for hammocking, some not). Everything was really well maintained to the point of everything looking new. All the usual amenities of picnic tables and fire pits and grills, PLUS there are pretty awesome prep tables for cooking and a lantern pole at each site, with super clean vault toilets where the camphosts have set pots of flowers to improve the setting. I suggest getting a site on the backside of the loop away from the road. The campground hosts were great, checking on campers a couple of times in the early evening and again in the morning. They rolled around in their golf cart stocked with firewood for sale so you didn’t have to hike back to the top of the hill to get your wood. There are some great family activities areas in the campground with horseshoes, cornhole, and other games set up in a central activities area.

Finally, a KOA without all the rock

This is, finally, a KOA that isn’t covered in gravel and dust! There is real, green grass! The sites are small, and tight, but there is grass. They have mostly RV sites, with some tent sites and small cabins. Electric and water, some with sewer. There is a small store, game room and pool. The shower would be better with a real door, not just curtains. They have a good size dog park, plus an extra area for dogs to run, unfenced.

Tie hack

Went last week beautiful resavour camping and fishing. Only caught smaller Browns but has a cliff about 20 or 30 foot for cliff diving

Lake view

Always good fishing and camping. Bring your bug spray though