Went off-season (early October) and was able to take my pick of sore’s from the nearly-empty location.
Bathrooms were open. At the tower itself, both visitor centers were closed, though rangers were present.
Note: registration is available on-site via cash or check only. To use a credit/debit card, you must pay at the entrance station. Take the placard they give you (or the stub from the envelope if you pay at the site) and attach it to the pole next to your campsite.
We were in and out late night and early morning so we didn't get to see it in the daylight but it fit the bill for an overnight stop.
Nice grassy spots next to the highway.
Not a lot of privacy.
$20 a night.
Pit toilet bathrooms, fire rings and picnics tables.
Campground review: This lake is amazing! It makes the busyness of the road and the cost of the state park. We were staying there for a day and had to pay for a 7 day pass which was$20 just to enter the park. The campground is across the road from the lake and it is the perfect distance to there in about 2-3 mins.
The sites are well covered but the campground is right next to the road so it is a bit loud on busy weekends. The general store at the lake was basically empty when we were there because it was a busy weekend but typically it is stocked with food and basic essentials.
Gear review: As a ranger we often get to review fun gear! This trip I was able to bring along the Steel Camping Mug from Banner and Oak.
This mug is perfect for a casual campground mug. It radiates the temperature of the drink so be careful with hot beverages. The design on it is perfect for starting the day with the intention of trying something new! It holds about 8 oz of liquid.
The one thing I would be aware of is the lip on the mug. It is a bit of a dip on the underside so if you don’t drink out of it just right, it will spill down your chin.
Maybe if your in an RV it’s better? Tent sites are all the way at the top of the hill. Not even in walking distance to bathrooms, showers or the pool. We felt remote up there, which I suppose isn’t a bad thing. Very uneven grassy spaces. They did have shuttle to town. Convenient to town deadwood and lead and to attractions.
There’s dispersed camping here with quite a few pad options. It’s a quiet place with a lot of very cool hiking trails off of the camp site. The tent spots are all very reasonably close to the parking lot so even if you want to walk off a bit to place your tent it won’t be much of a burden or hassle to set up. I got a spot out off the parking space far enough to not be bothered by anyone’s lights and to get a really nice view of the stars as I went to bed. A wonderful spot to have a night of sleep that’s so close to Rushmore you can walk there if you don’t want to pay for parking.
I stayed for 2 nights in the off season. When I called ahead the hosts said it was on them due to the off season and said to enjoy the space. Very very lovey people. It was like as if I had walked into a wonderland of nature. The day was beyond perfect and the space was magical. I cannot recommend this place enough. Hands down the best camping spot I have ever been too. If you get the chance it’s beyond worth it to stay here. The space is nature at its best. I will be coming back as soon as I am able.
I arrived too late to get a site within the park, so the campground host there directed me to this small private campground just a mile away. I’m a tent camper, so they gave me a grassy site literally right in front of the bath house. The campground is right on the road, and there was some traffic all night, as well as bright lights. The bath house is very clean, and I slept ok despite the traffic. I heard Coyotes and Great-horned Owls! Not an ideal place, but did the trick.
We stayed September 5-9 . It was peaceful & enjoyed our stay. This campground has no hook ups. Most of the campground was closed except for about 10 sites. They stay open for hunters & fall campers. It was 20 a night which is spendy for no hook ups or comfort stations.The have vaulted toilet & water for personal use not for camper.We hiked around the lake & kayaking and fishing.
Great site in the Black Hills. Book early to get a good site. The hike in sites are recommended if you don't want neighbors. We were at site 17 - a hike in site - felt almost like we were in the wilderness, but flush toilets and a full service lodge and camp store within walking distance. We were there in July with few mosquitoes and low humidity. Great stargazing. This is higher altitude than most of Custer State Park, so lots of huge boulders and pine trees.
This place was super clean and the two older ladies at the front desk where extremely nice. The showers where hot and not really busy ( We stayed here in July). This was close to Custers Park and about twenty minutes from Rapid City. Will definitely be back!
Small place on a little lake. Couldn’t really walk around the lake because of all the goose poop. Did have full hookups still in late October. Clean showers and bathrooms. Urban feel.
We found this place after we couldn’t get the dispersed camping thing processed in our brains!
RV friendly as well as tent friendly. There are hot showers and clean bathrooms. The wife saw a laundry facility on property. They have a small pantry in the office Incase you find yourself needing something. You can tell the property is well maintained.
I gave 4/5 stars due to the close proximity to the main road. At night there really isn’t much traffic. However in the morning we woke up to the sound of constant vehicles.
We would definitely come back though!
Devil's Tower can be one of those parks which quickly can have a line just to get in, especially on busy holiday weekends. I visited on Labor Day and found that the early bird gets the worm when it comes to entry and camping alike. While there are other camping facilities just outside of the grounds the ability to simply wake up and hit a trail from your campground is something of unique appeal.
As you enter the park you will wind around the way with spectacular views of the Devil's tower, pass through prairie dog town and then stumble upon the campground just before ascending to the parking area for the tower's popular trails and small information center. When crowds are large parking in this area is tight, which is why camping inside the parks bounds has even more of an appeal. I found that the campground had an access trail which allowed you some of the best views of the tower and also the red beds.
There are two access points, one to the lower area and one to the higher allowing you to completely bypass the majority of the tourism traffic unless you really want to take the paved ADA trail.
Campsite is spacious and has limited number of sites so registration on a busy weekend is best done online. On a normal day of the week the campground can fill up by noon so keep that in mind if you are wanting to wing it.
Camp offers all the basics of home without showers. Flushing toilets and running water are centrally located as is potable water. This makes even camping in a tent feel luxurious as you are nestled under large shade trees with the Devil's Tower right in your backyard view. Additionally there is abundant cell signal at all points around the park.
While there is no firewood or a local store located in the park, less than 50 yards from the entrance gate is a general store and restaurant which has everything you need and despite being so close prices are fairly reasonable.
I greatly enjoyed the area and also the company of the neighboring campers at this location, everyone was generally very friendly!! I felt like in comparison to other area campgrounds the price was also just right for what was offered at only $20.
- Get the Annual Pass for Parks for only $80 and save big if you are visiting more than one park. There are several within a stones throw of this area you will want to visit including Wind Cave, Jewel Cave and Rushmore.
- Try the Red Beds trail for a unique vantage point which seems completely disjointed from the look of Devil's Tower. For more information about this I suggest doing a little research beforehand.
If you’re willing to invest 45 minutes to go down a bumpy 8 mile dirt road the reward will be seclusion and beauty. 9 lonely campsites situated next to Castle Creek surrounded by hills and Lodgepole Pines and wildflowers. There is a clean vault toilet but no potable water so bring your own or be prepared to filter. About 16 miles out of Hill City well worth the trouble. The directions on the USDA website are accurate. Every campsite is next to the flowing creek. Campsites come with a picnic table fire ring (plenty of wood around) and a level campsite. We were there early September and no one was there!
We had the entire campground to ourselves. The actual campground is called Whitetail Campground, located on Deerfield Reservoir.
Be aware that you must have water in your tank if you come in an RV. The campground pumps do not have threaded hose connections.
We hiked the Deerfield Lake Loop and found the signage to be missing in many places, causing us to take a 15+ mile hike instead of the advertised 11 mile hike. The trail was overgrown and washed out (lost into the stream) in 5 or 6 places where we had to cross. It is not well traveled when you get 6 miles in.
There are two loops to the campground and we stayed in the one furthest from the lake (as it was full….) The bugs weren't too bad and we had a fire one evening. The thunderstorms were pretty regular every afternoon and things stayed wet.
We would definitely return.
I had been having trouble with my van so finding a campground with hookups, great showers, clean bathroom, and outdoor sink for washing camping dishes was great. It's basically an RV park with a few spaces for tents. But they each have electricity which was nice for me. The spaces are close together. My fee was around $44 for the smallest site but this is par for the course for KOAs I think. A great one-night respite if you just want something easy. Showers were really great.
Been staying at these cabins since the 1960's, many owners but Les the current owners welcome like non others! Beautiful spot in the hills!
We have been here 3 times. Love the quiet atmosphere. It is close to downtown Sturgis. Great place for Rally. Equal distance between Rapid City and Spearfish. Pool, hot tub basketball court.
Full hookups and a place got tents. Cabins. Bar on premises
The drive to Black Fox is along quite a few ranches and follows a river. The drive is enjoyable and not very difficult to handle. The campground is right along the river. The rapids made music that is peaceful and inviting.
A large group of ATVs drove in to picnic. Along with one other family, the campground was pretty empty.
What better camp than right along a bubbling river? Off road trails are the closest draw. The Michelson trail has an access point a few miles down the road. Pay the access fee and enjoy the trail with hikers, bikers, and horses.
Although some of the sites had a bit too much water and were muddy, the bulk of the 9 sites were perfect.
We tent camped here for a night. All tent sites are given out on a first come first serve basis. We got a quiet spot along the Spearfish River for $25/night. This campground has an awesome bathroom and shower which require a code to access. Definitely will stay here again.
The showers need to be torn down and started over. The laundry was nice size but only half the machines worked. The lots were pull through and really nice with shade trees. There was real grass and it was thick. There were nice slabs of concrete with a gazebo and picnic tables. The staff was really friendly and the store was cute. You could have fires, full hookups. They have cabins and a hotel as well with a pool and game room. It was the most we have paid for a week stay, with exception of Canada.