Top Equestrian Camping near Whitewood, SD

Looking for a place to camp near Whitewood with your horse? Equestrian camping is the best way to experience nature. These scenic and easy-to-reach South Dakota campsites are perfect for your horse camping excursion.

Best Equestrian Camping Sites Near Whitewood, SD (15)

    Camper-submitted photo from Mount Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch
    Camper-submitted photo from Mount Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch
    Camper-submitted photo from Mount Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch
    Camper-submitted photo from Mount Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch
    Camper-submitted photo from Mount Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch
    Camper-submitted photo from Mount Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch

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    Mount Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch

    51 Reviews
    187 Photos
    158 Saves
    Hill City, South Dakota

    Welcome to Mount Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch, a bustling campground near Hill City, SD. This place is packed with amenities and activities, making it a hit for families and groups. You’ll find two pools, a splash pad, and a jumping pillow to keep the kids entertained. There’s also a variety of dining options, including a restaurant, coffee shop, and even a spot for tacos and margaritas.

    For those who love outdoor adventures, you can rent side-by-sides or take a chuck wagon ride. Horseback riding is also available, offering a unique way to explore the beautiful surroundings. The campground is just a short drive from Mount Rushmore, making it a convenient base for exploring the iconic monument and other nearby attractions.

    The campground offers a mix of tent, RV, and cabin accommodations. Some sites are a bit tight, especially for larger RVs, but there are patio pull-through options that provide a bit more space. The property is generally clean, and the staff is friendly and helpful.

    One thing to note is that cell reception can be spotty, so be prepared to disconnect a bit. Wi-Fi is available but can be unreliable, so plan accordingly if you need to stay connected.

    Overall, Mount Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch is a lively and family-friendly campground with plenty to do. Whether you’re here for the amenities or the proximity to Mount Rushmore, you’re sure to have a memorable stay.

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    Camper-submitted photo from Sylvan Lake Campground — Custer State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Sylvan Lake Campground — Custer State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Sylvan Lake Campground — Custer State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Sylvan Lake Campground — Custer State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Sylvan Lake Campground — Custer State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Sylvan Lake Campground — Custer State Park

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    Sylvan Lake Campground — Custer State Park

    38 Reviews
    176 Photos
    392 Saves
    Custer, South Dakota

    Anyone who has camped at Sylvan Lake campground in South Dakota’s Custer State Park knows that Black Hills camping doesn’t get much better than this. Sylvan Lake Campground is one of eight designated campgrounds in Custer State Park, and one of the best public land destinations for camping in the Black Hills of southwest South Dakota. The region’s expanse of dense forests, rolling prairies and granite mountain peaks (the very same peaks that were used to form Mount Rushmore) offer photo-snapping tourists and laced-up explorers alike a chance to dive into the ecology of the American West.

    For campers looking for a comfortable and convenient basecamp for diving into the region’s scenery and activities, Sylvan Lake campground is the place to be for many reasons. First, the 40-site campground offers access to the popular swimming spot of Sylvan Lake, where campers might feel inclined to spend their entire stay on the rocky beach of this scenic body of water. There’s also access to multiple hiking trails, suitable for all skill levels, including a trail that takes you to the curious and beautiful Black Elk Peak, the highest summit-able point east of the Rocky Mountains. Both a family-friendly spot and a hardcore adventurer’s playground, Sylvan Lake is Black Hills camping for everyone.

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    Camper-submitted photo from Whistler Gulch Campground & RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Whistler Gulch Campground & RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Whistler Gulch Campground & RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Whistler Gulch Campground & RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Whistler Gulch Campground & RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Whistler Gulch Campground & RV Park

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    Whistler Gulch Campground & RV Park

    8 Reviews
    13 Photos
    22 Saves
    Deadwood, South Dakota
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    • Reservable
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    Camper-submitted photo from Iron Creek Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Iron Creek Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Iron Creek Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Iron Creek Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Iron Creek Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Iron Creek Lake Campground

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    Iron Creek Lake Campground

    6 Reviews
    22 Photos
    112 Saves
    Lead, South Dakota

    Iron Creek Lake is located in an untouched area of the pristine Black Hills west of scenic Spearfish Canyon. While it is off the beaten tourism path, a trip to the lake is just a 20-minute excursion south of Spearfish on a well-maintained gravel road. The lake was created through a WPA project to create jobs in the mid 1930s and to provide a recreation site in Lawrence County. The trail circling the lake is just about one mile in length, making the lake small enough to prohibit wakes and high-speed watercraft. The atmosphere is quiet and oriented towards families.

    Iron Creek Lake offers tent and RV camping with some electrical hookups available. The cost is $17 per night for a tent site for up to 4 people in the same immediate family, $5 extra per person above four. Campers/RVs cost $20 per site for up to 4 family members plus $5 extra per person above four. Electricity is $5 more per night, is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and may require extension cords depending on the site. Dogs are welcome but also cost $5 extra per dog per night in the campground. Dogs must be leashed at all times and are not permitted on the beach or in the swimming area. Some sites can also be rented on a monthly basis for a special rate.

    The twelve rustic cabins available for rent at Iron Creek Lake have more character than the typical campground cabins.

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    • Reservable
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    Camper-submitted photo from Rapid City KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Rapid City KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Rapid City KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Rapid City KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Rapid City KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Rapid City KOA

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    Rapid City KOA

    20 Reviews
    60 Photos
    59 Saves
    Rapid City, South Dakota

    Welcome to Rapid City KOA, a fantastic spot near Rapid City, SD, perfect for a family getaway or a convenient stopover. This campground is open from mid-April to mid-October, offering a range of accommodations including tent sites, RV spots, cabins, and even glamping options.

    One of the standout features here is the friendly and helpful staff. Visitors often mention how accommodating and welcoming everyone is, making your stay as smooth as possible. The campground is also big-rig friendly, so if you're rolling in with a larger RV, you'll find it easy to navigate and park.

    For those traveling with pets, you'll be pleased to know that pets are allowed, and the campground is well-equipped with amenities like drinking water, electric and sewer hookups, showers, and toilets. There's even a market on-site for any last-minute supplies you might need.

    Kids will love the playground and the large grassy areas to run around. There's also a pool to cool off in during those hot summer days. If you're into outdoor games, you'll find a basketball court and a large checkerboard to keep everyone entertained.

    The location is a major plus, with easy access to local attractions like Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse. Pirates Cove mini-golf is just a short drive away, adding a fun activity to your itinerary. And don't miss out on Bear Country USA, a nearby wildlife park that's a hit with visitors.

    Overall, Rapid City KOA offers a clean, convenient, and friendly environment with plenty of amenities to make your stay enjoyable. Whether you're here for a night or a week, you'll find everything you need for a comfortable and memorable camping experience.

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    Camper-submitted photo from Days of 76 Campground

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    Days of 76 Campground

    3 Reviews
    1 Photo
    16 Saves
    Deadwood, South Dakota
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      Elk Creek RV Park Lodge & Resort

      3 Reviews
      8 Saves
      Piedmont, South Dakota
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      Camper-submitted photo from Fort Welikit Family Campground and RV Park
      Camper-submitted photo from Fort Welikit Family Campground and RV Park
      Camper-submitted photo from Fort Welikit Family Campground and RV Park
      Camper-submitted photo from Fort Welikit Family Campground and RV Park
      Camper-submitted photo from Fort Welikit Family Campground and RV Park
      Camper-submitted photo from Fort Welikit Family Campground and RV Park

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      Fort Welikit Family Campground and RV Park

      21 Reviews
      24 Photos
      87 Saves
      Custer, South Dakota

      Located on the scenic Norbeck Byway away from the areas busy highways yet just one mile North of the historic city of Custer as you enter the heart of the Black Hills. Your adventure begins the minute you leave our gates.

      Just minutes from Crazy Horse, Sylvan Lake, The Needles, Jewel Cave, and Custer State Park. Easy access to Mt. Rushmore, Deadwood, Sturgis, and all the Black Hills Area attractions.

      100 unique sites situated in the tall, cool pines that make camping in the Black Hills an experience not soon forgotten. Sites range from full service to rustic and from private to group and family friendly, so that everyone can have the camping or RV experience they desire. ​​​ All the amenities with the cozy feeling of camping in a National Forest campground.

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      Camper-submitted photo from Custer-Mt. Rushmore KOA
      Camper-submitted photo from Custer-Mt. Rushmore KOA
      Camper-submitted photo from Custer-Mt. Rushmore KOA
      Camper-submitted photo from Custer-Mt. Rushmore KOA
      Camper-submitted photo from Custer-Mt. Rushmore KOA
      Camper-submitted photo from Custer-Mt. Rushmore KOA

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      Custer-Mt. Rushmore KOA

      16 Reviews
      16 Photos
      68 Saves
      Custer, South Dakota

      You should see the Hills from here! Custer/Mt. Rushmore KOA is your central location for visiting all of the Black Hills. We are in the center of all five major Black Hills attractions: Mt. Rushmore National Monument, Crazy Horse Memorial, Jewel Cave National Monument, Wind Cave National Park, and Custer State Park, within 6 to 23 miles of the campground. You can arrange tours with a local tour company that picks you up at your site. After a day of sightseeing, unwind at our tranquil campground among the ponderosa pines, just 3 miles west of Custer. Eat breakfast or dinner at the Buffalo Cafe, located inside the store.The kids will love our jumping pillow and playground. Seasonal activities (Memorial Day to Labor Day) include a heated pool (weather permitting). We offer 1 and 2-room camping cabins (No Air Conditioning), a Fully equipped deluxe cabin, 30 & 50-amp pull-thru and back-in sites, deluxe patio sites, and several types of tent sites, from primitive to upgraded. Free Wi-Fi, clean restrooms, an on-site store, laundry ($), dump station, firewood ($), picnic tables, and propane ($) are available. Rates are higher on June 30-July 7 and August 6-15 (Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and Custer Cruisin' dates). No television service is provided; some sites can receive satellite reception.

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      $60 - $100 / night

      Camper-submitted photo from High Country Guest Ranch
      Camper-submitted photo from High Country Guest Ranch

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      High Country Guest Ranch

      1 Review
      2 Photos
      3 Saves
      Black Hills National Forest, South Dakota

      Spacious log vacation homes and camping cabins await your arrival in the heart of the beautiful Black Hills. Ranch activities include trail rides, biking and hiking on the Mickelson Trail, family-friendly entertainment, general store, fire pits and hot tubs in select cabins. Close to Mount Rushmore & Crazy Horse, it’s the perfect place for your Black Hills vacation!

      Take a trail ride in the beautiful Black Hills National Forest with our friendly wranglers—a must-do for your Black Hills vacation. Choose from morning & afternoon ride times 6 days a week, Mon-Sat. Riders must be at least 6 years old; maximum weight 240 pounds. We also have 15 stalls for your horse; each corral has water & 50/30/20 amp electric hook-up next to corral;

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