Plenty Star Ranch, more of a retreat than a ranch these days, is the private home of Jack and Isa Kirk. It is located in the Southern Black Hills and surrounded by National Forest with lots of pine, aspen and willow trees. Bring your tents or your own RV and hook it up to electricity (20, 30& 50 amp) and water on any of our 3 full grass sites or use the dump station for the 3 partial sites (e/w). Our WiFi reaches to all camping sites now!. However we only have AT&T cell service for a few miles around the ranch, including the Wilderness Glamping " cabin site. We also offer 2 one-room hand-built camping log cabins (sleeps 3 res. 5 people) at the main ranch (restroom 50 yards away, solar camping showers only. Please, bring your own solar camping shower bags). In a pinch i am happy to fill yours or ours with hot tap water. We also just recently opened up a pristine piece of undisturbed land, a emote and off-the-grid 78 acre land parcel, 1.5 miles from the main ranch, 100% surrounded by National Forest. You cannot find any better "Wilderness Glamging" in the Black Hills.. It features a small bedroom camping cabin with 1 double bed, camping loo and fire pit, and soon a solar shower shelter as well.. Bring a couple of friends and their tents along if you like. Make sure to account fr all people in your group when booking. This is for avid wilderness campers. Our retreat is less suitable for children under the age of 12. No guest or emotional support pets allowed here. Plenty Star Ranch is a non-smoking 88 acre private place, no exceptions. The ranch home and campground is located between Custer and Pringle, SD along Hwy 385, adjacent to the 110 mile long Mickelson Trail from Deadwood to Edgemont (mile marker 34/35), and near every major attraction in the Black Hills. Check-in time between 4 pm and 9 pm. No later than that, please. Have questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
Staying at Plenty Star Ranch
We LOVED our stay here. We stayed two nights and we wish it was longer. We had a 30 foot RV and Jack met us as we pulled in. We hooked up right away and easily. The place is just so pretty. With picnic tables all around and a beautiful willow tree. They have a friendly horse and even had some geese in the pond. We saw plenty of deer and wild turkeys too.
It is right on the Mikelson trail so was fun to take our bikes for a beautiful ride in the Black Hills. There is also a driveway/trail up past the house that has gorgeous scenery. Jack was a great host. Helpful and nice. We wish we had more time. Isa let my girls feed her horse some carrots and they were thrilled about that. Definitely a trip to remember! A great and quiet place to park an RV and still feel a part of nature. We would definitely come back!
As a Ranger on The Dyrt, I sometimes receive compensation for reviews like this one. We received a coupon code for The Dyrt's online product store in exchange for trying out the new online camping reservation system to make a reservation for Plenty Star Ranch.
We reserved a campsite for Plenty Star Ranch through The Dyrt, and it was a breeze to go through the process. We were emailed the reservation information, payment was taken via bank card, and it all made the check-in process very fast upon arrival. We needed to change our camping date and all the contact information was in the email, so we called and owner Isa was more than understanding (it was going to storm, then snow, then get really windy for the night we reserved).
This campground is actually a small, working ranch located right next to a bison ranch, which had just had about four bison calves born in the previous week. They were fun to watch run and play in the field next door. Plenty Star Ranch itself allows you to bring your own horses (for a small fee) and there is plenty of room for them to enjoy. There are cabins, campsites, and RV hook-ups, all conveniently located along the rural Highway 385 north of Pringle, SD.
We planned to pitch a tent for the night, but the weather has been pretty harsh in the Black Hills this spring, and temperatures were going to be well below freezing overnight. We are hearty campers and planned to tough it out, but owner Isa insisted that we take one of their two cabins instead and upgraded our stay for no additional cost. My boys (8 and 12) and I stayed in their 3-person cabin which has a queen bed and a pull-out twin. They provided all the linens (though we used our own pillows by choice) and the cabin was nicely heated with electric heat. We definitely stayed much warmer that night than we would have been in a tent! It was super cozy and quiet in the cabin!
The cabin is located about 50 yards from the public bathroom, which is also heated, well-lit, and attached to their garage. Parking is right next to the cabin, making it a breeze to unpack. There is a picnic table on the porch in front of the cabin, where we could cook and eat, as well as a table inside. In the morning I set up my Primus stove and made coffee, which I sat on the porch and enjoyed while watching whitetail deer and Canada geese stroll past. There is a goose nest right on the island in their pond, and I am sure it is neat to watch the goslings grow all summer!
Tent camping sites are located in one of their former pastures, and we saw plenty of level, gravel RV sites with hook-ups around the main living area. There are two shower stalls next to the cabins that are ready for your solar shower bag to be attached (we thought that would be really fun), and in the off-season they allow guests to use their shower inside the main house. We didn't need to take them up on that since we were only staying one night, but they also invited us up in the morning for coffee and cocoa (usually out on the porch, but it was about 35 degrees that next morning- brr!).
Isa and Jack (the owners) are very friendly, and were a lot of fun to chat with, I would definitely return to Plenty Star Ranch for another getaway evening or weekend in the future. They currently have plans to move their smaller 2-person cabin up into the canyon behind the main house and put it completely off-grid. It would be a perfect getaway for a couple, and what a gorgeous setting back in the hills!
If you are looking for a quieter place to camp in the Black Hills, you should definitely consider Plenty Star Ranch, as it is only about 8 minutes south of Custer, but greatly removes you from the hustle and bustle of the tourist towns. It is just minutes from Wind Cave National Park as well, which is a must-do when you are in the area!
One more thing to note: the only cell service in the immediate area of the ranch is AT&T. We knew that going into the weekend, so planned on not having service (we have Verizon), which for us is no big deal - after all, we were camping! :)
Wonderful peaceful spot in the Southern Black Hills, close to all major attractions. Welcoming hosts, nice facilities and plenty of parking space.
Privately owned ranch setting with dispersed tent sites, 4 full RV hook-ups under huge old Willow Trees, 1 one-room camping log cabin for 2-3 people and 1 guestroom for 2 in the owners home.Toilet room with flush toilet and cold water sink, outdoor shower building for camping solar shower bags, hydrants with drinking water and electric outlets.Cabin and house guests may use one of the bathrooms/shower in our home.
Coffee and tea in the mornings is served on our large porch. There you find WiFi and electric outlets for charging your devices.
Free Parking in designated areas close to all the camp sites. Direct access to National Forest all around us.
There is an approved large fire pit for campfires, otherwise no other fires on the ground allowed. We normally have fire wood for sale here.