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Bear Butte State Park Campground

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Mato Paha or "Bear Mountain" is the Lakota name given to this site. To the Cheyenne, it is "Noahvose." This geological formation is one of several intrusions of igneous rock in the Black Hills that formed millions of years ago. The mountain is sacred to many American Indian tribes who come here to hold religious ceremonies. Please be respectful of worshippers and their religious practices.

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Reviewed Aug. 20, 2023

Semi-peaceful Location

We have camped at Bear Butte State Park several times and have started to notice that this campground possibly has permanent residents who somehow work the system to stay there. Several of the camping rigs are a patchwork of different colors of paint. One ancient patchwork looking van had a window air conditioner out the back end of it and a very loud truck pulled up, spent the night, and left again in the morning, like the van was their home. They ran the generator until just about midnight and because the campground is small, you could hear this one generator all the way around the loop. An ancient travel trailer was parked next to a small pickup that had a flatbed trailer attached, which they obviously could not haul both at the same time. Another patchwork looking truck with another ancient travel trailer has occupied the same prime spot next to the lake every single time we have camped there. The price of a night is cheap and I have never found it to be full so I suppose these folks are harmless, but the vibe is on the creepy side now. I will be on the search for another campsite to use when I need a campsite in the Black Hills while passing through.

As far as the facilities go, the pit toilet smelled pretty ripe. I've camped many places where the pit toilets smell freshly cleaned and this was not one of them. The floor was covered in what had to be several months' worth of dead flies and the TP was nearly out. There was a camp host on site and only half the sites had people camping in them, so I would think it should be fairly easy to keep a non-busy pit toilet in better shape than it was in.

My last complaint would be the bright light in the middle of the campground. No lights near the pit toilet but there is one that is on a fairly high pole right in the middle. This could be an amazing dark sky park if they would cut the bright light! If light is required, why not put it where it is useful near the pit toilet?

Month of VisitSeptember
JThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2023

Clean, friendly, and located in a beautiful part of SD

The campground is very clean including the pit toilets. The only negative is at the time of my stay there were cattle across the road which means flies.  They are the small ones that don't bite but are annoying. There are also mosquitos though they are barely noticeable. 

Everyone I met there, including the camp host, was friendly.

Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Bear Butte State Park Campground by Jan H., July 29, 2023
Reviewed May. 7, 2022

Nice spot

Small, primitive campground. Lots of trailers came in. Some didn't follow the quiet hours and had generators on late and early. Most sites are reasonably spread out. Half a dozen have a shelter over the table.

Month of VisitJune


Bear Butte State Park Campground is located in South Dakota

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In Western South Dakota: Located 6 miles northeast of Sturgis off SD Highway 79


20250 Hwy 79
Sturgis, SD 57785


44.45989 N
103.4507904 W

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