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About Blue Bell - Custer State Park
Operator
State
Access
Drive In
Features
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Market
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Reservable
Showers
Toilets
Trash Available
Location
Blue Bell - Custer State Park is located in South Dakota
Latitude
43.718 N
Longitude
-103.481 W
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16 Reviews of Blue Bell - Custer State Park
Small, Family-Friendly and Close to Everything!

Our stay at Blue Bell Campground was one of the highlights of our recent cross-country road trip. With only 30 campsites suitable for tents or RVs, this was a nice spot to unwind after busy days within the park. 

Unlike many of the other campgrounds in Custer, this one is not waterfront, so it is a bit quieter and more relaxed. Campsites are $21 (plus the entrance fee) for a standard tent site without hookups. Sites with electricity are $25, and camping cabins are $50 per night. 

We stayed in one of the tent sites at the edge of the campground, so it was super quiet, but close to the amphitheater for ranger programs, as well as the bathhouse, and the Blue Bell Stables for trail rides.  

There is so much to do in Custer State Park. We stayed for three days, but could easily have stayed longer. We hiked the Sunday Gulch Trail near Sylvan Lake, which was fantastic, drove all of the scenic drives, including the Needles Highway, The Iron Mountain Road, and the Wildlife Loop. We also swam in Legion Lake, which is the closest lake to Blue Bell, and canoed on Center Lake. 

While we were there, we made friends with our camping neighbors, who all agreed that Blue Bell Campground was one of the nicest in the park. The campground hosts are incredibly nice and cell service was pretty good compared to other spots in the park.

Amazing View

Exceptionally large park. This is closest to the southern entrance. We had bison herds South of us and North. We never managed to make it East where the long trail is, which seems to be known for wildlife. We had easy access to the West exit and had a great dining experience as well as quick access to all the local monuments. The campground was very peaceful. The showers and bathrooms were very clean. There is a centrally located atrium for events that we didn't see used. We ended up next to a group of young college age people who were spread out and noisier than most, but that was just our luck. We had a break in the tree line to see stars from our tent. There is a gas station and store right at the campground. We didn't plan enough time to give the hiking trails a chance. This campground does have horse trails.

Scenic area to camp

Loved this campground. Very clean and easy to get to. The wildlife was amazing here. Kids enjoyed the movie night and the trails.

Scenic area to camp

Loved this campground. Very clean and easy to get to. The wildlife was amazing here. Kids enjoyed the movie night and the trails.

Clean, quiet, friendly.

Clean facilities with quiet neighbors. Many come for one night and head out the next day. Firewood was a bit wet/moldy which made for smoky fires, but the campground hosts and all the park staff were super helpful! No privacy between sites as its wide open beneath amazing ponderosa pines.

My favorite campground for the last 13 years. Peaceful Black Hills Magic

Tent, RV sites as well as camping cabins . Horse stables and trail rides onsite.Walking distance to store and excellent restaurant. Wildlife includes bison, deer, birds…

Paradise in the Fall

Great cabin with lots of comforts and a fireplace. Gorgeous area in the Black Hills with abundant wildlife, hiking trails, sights to see etc. Had the 1st snow flurries of the season!

Perfect Black Hills spot

This campground was great! Good fire pits and picnic tables with a great view. Showers workes well and were warm. Campstore had the basics. The location was great in Custer State Park, near great hikes and bouldering areas. Best campsite I've stayed at in a while.

Beautiful campground with Ponderosa pines

This is a beautiful campground with great hiking trails. There is a wildlife loop in Custer State Park which is a must do. The campground is close to a restaurant with great food. This is one of the most beautiful campgrounds we have ever been to…make sure you check it out.

Love! Love! Love!

We LOVED Blue Bell and Custer State Park! The campgrounds were very clean and quiet. Camp hosts were very knowledgeable and available if needed. Evening programs offered every night were educational and entertaining for the most part. We stayed in a tent site which had a wonderful tent box that accommodated our 17'x8' tent rather well. Metal picnic table and fire pit were well maintained with ample room on this large site. Showers, flush toilets, potable water, and garbage area are centrally located on the grounds (a bit of a walk from the tent sites but made for a much quieter stay). Loved the location close to the wild life loop! Wild turkey, rabbit, and deer roam the grounds regularly. No mosquitos, wolves, or bear in this area (we did hear coyote regularly) which was a very pleasant surprise. We loved it here and can't wait to visit again!