This 61-site campground is open all year with sites available on a first-come, first-served basis. Two sites are handicap-accessible. Flush toilets and drinking water are available late spring through early fall. Fees are half-price when water is not available. Ranger programs are offered nightly in the amphitheater during the summer. Two group campsites are reservable. Contact the park at 605.745.4600 for more information.
Simple and beautiful campground near the caves and not far from many other features of the Black Hills. Feels very secluded but not far from towns either.
Yay: Not as crowded even in summer (according to the hosts) and very quiet. Great ranger programs frequently in the summer. Lots of wildlife, including bison.
Nay: Some loops have very open sites but they are quite spread out. Some are not very level. No reservations, but apparently it rarely fills up.
Surprise: you might see a bison almost too-close when you get up in the morning but they are fenced off. We saw golden eagles!
This national park campground is located less than a mile from the visitor’s center and is in the beautiful Black Hills area of South Dakota. Wind Cave is worth a stop, as it is one of the most unique caves we’ve seen. It is surrounded by grasslands, so not many trees in the main campground which can be quite hot during the summer months -- bring a canopy for shade. All RV sites are simply pull outs from the main road, which doesn’t allow for a great deal of privacy during the busy season. No hookups available, but drinking water and dishwashing sink is available during the main season. If the water is not turned on yet, the visitor’s center has a water bottle filler that you can use. Each site has a nice fire pit and picnic table. Bison and other large wildlife are kept out of the campground with fencing, but mountain lions have been seen in the area. Firewood is by donation onsite. Fee during the off season was $9 per night!
I had some time to kill while my wife took my two oldest kids through the caves and I had the three little ones with me. We took a drive through Wind Cave National Park. Our drive was quicker than expected so we stopped at the Elk Mountain Campground.
It was beautiful. There were campsites on the bottom of the hill and on the top of the hill. The campground was clean and had space for RVs and spaces for tents. It was a good mix with a fire ring in every campsite. The campground was only half full in June. It is also conveniently located only about a mile from the Visitor's Center where the cave tours begin.
If you have time for a hike, checkout Rankin Ridge Trail.
If you are going to visit the Wind Caves it's worth spending a night at Elk Mountain Trail.
We stayed at the Elk Mountain Campground in Wind Cave National Park in January 2016. It was definitely the LOW season, as roads were a bit icy and we were the only campers all weekend. During the off-season, part of this campground is closed off, but there still remains an ample amount of campsites available, including pull-throughs. There is a pit toilet building in the center of the campground. Flush toilets and water are available during the busy season. The campsites are situated in a small valley, placing it away from noise and traffic, aside from bison and other animals that might wander through. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring, and firewood is available for purchase at the campground entrance. Best of all, this campground is located very close to the Visitor Center, even up for a hike on a nice day (not in January!). Speaking of hiking, one of Wind Cave's Nature Trails is located off the back loop here, the Elk Mountain Nature Trail. There is also a small, semi-dry creek that wanders along the northern edge of the campground. Please note via NPS.gov: the Elk Mountain Campground will be closed from noon, August 5, 2016 until the morning of August 7, 2016.
We had a great one night stay here on our way through the area.
The tent camping site we had was on a fairly steep hill but they had a level pad for one tent.
Flushing toilets, large sink and a water hydrant.
Fire wood was available with donation. That was great .
Over all we were very happy with it and would stay here again.
Did a couple nights of tent camping here before getting fancy and going to cabins at Custer State park. Our site was unfortunately a bit unloved, but it was in a pretty prairie type setting with rolling hills and sporadic trees. Campgrounds were quiet compared to other area campgrounds and the park is still close to many attractions.