Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
About Wrinkled Rock

The Wrinkled Rock Climbers trailhead provides parking for Mount Rushmore area rock climbing opportunities. Climbing information, climbers bivy sites and a toilet facility are available. Climbing the Mount Rushmore sculpture is prohibited. There are many climbing opportunities in the Park on other rock formations. A climbing brochure is available in the Information Center and at the Lincoln Borglum Museum.

National Forest
Drive In
Walk In
Hike In
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Trash Available
RVs and Trailers
Max Length: 24 ft.
Wrinkled Rock is located in Black Hills National Forest in South Dakota
43.8874 N
-103.4693 W
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The Wrinkled Rock Climbers Trailhead is located on State Highway 244, adjacent to the west boundary of Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
12 Reviews of Wrinkled Rock
Great Climbing and Free Camping

We came here for the climbing and free camping. The climbing is spectacular and would definitely recommend for anyone who’s a climber! The dispersed camping is great too! You can’t drive your car to the sites which makes things a tad difficult but the parking is close enough by where it really isn’t a big issue. Plenty of spots when we got here late at night! We didn’t see anywhere to get water from but there was a pit toilet that was in good condition.

A sick semi-secluded spot!

This was an awesome spot for sure, we actually happened upon this spot after hiking through the Black Hills all day. We were planning on backcountry camping in the park, but the amount of bugs and the inability to find a flat spot out of the trees pushed us to try and hike back to our car. We stumbled upon this spot on our way back, and as a big climber I couldn’t resist climbing up some boulders. We ended up just setting up camp at the base of one of the boulders and had a great stay! It was amazing to be completely surrounded by beautiful forest and giant rocks, and we had a peaceful nights sleep! I climbed up again in the a.m to take some pictures of the view, and we left shortly after but would definitely recommend to anyone that’s a fan of dispersed camping and wonderful scenery!

Great spot with ease of access

This is a great location, easy to find, about two miles located behind Mount Rushmore. It is a place where climbers will climb, so there may be a few cars that leave later in the evening, opening up a few more spots. The lot is able to hold about 25 cars. I got there on a Saturday evening at 8:30 and got one of the last few spots. Bathroom was open, and clean.

Dispersed camping

The bathrooms weren’t open when we were in the Black Hills. No water on site. Not many sites that have flat area for tents. Better options nearby

Good site

Free dispersed camping is nice. Fire is not allowed. I had issues with the tent pad being about a foot too short for my tent (3 person tent) but that's more a personal issue. It was a pretty busy spot while the sun is out. We definitely had an intense hail/thunderstorm so ended up sleeping half the night in the car. Where nice places for morning hikes.

Free camping spot

There’s dispersed camping here with quite a few pad options. It’s a quiet place with a lot of very cool hiking trails off of the camp site. The tent spots are all very reasonably close to the parking lot so even if you want to walk off a bit to place your tent it won’t be much of a burden or hassle to set up. I got a spot out off the parking space far enough to not be bothered by anyone’s lights and to get a really nice view of the stars as I went to bed. A wonderful spot to have a night of sleep that’s so close to Rushmore you can walk there if you don’t want to pay for parking.

AWSOME free camping!

this little gem is only a mile away from Mount Rushmore. it’s nothing more than a gravel parking lot with a few tent pads and a vault toilet, but it was very quiet and perfect for hammocks.

large open area to pitch a tent

great location just 5 minutes away from Mt. Rushmore. free site but no fire rings. it does have toliets. There is just a parking lot with a large open area to pitch a tent. The slide is about 5 minutes on the other side of Rushmore

Wrinkled rock

The visit was good but it is starting to become like a KOA. Wrinkled rock is supposed to be a climbers place where people are respectful of others and their things, this is starting to change. People bringing their small children, children of older ages that want to stay up until 3am and are NOT quiet about it! We will be looking for a new place to lay our heads next time. So sad too say that.

Free and dispersed!

Well it’s free and in an AWESOME location. Lots of hiking around. Only a few actual tent pads but you can set up anywhere. No fires! Pets are OK.