Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Water Unknown
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
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Trash Available
Wrinkled Rock is located in Black Hills National Forest in South Dakota
43.887 N
-103.47 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.
8 Reviews of Wrinkled Rock
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.

A welcoming stay

Great place to stay for free only a few miles from mount rushmore. There are several specific places for tents to be put up. 14 day maximum stay, bathroom on sight.

First to Review
Car camping for climbers

Super convenient for climbers. Scenic campgrounds with 100s of climbing routes within walking distance. There is no water or electricity and only one latrine. This adds to the rustic feel and keeps the crowds away which is nice considering the proximity to Mt. Rushmore and other tourist traps. Swimming and cliff jumping at Horsethief lake only a short walk away.