I'll definitely be staying at this campground on my next visit to the Black Hills. Very nice for tent camping or boondocking with a small trailer. If you are looking for full RV hookups, they do have them but the RV sites are a bit tighter than I might prefer.
Went off-season (early October) and was able to take my pick of sore’s from the nearly-empty location.
Bathrooms were open. At the tower itself, both visitor centers were closed, though rangers were present.
Note: registration is available on-site via cash or check only. To use a credit/debit card, you must pay at the entrance station. Take the placard they give you (or the stub from the envelope if you pay at the site) and attach it to the pole next to your campsite.
I stayed for 2 nights in the off season. When I called ahead the hosts said it was on them due to the off season and said to enjoy the space. Very very lovey people. It was like as if I had walked into a wonderland of nature. The day was beyond perfect and the space was magical. I cannot recommend this place enough. Hands down the best camping spot I have ever been too. If you get the chance it’s beyond worth it to stay here. The space is nature at its best. I will be coming back as soon as I am able.
I arrived too late to get a site within the park, so the campground host there directed me to this small private campground just a mile away. I’m a tent camper, so they gave me a grassy site literally right in front of the bath house. The campground is right on the road, and there was some traffic all night, as well as bright lights. The bath house is very clean, and I slept ok despite the traffic. I heard Coyotes and Great-horned Owls! Not an ideal place, but did the trick.
Devil's Tower can be one of those parks which quickly can have a line just to get in, especially on busy holiday weekends. I visited on Labor Day and found that the early bird gets the worm when it comes to entry and camping alike. While there are other camping facilities just outside of the grounds the ability to simply wake up and hit a trail from your campground is something of unique appeal.
As you enter the park you will wind around the way with spectacular views of the Devil's tower, pass through prairie dog town and then stumble upon the campground just before ascending to the parking area for the tower's popular trails and small information center. When crowds are large parking in this area is tight, which is why camping inside the parks bounds has even more of an appeal. I found that the campground had an access trail which allowed you some of the best views of the tower and also the red beds.
There are two access points, one to the lower area and one to the higher allowing you to completely bypass the majority of the tourism traffic unless you really want to take the paved ADA trail.
Campsite is spacious and has limited number of sites so registration on a busy weekend is best done online. On a normal day of the week the campground can fill up by noon so keep that in mind if you are wanting to wing it.
Camp offers all the basics of home without showers. Flushing toilets and running water are centrally located as is potable water. This makes even camping in a tent feel luxurious as you are nestled under large shade trees with the Devil's Tower right in your backyard view. Additionally there is abundant cell signal at all points around the park.
While there is no firewood or a local store located in the park, less than 50 yards from the entrance gate is a general store and restaurant which has everything you need and despite being so close prices are fairly reasonable.
I greatly enjoyed the area and also the company of the neighboring campers at this location, everyone was generally very friendly!! I felt like in comparison to other area campgrounds the price was also just right for what was offered at only $20.
- Get the Annual Pass for Parks for only $80 and save big if you are visiting more than one park. There are several within a stones throw of this area you will want to visit including Wind Cave, Jewel Cave and Rushmore.
- Try the Red Beds trail for a unique vantage point which seems completely disjointed from the look of Devil's Tower. For more information about this I suggest doing a little research beforehand.
Been staying at these cabins since the 1960's, many owners but Les the current owners welcome like non others! Beautiful spot in the hills!
We tent camped here for a night. All tent sites are given out on a first come first serve basis. We got a quiet spot along the Spearfish River for $25/night. This campground has an awesome bathroom and shower which require a code to access. Definitely will stay here again.
Quiet campground with a view of Devil’s Tower (all or almost all sites). Not as much privacy as campgrounds with more trees, but sites are far enough apart and large. Our site abutted a field and the river, and there were lots of deer across the river.
Excellent customer service!!! Very clean! Nice location right next to the creek. The pavilion with tabletop fires and tv and games kept us dry and entertained while it rained and they sell beer and wine! Some hwy noise from UTVs traveling by but otherwise fun place.
This campground got new owners a few years ago. It looks pretty good now, with recently remodeled bathroom/showers. There is a store and laundry facilities, and a pool. This is an RV Park, but there were some tent spaces. Internet was pretty good. It was a little pricy, but ok for one night.
Belle Fourche River Campground is National Park campground right next to the tower. There are 2-loops with 46-sites. There are no hookups, but Drinking water is available at water spigots and in the restrooms. There is some shade. This is a first come, first served campground, no reservations. There is a 14-day limit on occupancy. Some sites are pull-through sites with room for medium RVs. You can wake up and watch the mountain tower with your coffee in the morning
Small, well-maintained campground (two loops) inside of Devil’s Tower NP. If you have a senior parks pass, you can’t beat the$10 rate ($20 otherwise). Not a lot of privacy but good size sites (unlike the KOA where you are stacked up like dominos). Some have a little shade but not all of them. No hookups but (clean) flush toilets and running water. Some sites have a nearly unobstructed view of the tower while some you can see it through the trees. No reservations- first come, first serve. We arrived at 7 pm on a Thursday and got in but it eventually filled up. Spotty internet connection with Verizon. Easy walk to Sacred Ring of Smoke sculpture and access to hiking trails.
The drive down miles of gravel roads is beautiful. I certainly didn’t expect to find this though. A large lake is big enough to swim, kayak and fish. Many drove in just to picnic here. Only one camping loop was open.
Curl around the lake and climb a bit to find the loop. The sites vary in makeup. One has a concrete pad for a perfect accessible site. Some are larger and some are more private, choices abound. This campground takes reservations and they are needed for weekends and holidays.
Before you cool off in the lake, why not hike the trail that goes right out of camp. Plenty of picnic tables are in the day use area that will give you options for your picnic lunch. Swim or paddle and it makes a wonderful day in the Black Hills.
The first feel of this camp was a bit off. We waved to a couple sitting beside their camper and they just stared. However the campground winds around in some fun loops with many sites to choose from. The host has firewood available for purchase but it’s too warm for a fire for us. Several clean vault toilets are in different places- garbage cans too.
Reuter is close to Sundance if you need supplies. It’s also on the way to Devils Tower. There are some other draws here too. A nice hiking trail has a couple options. There is a parking area at the trailhead or just leave from camp. I love that they have a trail map at the check in sign. If you want to be taller, continue driving down the road to the end of the pavement- about 10 or so miles. Warren Peak sits at 6656 feet and has a fire tower you can climb up. Spectacular views of the Black Hills and beyond. Along the drive you pass a few spots for dispersed camping giving you the option to camp for free.
This was another nice stay in the Black Hills National Forest.
Quiet and peaceful in the rural setting, the Black Hills are just across the road. One loop of just a few campsites, we were the third to take a site. After we returned from exploring the Black Hills there were a few more campers. There are still a bunch available for the taking but by the time night was arriving there was only one left open.
Sites are large and well spaced out. We could sort of see our neighbors and hear them a bit but otherwise we felt alone. A few in the middle are a bit cramped but it’s your choice. The central vault toilet is well maintained. Note: no water is available here but the visitor center on the expressway is only a half hour away and you can fill up there if you need to. Bonus: they have free WiFi at the center too.
Devils Tower is less than 30 miles away. Roads go up into the Black Hills and we enjoyed walking them. This was a perfect spot for a quiet night.(we’re glad we had the screen room tent to keep the flies and bees away. There were just enough to be an annoyance.)
Spearfish highway scenic drive goes right by the forest road to this campground. There is a big tourist stop and the turn-off. Once you get past that the road turns to gravel and the beauty continues.
Timon campground is small. One loop with 7 sites. About half were filled up when we came here. A clean vault toilet and interesting water pump provide the necessities.
There is a historic marker that leads you to a Flume site. Just down the road is a trailhead for a hiking trail. ATV roads are here too.
We did see a lot of traffic. People driving to look at the Dances With Wolves film site as well as visitors to the Roughneck Rapids. This is a nice place to visit.
Camped on a Sunday and there were plenty of open spots in the tent camping area. Everyone had plenty of room and a short walk to the restrooms/showers. Best part of this campsite is the creek that flows literally through the sites. Would highly recommend. No reservations for the primitive sites. Very friendly staff.
There's not a lot of privacy, and only a few trees, but if you can get one of the spots on the edge facing Devil's Tower you cannot beat the view. Like most KOA's there's showers, flush toilets, and a general store. We snagged a spot on the outside near one of the few trees backing up to a creek and a nice red rock cliff.
We made the detour out to Devils Tower and were pleasantly surprised. We did not expect to stay here but the beauty of the area and the quaintness of the campground changed our mind. We decided to make a stay out of it and are glad that we did. We enjoyed the Prairie Dogs right off the campground and the trail that leaves the campground up and around the tower is perfect for hiking and running. The river adds some beauty and tranquility to the area. We woke up in the morning to many songbirds and an amazing view of the tower. We will be back here again.