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So close you could almost touch it

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.

Roadside camping

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.

Explore From Right Inside The Park

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.     

TIPS:  

  • 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.
Quiet with view of DT

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.

Wake up to Devils Tower

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

About as close as you can get to Devil's Tower

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.

Beautiful

Amazing little place to camp. Terriffic ciews of the tower, super friendly staff, nice bathrooms. Just drove up and asked what was available. Made our stay here a pleasure.

Sparse site with a few better spots with good view of Devil' Tower.

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.

A Pleasant Surprise

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.

Devils Tower KOA

Super cute cabin. Clean bathrooms. Nice pool. So close to Devils Tower. Nice store on premises. Would definitely stay again.

Close encounter

Everything I wanted. Easy check in plenty of sites. At the base of Devils Tower!! Great store & staff. They show the movie every night at an outdoor patio with the tower in the background, AWESOME!

You are camping at the gates to the park. Easy in & out of park. Must stay here

Great location.

Great location. Right outside the entrance to Devils Tower. Amazing views and the movie (Close Encounters) after dark was nice. Fire ban due to dryness and winds was a bummer.

Great View!!!

Nice campground. Camp store has a small selection of camping necessities and souvenirs. Great view of Devils Tower and you can view the campground from the trail around Devils Tower’s base. Pricing seemed a bit high, but I guess that’s the premium for the view.

Campground at devils tower, August 2018

We were surprised to find we could camp at devils tower. We snagged one of the last sites and got our senior discount to boot! The facilities were good, no showers but clean. Stores outside the park have supplies. It was chilly the morning we woke up. This is a nice stop if visiting devils tower.

In the shadows of Devil's Tower

Literally in the shadow of Devil's Tower.  Neat area with lots to do.  Only stayed one night, but had no complaints.  Hot showers, clean bathrooms, and everything we needed.  We were passing through and got in late.

Go for the view

The National Park has a campgrounds at the foot of the mountain, water, bathrooms, picnic tables and fire rings provided. The sites are close together and the area is flat, many RV's so I think there were hook ups. The evening program provided by Park Volunteer rangers was interesting and told us the name was misinterpreted and actually was Great Bear Lodge in Sioux. The view of the tower from the campsite was mesmerizing and the storm with thunder and lighting kept me out of my tent long into the night.

Open space

I was a tent camper and this was great. There was this huge open space you could choose from and i just loved it! Right at the bottom of Devils tower. The best view ever. Very clean bathrooms and laundry facillity.

Amazing views!

When we got there it was about to pour, but we hiked the mounument trail and loved the views! It was a beautiful place to be and to take our kids.

Nice view of the tower

We arrived here on October 9th and the KOA was starting to shut down for the winter season, no laundry :(

The Tower is an astounding geologic feature that protrudes out of the prairie surrounding the Black Hills. It is considered sacred by Northern Plains Indians and indigenous people. Hundreds of parallel cracks make it one of the finest crack climbing areas in North America. Devils Tower entices us to learn more, explore more and define our place in the natural and cultural world.

Great view

Tent sites are in an open field with a handful of trees. The trade off is the wide open skies and STARS. Bathrooms and Showers are Awesome!

Nice area

There are a lot of options on campsites. I recommend somewhere in a cove or near the marina. The lake is fairly large and there are some small but good resturaunts in Pine Haven.

Nice campground, beautiful location.

Entrance to Devils Tower National Monument is right outside the campground. View of Devils Tower from every campsite. Large camp store/gift shop and restaurant on site. Hayrides and showing of the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind nightly.

Conveinent location with an up and close view!

The location is at the foot of Devils Tower. The cabins are clean and a showerhouse with laundry services is provided. They also have a post office, dinner, two stores, and a convenience store across the street.

Loved it!

A great place to camp. The store was well stocked and we weren't far from hiking. the place was clean and well set up!

Best views of the tower!

Great view of the tower, clean campsites and bathrooms! No showers but bathrooms have flushing toilets and sinks in the campground. Excellent picnic area with lots of tables and shade. Evening entertainment was also a huge hit! Friday night we participated in star gazing put on by the Park Rangers and it was out of this world, seriously try to plan your trip to include this, we were told it was offered every two weeks! Saturday night there was story telling and music at the amphitheater! Definitely check out the programs offered by the Park it will make your stay that much more memorable!

Beautiful view!!

This campground is literally a 2 minute walk from tent to the park entrance! There’s a huge store with an ice cream shop and restaurant. The folks are really nice too. There’s a huge grass area for first come, first served tent camping, which I totally recommend! The Premium Tent (PT) sites are very large and can hold at least 3 8-person tents.

Room with a View!!

We stayed here for one night, but it was amazing! The campsite was spacious, clean, and the facilities were very nice!! We picked a site with a view and we didn’t regret that one bit! Probabky one of the nicest KOAs we’ve stayed at so far! Definitely recommend Devil’s Tower and definitely recommend this KOA!

Awesome place to car camp!

Had a fantastic time here. Wonderful facilities. Best bathrooms and shower facilities I’ve ever seen for a campground. Excellent views of Devils Tower all around. played “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” every night at 8, so cool! Camp store is good for all the essentials and a bite to eat if you are tired of cooking. Plenty of places for pups to roam as well. Highly recommend staying here.

Great view of the monument

It is very close to the monument and has a great view of it. There was hardly anyone there when I camped with my family.

Great Location!

Perfect for getting to many of the outdoor recreation spots in this area!