Stayed here 1 night on a 5 week long canning trip. That night, a thunderstorm in the distance lit up spectacular fireworks behind the view of Devil's Tower, perfectly viewed from the campground. Not a lot of amenities here, but good showers and it was a quiet location.
Devil's tower has some of the most unique rock climbing we've ever experienced. And the adorable prairie dogs were an added bonus! Main downside of the campground in the summer is that there isn't much shade. Still five stars, as the facilities are very clean and the short driving distance to the tower is really convenient.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.