Brent K.
Hiawatha, KS
Joined June 2017
I enjoy mountaineering, hiking, camping, kayaking, and canoeing.
Spacious and Quiet

This is the only campground in Wind Cave NP and has four loops with just over 60 sites. Loop A is for tents only and is the only loop with designated tent pads. Loop D has group sites that are reservable.

Some sites are in or near trees, but many are in grassy areas with little to no shade.

Each loop has restrooms with flush toilets and running water. There are water faucets for every couple of sites, however at the time there were a few that were not working.

Each site has a fire ring and picnic table.

There is a shed at the entrance where firewood/kindling are available for a donation.

There were lots of wildlife in/around the campground: mule deer, pronghorn, prairie dogs, and bison.

Just south of the campground is the visitors center where tickets for the cave tours can be purchased.

This campground is centrally located for visiting Jewel Cave, Badlands NP, Mt. Rushmore, and exploring the Black Hills region.

My only complaint is that many of the sites (on loops B-D) are more for RVs just to park and don't have much space for tents. As a result, several sites can only accommodate small tents because there's not much space with a fire ring and picnic table too.

Lots of Activities and Amenities!

This is a large campground with 15 loops of 350 campsites plus group and hiker/biker sites as well as a separate RV park. Although during peak season, it will be full by late afternoon based on the times I've camped here in recent years.

Most sites are forested with good shade on Loops A-G while many sites on Loops H-O tend to be less forested. Many sites tend to have some scrub/underbrush and lack a designated tent pad (including this site).

Each loop has restrooms with flush toilets and running water as well as a utility room with a flush sink for washing dishes. Each restroom site also has a faucet outside for potable water.

Each site has a fire ring, picnic table, and bear bin.

There is a short trail to the shore of Jackson Lake for water activities, great views of the Tetons, a designated picnic area, as well as the marina and visitors center. Another trail takes you to the general store/deli and the laundry/shower facilities (both places have WiFi access although the general store network seemed faster). Firewood, ice, etc. can be purchased at the general store or at the gas station located just before you enter the campground.

There are multiple options for activities from this campground: hiking (Hermitage Point TH), horseback rides, boat cruises, scenic raft trips, fishing, kayaking, swimming, etc. Boat rentals and fishing equipment/licenses are available at the marina store.

Despite the number of sites/people, our site was pretty peaceful. Didn't see much wildlife around the campground this season, although there is a fox den near the general store that has been there the past few years.

Misc. Info: El 6800'; the South Gate of Yellowstone is 16 miles N; Jackson, WY is 40 miles S

Nice views, but overrated!

Along with Longs Peak, Timber Creek are the only two first come/first served campgrounds in RMNP. Which means that there was a pretty steady flow of traffic late morning to early evening through the campground. Based on other reviews, I was excited to camp here for the first time, but was a little disappointed after a week.

There are four loops in the campground (A,B, C, D), we stayed in Loop D (sites 76-100). Loop D had two water faucets and trash/recycling available, but no restrooms (have to go to Loop C which isn't too far). The restrooms have sinks and flush toilets. Firewood could be purchased from the shed at the campground entrance. Here's a map of the campground. The sites in Loop D are very close together, as if they just wanted to add 25 more sites in a limited area. On the plus side, it appeared that each campsite now has its own bear bin for storage.

The proximity of sites to one another wouldn't have been so bad, but the pine beetle infestation has left the campground with virtually no mature trees, so noise carries easily and there's no privacy. Also, the way some sites were situated in our loop meant that often times people walked through your site to get to their site avoiding the multitude of tree stumps all around.

Basically, no trees meant no shade, wind breaks, hammock, or privacy and a fair amount of noise especially since the campground is down the ridge from Hwy 34.

However, the lack of trees did provide some really nice views as well as good stargazing opportunities at night.

There were usually some elk in/around the campground and our second morning we awoke to over three dozen cow/calves moving through our loop and up the ridge towards the highway, but we saw at least one every day near our site. The Colorado River flows just west of the campground and some times moose can be seen in the area.

I'll be anxious to camp here in a few years once the seedlings have grown some, but our next trip to RMNP I'll be planning ahead to make reservations for Moraine Park or Aspenglen.

Beautiful views!

The sites at Prospector are well-spaced offering some privacy even though the trees between many sites are still small.  But on the bright side, the shorter trees allow for a great view overlooking Lake Dillon, for now.  The majority of the sites including ours, are spacious with a fire ring and picnic table provided.

Despite the pine beetle infestation, a few stands of mature trees remain throughout the campground including our site (64), allowing for hanging a clothesline and hammock as well as serving as a nice wind break from the N/NW for our tent.

The campground offers water faucets, trash dumpsters, and vault toilets throughout.  Firewood can be purchased from the friendly campground host.

During our time in camp, we didn't see much wildlife although the host informed us upon our arrival that a moose had been frequenting the sites nearer the lake in recent days.

Here's the link for more info and to make reservations.  For sites near the lake, reservations should be made at least a month in advance, but for many of the other sites it's not necessary.  Including taxes and fees, it was just over $26/night (tent).