The sites are nice, paved and level, and the water, electric and sewer, good, but the campground is right on a busy highway. If you like quiet, you won't find it here. Be warned, they do not accept any credit cards, and they don't tell you that fact until it is time to leave and pay. We had no Verizon signal. The restrooms and showers, if they exist, were not pointed out and no info on the locale was given. We won't stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Great place. Very friendly staff. Some camping necessities (TP, bottled water, soda, firewood, etc.) available on the honor system. Would definitely stay there again & recommend to a friend. Wi-Fi available for $4.95/day. They also offer longer contracts. Laundromat, playground, game room available at adjoining campground. Didn't give it a 10 only because the shade trees need to grow a little more. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Loved staying here. It was the perfect location for our Black Hills adventures. Quiet, clean, extremely well maintained. Does not have a lot of amenities, however, we weren't looking for them as we don't have children. It is next door to another campground and down the street from several others, so we were able to do laundry easily. The concrete pads for parking are great--perfectly level--and made the week long stay very enjoyable. The staff person was fabulous! We would absolutely stay here again! We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice RV Park, inside the City of Deadwood. I liked the free (for folks that stay here) shuttle to and from the campsite to downtown. Free Wi-Fi was nice. Cleanest bathrooms and showers I've seen at a campground with no quarters needed for the showers. Nice and helpful staff. For the price you can't go wrong. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is not an RV park; it is a glorified parking lot with electric sites. It rained, and we were in a swamp. There was a museum being built to our left and some sort of a heavy equipment yard to our right. The advertisement that we printed from the internet was misleading, as it stated there were full hookups, which we understood included sewer. The owner was nice enough to refund us 4 of the six days we had paid for. We moved to another park down the street, which was excellent. We would have booked there initially, but it was not supposed to open this time of year. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Just wanted a cheap spot to park and use the trolly to go out for the evening. Sites are now $35 so really not cheaper than the other two campgrounds that I know of on the trolley route. The worst of the place was the showers: they were moldy as well as being really dirty. The shower also is the push button style which is fine but only runs for 15 seconds per push. The best was the staff on check in. Its rare to receive service like this anymore. The lot is gravel and the electric is on the wrong side. Water hookup is shared with the next site. Nothing wrong with it if you need a place to go see main street, but not the place for an extended stay. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We stayed here one night and for what I expected it was alright. We didn't use the showers but they were clean and wheelchair accessible The sites were pretty flat and the electric was 30 amp and it looked like two sites to each electric box and two sites to each water hook up. They are arranged every other one all the way down. The sites could have been bigger but since it was raining it didn't bother us. The deadwood trolley service was $1 each ride and had wheelchair lifts. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Adjacent to a rodeo. Dusty parking lot with almost all electric pedestals on the wrong side of the sites. Horse manure and dog droppings scattered around the sites. Uncommunicative teenager in the office. Low quality 30 amp power. I wouldn't stay here again at half the price. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice campground set in the side of a hill just outside Deadwood. The sites are on multiple levels and in a motor coach it can be challenging. The sites are very tight but the hourly free shuttle to and from Deadwood (casinos, good food) made it bearable. The staff was very friendly. I will stay in Spearfish (8 miles away) only because 30 ft campers should be the size limit. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Showers in lady's side are SHORT! There is a shuttle to downtown deadwood, free! New owner, very helpful, very nice! Staff very helpful also! Will definitely stay here again! On a mountainside out of the way. Beautiful scenery! We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed here in a motorhome towing a trailer: about 50 feet. The staff was very friendly and were to able accommodate our unit. It is uphill to get into the campground and the sites are on hillside levels. We had no problem getting to our site, but if you are a wary driver and not very good at maneuvering your rig, you may want to find somewhere else to camp. The campground was not full when we were here and it was a great overnight stay, with a quick trip to Deadwood. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park is very small, with extremely small spots. If you think it is uphill to get to the park, wait till you try to get to your spot! If you are staying here for Deadwood, it is a waist of time, nothing but tiny casinos. We went to see some of the History, but there is nothing left. The Hill Top KOA looked like a better spot, wish we had of stayed there. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
It's a small park on many levels and the sites are so tight you could shake your neighbor's hand. While the shuttle is convenient, so is downtown with free parking, so unless your a have a few too many it's just as easy to drive. No shade trees so you bake in the sun. The biggest plus, was the staff was very nice. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
If you have a big rig it is a trick to get parked because sites are so close together. Friendly staff and clean area. I wouldn't stay here again because I could open my door and touch the RV next to me and it was noisy. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This was a normal KOA campground, nice but a little overpriced as all KOA's are. Staff was friendly. There was a shuttle that ran into Deadwood every couple of hours which was nice so you didn't need to run around Deadwood in an RV. We will probably stay here again if coming through the area as there doesn't seem to be much else to choose from. We camped here in a Motorhome.
One of the best KOA's we have ever visited. Much cheaper per night than anything else in town. We camped here in a Motorhome.
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We stayed here for 10 days. There were two things on the downside. The Wi-Fi was spotty, but was very fast when it worked. We were in site 39 way up the hill at the far end. It was a good site, but the climb up was beyond belief. Put er' in low gear and hold er' to the floor all the way up! Overall it is a nice campground, and we would return. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is a very secluded KOA just 1 mile west of Deadwood. It had pool, hot tub, cable, wireless, picnic table, but no wood burning fires were allowed. The office staff was very friendly and they had a well stocked store for such a small campground. My biggest complaint was the narrowness of the campsites. We have slideouts, and it was difficult to find enough space to let them out, and we had an end-row site! The campground is also unusual in that it is terraced up a hill, so walking up and down to the office/pool/bathrooms is a bit of a chore. Overall a nice, affordable KOA, but I would probably not stay there again due to the narrow sites. We stayed one night and paid $37.98. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed here two years ago and again this year. We would stay here again and again. This is a great location if you are going to spend several days in the Black Hills as it is pretty much in the center of Sundance, Devil's Tower, Mount Rushmore, and Badlands MP and one of the best locations if you are going to Sturgis!!! Now the spots are really tight if you have slide outs, etc., but that is part of the camping thing! Get to know your neighbors!!! The hot tub was great, the pool was heated. And they have shuttle that runs you into and out of Deadwood every hour. If you like to gamble it is perfect. And don't fret over the fact that the shuttle quits running at 10:00. Pretty much most of Deadwood shuts down at 10:00!!! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Tucked in a canyon about a mile west of town, with lots of trees but none that get in the way. Some of the sites are kind of small and the road up into the campground is a bit narrow. Bathrooms are outstanding, with individual toilet-sink-shower rooms that even have hair dryers. The shuttle into town leaves once an hour until 10 p.m.; it's free but they have a tip jar, kind of tacky. Lots of cable channels, fast wi-fi. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This was our first visit here in 2 years, and found that not much has changed. The park has full hook-ups, 60+ cable, WIFI and a pool. As previously mentioned the sites are very small and close together. Definitely not a park for big rigs or people who want a roomy site. We stayed over the Labor Day weekend and were somewhat surprised that it was nowhere near full. As a result, we asked if we could get any additional discount for extending our stay a day. The answer was a curt "N0!". I don't understand their rationale. We've already paid $105 for 3 nights, it is the end of the summer vacation season, and the park will be 80% empty Monday night (just about everyone around us left before us on Monday morning). By dropping the price by $10 for our 4th night, the could have made at least $20 in profit. I must be missing something in their logic. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We camped here for two nights and it was intended as just a place to sleep as we toured the area. The sites are way too small. Both nights we had a fifth wheel on our door side and their pop-out overlapped our pad where the picnic table was to the point we could not use the table. The sewer drop for their site was right next to our table area. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
Stayed here for about 8 days over a 2 week period after the bike week crowd was long gone. In season (July and August), when this park is usually fairly full, it is a VERY tight squeeze for any RV over 30'. The sites are terraced and they have maximized the number of sites. You will be lucky to get out all slides and your awning if you have neighbors on both sides. Other than the site size, the park is well run, has good cable TV and WIFI, and has a nice pool. An earlier review mentioned that you can walk to Deadwood. I did it almost every every day but it is not an easy or safe walk. The park is maybe 500' higher than the town and the first half mile is walking just off the road surface of a winding mountain road with several blind curves. The few times I used the shuttle, the wait was over half an hour. If you don't want/need cable, Whistler's Gulch has roomier sites. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Although this was bike week, we felt this was a little overpriced for what it had to offer for bigger rigs. We had a toy hauler that just would not fit in the space they reserved for us. When we left out, the campers in a motor home had to move over so we could get out. Very poor parking and very nerve-wracking. ON a positive note: They did offer a free shuttle service to Deadwood (not Sturgis) which was convenient for part-time gamblers in nearby casino town! Customer service was fair - gave me a used postcard stamp when I purchased a new one - I know, I know, very trivial, but ... we will not be using these facilities again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The sites are very small, in fact my slide-outs overlaped the site next too me. (Good thing
nobody was in it) Big rig access is a little tough but not impossible. The campground is built into a hillside and the access ramp is narrow with tight turns into the sites, but managable even for me in my 40' Class A. While being small with small sites, the campground is perfect for those that want to visit Deadwood. The restrooms were among the best I have ever seen in a campground. They have individual stalls, heat, showers etc. Campground Cabins looked nice from the outside. Owner and staff super friendly, good laundry room, nicly stocked store. It is walking distance to Deadwood (about 1mile) or there is a free shuttle you can take. WiFi worked fine. There is really nothing in the campground except a small pool, and then a challenging (not for kids) nature hike thru the hills. It mostly is a stayover lot for those visiting Deadwood, not for those wanting to camp as there is little to do in the campground itself. If I go back to Deadwood, I'll stay here again. Spring 2004 in a RV. We camped here in a Motorhome.
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Very narrow sites; considerably more narrow than Woodalls says. Some sites, the table is next to your neighbors sewer connection. Tight for 5th wheelers, too. Very dusty. Will not ever stay at this KOA again. We camped here in a camper.
This campground has a lot of great things going for it but a few issues that made us rate it as we did. The host/owners are super friendly and helpful. Driving into and around the park was easy. You will drive a couple of steep hills on the way to the park. The sites are level and the location is beautiful. They laid out the campground where a lot of the campers are sharing a 50 amp power pole. This means one camper will get the 50 amps receptacle and the other has to use the 30 amps. The problem with doing this is the power pole is rated 50 amps so when both campers pull a lot of current the voltage drops. Our voltage dropped below 105 several times and would sometimes trip the breaker. The water pressure was good most of the time, but around 9 pm everyday, it dropped to a point where we couldn't take a shower in our rig. Just wait for about 30 minutes and the pressure will return. They charge extra for showers and also charge for the Wi-Fi. We purchased the Wi-Fi and it was very slow. There is no cable TV and we could only pickup one network channel over the air. We would probably stay here again if we could get a site where we didn't have to share the power pole. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We recently spent a week in this lovely campground. The staff are very kind and friendly, it is pet friendly, and the park upkeep is immaculate. We enjoyed the short drive to Deadwood for gaming, peace & quiet of the campground, and friendliness of everyone. We did not fish, and did not have children with us to utilize some of the accommodations for the younger set. The pool was closed the one day I went to use it, but otherwise, it is a great vacation destination. I would highly recommend it to anyone with or without children. We would stay again when we return to Deadwood for vacation. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This was our second stay at Fish and Fry. We find the park to be clean and friendly. The owners and staff are very helpful. The spaces are large and easily accessible. If you don't care about satellite TV the sites under the trees are great. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Nice little park outside of Deadwood. Area with water and electric is nicer than where full hook ups are. Parked is on lawn near a small stream. Odd little store and cafe, but the fried chicken is to die for. Fish in pond, but water doesn't look that clean. Would stay there again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very friendly staff. Clean showers (25 cents for 7 minutes). Nice area. Our site was very close to our neighbors. There was approximately 3" between our slide and the neighbor's slide. No campfire was possible, as the fire ring was under a slide. We would stay here again, but would request a different site as they do have sites with more space. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is THE best campground in the Deadwood area by far! The owners go above and beyond to make sure your stay is comfortable, fun and relaxing. The park is located 5 miles from downtown Deadwood, so it is very quiet without traffic noise. Sites are level with grass. The only downside would be they have shared hookups, but it wasn't really a big problem. Owners keep the park and restrooms immaculate, and take pride of ownership. Owners run a great little store and restaurant on site, and the food is great! You can catch trout in their pond, and they will even fry it up for you, hence the name of the park, "Fish'N Fry Campground." Park is VERY kid friendly, and if you need cabins or a rental RV, they have that too! Park is also very pet friendly as well. Will definitely stay here the next time we're in the Black Hills area. We've stayed in a number of campgrounds in the Black Hills, and we love this one the best! We camped here in a Motorhome.
Like many of the other reviews say the staff at this campground are extremely friendly and helpful. We didn’t use the showers in the bathhouse but found them, the bathrooms and the laundry room spotless and well maintained. They claimed the coin showers are 7 minutes per $0.25 . Campground is next to the highway which surprisingly wasn’t bothersome at all. I would have given them a 10 but some of the sites are a bit close together so I’ll rate it a 9. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Staff in this park are among the most friendly and helpful folks we have come across is all our travels. We were led to our site and assisted with backing in, and hookups were explained. Sites are gravel and level. There is a stream that runs behind the park, and the owners have a stocked pond, and fishing is allowed without a license. There is a small swimming pool. Though wi-fi is advertised, there is a charge for it, which dropped my rating from a 10. It does work well, though. Don't follow your GPS in these hills; it is very confused! Look for the large sign about 2 miles from the campground. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very nice campground. Kids really enjoyed staying here. People were VERY friendly! Store had most of what you need and also served breakfast and short order stuff on site. I would definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This park has been in operation for perhaps 50 years, and when I was here for a few days, I visited with a lot of "regular" customers, who returned every year. A couple across from me came up every month from Nebraska, a pretty long haul, they loved the place. The camp has a great store and restaurant, with an indoor/outdoor bar, and they'll cook you up a burger or fry that trout you catch in the stream that runs right by the office. I'm already planning my 2012 trip, and plan to stay several days. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Sites are VERY close together. The trout dinner for $4.95 is after you catch and pay for your trout at up to $1.00 per inch. Bath and showers were old, but cleaned as reasonably as can be expected. It was close to Deadwood, but there are many other campgrounds in the area. The owners were very friendly and helpful with WI-FI problems. Good place for an overnighter. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The campground is located along a pretty mountain stream but does have the highway on one side. Overall, traffic noise was not too bad even with the constant stream of logging trucks going by. My main issue was how tight everyone was packed in. I had a pull through site and they are entered back to back. I only had about 6" between my slide and the slide of the trailer behind me. The bathrooms were also a bit "rustic" and needed cleaning. Overall it was a good place to stay for a couple of days but I prefer something with a little more elbow room. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We stayed during the beginning of Sturgis, so it was really crowded. Campers were packed in tightly, but there was still enough room in our space to maneuver and back in. The showers were pay showers with an allotted time. The time was sufficient for a full shower, however there was no way to adjust the water temperature, so we ended up taking cool showers. The pool was nice and clean. Everyone was friendly. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a friendly little campground with a good feel to it. It's a bit tight in some places for large rigs, but manageable with care, and the few pull-through spaces are side-by-side hook-ups and on the small side. The back-in spaces along the creek are mostly smaller and could be difficult to get into but the ones in the rest of the park generally have enough space to back in easily. The owners are friendly, always in evidence and helpful. There's a limited-menu restaurant with pretty good food. We didn't fish, but if you do and catch something they'll fry it for you: a nice touch and popular with kids. At high season and on weekends it's very crowded but everyone seems to be having a good time and it just adds to the friendly feeling. We liked it here and would stay again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
A delightful little gem of a campground. Clean and well kept. A fair amount of open sites good for satellite access, but surrounded by wonderful tall pine trees. Mix of site sizes with many being too small for rigs over 35' and not all are full hook-ups. There is a small cafe with a limited menu, but good food, on site. Also a pond stocked with trout you can fish for without a license, paying by the inch for what you catch. The cafe will even cook it for you. Small heated pool which was kept very clean. Only down side is the location 6 miles out of the town of Deadwood, on a road with many steep grades and some curves. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We stopped here on the suggestion of friends and stayed three nights. The owners made you feel like long time friends. There are many local attractions that are very enjoyable. Their small restaurant has great food which made the stay even more enjoyable. most sites were back in but with ample room. Great place to stay while in the Black Hills We camped here in a Motorhome.
We have been in the South Dakota area for 8 days, staying here and there, a few miles away from each other visiting all the sites. This campground has been a pleasure to stay at. VERY beautiful, very clean and so comfortable. Wonderful ATV trails leaving right from the site. The owners are very nice people and friendly and helpful to answer questions. Our grandson caught fish and they cooked his dinner. Then he fished their stream and kept himself so entertained and he says this is the best campsite of the trip. The sites are close together, but we had great neighbors on both sides, so we just enjoyed making new friends. Would highly recommend it to anyone in the area. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is with out a doubt one of the nicest and most friendly campgrounds we have ever stayed at. We intended to stay only 2 nights and ended up staying 5. The new owner was very willing to do whatever was needed to accommodate his guests, the staff was always available and friendly and to top it off, the cafe had good food. True, the sites are not as large as some parks, but come on your in a canyon! We took time to check out other RV parks in the area and we are sure glad we made the choice we did. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I feel the same as the last, very positive, rating. We caught trout in their private lake they cooked it up & served us dinner for 70 cents an inch. We stayed by the stream with a nice little view. The owner was very cool. We can't wait to get back and say Hi. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We stayed at this campground for several days while visiting the Black Hills. I loved this facility and the people who work there are great. They often stopped by to chat. A beautiful little stream runs through the campground and some of the sites back up to it. Most of the sites are grassy and well shaded. The office/camp store is well stocked and they have a little lunch counter. It's also close to off-road trails. At night, you can clearly see the stars, smell the clean pine trees and hear the stream bubbling. But some of the guests that seemed like "regulars" were a bit rude and disregarded the rules and the comfort of their neighbors. Some were so loud at night after quiet hours that my husband had to get out of bed to ask them to quiet down. Other adult guests and their children walked/ran/played games through other's occupied sites. I saw clotheslines hanging from trees and very small unsupervised children driving ATVs around the campground. Another family failed to keep their dogs well-leashed, so their dog broke loose and attacked one of my dogs as we walked to the dog walk area. Everyone's okay, but it was very scary. It's so lovely there, I'd like to stay again, but I'm concerned that the rude guests could be a normal thing. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Sites are very close together. Only 12 pull throughs. If you have slides, you and your neighbors nearly touch. We had reservations for a lot with FHU but could not fit in the space. Our motorhome is 40' and wouldn't fit in most of their sites. They were advised of the length when we made the reservations. We were given another space with no sewer. Wi-Fi is contracted, not free. Showers are pay to use. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The cleanest bathrooms, laundry and game rooms we have seen! The owners are very accommodating and friendly. Laundry is a bit expensive - $2 for a wash and $2 for dry, although this is one hour. Dump station on site. Lovely sites and well appointed even if a little close together. However, this did not really bother us as we were right next to the brook and it felt like we were on our own. It has a shop on site for small essentials and there is a shop just down road for extras. No supermarket in Deadwood so come prepared. There is WiFfi on site and you will need as the park is in a deadspot. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We paid $9.50 which was 1/2 off with the Golden Age Pass. Pets are an additional $2 each. We had a nice long, secluded site. It was a tricky back-in as there are huge trees bordering each site. Site was not very level side to side. This is a Forest Service Campground located about 13 miles south of Deadwood, SD on US 385. Dry camping, potable water available at non-threaded spigots. Vault toilets. Camphost and us were only people present during our mid-week camping. We would camp here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
There is a small man made lake with a beach. The sites are large with a fire ring and picnic table. This is primitive camping so make sure you have your water and supplies before heading out. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We camped here in a 40' class A in Oct 2013. On the 2nd day we were hit with an unpredicted blizzard that left 48' of snow and 6-7' drifts. The campground owners were wonderful. We could not have found a better place to be "snowed-in." (South Dakota closed all the roads for 2 days while they cleared downed trees and plowed the roads). We were warm and safe and with very helpful owners. The shower/bath room combo is wonderful, and the cleanest we've ever seen. Laundry is great. If I could, I would give this park a 15, instead of a 10! We camped here in a Motorhome.
This was a really nice park. There was some road noise as the park overlooks US 385, but the spot was nice. Bathrooms, laundry, and showers were all SUPER clean and nice. There is even a really good restaurant on site (The Pub n Grub) where we had a nice breakfast with good coffee. There is quite a climb to get in or out of the park, but all in all a great place to stay. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Passport America rate made it pleasing. It is about 8 miles from Deadwood. There is absolutely no AT&T cell service, so iPad was also useless. AND the Wi-Fi did not work at the campsite. They made no attempt to fix it. Hardly worked at the office. Otherwise it is a nice campground in a very pleasant setting. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Showers and laundry nicest we've ever encountered. Campsites very clean, well maintained and nicely spaced. Lots of vehicle noise during the day from nearby highway, but quiets down at night. Convenience store with gas next campground. We would definitely stay there again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We stayed here for a week. What a beautiful place nestled in a valley about 7 miles south of Deadwood South Dakota. Very well taken care of. They have free private showers that are spotless. A very clean laundry room with 3 washers and 3 dryers. We used our Passport America discount and stayed 7 nights for 18.50 per night. We hope to stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is an extremely clean little park: nothing fancy, but well kept and staffed with very friendly hosts. There's a well stocked store nearby in addition to a new pub/restaurant. The sites are level (gravel surface), and maintenance is top-notch. On the downside, there's very poor cell service at this is a remote location, and WiFi is an extra $5 per day (which didn't work at all for us even after we paid). For the price, I think I'd go back again but only if the WiFi was free and improved. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Not a destination park, but a nice clean little park. Good level gravel spaces with grass, table, and concrete pad. Cleanest bathroom/showers I've seen in a long time. Road noise is minimal but there is some. Would have rated it higher but feel for price paid, wi-fi should have been free, not $4.95 a day. Also you need a dish if you want television; no antenna TV or cable. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This park is deceptive. At first glance it looks sparse and unlevel. However, the sites are fairly level and the "feel" is nice. We got the weekly rate. It's a small park, but extremely well kept. The showers, restrooms, and laundromat were immaculate. There is a large store on site. It's convenient to many local attractions. The hookups are convenient and the water pressure is adequate. The only downsides are 1) there is a lot of motorcycle and ATV traffic because there is a gas station on site so the days can be somewhat noisy, and 2) a personal pet peeve... fire pits. We don't like sites with fire pits because the smoke gets into the RV and makes everything stink. The price is reasonable and we would stay there again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed here for 4 days over the Labor Day Weekend. The park was not full: maybe abit more than half full. We had a level, FHU, pull-through site in the lower third of the park. There is no cable TV but most, but not all sites, are satellite friendly. The WiFi worked OK for us with only one disconnection in 4 days. There are about 35 PT sites which are narrow but a decent length. Bigger rigs will have to unhook. The rest of the RV sites are back-ins which vary in length from maybe 25' to over 40'. The roads are asphalt and the sites are gravel. The space between sites is a mixture of gravel/dirt/grass. The office/laundry building, the bathroom/shower facilities, the pool and play area, and the trolley stop are all at the front of the park. This can be a long, steep walk from many of the sites. We have been here numerous times over the years and this was the first time our visit was marred by other customers. We have never been here when there were so many ATVs and motorcycles. Every morning and evening there was a constant parade of loud and often speeding vehicles passing our site. This was both annoying and dangerous (due to the speeding well over the 5 mph limit). Where was management? I saw no reason to complain to the 70 year old female camp worker in the office and the owner is not around on weekends. I would stay again as long as I can be fairly close to the facilities and hope the noisy types aren't there again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park is located in a narrow valley between to steep hillsides. The access is paved and the sites are gravel. What we liked: Friendly staff, very accommodating. There was trolley service every hour to downtown Deadwood for a $1 per person which was very convenient. The laundry was nice, but a little pricey at $2 per load for wash or dry. The overall condition of the facility is pretty decent. The Wi-Fi worked well, as did our satellite. No cable. What we didn't like: the pull thru sites were very close together. We had about 6' or 7' from our slide to our neighbors slide. The pull through sites are very short. Our 40' MH had only about one foot to spare from the paved road in front and in back of our coach. We had to park our toad along an access road by a dumpster. We had a fire ring, but would never use it because the RV's were only about 5 feet from the fire ring. Bottom line - we would stay here again as a base camp to visit the area points of interest, but would not stay here as a place to relax. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Paved roads, gravel sites that are on a hillside. Sites take some work to get level and situated well into the site. Wi-Fi good, water, electric, sewer all good. No cable and TV has only two channels. Trolley comes to lodge for transportation to town twice an hour or you can walk. Great place to visit. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
My 3rd year in a row to stay at this RV park. Pro's - location, location, location. Well worth the 'premium price you pay'. Within walking distance of downtown. For those that choose not to walk, the Deadwood trolley picks up in right front of the office/lodge. VERY clean. Paved roads throughout the park. Excellent electricial and sewer hook-ups. Trash was continously picked up during the day. We found the owner to be very friendly. Yes, he keeps a close watch on his property, but he is fair to all. Negatives - sites are very close and steep roads up the gulch. We camped here in a Motorhome.
For this much money, this place is bad. You can see where the profits aren't going to. The lodge has cable, but they didn't run it to the sites, and there aren't any over the air channels. WiFi is passable. Most sites are very unlevel. And the gravel and the sites are narrow, so you are living on a small strip of grass that has seen better days (mostly mud). I do like the paved streets though. If it was cheaper, like $25 for full hookups, I would have given it a higher score. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Other reviews of this park are accurate. This is a very clean park, very close to Deadwood. However, they are in the business of getting as many campers in this space as possible. If you understand this going in, you wont be surprised. If you are in the Deadwood area and want to enjoy the town (not the camping experience) this is the place to go. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This was our first stay here in 2 years. Again we were here for the 3 day Labor Day weekend, but this time we were given a FHU, pull-through site as we desired. Back on the holiday weekend in 2010, the owner refused to give us a PT site based on the possibility of bigger rigs needing the PT site (it never happened). This year we were checked in by work campers and did not even see the owner until Sunday. For the reviewer who complained about her kids being yelled at for climbing the hillside: Try reading the rules concerning such things - such prohibited activity can accelerate erosion, possibly cause mini-rock and/or landslides, and be an insurance issue. During our 3 day stay, I don't think the park had more than 50 of 127 RV sites taken on any night. That fact made for less congestion in the park, and the WI-FI more accessible. There is no cable TV, but most sites are satellite friendly. There is a laundry, a small pool, and an OK bathroom. These, however, are at the foot (entrance of the RV park) of the gulch. Most of the RV sites are at least 100 yards away and uphill of these facilities, the office, and the trolley stop mentioned by most reviewers. If you can't walk or don't like to walk, this could be a problem for you. Others have also mentioned how narrow the sites are. We will certainly try to stay here again if we are able to make it back to the Black Hills once again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very clean RV Park and friendly staff/workers. Shuttle service, for a dollar a ride, to downtown Deadwood is a very convenient service, especially during busy weekends. This is the closest Park to downtown Deadwood and well worth the cost, but beware that discounts such as Good Sam are not accepted during special event weekends. Call ahead to confirm discounts. Big Rig Sites are narrow and many are located on a hill. The actual parking spaces are level but picnic tables, etc. are all on a slope. Big Rigs will need to find a separate location for towed vehicles, in most cases. This was our second trip to Deadwood in two years. The first time we stayed at a different Park and drove into town. In the future, we will always try to make reservations at Whistler’s Gulch. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Most of the sites are so narrow that your picnic table is sandwiched between your RV and your neighbors sewer connection. There are fire pit rings but you'd be so close to your neighbor's RV you'd set their rig on fire, so there's really no room for camp fires. There are very few trees so be prepared to bake. The property next door is a go-kart race park, so if you like the sounds of little race carts all day long this is the place for you. They advertize Good Sam but on site they won't give Good Sam discounts "during events". Whistler is a typical RV Park that attempts to squeeze every nickle out of their land at the expense of charm and atmosphere. It should be reworked to about 80 sites and a new management attitude. We camped here in a class A motorhome. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is okay for an overnight stay and there is convenient trolly service for $1.00 to Deadwood. It is easy in and out with good paved roads and fairly level gravel sites. Each site has a sewer hookup. However, the sites are very close together. We informed them we were Good Sam members when making the reservation, but not when we checked in. We did not get the discount. They would not give it retroactively and they were rude about it. We probably would not stay here again, but mostly because there are so many campgrounds in the area. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We have stayed here before. The recent so-so reviews made me somewhat skeptical about staying again. We had NO PROBLEMS. The check in was very friendly, our gravel/level site was very nice with grass and its own fire pit and picnic table. The electric and water worked perfectly. The driveway entry is paved and well lit. The office/laundry/showers were very clean. This is the best located RV park in Deadwood. It is slightly more costly than the others, but when you take into consideration the location and that it's very big rig friendly, Whistler Gulch is well worth the difference. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I've stayed at this campground several times, and I've never had a problem, convenient to downtown casinos and restaurants. This year, I didn't make it out to Deadwood, but recommended this RV park to a friend of mine from West Virginia. He called me after checking in, and said that when he inquired about the "Good Sam" discount, he was told that the "Good Sam" discount was actually $4 more than the regular price, because "Good Sam charges us $4 when one of their members registers." I emailed the president of GS, to inquire about this, but haven't heard back. I read the comment from another reviewer that Deadwood was just a bunch of "small casinos", not very impressive. I've been going to Deadwood for years, and there is plenty to see and do. As for those "small casinos", that is the charm of the place, I enjoy playing blackjack at the No.10 Saloon, where Wild Bill Hickok was shot, and they still shoot the guy 2 or 3 times a day for the tourists, followed by a gunfight out on the street. Kevin Costner's casino is loaded with costumes and other items from all his movies, including "Dances with Wolves", and the steakhouse on the top floor is 5-Star. The new Vegas style casino "The Lodge", a mile or two out of town, should satisfy any casino regular, a first-class operation. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
As far as we are concerned, about the only thing this park has going for it is the close proximity to Deadwood. The trolley stops right in front of the office twice an hour. The lady that checked us in was very rude and when we asked to change sites because the one they put us in was too narrow for our 40 ft 3 slide fifth wheel, she said she couldn't change us because they had a lot of "big rigs" coming in for the weekend and she was saving the pull-throughs for those. I commented that we had a 40 ft 3 slide unit and that is considered a "big rig", she got very indignant and gave us a pull-through. For the rest of the weekend there were 8 sites vacant from us to the next closest unit. No big rigs in those. The sites are not level and there is only about 6 feet between sites, no level ground to set chairs or tables on. We had to move the table next to us to hook up our sewer. The laundry is extremely expensive. Our Verizon air card worked well, but the AT&T cell phone service was spotty. The whole park is in a gulch and is uphill from the office to the end of the park. Both sides of the park are mountains. But it is quiet. If you want to be close to town, this is about your only choice as far as we saw. We would probably not stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Typically we are not fans if private campgrounds but use this site to help us when state parks are not an option. We started this place out at a 10, but after backing in to site 106 sandwiched between 2 other campers we started to lower the rating. The place was barely full and many "better" back-in sites sat empty. We were told we had the best site, but sewer was so far forward and uphill we couldn't use it. 5 mph limit yet worker raced around regularly. Not sure what to say about kid friendliness. We got a couple free tickets to gulches of fun for our kids but then a worker yelled at them for walking down a short hill from our site to office so we could catch the trolley. She included the threat that she would make them leave the campground if they did it again. Bare in my mind that my husband had walked this hill himself several times. Aside from that our kids did think we had a great site because it overlooked gulches of fun amusement park. Why don't campgrounds ask what kind of site you would like? I guess in the end it worked for the short time we wanted to explore Deadwood, but the weird yelling at my kids will get NO recommendation from me. Thankfully we now have a full hard-sided camper as the park staff didn't enforce their own quiet hours. The first night we listened to one group party loudly until about 2:30 am. Alcohol in copious amounts seems to be popular in general for Deadwood. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Great park, fast internet, trolly to downtown, helpful host. Location was great for seeing the sights and casinos. We will definitely stay here again if we go back to Deadwood. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We stayed here just prior to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. There are some great spots that overlook the valley and the amusement park below. The owners are very friendly and accommodating of all of our needs. The Office is a stop on the local trolly route that goes downtown to the casinos. This is the cleanest and best laid out RV park in Deadwood, by far. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice campground close to the amazing town of Deadwood. Great host, clean washrooms, nice swimming pool and deck. Internet was weak and camping spots were somewhat small. Great laundry area. Bus pickup to town and back. We would definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We enjoyed our stay at Whistlers. The "heated pool" was pretty cold when we jumped in at 7:30 PM on a hot day, but the kids loved it anyhow. The sites were okay...the bathrooms and showers were in excellent shape. Plenty of water pressure in the showers. Overall we enjoyed our one night stay. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice park...winds up the gulch...many pull-throughs, not real wide sites, but adequate. Friendly check in staff. Good 50 amp power. Strong water. AT&T cell strong, Verizon air card strong. DirectTV no problem. Decent fiberglass pool, too cool for me, but many were swimming. Large laundry. Sites were level. Very close to town..maybe a mile or so. We chose to drive in and park instead of taking trolley which does leave right from the park office ($1.00 each trip). Great location for visiting sites of Deadwood and surrounding area. We arrived in mid July without a reservation..no problem getting in. Definitely would return if we came back to this area. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Beautiful campground set in a gulch. Nice long gravel pull-thru sites. Staff very friendly and helpful. The town trolly stops at the campground office and will take you to downtown Deadwood for $1 per person -- very nice feature if you do not want to unhook and parking in downtown Deadwood is extremely limited. Would stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We loved our stay at this RV park. It was beautiful and well maintained. The owner was kind and attentive. He was always busy and checked in with us every day to make sure we were doing okay. I would highly recommend this RV park to anyone visiting Deadwood and the surrounding area. The owner was also very knowledgeable of the history of Deadwood and told us many stories. We will definitely come here again. We were here for a six day Vietnam reunion, and the owner took care of our every need. There were four couples, and the owner kept the park open till our reunion was over. Again, I would highly recommend this beautiful RV park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We hadn't expected to stay here twice during our summer travels, but ended up back in the Black Hills for the Labor Day Weekend. Because of this site's 90 day rule, I couldn't review this park again until now since I had reviewed it in July. For our July stay we were checked in by a young lady who gave us a pull through site about 1/3 of the way up the gulch. This time, an older gentleman who is either the owner or manager would not give us a pull through site. He said he didn't want to waste a PT site on a 32' RV without a toad. We were given a back in site which was against the hillside and we barely fit. My rear bumper was a foot from the hillside and the front bumper was only 2' off the road. The park had dozens of pull through sites available all weekend. I did not appreciate the manager's way of assigning sites. I've always enjoyed this park in the past, but this incident was a big negative. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Wi-Fi not available at campsites due to weak/no signal. No cable TV but we were able to get a few TV channels using our antenna. Sites are well spaced but short. Gravel pads with grass between sites. Water pressure was very low causing us to use our water pump when additional pressure was needed. Campground was clean and the staff friendly. Would use this campground again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We have stayed at this park several times and always enjoy it. The pull-through site we were assigned was long enough for motorhome and toad and was pretty level. The sites are gravel, but the roads within the park are paved. All the pull-through sites in this park are narrow, but there is adequate room for slides and awning. There was a caravan here during our stay, but the park was quiet. The park is on a hill, so it's quite a hike from the office to the upper sites in the park. All utilities and the Wi-Fi worked well. There is no cable TV and digital TV was iffy. We will stay at this park again when in the area We camped here in a Motorhome.
I made a reservation here nearly a year ago because I knew we would be here over the Labor Day holiday. When we arrived, we found that the park had lost our reservation. Luckily, they were not anywhere near as busy as we thought. They initially placed us in a site that was just barely long enough for our 38 foot rig. Parking our towed car would have been very tricky. The site they placed us in had been reported a week earlier for power problems. Apparently no one bothered to fix the problems or check it. It could have burned out our appliances if we had not had a surge guard. The office staff was very nice about it and allowed us to move to another site. The best 50 amp sites were not available to us because a large group was coming in during our stay and wanted these sites - this after we made our reservation a year in advance! The site we ended up in was extremely narrow and not at all level, but we managed to get settled. The park says their water pressure exceeds 60 psi, but we are only getting about 20 psi in this site (234). Also, the Wi-Fi did not work at all. The further away from the main building you are, the worse it gets. The site we ended up in is waaaay up the canyon and around a corner from the office. We would not have rated this park as high as we did if it had not been for the scenery. We do have a great view down the steep little canyon. We will not be staying here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is our first time at this park in at least 4 years and stayed 3 days. We had been staying at the KOA the last couple times we were in Deadwood because they have cable TV and this park does not. They do have full hookups and Wi-Fi and most sites are satellite friendly. As many have mentioned, the further you are up the gulch, the tougher the climb up to your site from the office and facilities (pool, laundry, bathrooms, trolley stop, etc.). If you are one of those folks who doesn't like to have to walk more than 50' to anything in a "flat" RV park, this is not the park for you. The gravel sites are decent but a bit on the narrow side - you won't be far from your neighbor. Slides and awnings make things even tighter. Now that I have satellite TV, this park is better for me because it is a closer and safer walk to town than from the KOA. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Only two campgrounds near Deadwood, this one and a KOA. The KOA was full and we had a terrible time getting up the hill to it and back down. We came here and the check-in was slow. Tried to wait on three of us at the same time. Shuttle to town but it's a long walk to get to the office to catch it. Lot was gravel. Nothing special but best you can get for Deadwood. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Great park in a wonderful location. We paid the Escapee's discount rate and enjoyed our stay very much. We walked to Deadwood (downhill!) and took the trolley back to the park ($1.00 per trip and they run all day) into Deadwood. Friendly staff and easy in and out make it complete. We will definitely be back. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Super friendly people at this park. You can walk to a couple of casinos down the hill. Shuttle to town runs like clock work. Will definitely be back. WiFi is fast, sites are a good size. Has manicured grass. They appreciate your business and it shows. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We paid the rate of $41 per night for 6 nights and got the 7th night free. Although the sites were short, they provided an additional parking area for the truck. It's very convenient to Deadwood which explains the high camping fee. It is also across from the Mickelson Trail that is several miles long and is a good place to take a dog for a walk if you have one - or just go yourself. Management was friendly and accommodating. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We stayed here for a few days in July 2009, and were very pleased. The camp was neat and clean, and the lady at the front desk was very charming. Our "Good Sam Club" membership saved us a few bucks from the normal rate, and being so close to downtown Deadwood was well worth the price. A shuttle came by every 30 minutes for a $1 ride downtown to invest substantially more at the gaming tables. Good WiFi if you park behind the lodge and swimming pool. We first parked up on the hill, but the signal from the internet antenna was blocked there by the main lodge building. No complaints, we're staying here again in 2010 and looking forward to it. We camped here in a Motorhome.
It is in a central location to town. It is definitely overpriced as other 2009 review stated. Our $33 was the daily rate for a week. The sites were small but adequate with grass in between. We would probably consider a revisit except for the price. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Campground was nice, but overpriced. TV antenna reception was poor. We attempted unsuccessfully to make reservations by phone for two hours, by calling the only number listed in their ads in two different well-known campground directories. We always received their answering machine message, which had no option to leave a message for a return call. Finally we got a reservation (at an additional cost) by using a number on their website which turned out to be a booking service. Would not stay there again.
Editor note: I just called the above listed number (605 578-2092) and got a live person who was making reservatons. We camped here in a Motorhome.
[ 4 / 10 ]
We were assigned an upper level FHU. Very short, very NOISY, NO WiFi signal. Shuttle will not come out this far after 12pm, if you like to play cards until the wee hours. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Way overpriced ($49). We are in a campervan, and only using a full service site because our propane fridge has gone on the fritz. Our site is tiny, so small that they put the firepit on the hillside behind us at a 30 degree slope. It has a grill on it, but I dare you to try to use it. Worse, the campground is nearly empty, and there are much better sites vacant. We arrived at a few minutes after closing and the "host" couldn't wait to get rid of us. Unfortunately, we booked for 2 nights, (which our "host" went out of her way to pont out was non refundable) so we will let them soak us yet again tomorrow. As the saying goes, "Fool me once, shame on you." I do not know what the rest of the campgrounds are like in the vicinity, but I cannot imagine this is the best value. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The sites are a little small. Each site has a picnic table on a small patch of grass between the sites. The sites are pretty level.
The wi-fi is good, and you’re within walking distance to downtown Deadwood which is about a mile away, or you can take the trolley car system that has a stop right at the park's clubhouse. It's $1 to ride into town if you don't want to walk, and it comes once an hour in the morning and twice an hour in the afternoons and evenings up until midnight. There is no cable TV in the park and because of the surrounding hills your antenna is almost worthless. They have high water pressure in the park, 60lbs and higher so make sure you have a water regulator. The laundry room was clean and more than enough washers and dryers to go around. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
A nice clean park set in what I'd call a vertical valley. Not a level spot in the CG except for the sites themselves which are like a giant stairway making it's way up the hill between two mountains. Deadwood is a great town IF you like casinos. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We were pleasantly surprised by this campground. The online pictures do not represent it well. The sites are not large, but large enough to sit outside and not feel too cramped. The views are lovely. The campground is nestled in a valley. We had plenty of space to walk our dogs. The SD trail system is right across the street from the campground. Deadwood is a mile down the road and you can catch a trolley that runs until midnight if you don't want to walk. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a good staging area site where the sites are adequate. Not a lot of campground amenities but convenient to Deadwood, Mount Rushmore and Hill City for the train ride. Showers nice and adequate, Laundry costs high. Over priced for what you get but I would stay here again if I come to Deadwood. Sites narrow. Staff helpful. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
I gave this place an 8, not as much for the amenities - but because we didn't have ANY problems whatsoever. The sites were pretty level so we didn't spend much time getting situated. We were in Site #4. We had GREAT WiFi reception - faster than our cable modem at home even. We were able to get satellite without problems. I think that $33/night is a little high (that is with our AAA discount but it was Memorial weekend). However, it was the only RV park that was actually IN the town of Deadwood. All of the other parks we saw, even though they say that they're in Deadwood, are well outside of the length I am willing to travel to get to where I want to be - IN Deadwood. We have a motorhome and a motorcycle as our means of transportation. When the weather is bad, the last thing I want to do is ride on the bike or drag everything in to take the motorhome. Deadwood has a trolley car system (read: bus) that has a stop right at the park's clubhouse. It's $1 to ride into town if you don't want to walk and it comes once an hour in the morning and twice an hour in the afternoons and evenings up until midnight. The park is between 2 hillsides, a gulch. The sites ARE pretty tight as some other reviewers mentioned, however, we were here for 4 nights and the office seems to try to put rigs in every other site if possible. The small grassy area we had was at a decline so the picnic table that they provide was off kilter unless we put it on the gravel on the site next to us. There are fire rings - but we wouldn't have used it if there was someone in the next site because of the tight confines. One other thing that I found refreshing about this place is that there were no "RV Park Cops" - meaning, that there wasn't anyone walking around looking for something to gripe about. We have a small dog that is very well behaved and stays within the confines of our own site - but I hate putting her on a leash and there wasn't anyone yelling at me to tie her up. This park is also ATV friendly and there were several ADULT ATVers. Many RV parks won't even let you ride your ATV to the laundry room or just use the road to get outside of the park to play on your ATV. The park isn't all that scenic, but it's better than the "gravel park" types like some KOAs. The laundry room was clean and there were enough machines to go around. Again, the best thing I found about this park was the location, and no "RV Park cops" during our 4 night stay. Yes, I would definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Small sites we were in a 36 ft 5th wheel the first site they gave us we could not get into
had to move to another.The campground is on hill side so no good for walking around.This park is a Enjoy America park but will only give you 1 night at 1/2 price and req you to stay 2 nights so it still costed us right around 50.00 for 2 nights after tax and all.The pool is really small but it is a good location to visit Deadwood which is a great place .Staff was not very friendly.I guess if i wonted to go back to Deadwood i would stay in this park again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
[ 8 / 10 ]
Nice, scenic CG, situated well above the local area. Nicely kept up and clean. Some sites are a tad smaller than what RVer's consider normal, so you have to be aware of slides when you position your rig, but not really a problem. Walking distance to downtown Deadwood (1 mile.) Shuttle service also. We have stayed here four times since 1997, and we'll be back! Hint: Don't take a site that has a manhole cover! (There are just a few.) Too odiforous! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We stayed here the week before Sturgis Bike Week. The campground was only 1/3 to 1/2 full for the 5 days we were here. This campground was very quiet even though it is located right beside highway SD 385. The showers and bathrooms were very clean. The laundry area was clean and the machines worked well for us. The Wi-Fi worked very good from our campsite. The landscaping was neat and the grass was kept cut. Some of the tent sites had a shelter and electric available at the site. There seemed to be plenty of room between each site and the roadway within the campground. The roadway is dirt and gravel with no sharp bends for even the longest of rigs. There is a restaurant/saloon combined with the campground office. They closed by 10:00 on the weekends and were closed when we arrived back at the campground at 9:30 on Monday night. Hence no loud music or other distractions at night. If you are in the area to go 4x4 wheeling or quad/ side by side, trail riding in the National Forest,you can do so right from the campground. Quads never need to even go on the road to access the trails & Jeeps or other 4x4 road legal vehicles can do so with out ever going off the dirt roads to access some minor or difficult trails. There is a gas station about 1/4 mile south of the campground that has a convenience store/gas/& air. We stayed here in a tent, but would have no problem bringing our motor home here if were ever in the area again. We would definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Tent.