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Deadwood, South Dakota

Whistler Gulch RV Park & Campground

Deadwood, South Dakota



Deadwood, South Dakota
Phone: (605) 578-2092

Sites: 127
Recent Rate: $45 7/2016

Latitude: 44.3633478814992
Longitude: -103.732781410217

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access no
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • $4.25 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 4.25
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking no
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly no
  • Playground Playground no
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) no
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) no
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking no
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

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55 Reviews

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

My wife booked this park before we left on our trip. She spoke with the owner who was very nice but, in hindsight, overstated the park. They were not allowing campfires while other parks in the same area were. The bathrooms were not clean and the spots were small. The amenities (pool, play area) were overstated and not very nice. While they will tell you that you can walk to town (Deadwood, SD), it is over a mile to the desirable part of town and part of the walk requires you to walk along the edge of the road that has no shoulder. When we made our complaints after check-in, the person working the counter did not seem concerned at all so we asked for a refund, re-connected and headed out to another campground. We camped at Whistler Gulch RV Park & Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
313
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Not big enough for my 5th wheel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

This RV park is disgusting. It infuriates me when I use a rating system from a very reputable camping guide that rated this park a 9.5, only to find that this park is one of the worst we have ever stayed at.

1. The cost is very high.

2. The people operating this park are inept. The woman who checked us in doesn't know a thing about RVs. I called early that morning and told her THREE times that my motorcoach was 35 feet long and that we had a tow vehicle. She said she had a 40 ft back-in site for us. When we arrived the site couldn't accommodate us. It was way too small. She gave us another site and told us it was 61 feet long. It wasn't true. It was just long enough. We barely fit.

3. The park is grossly overcrowded. The sites are so close together you can barely get your pop-outs to go out. If you have a Class A, do not stay here unless they confirm they have a pull-through site for you. You will not fit here.

4. The bathrooms and showers are filthy. There is mold/mildew everywhere. It can be cleaned as I scraped it with my fingernail and it came off. They don't clean the restrooms. There was hair all over the shower and tiles are broken. Don't shower here.

5. The people staying here in this park are loud, disruptive, and drunk. There is no quiet time. We saw people standing on the roofs of their travel trailer drinking. It is not family friendly. The tenants here drive their ATVs all night long.

6. The trash dumpsters are not emptied regularly. The trash is overflowing here. We couldn't take our trash out. Gross.

7. There is no grocery store in Deadwood. Bring groceries with you or plan to drive to Lead, SD for food.

8. There is no Wi-Fi. There is a hotel across the street that the RV park uses their password to use their Wi-Fi. It doesn't work. No cable and no television stations can be received here.

We would never stay here again. Never. And I wish we could get our money back. We paid almost $100 for 2 nights to stay in a dump. We camped at Whistler Gulch RV Park & Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
133
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Not big enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Interior Roads
Tight Turns
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

You cannot walk to Deadwood, as their advertisement states.

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Review Count: 29
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

Great location for visiting casinos, also driving to Mt Rushmore and Devil's Tower.

Easy access to Mickelson 109 mile trail at bottom of hill from RV park. Fine walking dogs. Clean park with garbage pickup at site. We camped at Whistler Gulch RV Park & Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
319
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Take trolley to downtown casinos, etc. Eat at Deadwood Social Club with reservations. Walk/ ride the Mickelson trail. Visit Homestead Mine.

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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $52.00
Overall Rating:      

First the bad. It's expensive! There's a $45 cancellation fee. If you stay later than the 11 AM check out time, they charge extra. For the cost, there should be a fenced off-leash dog area.

Now for the good. We really liked this park. It's beautiful! Office person was very nice. The dog walk areas are more than adequate. It's a steady incline from the RV sites up to the end of the campground so it's easy to get a little aerobic exercise in and stay in the park.

There's an old mine just off the property that has fairly easy access and is mildly interesting.

This is NOT within walking distance to downtown Deadwood. There is a shuttle that comes by twice an hour. We chose to drive into town because there was road construction and the shuttle wasn't very consistent on its timing. (Not the fault of the shuttle. Road construction had traffic down to one lane with a pilot car. There was a lot of waiting in a long line of vehicles.)

Though we enjoyed our stay, I don't know if we'd stay here again because of the cost. We camped at Whistler Gulch RV Park & Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
321
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Have stayed here before. Very nice location. However they were laying new pipes along the road into Deadwood, so there were delays. But it will be nice once they are finished. Wifi was good. Didn't use the pool. Often saw deer on the hills surrounding the campground. We camped at Whistler Gulch RV Park & Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Have come to Deadwood many times since 1990. It's lost some of it's charm from the very early days, when you could carry your bucket of nickels from one place to another. All the smaller casinos are gone. DO NOT take your motorhome or 5th wheel up to the cemetery to see Wild Bill Hickok's grave. We saw one, part of the way up there, and a tow truck having a devil of time getting him down.

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Review Count: 642
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 40

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

This is our regular (even with some flaws) park in Deadwood - maybe half a dozen times in the past 10 years - because it is within (for us) walking distance of downtown Deadwood. As the name indicates, this park is in a gulch between two hillsides - not on a hill as a previous reviewer said. So the sites are not on a hill. As usual, we had a fairly level, gravel, FHU, pull-through site. The pull-through sites are very clos together. There are also dozens of tent site in the upper end of the gulch and a few cabins down by the entry road. There is no cable TV, but many sites are satellite friendly. We were able to stay connected to their 802.11 network just long enough at times to accomplish what we needed to do, but we lost the connection several times. A second antenna may solve this problem unless the issue is due to bandwith hogs. We were able to enjoy their pool, but much of the poolside furniture is broken. The owner has tried to bolt some of it back together when it needs to be replaced. Even though the park was not very full (maybe 30 RVs), I was still annoyed by loud motorcycles, speeders, and barking dogs. The owner sped passed our site several times doing 15mph on his cart. The park speed limit is 5 mph. The laundry (in the main building) was a bit expensive, but large and clean. There is a main bathhouse between the office and pool and a small one halfway up the gulch. We used the main facilities and they were clean. There was no recycling. This is a pretty good park with fairly nice facilities in a great location. The owner's failure to spend a bit of money (new pool furniture, another Wi-Fi antenna, etc.) and control dangerous behavior (including his own), lowers the rating. We camped at Whistler Gulch RV Park & Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
304
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 130
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $44.00
Overall Rating:      

Minutes from downtown Deadwood.... Parking on a hill kinda close together if you have a pull thru but spacious of you have a backin. Sparking shallow pool... Hard packed gravel sites, grass in-between, no cable, wifi weak, did not use the facilities being baths and showers. Very nice staff. we were part of a group, so I do not know the going rate as it was Pre biker week. Tent area at rear of park, so there is a. Lotbof traffic in and out past the main parking sites. Would stay here again..we were in a motor coach... We camped at Whistler Gulch RV Park & Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
203
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Sand, Grass
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Trees need to be trimmed, as we were very close on one side and needed to reposition rv to get all slides out without tree branches..

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Review Count: 642
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 40

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $44.00
Overall Rating:      

We had planned on staying here at least 3 or 4 days, but the park was booked solid Thursday through the weekend because the annual Cool Deadwood Nights weekend was that weekend. While this has become our preferred Deadwood RV park in spite of its' flaws (inconsiderate customers on motorcycles and ATVs, speeders, and the idiot owner who allows this dangerous behavior). We were able to get a fairly level, gravel, full hookup, pull-through site that was satellite friendly. There is no cable TV and many sites are not satellite friendly. Their Wi-Fi network was slow at times even though there park was only 1/3 full the day we were there. I'm guessing that it may be useless when the park is full. The small pool is nice on a warm day as long as it is not too crowded. As others have noted, the city trolley stops at the park twice an hour but downtown is only a 20 - 30 minute walk for those able to do so. The bathrooms are OK and the laundry is large. These facilities (plus the pool and play area) are in or near the office which is a long, downhill walk from most sites. There was no recycling that I could find. We camped at Whistler Gulch RV Park & Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $65.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice location! Bus stops at the campground and runs regularly into downtown, which is great. Sites were a little small but adequate. Staff in the office were very friendly. Would definitely recommend this campground. We camped at Whistler Gulch RV Park & Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

We came to this park when the one we had reserved in the hills was still wet and muddy when we arrived. This was definitely not one of our favorites. The PROS: The owner and office help were very friendly, it was close to the town of Deadwood, and it was a stop on the local shuttle bus. The CONS: Everything was close and tight. The roads were narrow, the sites were narrow and short (our truck would not fit and if the park was full there would be no place to put it), there was no cable TV, and there was really very little place for the dogs to do their business. There are a couple of so-named "dog walk" areas, but they are very narrow strips of dirt/grass, and one of them had trucks parked on it. In addition, the only facilities (bath & laundry) are up at the front of the park, so those parked toward the back of this very long and narrow set-up would probably want to drive up to them, but there is very little extra parking anywhere. I would probably look for another park if we were to stay in this area again. We camped at Whistler Gulch RV Park & Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 29
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $51.00
Overall Rating:      

Best feature is closeness to casinos etc in town and on trolley route ($1). Interior roads paved. Sites are paved or gravel with working utilities. Sat reception from the roof was good. Verizon reception good. Kept getting kicked off WiFi. Owner is very helpful. Grocery store in lead (approx 4 mi). Pretty location in small narrow gulch. Room to walk dog including dirt road at upper end of park. Garbage pick up each morning at site. Dump station. We had no problem with 39' RV with tow. Room for slides on both sides but narrow. We camped at Whistler Gulch RV Park & Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 642
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 40

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $41.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Whistler Gulch RV Park & Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Whistler Gulch RV Park & Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

I found nothing wrong with park, easy in and out, Wi-Fi good, clean park. Trolley picks you up at the park to go into town. We camped at Whistler Gulch RV Park & Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $42.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Whistler Gulch RV Park & Campground in a Motorhome.

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