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Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota

Ellsworth AFB FamCamp (Military Camping Only)

Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota



Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota
Phone: (605) 385-6699

Sites: 92
Recent Rate: $23 8/2016

Latitude: 44.141602533896
Longitude: -103.07090073824

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • 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 yes
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 yes
  • ATT Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers ATT
  • 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 no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • 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 no
  • 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

Ratings overview

22 Reviews

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice park. Level and full hookups. Plenty of space between RVs. Easy to find: enter Patriot Gate and take first right. Verizon service is very good. WIFI good. Only about 30 miles to Mount Rushmore. Highly recommend. We camped at Ellsworth AFB FamCamp (Military Camping Only) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
35
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Downtown Rapid City is worth visiting.

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

The good: price and location (just outside Rapid City and about 25 miles to Mount Rushmore). The sites are concrete and level and long enough. The back of one section butts up against the high school on the other side of the fence, didn't affect us since school is out. Oh, laundry is FREE if you can get in to use it (we couldn't).

The Bad: we didn't get the site we reserved since the previous guy overstayed by a day, not really a huge deal for us. Of course it caused the domino effect for people coming in later since I took someone else's spot, etc. on down the line. Plus they were mostly full. If they updated the bathrooms and WiFi, this park would be a real gem. There were good attempts to keep the bathrooms clean, they really just need an overhaul, gutted and redone.

All in all for $23 a night, great value and we would stay here again. We camped at Ellsworth AFB FamCamp (Military Camping Only) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
15
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

This area can get very windy. Be careful with your awnings and slide out covers. We had to use some beach balls and 550 cord to tie down our slideout cover. Recommend you bring those in EVERY time you leave as wind speed and direction is unpredictable.

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Review Count: 86
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 17

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice campground, quiet and clean. Not much air traffic going in and out. Pull-thru sites are easy to enter and exit. Over air TV was good. Wifi worked well the whole ten days we were there. They do not allow wifi range boosters but there's nothing on the website or written in the rules to tell you this. Signs advising you to register with the camp host if you arrive after hours are easy to miss. If you're in the pull-thru section in the row with spaces 31 to 37, turn in either the 2nd or 3rd driveway. If you're in the row for 38 to 44 turn in the 2nd driveway. Spaces 45 to 51 turn in the 3rd driveway. If you use the wrong driveway you'll be headed the wrong way to get into your space. No signs indicate this. Laundry has 4 washers and 5 or 6 dryers but all were in use when we needed them. Had to drive 9 miles into Rapid City to Laundry World. Mike's Laundromat is advertised by many signs near base but it was closed long ago. Campsites have nice tables and grills but no fire rings are allowed because of the dry grass and trees and frequently windy conditions. Enjoyed this campground and will return. We camped at Ellsworth AFB FamCamp (Military Camping Only) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
35
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Closest gate for RVs to get through is the Patriot Gate (turn right at the 4-way stop) but it's not open on weekends and closes at 6:00 pm. The Main gate (go straight ahead at 4-way stop) is always open. The traffic circle after the gate is easy to maneuver. If using the Patriot Gate turn right at the first road after the gate (Lincoln Dr). Campground office is the first right.
Note that the commissary is closed on Mondays.

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Review Count: 329
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 28

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

We've rated this campground higher in the past, but the significant rise in rates (now $28/night July-Oct, no weekly rate) coupled with the lackluster amenities are making this a less attractive location. Eight more pull-thrus have been added, but the entry roads are a sea of mud when it rains. WiFi has been expanded to the whole park, but it was seldom usable, even with just a few people present. Verizon Cell and data worked well, there were ample OTA TV stations, and no obstructions to satellites. The "free" laundry room was locked for half of our visit, and while professional on the phone, we never saw the camp host during our three weeks. Loudspeakers play reveille each weekday at 0700 so don't plan on sleeping in. A disappointing stay; we'll probably look elsewhere in future visits to the area. We camped at Ellsworth AFB FamCamp (Military Camping Only) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
47
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here on a shaded full-service concrete pad. The MWR staff was excellent. The office is in the RV park. There is quick access to BX and commissary. The park is adjacent to an off-base residential area just over the fence. That area was unsightly and a bit noisy at times. I enjoyed sitting and watching the B-1s circling the base. My only complaint about the camping area is the grass was not cut. We used this campground as a base while touring the attractions around Rapid City for three days. Other than the horrendous wind, this was a very pleasant stay. We camped at Ellsworth AFB FamCamp (Military Camping Only) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Rapid City and attractions.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $21.00
Overall Rating:      

Overall the FamCamp was well laid out. Rated it a 5 because of the high grass through out the park, electric and WiFi. This made it difficult for my dogs to walk and take care of business. My ac voltage gauge stayed in the red below 110 even though I was plugged into 50 amp. Because of this we were not comfortable in leaving the dogs in the MH with the a/c on if we went to MT. Rushmore. Even though there were 3 FAM Camp WiFi spots it was almost useless to get on and stay on. Perhaps they should look into a system that will block streaming. We camped at Ellsworth AFB FamCamp (Military Camping Only) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 122
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 32

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $21.00
Overall Rating:      

During our 4 day stay, we were given 2 different sites. This seems to be standard procedure when making reservations in order for them to keep all spaces in use. We spoke to a number of other rv'ers w/o had to move sites in the middle of their stay. This musical chairs with sites was annoying. Some residents (not active duty) appear to be homesteading. Wifi was free but mostly non-existent. There's no off leash dog park. Grass had been recently cut but there's several large mounds of dirt from construction near the walkways and in the new area that had been there so long, weeds were growing out of them. There were 2 washers and 2 dryers in the laundry room so it was in constant use. There's no convenient parking area near the laundry room if you're coming from the new pull-thru section. All sites are paved with permanent picnic tables. Nice park with obvious signs of future expansion and improvement. We camped at Ellsworth AFB FamCamp (Military Camping Only) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade

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Review Count: 329
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 28

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $21.00
Overall Rating:      

The Ellsworth AFB Famcamp provides a reasonably priced location to explore the Black Hills. Five miles west of Rapid City, it's an easy drive to Custer State Park and other attractions. Access is by any of the three gates without restriction, and check in was easy with the very friendly and helpful host. Sites are level concrete, a mix of back-ins in the old section and pull-thrus in the new, for a total of 38 RV sites with 8 more under construction. The WiFi worked, but was affected by the number of campers using it, and Verizon cell/4G was good. No cable, but clear shot to TV satellites and good OTA TV. Grass was high on arrival due to snow/rain but was cut while we were there, as usual spraying grass onto the RV. Probably the most professional gate guards in the military, and everyone at the commissary, BX, etc., was friendly and helpful. The $1 raise in rates provides free washers and dryers, so the nightly rate is now $21. This is a popular place, so make reservations. We camped at Ellsworth AFB FamCamp (Military Camping Only) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
38
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

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

There's a large Menard's on the truck bypass, and strip malls along the interstate have all the usual dining and shopping sites. The Journey Museum in downtown Rapid City is exceptional and worth a visit.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Stayed here 3 weeks. Great place to tour all the Black Hills sights and the Badlands. They have a great pool and exercise equipment at the gym, nearby. Golf course below average. They are adding new pull-through sites. There will be 21 in all. We stayed in that area and the last several days heavy equipment at 6:30 am. The bathhouse and laundry are in the older section about 1000 ft from the pull-throughs. The woman who runs the park is super nice. Would be nice when you checked in if they let you know what county you're in due to many storm warnings in the area. Sun comes up at 5:15 AM. We camped at Ellsworth AFB FamCamp (Military Camping Only) in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 89
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: October, 2013 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed in the new section which does have pull through spaces. Nice campground. Older section has plenty of grass and space between the sites. New section doesn't have huge trees but having a pull-thru makes up for it. I should mention that we were there for the blizzard. It was quite an experience and my husband dug us out so we could go on our way. We also were there during the shut-down so the base didn't have normal services. But all-in-all I would recommend Ellsworth and we'll be back again w/o the snow! We camped at Ellsworth AFB FamCamp (Military Camping Only) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 113
States Visited: 38
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

This is an excellent military campground. We were able to make reservations and the campground manager was friendly. Sites have a concrete parking pad with a picnic table and typical campground type grill. Utilities worked well and Verizon cell and broadband was also excellent. Nice Commissary and Exchange. Mini Mart and fuel station (with diesel) located right across from the campground. However, you can find lower diesel prices outside the base. Most sites were satellite friendly. This is not a place to deploy your awning though. It is very windy, even if you tie it down. You can enter at any gate that is open as we entered the main gate with no problem. There appear to be some homesteaders. We loved this place and will return to this campground. We camped at Ellsworth AFB FamCamp (Military Camping Only) in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Great place to stay. Sites are level although the grass needed mowing while we were there. We stayed 8 days. Good location to stay if you're visiting Mt Rushmore and other tourist attractions. Camp host was very, very friendly and knowledgeable of the area. We camped at Ellsworth AFB FamCamp (Military Camping Only) in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 329
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 28

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

We enjoyed past visits here and were looking forward to a stay in the new area, which has long concrete pull-thrus. As opposed to the old area with paved interior roads and grassy sites, the new area for now at least, has gravel roads, and no shade or grass. Weeds have been allowed to grow unchecked and some are over 2' tall and have to be waded through to get to your entry door. Hopefully the sites will be landscaped when the rest of the construction is finished. No cable TV, but good broadcast and clear shot to the satellites. Verizon cell and aircard worked well, as did the park free Wi-Fi. A quiet base, Ellsworth has a good commissary and marginal BX, and provides security and a nice place to stay while visiting the area. We camped at Ellsworth AFB FamCamp (Military Camping Only) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice park. Wi-Fi is very weak. Sites are concrete and level. Laundry is available. We will stay here again. We camped at Ellsworth AFB FamCamp (Military Camping Only) in a Fifth Wheel.

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

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Host was friendly and very accommodating. Wi-Fi was poor due to recent windstorm damages. I recommend this place! We camped at Ellsworth AFB FamCamp (Military Camping Only) in a Motorhome.

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