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Ellsworth AFB FamCamp (Military FamCamp)

Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota


Lincoln Drive
Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota 57706
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Sites: 92
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 44.14160
Longitude: -103.07090

Elevation: 3175' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault ?
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails no
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking no
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access no

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

Great FamCamp, free laundry facility, level concrete pads, friendly service. We camped at Ellsworth AFB FamCamp (Military FamCamp) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
18
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Great place to rest and visit Mt Rushmore, Badlands NP, Custer SP

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Review Count: 131
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 22

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

Had some problem with directions to the park but the office staff they were in process of correcting the issue. Park has two sections. Older part is in several wagon wheels with all back-in sites. Our site was not really long enough for our 42' 5th wheel and truck and there was a tree blocking part of the site in the back. The newer section is all pull thru. All sites have concrete pads, patio, table and grill. FHU, free wi-fi ( sporadic), no cable but satellite worked fine and got quite a few OTA channels. Small but adequate commissary and exchange. Base gas station did have diesel Bowling alley, golf, theater are all on base and a nice air museum ( free!) right outside the main gate. This was a good location for seeing all the area sites. We camped at Ellsworth AFB FamCamp (Military FamCamp) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Not big enough for my 5th wheel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

Nice park. All sites have concrete pads and are level. Unfortunately, our site (#21) had an awkward position with site #22 backed right to our door, a sewage manhole cover right next to the patio complete with sewage odor, and significant cracks and erosion under the pad enough to cause the pad to crack. A feral cat lived in the hole under the patio (much to our dog's delight). It seemed every other site was better than ours, but it was tolerable for a three night stay. If you don't get site #21, I'm sure you'll be OK. We camped at Ellsworth AFB FamCamp (Military FamCamp) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
21
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Lots to do in the area. Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Monument, and Spearfish Canyon are great sights. Lots of microbreweries in the area; Sturgis motorcycle museum is within easy travel distance.

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Review Count: 76
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 16

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

Very nice park. The park is in a wagon wheel layout which gives each RV plenty of room. There is sun and shade, very clean restrooms and laundry rooms, and the grounds are kept up and mowed regularly. The roads are paved and the pads are concrete. All utilities worked fine. The park is set near 2 of the base gates - convenient; and the base isn't so far out of town that it is inconvenient. Our only complaint was the wifi was too slow - we used our hotspot. Otherwise, very nice! We camped at Ellsworth AFB FamCamp (Military FamCamp) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
9
Site Surface
Concrete, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 56
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

Nice concrete pads. FHU. No cable and weak WIFI. Shower house had 4 stalls, and the laundry was free. Convenient to the Exchange and Commissary, and the Air Museum is worth a visit. The aircraft displays outside are pretty good. We camped at Ellsworth AFB FamCamp (Military FamCamp) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

Interior roads gravel but good ability to maneuver. Sites are all large level concrete pads with patios, table and grill. Decent grass (could certainly use more water). Front office staff very helpful and friendly. Nothing bad to say about this park except the WiFi is truly awful. If we required service we had to go to the BX and we could get excellent WiFi, which doesn't make sense to me. Would definitely stay again. We camped at Ellsworth AFB FamCamp (Military FamCamp) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
48
Site Surface
Concrete, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Great place for visiting Mt Rushmore, Badlands, Sturgis, Deadwood, Custer State Park. Very close to Rapid City with plenty of shopping and restaurants. Don't miss Bear Country USA and Reptile Gardens!

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

This is an Air Force FamCamp, so you must be active duty or retired military. First of all, this is a great location to explore the Black Hills area. Mt. Rushmore is 28 miles away. You could use this as a base to explore the Badlands National Park, 82 miles away, but I would recommend the White River KOA. The scenery in the FamCamp isn't that great, but it's got some trees and grass. It's by a school and housing area. Flat concrete pad for every site. $23.00 FHU. It has a convenient sidewalk to walk dogs. It is inside the base, so security is good. Our dish TV worked fine, our Sprint cell phone worked fine, and the WiFi is decent. Technically, it is against the rules, but if you walk your dog to the area labeled FamCamp Expansion, you can take your dog off-leash and play catch with him. I had to run after my dog when she stopped playing catch and chased 3 mule deer that had jumped the fence. We camped at Ellsworth AFB FamCamp (Military FamCamp) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
5
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

The Air and Space Museum just outside the gate is worth a visit. Be sure and visit Mt. Rushmore, and Needles Highway. Take Needles in a car or nothing larger than a big SUV. RVs will not fit through the one lane tunnels, but the amazing rock formations are worth the drive. Buffalo and wild burros can be seen in Custer State Park. Stop and ask the ranger station where they are.

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

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

This is our go-to park in Rapid City. Concrete pads, well-landscaped. Good hookups although this time the water had a bad taste, may have had something to do with utility work inside the park. We camped at Ellsworth AFB FamCamp (Military FamCamp) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
12
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 37
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

5 days/nights while touring the area. Gravel roads, easy in & out. Concrete pads with full service. Being on the base is reassuring for security. Exchange & fuel station close at hand. Underwent a severe hailstorm (no damage) and the base had loudspeakers that kept you informed of the storm's progress...nice feature. All in all, a very pleasant stay. We camped at Ellsworth AFB FamCamp (Military FamCamp) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

The park is located in the residential part of the base convenient to the Patriot Gate, open 0600-1800 M-F. Express store within walking distance, Commissary and Exchange a short drive away. Good reception with rooftop satellite for Direct TV. Verizon phone worked reliably. Camp WiFi was decent except during the evening high use hours. Free laundry with newer machines was very clean. Staff and camp hosts were pleasant and easy to work with. We enjoyed the wildlife...deer and rabbits frequented the campground. We camped at Ellsworth AFB FamCamp (Military FamCamp) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
39
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
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:

Rapid City has the Street Corner Presidents downtown and a portion of the Berlin Wall in Memorial Park. Chapel in the Hills is a wooden replica of a Norwegian church. Don't miss the Black Hills, Mt Rushmore, Custer State Park, Needles Highway, Deadwood and Spearfish Canyon. Crazy Horse is impressive. Devil's Tower is worth the drive. The Badlands are amazing. Wind Cave was a favorite part of the trip. Stop at Gizzi's on Main Gate Rd for breakfast or lunch.

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Review Count: 34
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

Pretty basic AFB campground. We had a backin site that was spacious & level. The office is only open from 9-1 & checking isn't until 2pm. We arrived early & were able to get our site assignment from the office without having to track down the camp host (reservations had been made by phone). Despite being straight across from the office the wifi didn't work. Very convenient access through the Patriot gate. The laundry is free but was always busy. We ended up using Mikes Laundromat just outside the Patriot Gate. We camped at Ellsworth AFB FamCamp (Military FamCamp) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
28
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

Pulled in at Saturday mid-day. Called the camp host (as sign instructed) and got a busy tone for two hours and no answer at their site. Picked a spot and set up. Main sites are concrete pads and very level. Some shade, but not a lot. Not very busy this time of year. Had a couple pretty windy days. No playground nearby, but you can visit the gym and find a HUGE playground. There's a gas station/AAFES Express right across the street. Wifi is decent. Pretty quite area since it's a couple miles from the highway.

Bad part- men's restroom wasn't checked before the weekend arrived. No toilet paper, paper towel dispenser didn't work, one soap dispenser broken, and the showers were filthy. (I could rub the mildew off pretty easily, so why can't they?) We camped at Ellsworth AFB FamCamp (Military FamCamp) in a Tent Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
10
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my tent trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 32
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

Only stayed 2 nights on the way cross country. Very nice campground. Easy in and out thru the Patriot Gate which is only open weekdays and closes at 6 PM. Nice spacious sites with back in sites having more space than the pull throughs. Laundry is FREE!! Noise was not that much of an issue as it was overcast and probably fewer jets were flying over the weekend. Small post with an adequate commissary and PX. Reservations were made by phone and all check in information left for self check in. There is a camp host, but we never saw nor needed her. Very enjoyable stay with good utilities. We had one of the few trees in the park so no satellite, but good antenna for several channels. We would stay here again. We camped at Ellsworth AFB FamCamp (Military FamCamp) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
20
Site Surface
Concrete, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 395
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 59

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

We've found in our travels that many military campgrounds are an afterthought to MWR when it comes to management, and after two visits this year we've had it confirmed here. Our first visit earlier this year, we never saw the host during a three week stay. This time, we were assigned a site when making the phone reservation, only to find out after we had arrived and set up (no one answered the host phone) that we had to move for a "long term camper" in spite of there being many empty sites. We moved and watched as the site we moved from was occupied for one night and then was vacant. In addition to having to move for no reason other then incompetent scheduling, the price of $28/night with no weekly or monthly rate is unreasonable for a military location of this average quality. We've found better locations in the Rapid City area for less, which removes Ellsworth as a military benefit. We camped at Ellsworth AFB FamCamp (Military FamCamp) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

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 FamCamp) 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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