Hill City, South Dakota

Rafter J Bar Ranch Camping Resort

Hill City, South Dakota



Hill City, South Dakota
Phone: (605) 574-2527

Sites: 200
Recent Rate: $50 7/2015

Latitude: 43.8888078339801
Longitude: -103.590549230576

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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 no
  • 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 yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • 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 ?
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
  • Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup yes
  • 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 yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room yes
  • 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) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball yes
  • Sports Field Sports Field yes
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games yes
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards yes
  • 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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238 Reviews

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Fred 52

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $50.00
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Three night stay at an excellent location for exploring the Black Hills or just staying around the campground taking advantage of all of the activities available. Would definitely stay at this campground again whenever in the area. Clean, well maintained with lots of activities and room to roam. Easy to find, easy in and out friendly and helpful staff. We camped at Rafter J Bar Ranch Camping Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

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roaming around

Review Count: 15
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $57.00
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Very large park with beautiful scenery. Our site was a large pull thru with lots of grass between sites. Gravel pads but our spot was level did see some that might not be as level. Staff very helpful and park was close to all the Black Hill sites. We camped at Rafter J Bar Ranch Camping Resort in a Motorhome.

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RV-ing Mom

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $57.00
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What sets this park apart from many others is the large amount of "green space". Not only are the sites large and nicely spaced, but also there are six distinct camping areas, each separated with plenty of trees and grass. The pool is spotless, as is the hot tub. The camp store is well stocked with food, camping essentials, souvenirs and gifts. We camped in Line Camp, and the view of the Black Hills was terrific. We would definitely return to this campground. We camped at Rafter J Bar Ranch Camping Resort in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

This park is centrally located to Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse and Custer State Park, with easy access to Hwys. 16 and 385. Krull's grocery store in Hill City has a fairly good assortment of fresh foods. Although we didn't eat there, we heard the Alpine Inn offers a very good filet mignon dinner each night at a fair price.

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pacevette

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

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $54.00
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Beautiful park with a very picturesque setting. What I really liked about this particular CG is that it is centrally located to all major attractions in the black hills. It is priced higher than most but after touring the area I can see why. Most CG's we passed were very cramped. The pool was heated and they also have a hot tub. They have created a new section on the base camp area that is not yet on the map. This worked well as our 2 kids had ample room to play. Gravel sites were level. Very curtious staff. I would definitely stay here again when visiting the area. We camped at Rafter J Bar Ranch Camping Resort in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

Needles highway and the wildlife loop is a must! Take carrots with you on the wildlife loop. You can feed the burros. The rangers do approve this.

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plcurl

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $54.00
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Cannot say enough good things about this park. Beautifully kept grounds and the staff is helpful and pleasant. Loads of shaded sites. WiFi was hit and miss like most parks. Our 4G worked. DirecTV signal was good once we got it tuned in. Centrally located to all the sights. Great for kids. They sell firewood but get it early as they do run out. First class all the way. We are already planning a return trip. We camped at Rafter J Bar Ranch Camping Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

Tips for other Campers:

Ride the 1880 train to keystone and layover. It's easier that driving up and parking, but make reservations!

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Covite Windjammer

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

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $54.00
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Very large and spread out park, many area choices to meet either tent or big rig camping needs. Sites were mostly level, with picnic tables and fire rings. All in all, very peaceful, with nice views of the surrounding hills/bluffs and forest. Conveniently situated for day trips to Deadwood, Custer SP and NP, Mount Rushmore and Needles highway (a must see). Swimming pool was centrally located and well maintained. Laundry and shower facilities were clean and well taken care of. We camped at Rafter J Bar Ranch Camping Resort in a Tent Trailer.

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Ratch

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $54.00
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This is park is situated on a large tract and is divided into several sections, each a distance away from one another. It is a beautiful setting.

We were in Ranch Camp, in the upper area of the park. There was no cable or Wi-Fi there. Not all sections have bathhouses, but Ranch Camp does and it was heavily utilized.

Ranch Camp has numerous evergreen trees which provide plenty of shade. The downside of that is they also provide obstacles for getting in and out of the sites. Our site 155 was a U shaped one and a long trailer or RV would have to use great care in getting in and out. Thankfully our trailer is 23 feet. We camped at Rafter J Bar Ranch Camping Resort in a Travel Trailer.

Tips for other Campers:

Rafter J is near Hill City which is an excellent place to use as a base for all the attractions in the southern Black Hills. Two were highlights: Crazy Horse Memorial where, with a contribution, you are taken right up to the top at the base of his head. The other is a hike to the top of Harney Peak, the tallest spot east of the Rockies. Young and old alike were hiking it when we were there.

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b7xv

Review Count: 30
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $46.00
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Nice treed park with lots of space to roam. Several loops of sights most with full hookup. Our loop did not have a shower/bath facility so had to use the one about 1/4 mile away. Could have used my trailer, but needed the exercise. Large spaces that were gravel/dirt. Roads were paved, so no real dust issues with vehicle travel, but it rained the entire time we were here and our spot got quite muddy on the edges off the gravel the trailer was parked on. Some sights had water everywhere. Staff was friendly, but price seemed high. Saw some other campgrounds in the area and this was by far the nicest. We would stay here again. We camped at Rafter J Bar Ranch Camping Resort in a Travel Trailer.

Tips for other Campers:

9 miles to Mt. Rushmore, 3 miles to Hill City. Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Hill City Railroad Museum, some nice winery's, Biking and hiking

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Caveman54

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $46.00
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Very spread out with long gravel sites. Laundry room had plenty of machines and looked very clean. The WiFi did not work well. The location was convenient to Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse. We stayed 3 nights and would stay again. We enjoyed seeing deer near the camp at night. We camped at Rafter J Bar Ranch Camping Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

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Dr sandra d

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

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $47.00
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We stayed in the "Island" section. This campground is very large, so view a map prior to requesting an area. Our site had nice sun, there are plenty of sites with trees. There is not a rest room in the area, needed to walk to the Ranch Camp for showers and laundry (if you need them). The camp is located with access to the Mickelson Bike Trail. Staff is very friendly. The site was large enough for privacy and quiet. There is a pool/hot tub and game room for the kids. This is a great location just outside of Hill City and close enough to Crazy Horse and Rushmore. We also saw plenty of wildlife. We camped at Rafter J Bar Ranch Camping Resort in a Motorhome.

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Shafe

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

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $45.00
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Very nice park with different camping areas. Nice little store and even gas pumps there. We camped at Rafter J Bar Ranch Camping Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

Tips for other Campers:

Very close to Mount Rushmore and Custer State Park

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Pops42

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $47.00
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One of the nicest we have ever stayed in. As others said unusually large spaces between sites with grass. Abundance of open area with grass also. Very quiet and close to Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse. Office people very helpful and nice. Definitely would recommend to anyone. We camped at Rafter J Bar Ranch Camping Resort in a Motorhome.

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Rick L.

Review Count: 15
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $48.00
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Very large park with lots of open space between camping areas. Our space was level but pretty close to neighbor. No shade at our spot. Well stocked gift shop and store. WiFi did not work well at all. Would stay there again. We camped at Rafter J Bar Ranch Camping Resort in a Motorhome.

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washdweller

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

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $56.00
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We had a very nice spot in the trees. Distance between neighbors was good. Verizon reception was excellent. Loved the wide open spaces. Staff were very friendly. We camped at Rafter J Bar Ranch Camping Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

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vickyfullen

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $55.00
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This is one of our favorites. The campground is diverse and has 5 different camping areas. There are less than 200 sites and there are some very nice views from many of them. There is a lot of green space and it is perfect for long walks with your dog. We have a 45' coach and find that Lower Ranch Camp and Line Camp work well for us. The only challenge is procuring a site without advance reservations as this park is very popular in season. So call as far ahead as you can, particularly if you want a multi-day stay. We called with only a day's notice and had to spend one night at the Black Hills KOA before we could check in for two nights at the Rafter J. That one night at the KOA made us appreciate the Rafter J even more than ever before! We camped at Rafter J Bar Ranch Camping Resort in a Motorhome.

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