8.2 Good

Elk Mountain (NPS Campground)

Hot Springs, South Dakota

US-385, Wind Cave National Park
Hot Springs, South Dakota 57747
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 60
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 43.56534
Longitude: -103.48915

Elevation: 4230' (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+ 55+ no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
  • Restrooms Restrooms ?
  • Showers Showers no
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault yes
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground no
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room ?
  • Casino Casino ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Beach Beach ?
  • Biking Biking ?
  • Boating Boating ?
  • Golf Golf ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes ?
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf ?
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts ?
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access ?

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6 Reviews

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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $9.00
Overall Rating:

Lovely grassy area. Several loops. Good for big rigs. Close to Mt. Rushmore, Custer State Park which is incredibly beautiful, Crazy Horse Monument and Hot Springs, S.D. We camped at Elk Mountain (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Site Number
Site Surface
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection

Campground Details

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

This campground is centrally located, perfect for exploring entire area and there is lots to explore. Took cave tour and it was interesting. Grasslands are beautiful. Mt. Rushmore close by. Always beautiful. Highly recommend Crazy Horse Monument, inspiring story of sculptor and family's determination to finish project. HOWEVER, the most surprising and beautiful part of this area to us was Custer State Park and its amazing Needles Highway. Breathtaking Drive ! Not to be missed!!!

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Review Count: 32
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

The campground is tucked into a little tree-filled valley about a mile from the Park Visitor Center. It makes an excellent base for exploring the Nat'l Park and the the southern Black Hills. The campground is enclosed in a barbed wire fence to keep the buffalo out. There are tent-only, pull-out and back-in sites. 'A' Loop is for tents only. 'B' Loop is mostly pull-outs. 'C' and 'D' Loops are mostly back-in. There is a restroom with flush toilets and a camper's sink for each loop. There is a water spigot for about every four campsites. There is no electric except in the restrooms. There is no dump station. The pull-outs are wide spots along the road, but capable of accommodating a big rig. Most of the back-in sites are pretty short (16 - 20 ft?). You cannot make reservations. During my stay, the campground seemed to be about 25% full. According to one of the Park Rangers, the campground hasn't filled up within the past 50 years, but comes close during the Sturgis motorcycle rally in early August. We camped at Elk Mountain (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Site Number
Site Surface
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

The nightly Ranger Talks, during the summer months, are worth attending. A cave tour is a must. The wildlife viewing - buffalo, antelope, elk, prairie dogs - is spectacular. The closest gasoline, ice or groceries is 11 miles away in Hot Springs.

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Review Count: 40
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

Great campground to use as a base to see all the Black Hills attractions! Lots of wildlife in the area! Campground is clean (with restrooms with flush toilets), quiet, and easily accessible via paved roads. Campground is 1 mile from the Wind Cave National Park visitor center. Nightly ranger programs throughout the summer. At least 20 sites will accommodate big rigs. (One site is 75' long!) Mostly pull-throughs; some back-ins. No electric, sewer or showers. Those services are available in nearby towns. Sites are first come, first served, but the host says the campground has never been full. $12 per night; 1/2 price for holders of Federal Senior (Golden Age) or Disability (Golden Access) passes. Campground is open all year; during winter the water is turned off, but there are pit toilets and fee is $6 (1/2 price for pass holders listed above.) We camped at Elk Mountain (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

Very nice primitive campground in Wind Cave National Park. Not as many sites will accommodate RVs, but those that do will take big rigs. Water available from threaded spigots around the park. Restrooms have utility sink for dish washing. No luck with cell signals, either AT&T or Verizon. Beautiful scenery with wildlife all around the park. Dog friendly. We would definitely stay here again. We camped at Elk Mountain (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 134
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 14

Date of Stay: June, 2008 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

We agree with praise heaped on this park by others. Open all year, but flush toilets and water are shut off in winter. There is an amazing modern design pit toilet that is immaculately clean and absolutely odorless, even after some dunce left the cover up!!!! No showers. All facilities are in good repair. There are paved roads and fairly level gravel sites with our favorite round steel firepits. We had no trouble getting our 32 foot fiver and tow vehicle into one of the pull throughs, and several sites could accommodate big rigs. Host and all other personnel are friendly and helpful. It is a pleasure to be there, and we are eager to return. We camped at Elk Mountain (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 213
States Visited: 42
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: July, 2005 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

We loved this campground. No hook-ups or showers but very clean restrooms and incredible peace and quiet even in the middle of the busy summer season. Some sites a bit sloped and the Trailer Life directory says no slide-outs for this campground. I assume because some pull-thrus seemed to leave your road side slide a bit exposed but it appeared that most if not all sites could handle slide-outs. We took a back-in for our 30 ft class A and it was very spacious. (Trailer Life also says no tents and we saw many, many tents so that seems to be an error.) The park has a nice nature trail with beautiful views of the surrounding hills, lots of wildlife and free firewood (this is the first year for the free firewood we understand, while dead and down wood in the area is being cleared from the surrounding forest; don't know how long it will continue). It was so pleasant and peaceful that we opted not to change locations and did all of our site seeing as day trips from this park. We enjoyed the Mammoth site in Hot Springs, Custer State Park, Crazy Horse monument, Mt. Rushmore, the town of Deadwood, Wall Drug and Badlands National Park. We also took a tour of Wind Cave but unfortunately found the many unhappy, wailing children on our particular tour to be rather a distraction from the event. We loved the area and the campground and hope to return some day. We camped at Elk Mountain (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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