8.3 Good

Elk Mountain (NPS Campground)

Hot Springs, South Dakota

US-385, Wind Cave National Park
Hot Springs, South Dakota 57747
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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+ Only 55+ Only 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
  • Public Phone Public 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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4 Reviews

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

This is not a large park but enjoyable because it is located inside the Wind Cave national park. No hookups but fairly level sites with good space between neighbors. The ranger program is offered nightly and worth the time. Wind Cave has many bison easily visible on the drive in or out of the park: lovely scenery. We camped at Elk Mountain (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Site Surface
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection

Campground Details

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

If you're arriving from Hot Springs with your RV, I definitely advise using the second entrance to the campground. If you use the first entrance, you will go right through the Wind Cave visitor center, which is a one-lane road with masses of cars/trucks/RVs parked on either side of the road and many people dashing across the roadway. The second entrance has none of this traffic and is not out of the way.

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

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

Great place to camp! Quiet and clean! Shade or full sun sites available. Tents only in Loop A; Tents or small Class Bs or Class Cs in Loop C. 16 sites for larger rigs in Loops A and D. (May need leveling blocks for front-to-back and side-to-side.) Most big rig sites are pull-throughs. Our rig is 70' with truck, trailer and jeep, and we would fit in 10 of the sites with no problems. Water spigots (good tasting water) available every 6 or so sites. Fill up before parking. No electricity. Nearest RV dumps (and groceries) in Hot Springs (15 mi. South) or Custer (30 mi. North). Generator hours 8 am to 8 pm. Most 'big rig' sites are not shaded. Shade available at most other sites. Clean bathrooms with flush toilets and sink during summer season. Camper sink in each loop, for dish washing. During winter, only B Loop is open - with pit toilets. Campground well maintained. Easy access to hiking. Less than 2 mi. to Visitor Center with daily cave tours. Lots of wildlife and wildflowers! Great place to kick back and relax. Wi-Fi may be available by Visitor Center. Phone service (except AT&T) is available along main highway, but not in campground. Nightly ranger programs at the campground during the summer. We camped at Elk Mountain (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

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

The only sites for big rigs are in the b loop. Of those there were four that our 37 foot fiver fit into, with three slides extended. Gravel sites. Saying that, the place is in a beautiful and quiet setting. Elk bugled near the campground each night. We would stay here again. We camped at Elk Mountain (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 101
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 29

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

If you are going to stay here, charge the battery, fill the water tank, empty the gray and black water tanks prior to arrival, turn on the gas 'fridge, and get ready to live with what you got. There are no showers (was told local private campgrounds fight the NPS on installing them). But, if you can take it, the rewards are awesome. Bison are fenced out of the campground, but can roam very close to the entrance. Deer, birds plentiful. Coyotes howling. The ultimate in quiet and peace. Dark at night, great for star viewing. Nighttime ranger shows were quite good. Sites are tight, even for our 18 ft trailer. Water is available, but the faucets have no threads, so we had to fill our tank by hand holding the hose against its washer. Bathrooms were immaculate. Free fire wood for campers. No dump station made us watch our water use closely. Road was good for bicycling. Not for the camper who needs electric devices and entertainment. We would definitely camp here again for a few days at a time. We camped at Elk Mountain (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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