Love, love, love this campground! My husband and I were just needing a place to stay for one night when we were heading home to Iowa from visiting Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks but we liked this campground so much we stayed an extra day! The office people were incredibly friendly and helpful. They advised us of the best tourist spots to hit, which roads we could and should not take our camper on, where to find the nearest car wash, etc... and the price for a full hook-up site was fantastic. My husband and I are already planning a trip back to the Spearfish/Rapid City area and will absolutely return to this campground.
My husband and I reserved a premium site for two nights at $51 per night and paid one night ahead as a deposit. I called on a Thursday to make the reservation and was told I should have an email confirmation by that Friday. By the following week, I still had not received a confirmation or a phone call so called again and was told they had taken my email address wrong so I had to give it to them again. I don't know if I still would have had a reservation if I had not called a second time. The premium sites themselves were very nice and you had a good scenic view from every one. We sprang for a premiums site because we wanted a fire pit and the others sites did not come with them. When we arrived, a gentlemen from the office escorted us to our site. Even so close to town, the campground was fairly quiet and easy to get in and out with a 25' camper. We enjoyed the town of Gardiner because it was not as crowded as West Yellowstone yet still so close to the park. We would consider staying at Rocky Mountain Campground again but the cost might make us look elsewhere.
Where to start? My husband and I stayed three nights in this campground in August of 2009. The campground was easy to find because it is right off the highway and did provide nice shady spots. We paid for the first night as a deposit and were told the rest of the payment would be due when we first arrived which we were perfectly okay with. However, what we weren't told prior to our arrival was the remainder of the payment had to be made in cash which was nearly $80. The campground was actually very small and between trees and power lines, it was difficult to maneuver into our spot. Unlike previous campgrounds we had been to, no one offered to help us find or get settled into our spot. Our first night there, we decided to laundry and the laundry facilities were clean and operational. However, as soon as we put our clothes in the dryer, the entire campground lost power and didn't get it back for three hours. When we said we had just put our money in the dryer, the lady in the office shrugged us off and just said we'd have to pay to start it again. The views of the river were nice but you had to walk to them and the office was very full every morning of campers and fly fishers coming in for breakfast. We did not eat at the cafe due to the prices. We were yelled at by another camper when we were dumping the tank for shower water because he thought we were dumping our sewer water when that was not allowed. Other fellow campers at this site were also not particularly friendly. I would not stay at this campground again or recommend it to others.
My husband and I stayed four nights at this campground in August of 2009. It was our first trip to this area and we greatly enjoyed our stay. The personnel and fellow campers were incredibly friendly and the campground gave a wonderful view of the mountains. The campground was very easy to find and although it was a bit of a drive from the main spots around Glacier National Park, we enjoyed the quiet and being away from the crowds. We had an open pull-thru site and the spots were a little cramped so that if you had a camper on either side of you, it really took away from the surrounding scenery but we were really only at the campsite in the evenings anyway so it wasn't much of a bother. The spots themselves each offered a picnic table and water and electric hookups. You could sign up at the office to have someone come around and dump your tanks or just dump them yourselves which we didn't have a problem with at all. The office also sold basic necessities at decent prices and had a telephone for public use if you were unable to get cell phone reception. The WiFi worked very well for us. Overall, wonderful campground, wonderful people, and we would absolutely stay here again!