The Good Points: Very close to Deadwood with easy access to both Deadwood and Lead. Located on a hillside, it is quiet at night. Each site has a tree with a paved area for picnic table. Bathrooms were clean. Sites were generally level. A nice perk is a shuttle that can run you into town in about 5 minutes. It runs every hour in July and every odd hour in August. The Bad Points: This campground is very tight, almost ridiculously so. You are so close to your neighbor that you feel like you could reach out and touch their RV. The sites are short and you must squeeze your car in almost diagonally in front of your trailer. I'm not sure why, when they weren't even half full, that they did not alternate sites as people registered. This would at least give you the feeling of a bit more space. Instead, they lined us up like sardines. The bad thing about this area is that you don't have a lot of choices in campgrounds close to Deadwood.
This is about the only campground close to Little Bighorn National Monument. It has a cozy atmosphere as you drive in with flowers, a horse corral, and open prairie all around. The grounds are wonderfully maintained and the bathrooms are extremely clean. They use a shower curtain with a "speed bump" between the shower and the dressing area. This seems to be effective in containing the water in the shower. Amazingly their Internet works at the campsite and it is fast! We have been staying in different places for over two weeks now and this is the best Internet yet. Each campsite has a grill! Negatives: sites look level but require blocks under the wheels to level the RV/trailer. This makes the steps out of the trailer very high. Hard for an older person or small pet to enter the trailer. If you like TV you will be disappointed...no cable. Our antenna pulls up one station (channel 4) which is a FOX station showing a bunch of silly sitcoms. More importantly, there is a train track quite a distance away but it is a very busy route for coal cars. The train whistle blew over and over throughout the night. I don't want to discourage anyone from coming here because it is a wonderful campground...just not perfect. Are any of them???
This campsite has a funny little name: Fort We-Lik-It but the location is conveniently located 1 mile from the town of Custer, close to Custer State Park, and about 20 miles from Mount Rushmore. It is heavily wooded being in the midst of the Black Hills. All sites are shaded and roomy. The layout seems a bit haphazard but that is not significant. The campground managers are warm and friendly, willing to give tour advice as well. The Internet connection gets weaker and weaker as you move away from the main office. I had to move up to the laundry/bathroom area to be able to connect. Once connected it is still a bit slow but it connects. The bathrooms seem ideal in that the shower, toilet and sink are all together in a moderate sized private bathroom. There are eight unisex bathrooms in all. We never had a problem getting to use the showers. The only negative here is that they start out spotless but as campers use them they track in dirt, water splashes onto the floors and they stay wet unless each person cleans up after themselves. I can assure you that this does not happen. I would like to see locker mats on the floor outside of the shower so that you have a dry place to stand after your shower. Possibly a note should be posted inside to wipe up any dirt tracked in. That along with the mats would solve the problem. My husband and I loved this place and would definitely stay again.
The owners of this very nice campground are wonderful people. We enjoyed our dealings with them. Being in the Badlands the trees are a bit smaller but each site seemed to have a tree. They are conveniently located off I-90 but tucked away with no traffic noise. There is a train track behind the campsite but we did not hear any trains during the 3 nights we were there. They are walking distance to Wall Drug and the little Main Street that makes up historic Wall. There are several restaurants within walking distance as well. The bathrooms were clean and bright. The washers and dryers were fairly priced and allowed plenty of drying time. We would definitely stay here again.
This is a very nice campground located just off I-90, behind the Super 8 Motel. Being so close to the interstate you might expect some traffic noise but it was very quiet. There is a train track in the distance but we only heard one train and that was about 8:30 PM. The bathrooms are squeaky clean with fiberglass showers and the locker room mats so that when you step out of the shower you aren't standing in a puddle of water. The Internet apparently works only when you come down close to the office. We were told it wasn't working at the sites. We would definitely stay here again.
We were using this spot for a one night stop on the first day of our travels. We had borrowed my brothers travel trailer and this was our first set up. Telling the owners, he accompanied us to the site and gave advice for draining the gray and black lines, etc. We chose this site because it was just slightly off I-90 but far enough away to avoid traffic noise. The campground is heavily wooded, sites were level and well spaced. This is a very well maintained, campground with clean tile showers. The only negative is they advertise wireless Internet but there is a note taped to the front desk that reads, "Internet is down. If you know someone who can fix it let us know." That makes me think it's been down for a while. Other than that we loved this campground and would highly recommend it.