Summer is right around the corner! Have you started planning your camping trips? There are so many places to visit in the beautiful state of South Dakota! As you begin to plan your destinations and itinerary, here are some of the top places your family will love!

Badlands National Park

 Known as one of the most well-known camping areas in the state, there are several campgrounds to choose from. Sage Creek, Cedar Pass, and Sleepy Hollow are just a few. The Badlands are known for the amazing fossil finds from rhinos, horses and even saber-toothed cats! As you travel through the Badlands you will see amazing animals like bison, sheep, and more. There is so much to do around this area with the family. You can visit the Fossil Prep Lab, become a junior ranger, and stop at the visitor center for more information! This is a must-see park when camping in South Dakota.

Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls consists of several different state parks where you and your family can experience the great outdoors. Campgrounds include: Yogi Bear Camp-resort, Sioux Empire Fair Campground, Tower Campground, and KOA Kampground of Sioux Falls. While staying in this area, there is so much to do! Enjoy walking around the Washington Pavilion, play some disc golf at Tuthill Park, and take a stroll around the amazing SculptureWalk. Camping here is an amazing vacation just waiting for you and your family!

Mount Rushmore

 The infamous Mount Rushmore! People come from all over the world to see this iconic monument.  A great campground near the monument where you can stay is Buffalo Ridge Camp Resort. There are 125 sites on 30 acres and a quick drive to the monument. Here you can find shower facilities, laundry services and even mini golf! It is a gorgeous park with breathtaking views of the Black elk Peak.

Horse Thief Campground and Resort

Welcome to one of the most advanced yet historic camp sites in the area! This resort although celebrated and significant, has stepped up the camping game by adding a heated swimming pool, pavilion, a general store and more. This land was known as a huge mining territory back in the 1800’s and this family owned, and operated campground has done a fantastic job of keeping the history alive while incorporating today’s technology!

Okaton Ghost Town

Have you ever been to the ghost town of South Dakota? You will see overgrown railroad tracks, broken down homes, and old once used farms and barns. This little town began in 1906 and slowly died into a lifeless overgrown town. There are several places nearby to camp such as The American RV park and Kamp, Whistlers Gulch Campground and several others near the Badlands.

Rapid City

People come from all over to stay in Rapid City. It is in the convenient location near the Black Hills National forest, and Mt. Rushmore. It is rich in history and has several campgrounds, full of different amenities. If you are driving your RV through this area, be sure to check out Rapid City RV Park and campground. Enjoy the heated pool, laundry services, and convenient store right on site. You are just a few miles from all the main attractions and great restaurants as well. Let us know how much you love this park after your next stay

Custer State Park

Welcome to Custer State Park! Join in at one of the several popular camp sites in this area. Blue Bell campground, Legion Lake, Game Lodge, and Stockade North Campground are just a few of the top-rated campgrounds in the Park. Custer State Park is not only the first state park, but it is the largest. This massive park takes up over 71,000 acres in beautiful South Dakota, and is a goldmine for the best camping, hiking, and overall adventure that you and your family seek on this trip!

Spearfish City Campground

Ready to fish? Sleep next to this peaceful creek, burrowed in the Black Hills. This campground has all the amenities that you could possibly want at a camp site. Showers, ice machines, tables, hardware stores, and the downtown area is also near by. This city is full of outdoor adventure just waiting for you and your family. Visit the 76 Trail, take pictures near the Bridal Veil Falls, and watch the sunset near Crow Peak. There is so much beauty and so much to do in this city!

Pactola Campground 

Come visit this popular campsite in Rapid City. It is open from late May-Early September. It is surrounded by the quiet beauty of South Dakota. Thousand of pine trees surround this site and lake views as well. You can enjoy the campfire rings, drinking water and the reservoir and beach access. This is the perfect area to camp with your family if you want to spend a day hiking, and the next day on the boat. This reservoir is the largest and deepest within the Black hills and is truly a site to see. Have you been to this amazing camp site before? If so, you have probably seen some of the incredible animals that inhabit this area! Look for elk, deer, and bald eagles flying above. There is nothing quite like it!

Gavin’s Point Campground

 Come on down to the Lewis and Clark Recreation Area. This is by far one of the most popular resorts in the state. The resort facilities have really stepped it up to the next level with top of the line amenities for their guests. And, there is so much to do! Enjoy activities like archery, boating, hiking and biking! These camp sites fill up rather fast so if you and your family plan to head out to this area in the upcoming months, it would be wise to make a reservation! Check out their site for more information on what your trip would look like and how you can make it the best vacation ever!


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Come see one of the most beautiful states in the country. People come from all over the world to see Mt. Rushmore, but we encourage you to stay a bit longer and experience the breathtaking views and nature that these camp sites have to offer. From the majestic animals to the sparkling lakes, you will fall in love with this new vacation spot!