Camping at Mount Rushmore

Camping at Mount Rushmore
Located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Mount Rushmore is famous for the mountain carved with the faces of four of America's greatest Presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. However, the setting itself is a beautiful natural site, so much so that the Mount Rushmore project was sold to President Calvin Coolidge via fishing trips in the area. It is also rich with Indian history as the former home of the Lakota Sioux. This makes it a natural for camping, and although Mount Rushmore National Memorial Park itself has no campsite, there are other private campsites in the area.

Rushmore Shadows Resort

Rushmore Shadows Resort is the facility that is among the closest to Mount Rushmore park, being located approximately 15 minutes away. It is a combined motel, RV Park and campground, with cabins, a swimming pool, free WiFi and numerous other amenities. It is not for the camper looking to get out and truly rough it, but the tent-pitching area is arguably the most isolated from the RV lots among similar parks in the area. For those who want to camp out of trailers and RVs, it is ideal.

23680 Busted Five Court
Rapid City SD 57702
Tel: (800) 231-0425

Rafter J Bar Ranch

Rafter J Bar Ranch is another combined RV/motel/cabins/campsite facility, but with more activities and special touches. It is more family friendly, and offers the sorts of things that makes visitors want to spend time on the facility itself. There are playgrounds and wagon rides for children, and fishing streams and ponds. There is a swimming pool and a hot tub. The different trailer, RV and tent sites are heavily tree-shaded and separated by large meadows.

P.O. Box 128
Hill City, South Dakota 57745
Tel: (888) 723-8375

Elk Mountain Campground

Elk Mountain is the sole National Park Service-operated campground in the vicinity of Mount Rushmore. Elk Mountain is attached to the Wind Cave Park, with Wind Cave itself being nestled into the same ring of limestone as Mount Rushmore. They offer both a campground with basic toilet and water facilities, as well as back country camping in the northwestern area of the park. The park offers cave tours, horseback riding, and 30 miles of hiking trails.

26611 US Highway 385
Hot Springs, SD 57747-9430
Tel: (605) 745-4600

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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