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The 20 best camping spots in South Dakota.

Get Exploring! South Dakota is home to a variety of striking landscapes, remote open spaces, and plenty of history.

Sage Creek Campground

1. Sage Creek Campground

100% Recommend (6 Responses)

Incredible silence, the smell of sagebrush in the air, and buffalo herds that mingle around the campground, make Sage Creek Campground worth the...

Jamee
Jamee: Here in September, and what a phenomenal place. We had Bison grazing right next to our teardrop trailer. It was a very hot...
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Sylvan Lake Campground

2. Sylvan Lake Campground

100% Recommend (5 Responses)

Sylvan Lake Campground is a great place to cool off in the summer. Located just off the highway, the pines of Black Hills Forest isolate this...

Jennifer
Jennifer: A cool stop while going through South Dakota. Near a fun smaller town called Hill City and Mount Rushmore. We were in campsite...
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If you’re looking to connect with nature’s wild beauty at its truest, camping in South Dakota is a must. One of the nation’s most spectacular National Parks is right here, and you should definitely make a point of visiting. Known for its striking sedimentary rock landscape defined by pinnacles, buttes, and spires, camping at Badlands National Park is like being transported to Read more...
If you’re looking to connect with nature’s wild beauty at its truest, camping in South Dakota is a must. One of the nation’s most spectacular National Parks is right here, and you should definitely make a point of visiting. Known for its striking sedimentary rock landscape defined by pinnacles, buttes, and spires, camping at Badlands National Park is like being transported to another world. For a far different experience, visit the verdant landscape of Black Hills National Forest, popular for its broad diversity of wildlife spread among 1.2 million acres of hills, mountains, grassland, lakes, and ponderosa pine forest. Within 20 minutes of Sioux Falls you can camp on the banks of the Big Sioux river at Big Sioux Recreation Area for a leisurely getaway of hiking, fishing, and snowmobiling. Visit Lake Francis Case for boating, fishing, and the opportunity to spot a few bald eagles. In most parts of South Dakota you can immerse yourself in the art, culture and history of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota tribes, who were the state’s earliest inhabitants. And for an added dose of history, visit the ever-iconic Mount Rushmore!
Rolling hills, Lakota Tipi
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3. Rolling hills, Lakota Tipi

Come stay in Lakota land in our beautiful 18 foot tipi. Our tipi is setup near a lovely shade, with propane bbq. Majestic trees, and a tranquil...

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Cedar Pass Campground

4. Cedar Pass Campground

88% Recommend (8 Responses)

Some of the most formidable landscapes in the United States also make for some of the greatest adventures. Characterized as a “bad land” by...

Nathan
Nathan: Campground was very busy, but then again, we visited during the motorcycle festival. There is ton to do around the campground...
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South Dakota’s Black Hills are the nation’s tallest mountains east of the Rockies.
Picnic Spring Campground

5. Picnic Spring Campground

With so many beautiful springs in Custer Gallatin National Forest to camp and picnic by, how does one choose? Well, the name Picnic Spring...

Many fascinating fossils have been found at Badlands National Park, including three-toed horses, saber-toothed cats, and ancient camels.
Pickerel Lake Campground

7. Pickerel Lake Campground

Launch your boat on Pickerel Lake, just steps from the campground. Don’t have your own? No problem—you can rent a canoe or kayak here! “Pickerel”...

Dalton Lake Campground

8. Dalton Lake Campground

Dalton Lake Campground is a small campground just steps from tiny Dalton Lake. The campground is mostly open, with some shade from the towering...

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About 72,000 Native Americans currently live in South Dakota, which is home to nine tribal governments.
Pierson Ranch Campground

9. Pierson Ranch Campground

Time for a good old-fashioned weekend of family camping down by the Missouri River, at the Pierson Ranch Recreation Area. With all the usual...

Randall Creek Campground

10. Randall Creek Campground

Randall Creek Campground here! And we've got a treat for you: most of the many sites here are located in partial shade. There are also four cabins...

Wind Cave National Park contains the world’s largest concentration of boxwork formations, which are notable for their honeycomb structure.
Richmond Lake Campground

11. Richmond Lake Campground

If you love the water, you might wanna check out Richmond Lake Campground. It’s smaller (and more relaxing!) than other campgrounds in the area,...

Hanna Campground

12. Hanna Campground

Sheltered by a forest of spruce and jagged mountains, Hanna Campground lies right in the heart of South Dakota’s gorgeous Black Hills National...

Christi
Christi: Gets chilly , bring your own fire wood, if you bring it in you take it out !
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Rocky Point Campground

13. Rocky Point Campground

What better way to take advantage of Rocky Point Recreation Area than to stay at Rocky Point Campground? Whether you prefer some modern amenities...

Rod And Gun Campground

14. Rod And Gun Campground

Fishing, hiking, and good old fashioned relaxing? We’re not going to lie, Rod and Gun Campground is quite the stellar spot. With just a handful of...

Roy Lake Campground

15. Roy Lake Campground

Pitch your tent or park your RV along the shady banks of Roy Lake Campground. The lake is known for its excellent fishing, so bring your pole (or...

Roubaix Lake Campground

16. Roubaix Lake Campground

It’s true—things don’t get much more classic than pitching your tent in a scenic, lakeside location that’s surrounded by tree after tree. Roubaix...

Timon Campground

17. Timon Campground

Get awed by some serious natural beauty at Timon Campground. Sites are shaded and right near a refreshing creek—perfect if you’re hoping to escape...

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Beaver Creek Campground

18. Beaver Creek Campground

Beaver Creek Campground is an idyllic spot dotted with a handful of secluded and spacious campsites. For those into roughing it, Beaver Creek is no...

Bismarck Lake Campground

19. Bismarck Lake Campground

Time to brush the dust off of your canoe and bring it down to Bismark Lake Campground. This peaceful spot will have you chilled out in no time, as...

Comanche Park Campground

20. Comanche Park Campground

If you want to check out Jewel Cave, the closest place to camp will be Comanche Park Campground. After spending your days exploring the underground...

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