What’s better than seeing Mt. Rushmore for the first time? Camping nearby next to a beauty of a lake among the pines that’s what! Horsethief Lake Campground is only two miles from Mt. Rushmore, so you probably want to pay it a visit if you haven’t already. Then you can get to the good stuff of fishing, hiking, rock climbing, and campfire cookouts while overlooking Horsethief Lake. A variety of RV, tent, and walk-in sites are ripe for the picking, so you can choose your level of luxury and stay awhile.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
22 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.

Horseback riding
Off-roading (OHV)
Snow sports
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Horsethief Lake Campground.

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Black Hills National Forest
South Dakota
United States
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43.895° N, 103.484° W
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Tent Only - Hike In: 4 Sites
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Tent Only: 6 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)
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Tent / RV / Trailer: 12 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)

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