Plenty Star Ranch in the Southern Black Hills, the private homestead of Jack and Isa Kirk and located right along Hwy 385 (West side) and the 110 miles long Mickelson Trail from Deadwood to Edgemont. 9.5 miles South of Custer and Custer State Park, 50 miles South of Rapid City (airport) and approximately 80 miles South of Sturgis, we are a popular campground or stopover for bikers and hikers, who either pitch a tent, hook up their RV or sleep in our rustic camping log cabin (the cabin can be booked directly through Airbnb.com).
A couple of ponds occupied by our resident wild Canada Geese border our short and easy accessible black top driveway off Hwy 385. You will see several huge old willow trees under which the 4 hook-ups and the dump station are located.
While our horses are on another pasture during the summer months, you may pitch your tent almost anywhere you like on the 10 acres around our home, except on the RV hook-up sites and park your car close-by.
There is a little covered building right next to the cabin with 2 rooms for solar camping shower bags, which you expose to sun for 2-3 hours to heat the water or we simply fill with hot tap water in the kitchen. Please bring your own bags.
The toilet room (flush toilet and cold water sink) is added onto the garage.
Sit around our approved camp fire site in the evenings and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea on our porch in the morning. You can use our WiFi here as well and charge your phones and tablets. Note: AT&T Cell Service only at and a few miles around our place; more options in Custer and Hot Springs. Again, please bring your own fire wood along.
We enjoy to keep our peaceful place clean, as well as smoke and drug free and I hope you appreciate this as much as we do.
Check-in time is between 4 pm and 8 pm at our home. We will ask you to sign our short liability release form before we show you around to pick a camp site.
Our RV camp sites as well as the tent sites are open May through September. The cabin and the guest room in our home are open year round.
Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Mountain are just a couple of numerous attraction you can explore throughout the Black Hills. On your way to Hot Springs (24 miles South) you drive through Wind Cave National Park. It is definitely hard to get bored here and the weather is fairly mild, stable and mostly dry from June through September.
While at the ranch, explore Jack's Custom Barn Wood Frames & Furniture shop and my art work and Black Hills Flower Essences products or if you are so inclined, plan in a little time for an intuitive Tarot reading (look for the coupon in your Welcome Bag) or an Essential Touch healing with her.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 10AM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
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This spot is an incredible, well manicured camping location surrounded by the Black Hills National forest and is very close to Mount Rushmore! The campsite area is well maintained with multiple options on where to setup your tent. We chose to set ours up under some beautiful trees for some more privacy. The location also has RV hookups, a bathroom, shower area, and coffee/tea available in the morning. The host drove us up to some additional property of theirs where we got to visit with some beautiful horses. My only note for campers is they have you sign additional release forms upon arrival - something I would recommend that they update in their listing! Overall it was a good experience.
I would give this place 3 out of five stars. The positives of the site is that there is running water for each site. There's a bathroom with a flushing toilet and a sink with running water and hand soap, cold water only. There is a bathhouse that has pallet flooring with ground underneath. Hooks are arranged to hang Coleman showerbags that the hostess states she will have filled with warm water and waiting on the porch. In the morning there is coffee and hot water available. The site is also furnished with a community fire pit and wood is provided. On the land there are trails to walk and bluffs to be explored. It is a well maintained property.
Now for the negatives. The camp sites are located directly in their front yard and only a few yards from the hosts home. The cost in not per tent, but per person. It cost my family $40 a night to camp, which we were not aware of when we made our reservation. We reserved it for $20. The hostess is psychic medium, which should be listed as I would not have reserved the site if I had know. They seemed to be shocked that it was a family with children, and I would also add, that it is not family friendly. One would expect children to be children at a campsite, here they are constantly stared at and told not to do things like turn the water on. If often feels like big brother is watching and one cannot simply enjoy their time.
There is wifi, but one cannot use it unless you are on their front porch.
They are entrepreneurs which is commendable aside from the aspect that every day they are nonchalantly trying to get you to purchase something from them.
As for the showers bags. On the days there were other campers there were not enough showerbags for everyone to use. Another day, she had not filled the bags and when we asked if she could, we were told that she did not have time.
On our second to last night there was a storm coming in. The host came to tell us to pick our stuff up because hail was coming in and she wasn't, "going to run around and pick our stuff up." I asked how severe it was expected to be and where my family should go in case of an emergency. She told me. It's up to me, and then said we can park under the shed barn.
If you were a single camper or a couple looking for a place for a night this spot would be just fine, but if are looking for more than a night or are a family, I would look elsewhere.
Had a great time. Jack and Isa greeted us upon arrival and gave us a tour. Jack also started the fire pit and we were able to enjoy that. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a quaint and quiet place to stay.
Isa and Jack were incredible hosts from the moment we arrived! They were standing on the front porch waving and greeting us with warm smiles. Jack even helped us with a campfire so we could make s’mores with our 5 year old. So sweet! And Isa offered us a nice, hot cup of coffee when we awoke the next morning! The property is absolutely beautiful with amazing old trees and plenty of room to put up our tent. It feels very private and safe. The washroom facilities were clean and well maintained. Be sure to take time to chat with Isa, she is a world of knowledge about the Black Hills and all its secret healing powers. She even put together a special blend of flower essences infused with the Black Hills healing waters for me and my mother-in-law. Such gracious hosts! Thank you both so much for being part of our first (but definitely not last!) visit to South Dakota!
Isa and Jack felt like family to me right away--such nice folks, so helpful and relaxed. My camp site was on beautiful, soft green grass in between two huge willow trunks. I felt very safe and it was so private! For camping purists, there's a little road noise, but nothing terrible, and it's very quiet at night. The stars were incredible! The hot coffee on the gorgeous deck, with good wifi, puts this place over the top. I wholeheartedly recommend this great spot. Also, I treated myself to a tarot reading with Isa, and WOW was she just spot-on! She's the real deal.