Nestled cozily between dark forest and expansive prairie, Elk Mountain Campground is an outdoor lovers' respite in the southern black hills. Wind Cave National Park is an underloved, but incredibly beautiful national treasure. You won’t have to fight for your campsite, and you won’t have to stand in line. Wildlife is abundant, the cave is majestic, and there are trails for every hiker—whether you rarely make it off the couch, or you’ve been bagging peaks for years. Get away from the hubbub, and give Wind Cave National Park some love.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
77 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
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Elk Mountain Campground.

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Hipcamper Elizabeth
Elizabeth K.
recommends this listing.
September 20th, 2017

Very populated

Hipcamper Sara + Mike
Sara + Mike (.
recommends this listing.
November 8th, 2018

Nice, spacious campground. It is necessary to go on a ranger-guided tour to gain access to Wind Cave. Reservations are only accepted for two specialty tours so arrive early (first-come, first-served) to purchase tickets. Don't miss out on the more beautiful (IMHO) cave - Jewel Cave - nearby.

Hipcamper Casey G.
recommends this listing.
September 27th, 2018
Hipcamper Joshua Paul B.
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June 3rd, 2019
Hipcamper Benjamin  F.
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June 11th, 2018
Hipcamper Andrew B.
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June 1st, 2018
Hipcamper Natalie S.
recommends this listing.
August 31st, 2017
Wind Cave National Park
South Dakota
United States
Phone Number
(605) 745-4600
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Official Website
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43.566° N, 103.494° W
Tent / RV / Trailer - Group: 2 Sites
(Up to people per site)
Tent / RV / Trailer: 25 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)
Tent / Van: 50 Sites
(Up to people per site)

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