There is no lodging available inside the park, other than the campground. I opted to stay one night at an average Super 8 in Wall and a slightly better Super 8 in Rapid City.
The Elk Mountain Campground has 75 spots and is open from April through October. Spaces are on a first come first served basis. There are other camping facilities nearby. I have not camped here just wanted to let you know what is available.
It was a great weekend. We lived nearby (100 miles) at the time we stayed in the campground. It is well treed, plenty of shade and lots of room. It was never crowded. On the warmest of days, you could find a place to relax and enjoy the warmth, or get out and enjoy the park.
It's the only campground that I know of in the park service with a 'buffalo fence' around it. One of the features of visiting Wind Cave are the buffalo herd(s). Since they have free range over the entire park, it becomes necessary to fence them out of the campground. You can sleep at night because you know that you won't be awakened by big shaggy beast.
We had a wonderful stay. The room was basically a hotel/motel room, but it was roomy for 5 of us and it was convenient to the places in the Black Hills we wanted to see.
This and the other 3 lodges in Custer State Park are set in a wonderful scenic area. If you are an active hiker, boater, or other recreational activity, Custer State Park, the surrounding Black Hills National Forest and the neighboring Wind Cave National Park have plenty to offer.
If you prefer sightseeing, these 4 facilities are right in the middle of the best sights to see.
This campground is the standard National Park type with bathrooms but no showers. If you would like to camp but would like access to showers, try Custer State Park which borders Wind Cave on the North. South Dakota has an excellent campground web reservation system.
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