Elk Mountain Campground (Wind Cave National Park)

State: South Dakota

Short Name: Elk Mountain Campground

Address 1: Wind Cave National Park

Open: Open from Apr through Oct

Number of Sites: 75

Camp URL: http://www.nps.gov/wica/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm

Full Hook: Yes

National Park: 387

Elk Mountain Campground offers campers a unique opportunity to view the plants and animals of the southern Black Hills. Campers, whether in a tent or a motor home, are responsible for maintaining the natural state of these habitats. After camping, leave a site you would like to visit again.

Loops A and C will be closed this summer in order to rehab some of the camp sites that were affected by the replacement of the campground water system.

The campground is open all year although flush toilets and water are only available during part of the year. The campground fee is $12.00 a night per site when water and toilet facilities are available, generally during the summer months. In late fall through early spring when the water is turned off, the fee is $6.00 a night per site. Visitors holding a Senior or Access Pass, or a Golden Age or Golden Access Pass pay half price a night per site. After selecting a site, return to the fee station to register and pay for the site. Drop fees in the designated box.

Occupancy is on a first-come, first-served basis. Each site accommodates up to eight people and two vehicles. This limit reduces impacts on the soil and vegetation. Altering the terrain by ditching or leveling the ground is prohibited. Campers with recreational vehicles must park at established campsites within the designated parking area. There is a limit of 14 days occupancy for the campground.

Sites 24 and 61 are for campers with a handicapped license or a disabled permit.

There are no electrical hookups, showers, or dump stations in the campground. Running water and flush toilets are available during warmer months. During times of reduced facilities, pit toilets are available at the campground, although no running water is available. During these times water is available at the visitor center.