Elk Mountain Campground

Wind Cave National Park

This 63-site campground is open all year with sites available on a reservation basis from May 20th to September 30th. In the off-season, only B-loop is available. Sites 17 and 49 are handicap-accessible. Flush toilets and drinking water are available from late spring through early fall. Fees are half-price when water is not available. Ranger programs are offered most nights in the amphitheater during the summer. Two group campsites are able to be reserved 10 months out. 

Elk Mountain Campground Permit Regulations: 

An individual may stay a maximum of 14 consecutive nights, no more than 30 total nights during the calendar year.

Open fires and charcoal fires are prohibited unless they are in a designated fire grate.

A maximum of two tents, 8 people, and 1 vehicle is permitted on each site.

The group camping sites require a minimum of 9 people but are limited to a 30-person maximum.

Campground quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The campground is closed to persons other than registered campers from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Generators may only be used from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Check-in time is 1:00 p.m.

Check-out time is 12:00 p.m.

All pets must be properly leashed. 

The speed limit inside the campground is 15 MPH.

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Contact Information


26611 US Highway 385 Hot Springs SD 57747


26611 US-385 Hot Springs SD 57747

Phone Number

For campground inquiries, please call: 605-745-4600

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Driving Directions

The visitor center is 11 miles north of Hot Springs off US Hwy. 385, about 1/2 mile west of the highway. Do not rely exclusively on your GPS or Google Maps to find the campground. Routes can be misleading or incorrect. The coordinates for the Visitor Center are N43.55677 W103.47799

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