Elk Mountain Campground

Elk Mountain Campground

The Elk Mountain Campground location is in Hot Springs, South Dakota
57747. This page provides detailed contact information for this campground location including the campground phone number, office hours, reservation information and driving directions.

If you have any questions about the Elk Mountain Campground facility, or if you need to reserve a campsite, then call the campground listed below.

26611 Us Highway 385

Hot Springs
South Dakota

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Campground information Hot Springs, South Dakota


  • Elk Mountain Campground, which straddles the edge of a ponderosa pine forest and open prairie, offers unique opportunities to view the diverse flora and fauna of the southern Black Hills. These campsites are available in both forested and open environments. 
  • This is a cashless campground, only credit cards will be accepted through rec.gov. Park staff cannot issue refunds for the campground. You must go through rec.gov. 
  • We hope you enjoy the reservation process and thank you for considering camping at Wind Cave National Park. 

Elk Mountain Campground Permit Regulations:

  • In the peak season (summer), all sites will be available. You may book sites in advance or use same-day booking. However, you must reserve and pay for your site on rec.gov before occupying it. 
  • In the off-season( (winter), only B loop sites will be open. Visitors must select an unoccupied campsite and place their tent and equipment down to claim the site. Then visit the fee kiosk (located at the front of the campground), scan the QR code with the rec.gov app, and follow the onscreen instructions to pay for your site. Then grab a reservation placard and fill it out with the necessary information and hang it at your site. 


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 and is first come first serve, using the rec.gov app and a scan and pay QR code. 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. 


This location is unstaffed. To speak with our main office for general information, please call: (605) 745-4600.

Frequently Asked Questions About 26611 Us Highway 385 Hot Springs, SD

How do I make a reservation with Elk Mountain Campground?

To make reservations at Elk Mountain Campground, you can call the office at 605-745-4600.

RV or tent rate when water and flush toilets are available. Senior (Golden Age)/Access pass holders pay half price. Interagency Annual Park Passes are not applicable for these fees.


Campsite Fee – Off-season

RV or tent rate when water is not available. Senior (Golden Age)/Access pass holders pay half price. Interagency Annual Park Passes are not applicable for these fees.


Where is Elk Mountain Campground located?

The Elk Mountain Campground is located at 26611 Us Highway 385 in Hot Springs,
. This is the location you will need to go to for camping and information.

Does Elk Mountain Campground have tent or RV camping?

Elk Mountain Campground offers both tent and RV camping, but to confirm you will need to call the office at 605-745-4600 to make sure things haven’t changed.

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