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“An exceptional family oriented wide-open-spaces campground (RV, camping trailers, cabins, tents)”

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Rafter J Bar Ranch Campground
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Do you want a campground with "elbow room," space to roam, hike, bike, and have a family & friends campfire all within the view of beautiful scenery? Rafter J Ranch Campground is an exceptional place with amenities for families, couples, and those who seek the outdoor scenic view. We stayed in the Line Camp area (great for big rigs and those who want good satellite reception) and enjoyed the very large spaces. We also think Island Camp is a top notch location, too.

The customer service is very good, swimming pool and hot tub are nice (not huge but a good size) and the location right in the midst of all the sights to see in the Black Hills area. Nothing is too far including Wind Cave, Hot Springs Mammoth Museum, Deadwood, Bear Country USA, and lakes (we loved Lake Sheridan but Pactola Reservoir also looked beautiful).

The campground also offers cabins for those without RVs, campers and tents. They also have pancake breakfasts several days a week for a minimal cost. All in all it is the perfect campground with a lot to offer.

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  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 July 2017

We stayed here for four nights in June. Full hook-ups, swimming pool, fire pit, and a great little store made for an awesome stay. Beautiful park and great location for sightseeing. Like new bathroom and laundry facilities. I am so glad I listened to other reviewers on this one!

Stayed: June 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

Rafter J was the ideal campground for us....friendly staff, widespread campsites, well maintained bathroom/laundry facilities, and POOL WITH AWESOME PLAYGROUND. Our girls loved the playground....this was an expense for the campground but a good payoff with happy campers (atleast with kids).

We were within 10 minutes of Mt Rushmore and Crazy Horse. Rapid City proper was about 35 minutes from campground.

Our site was in the Main section. Site was level, quiet area, and near restrooms.

Stayed: June 2017, travelled with family
1  Thank Emily A
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Reviewed 4 July 2017

We stayed here in mid-June for two nights with our travel trailer using full hook-ups. This was an excellent find. The location was fantastic to include the scenary. The property was clean and spacious. There is plenty of room for anyone with children to run off and play without disturbing others. The staff was friendly. They also have cabins. My only regret is we did not stay longer.

  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

We stayed there for three nights. They were able to accommodate our large 5th wheel trailer in their spacious sites. Full hookups and beautiful views. We camped in the island area of the property. We had wide open views of the meadow. We will definitely return to this park.

Stayed: June 2017, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Rafter J Bar Ranch Campground

Address: 12325 Rafter J-Bar Road, Hill City, SD 57745
Region: United States > South Dakota > Hill City
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 13 Speciality Lodging in Hill City
Number of rooms: 227
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An upscale campground offering tent and trailer camping. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Rafter j Bar Ranch Campground Hotel Keystone

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