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Rafter J Bar Ranch Campground
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Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

This was a wonderful RV park with a wonderful view. Lots of space for each site. It's close to Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse and Custer State Park. One of the best places we've ever stayed. Wi-do was okay.

Stayed: September 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 September 2017

We stay each year we go to the Black Hills at the Rafter J Bar Ranch campground. It is centrally located between Mount Rushmore (8 miles away), Custer (10 miles away), Hill City (2 miles away), Keystone (10 miles away) and Rapid City (25 miles away). It is a very clean and peaceful campground and well maintained. We stay in the Ranch Camp part of the campground with our 5th wheel camper. There are full hookups (50 amp) and there are bathrooms, showers and washer/dryers in the Ranch Camp area. You are farthest away from the highway also. If you are a member of Good Sam Club you get a 10% discount on camping. You have good distance between campers and don't feel like you are packed in like the KOA campgrounds. They have supplies, ice and firewood at the main office/store. Very quiet after 10 pm and there is a playground area for the kids. The Mickelson bike trail goes right along the campground if you like biking the trails. Try it!!!!

Room Tip: camping in any of the areas is fine, but the Ranch Camp is the quietest area
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 August 2017

This campground is spacious and features campsites that are roomy and definitely not crowded, offering good privacy. And the location is quiet and secluded, but central to many of the attractions in the Black Hills.

We had a site in the Ranch Camp section which is a long walk from the office and store, but we had a great shower and bathroom facility just 50 yards away. We had plenty of shade afforded by the tall pines and we were the closest site to the campground boundary. Early in the evening we watched deer stroll by less than 50 yards away.

They have a great swimming pool and hot tub near the store/office with parking nearby. Several days a week they serve a delicious pancake and sausage breakfast (for a nominal cost).

Everything was very clean and well maintained. Although we had a camper, there are great tent sites, as well as cabins (which we used several years ago).

This is just a great, quiet campground with excellent facilities. It is very large with many sites spread across a huge area of land. And, unlike most of the other campgrounds in the area, there is plenty of space between sites. It is a preferable alternative to the KOA which has more of a resort-like zoo feeling!

We will definitely be back to the Rafter J Bar!

Room Tip: The Ranch Camp is awesome.
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

The Rafter J Bar Ranch has been a wonderful place for home base for our Black Hills adventures. It is close to Crazy Horse and Mount Rushmore. Hill City and Custer are close. The campsites are spread out over a huge area. Some of the sites are challenging to get into with bigger units but the scenery, the peacefulness once your set up are worth the challenge. Nice people run the facility. They have pancake and sausage breakfast for a very reasonable price 5 days a week. I am very glad we found this gem.

Stayed: August 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 1 August 2017 via mobile

A remarkable place. We stayed in Ranch Camp section. It was full but oh so quiet!
Unlike other CGs in the area we had our privacy inspite of the fact it was full. Close to the Michelson trail. Short drive into Hill City and short drive to Rushmore and Crazy Horse.

Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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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 
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Rafter j Bar Ranch Campground Hotel Keystone

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