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Ellsworth AFB FamCamp
Ellsworth AFB Lodge
Ellsworth AFB Lodge
Ellsworth AFB Lodge
Ellsworth AFB FamCamp

Location

Installation
Ellsworth AFB, Rapid City, SD
GPS Coordinates
44.143115, -103.069483
Location Information
Ellsworth AFB, Rapid City, SD
RV Gate Coordinates
44.14150, -103.07072

Directions

Directions
Off I-90, take exit 67B(Liberty Blvd) and continue to the 4-way stop. Continue straight thru the Main Gate. After passing through the gate entering traffic circle at 6 o'clock and exit 3 o'clock, the first exit which is Schreiver Street. Proceed approximately 4 blocks to Arnold. Turn right proceed across N. Ellsworth., becomes Lincoln Turn right at next (3 way) intersection onto the CG entrance road proceed past housing office to CG office. ---- Additional info on gates: Personal RVs are welcome to use any gate on Ellsworth AFB they choose, whether entering or exiting the installation. The Main Liberty Gate is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The other gates have various hours.

Contact Information

Phone Number
(605) 385-6699
Fax Number
(605) 385-2998
Email Address
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Campground Information

Authorized Users
Active, National Guard, Reservists, Retired, 100% DAV. DoD Civilians.
Season
Year round. No water in the winter.
Reservations
Reservations are accepted. A 24 hours advanced notice is required for cancellation refund eligibility.
Internet Access
Dial-up and WiFi available at library. WiFi is available near the office in the campground.
Mail Forwarding
(Your Name) c/o General Delivery, Box Elder, SD 57719
Pet Information
Pets are welcome in designated area, which is located on the North fence line. Pets are required to on a leash and guests are responsible for picking up after their pet.
Campground Information
30 day stay limit. Lower rates are for pre-prime season (April 1 - June 30). Higher rates are for prime season (July 1 - Oct 30). Overflow sites are available in the winter with no water, shower or laundry for $7 a night. Tent site is for up to 4 people. $5 per person for additional.
Big Rig Friendly?
Yes
Facilities
Auto Hobby Shop, Arts & Crafts, Recreation Equipment Rental. Pool pass included with RV site.
Amenities
  • Dump, Sewer
  • Water
  • Electric
  • Tent Area
  • Laundry
  • Showers
  • Diesel
  • Gas
  • Commissary
  • Exchange
  • Fitness Center
  • Shoppete
  • Swimming
  • Snack Bar
  • Class VI
  • Movie Theater
  • Post Office
  • Car Wash

Site Information

Type of site
Spaces
Hook-ups
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
RV Sites
51
W/15,30,50A/S
$23 - $28
N/A
N/A
Overflow
12
30A
$14 - $16
N/A
N/A
Tent
?
None
$8 - $15
N/A
N/A
Lodge Room
47
Full
$75 - $100
N/A
N/A

Other Information

Dining Hall Policy
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Weather Information

Nice area to explore. Lots to do in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Attachments

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  • 2016 FamCamp Brochure
    Brochure and Campground map.
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May 25, 2016 – July 12, 2016

We do agree with all of the comments made by benjamin2014. This FamCamp has been a great experience for us. Not homesteading, but we were able to extend our stay from the 2 weeks we scheduled to 7 weeks. We started our stay in the off season and it changed to high while we were there with an average cost of approximately $22 per day for the RV lot. Chris was outstanding, provided all required support and information about the local area. The installation has three gates, we used the 24/7 Main Gate, The Patriot Gate is open 6AM to 6PM Monday thru Friday, road is next to the FamCamp, a Commercial Gate is approximately 2 miles from the Main Gate on the other side of I-90 and is open 6AM to 6PM Monday thru Friday, 6AM to 1PM on Saturday. We have not used the Commercial Gate. We only encountered Active Duty Gate Guards, they were all friendly, courteous and professional. The camp has 51 full hook-up sites with 30/50 AMP, water and sewer, (21 pull through sites). Also there are 12 overflow sites with 30 AMP only. The laundry facility is great with 4 new high capacity washers and 6 new dryers. We had no idea how much of America’s history was made in this area. Just some of the places we visited are: Mount Rushmore, Chief Crazy Horse (we participated in a Volksmarch up to the carving), Devils Tower, Air and Space Museum (with Minuteman II Missile Silo on Ellsworth AFB tour for $8 per person), Badlands (white prairie dog town, mountain sheep, 1909 Prairie Homestead, beautiful landscape), Custer State Park (with begging burrows, 1300 head of free ranging buffalo, other wild life), Needles Highway (eye of the needle rock formation), Spearfish Water Falls, and Deadwood. Some of our local commercial activities included: Bear Country USA, Roy’s Drive-in Movie Theatre in Hermosa, ATV Rentals ($90 for 4 hours with a military discount, Mad Mountain Rentals) and the Hollingsworth Horse Ranch in Custer (unescorted trail rides). This is a long write up, but the area is really a great place to visit and Ellsworth AFB had everything we needed at a reasonable price and with a friendly, professional attitude. We have a 45’ Class A and a Wrangler Unlimited.

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May 2016

Plenty of sites.  Close to Rapid City.  Deer on base.  Grass could be cut in fam camp area.  It is much easier to walk a pet in short grass vs grass 1 foot tall.   New rates are: 1 April -30 June $23.00 - Over flow $14.00 - 1 July - 30 Oct $28.00 - Overflow $16.00 - Tents $8.00

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May 2016

This RV park was very easy to find and in a great location. Famcamp  is located immediately after entering PATRIOT GATE across from the gas station. There has been some recent changes at this famcamp. The rates here have gone up to $23/night. They no longer offer weekly rates. Also the office is located at the entrance of the fam camp, on the map it shows the office inside the famcamp but that building is closed down, we saw about 20 people trying to go to the closed building to check in and we had to inform them the office is at the entrance near the dump station. At this famcamp you should NOT use your awnings!!! This is very important, it's not advertised but it should be, but due to the location they get random wind gust 20-40 MPH even on nice days. Several RV awnings have been ripped off RVs here according to office staff. The camp host told me it's normal and sometimes the wind gust are so strong that you have to walk sideways. The gust are very random, it might seem like a nice sunny day and appear to be calm, but the wind comes out of nowhere. During bad weather the wind gust are very strong. On 2 occasions we had to put our side out in because the wind was so strong it was damaging our awning on the slide, and the wind gust will shake your RV, we camped in a 35ft class A.

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Late Aug - early Sept 15

Great location for exploring the area from Devil's Tower to The Badlands/Wall Drug and everywhere in between. Debated staying here or at a Passport America park in the area for about the same price. Coach rear tires were at the very rear of the concrete slab to fit my truck in front. I noticed some other back-in sites that were longer. I could have moved to a pull thru after a few days, but opted to stay put. Moving just to have a pull thru is too much of a hassle to me. Not really impressed with the layout of the loop I was on (closest to the office). Not a whole lot of shade even with tall trees. It was just plain hot during our stay. Good water pressure and wi-fi. Looks like more pull thrus are being added, or they were just being reserved and never used during our stay. The sidewalk from the pull thru sites to the office is being built, but no work happened while I was there. No fenced dog run. Decent auto hobby shop on base. Base theater has movies Fri and Sat. There is a drive-in theater in Hermosa, about 30 min south. Little "sound of freedom" from B-1s. Patriot Gate (closed wknds) is closest to the Fam Camp and easy to navigate even with a big rig. There was some trash along the fenceline that never got picked up. I picked up some paper while walking my dogs. Office workers were not overly friendly, more matter-of fact. Not good or bad, just the way they were to me. Yes, I would stay here again if in the area, but would call far in advance and ask for a specific site.

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6 Aug - 9 Aug 2015

Great FAMCAMP & staff. We had to change our reservations two days before arriving & the Staff couldn't have been more accommodating. The Facilities were within easy walking distance. We were there during 'Sturgis' week so there lots of MC's around. We stayed in a class 'A' motor home.

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July 2015

During our 4 day stay, we were given 2 different sites. This seems to be standard procedure when making reservations in order for them to keep all spaces in use. We spoke to a number of other rv'ers w/o had to move sites in the middle of their stay. This musical chairs with sites was annoying. Some residents (not active duty) appear to be homesteading. Wifi was free but mostly non-existent. There's no off leash dog park. Grass had been recently cut but there's several large mounds of dirt from construction near the walkways and in the new area that had been there so long, weeds were growing out of them. There were 2 washers and 2 dryers in the laundry room so it was in constant use. There's no convenient parking area near the laundry room if you're coming from the new pull-thru section. All sites are paved with permanent picnic tables. Nice park with obvious signs of future expansion and improvement.

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10-15 Jul 2015

Great location to see the sights such as Mount Rushmore, Custer State Park, Badlands, etc. Park had nice paved sites--some appeared occupied by permanent party. Had 2 washers and 2 dryers (75 cents each). For the number of people staying there, I believe they could use more washers/dryers. Grass at the sites was kind of long (above ankles) resulting in more mosquitoes. New pull-thru sites appear close to being opened. Wifi was weak to non-existent. Went to the library to access wifi. Library, BX and commissary all located right next to each other. BX and commissary fairly small. Shoppette/gas station right across the steet from famcamp. Able to get diesel for the Class A without any problem. Air Museum right outside the main gate is worth taking a look at--museum also offered a base tour that took you down a trainer missile silo. If in the area again, would stay here.

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June 13-20, 2015

This is a great place to stay. All sites that I have seen are paved with great access. About 10 miles from Rapid City so you will need a vehicle. Great surrounding area. Park is clean. I would advise staying here and will stay here again.

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28 May - 11 June, 2015

Great location for seeing the sights both east and west. Shower facilities are clean. They are in the process of upgrading the washers/dryers and now costs $1.00 to wash and .75 to dry. There is wifi but it is impossible to get on line - apparently some folks insist on downloading netflix. Shopette is convenient, has diesel fuel and is with walking distance. I would stay again.

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May 2015

Convenient to the Black Hills and easy to access, the base is a reasonably priced alternative to others in the area. Nice that you can enter through any gate, and during our stay we were impressed by the courtesy and friendliness of the entry guards. Very nice commissary just down from the Famcamp, sad, little used BX. The older portion of the park is all back-in, the newer 16 sites are concrete pull-thrus with 8 more nearly completed. The host went out of her way to help, and returned $1 of our $21/day fee since the free washers and dryers were not yet installed. The new area is a bit shabby and without trees, but the sites are large. Overall a great stay; we'll be back again.

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26 June-9July 2014

Very nice Famcamp staff was very helpful and friendly. Good location to go out and enjoy all the outdoor events that are available in the area. Base had everything you need to keep you going, would go back again with no problems at all.

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September 7, 2014

Stayed here 1 night, traveling with 2 other rigs. Back-in I used was spacious. Other rigs used the pull throughs which were gravel. New pull throughs were not yet complete. Looked like concrete work was the only phase left. Close to Mt. Rushmore. Attended an evening presentation there which honors veterans. All are invited on stage to participate in colors. Very moving.

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Sept 2014

One of the nicer FAMCAMPs we've stayed at. Well kept up (to include lawn mowing while we were there) and base facilities couldn't be more convenient - like most anymore not a lot of dining options tho. Agree the back-ins are better with more space, better wifi signal, access to laundry etc. Can't speak on staff as we arrived the day after the office closed for the season. They gave us a reservation a couple of weeks prior and that was posted but alongside conflicting guidance indicating a first come first served policy after office closure (its the military right?). Someone in the site we had been assigned but, no problem, another one that was acceptable was open. Don't quite know what happened - maybe thats why they ran my card for the reservation instead of using it as a hold (whats with this a week rate is 7xdaily?) Anyway, that and wifi that would randomly cut out despite being close to the office are the only down checks I can think of.

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4-7 August 2014

L.B. left this review using the Directory software: - Really need to enter through Main Gate. The RV Gate closes at 1800 and is not open weekends. Very nice and Camp Host was very friendly and helpful.

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26 - 28 Jul 2014

V.L. left this review using the Directory software: - Excellent park. Slots are tight and fairly close to each other. Pads were gravel with a concrete sidewalk, picnic table and a brand new cast iron bar-b-que grill, set in concrete, were right next to the pad. The place was packed. According to the host, we got the last site. Every site we saw was full hook-up...50 amp, water and sewer. About 15 new sites were under construction. Camp manager was awesome. He met us right at the entrance. The FamCamp director was also there taking reservations and processing paperwork. It was quite busy. Restrooms were nice and clean, grass within the park, where it existed, was mowed, and trash bins were nearby. Commissary and BX were about five blocks away. Yes, as one person noted, some grass on Base is no longer mowed because of budget cutbacks, but that was only in limited areas away from the main thoroughfare. The National Motorcycle Rally was that week at Surgis about 30 miles away with an estimated 450,000 motorcycles, so there were quite a few bikers in the camp, but they were the older set. Despite this, the manger told us the place is full almost all summer long. So, get reservations as early as you can. Thankfully, we got ours the same day, but only because of a cancellation. Overall this is a great place to stay.

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Aug 2-9, 2014

Stayed for the Sturgis bike rally. The site was in the new pull thru's, plenty of space. Had all the hook ups, even had 2 sewer hook ups to accommodate any size RV. There was also Wifi, wasn't reliable at my site but I guess the closer to the office the better. They were in the process of putting in 7 more pull thru's. This is a nice little gem for the black hills and all its attractions. Even got a space next to mine for my parents, just had to get them a pass at the main gate. BX and commissary not to far, shoppette is on the corner walking distance.

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Aug 19-24, 2014

We spent our time in this area visiting all the sites around the area. The manager and host were extremely friendly and helpful. The base had easy access to the camp site. They are adding additional pull thru spaces. The base exchange and commissary are very close. We will return to this location.

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Aug 15-21, 2014

Greeted by a wonderful host and his wife. Very nice campground with perfect location to explore the area. Totally enjoyed the morning "wake-up", afternoon Flag retrieval, and the night Taps. Felt safe and secure leaving our Motorhome here to go see the sights offered by South Dakota. Only concern was the poor WiFi service as it was hit and miss even when it stated excellent signal. Would definitely return. Mike & Chris, Auburn, WA

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July 17-30, 2014

We really enjoyed this FamCamp. It is less than an hour from Mount Rushmore and Badlands National Park and about two hours from Devils Tower National Monument. All of the RV sites are concrete and level. The back-in sites are actually better than the pull-thru sites because they allow you more space between you and your neighbor and because the access roads to these sites are paved. The access roads to the pull-thru sites are gravel. Hookups were excellent, our back-in site was satellite-friendly (clear southern exposure), diesel fuel was available at the Express station directly across the street from the FamCamp, there is a nice outdoor pool ($5 for adults and $3 for children) and indoor fitness facility, and Amy (FamCamp manager) was very helpful and friendly. There is a recycling center on base (on Centennial Drive), but it was only open on Thursdays and Fridays. The camp host was very friendly but not very knowledgable. If you wanted an answer to most things associated with the FamCamp, you needed to speak with Amy. The only significant negative about the FamCamp was that the WiFi did not work for Apple devices. The WiFi signal was very strong, but only people with Windows-based devices seemed to have any luck using the passcode to gain access to the FamCamp WiFi.

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July 16, 2014 to July 24,2014

This is a great campground for visiting all the tourist attractions near Rapid City, Rushmore and Custer State Park. A word of warning - be sure to make your reservations in advance. It is very popular. The camp host was right on top of things and the manager could not have been better. Each offered advice on things to do in the area. We camped in a 35' motorhome and did not have to use the commercial gate. The main gate provided easy access and the Patriot gate was great when we used our towed car only. We had to leave two days early due to a family emergency and everyone showed great compassion. We will definitely visit again.

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