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Ellsworth? 7 years 2 months ago #11942

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Anyone at Ellsworth? Trying to call and see if they are full or open, not sure if this one fills this time of year .. but keep getting a recording that says - Call Back - can't even leave a message... :(

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Monkey – Yes the Ellsworth FamCamp is open, and yes they are FULL at the moment – due primarily to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. We are not there now, but we were the camp hosts there for several years. We decided after last year not to return due to management issues. Your telephone experience is just one indication of management failures at Ellsworth. Having said that, if you are in the area and would like to stop at EAFB, in addition to the 37 FHU sites, they do have twelve powered (30 A) sites for overflow and another twelve dry (no hook-up) sites. Unless things have changed, overflow gets first choice for FHU sites as they open. It’s a very nice FamCamp, and the area (Rapid City/Black Hills) is not to be missed!
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Ellsworth? 7 years 2 months ago #11946

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Yeah, we just drove thru Badlands, and stopped here. We took a couple nights in overflow (a parking lot with power) and will shop and do laundry and head out. Looks like a nice CG, but nearly full. WE could have had a FHU for $20, but took the EHU overflow for $10 ...

When the MCG didn't answer enough times, I called MWR, and they had the guy call me back. He gave me some song and dance about moving trailers (Three days??) and was not in the office when we arrived either.

But when we drove up, he came out and took care -- not a big deal, but I can see why no one answers, he's at his trailer instead. No way to leave message, always says "call back" ... but no one answers. At least make a way to leave a message - makes no sense.

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Not trying to beat a dead horse here, Monkey, but the numerous management issues at EAFB are hurting an otherwise very nice campground! Too bad, because due to its proximity to the Rapid City/Black Hills folks will continue to use the FamCamp and the management issues will continue to fester. :(
JMHO - John

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Ellsworth? 7 years 2 months ago #11949

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The last couple of reviews for Ellsworth FamCamp gave "Amy" (temporary manager?) good comments. Maybe she'll be the new fulltime manager????
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We're here two days - was nearly full Sunday, half empty today. We're leaving tomorrow for the Black Hills and Custer, but won't come back here to stay unless we can't get a CG up there. It's not far, but we'd rather stay closer.

So, not sure of management, but the place is pretty clean, although one washer is 'broken' ... I don't know what the management issues are, so can't comment. The guy that greeted us came over when we drove up, but was at this trailer, not in the office.

We're in the overflow (half price) looks like a parking lot with 12 power pedestals, no water or sewer - but the loud-speakers are correctly named - Revile and the SSB will blast you out of your camper. Don't know if you can hear it at the main CG, which is quite a distance away.

One thing, they don't ever answer the phone - and you can't leave a message, it always says "Call us back" but we did that several times - never an answer.

The new part looks great, nice pads, full service, and a medium commissary and BX, and gas station. Looks like it could become a 'full most of the time' MCG if they operate it effectively, at least three seasons anyway. Snow probably knock everyone out during winter.

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Hi,

Headed to Ellsworth AFB in a few days but how to get on base and to the FAMCAMP seems to be an issue??? Website says "all rv's MUST use the commercial gate", but when I called the guy(host?) said do NOT use the commercial gate...those directions are WRONG!
When I look at Google Maps, it appears you can get off the interstate onto the old hwy(it's south of and runs parellel to the interstate) and go east to S. Ellsworth St., make a left(north), go onto the base to Lincoln St, turn right and the FAMCAMP is on your right(just after the turn onto Lincoln).
Is this correct? Can I get on base with a 35ft motorhome(towing) this way?
If anyone knows, please advise ASAP!

Thanks,
Jim

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We haven't been there since 2010 but we used the Commercial Gate with no problems. The area and the campground was great and we have some wonderful memories of that two week stay. Someone will have more recent info on which gate to use but you'll enjoy your stay.

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seadog wrote: Hi,

Headed to Ellsworth AFB in a few days but how to get on base and to the FAMCAMP seems to be an issue??? Website says "all rv's MUST use the commercial gate", but when I called the guy(host?) said do NOT use the commercial gate...those directions are WRONG!
When I look at Google Maps, it appears you can get off the interstate onto the old hwy(it's south of and runs parellel to the interstate) and go east to S. Ellsworth St., make a left(north), go onto the base to Lincoln St, turn right and the FAMCAMP is on your right(just after the turn onto Lincoln).
Is this correct? Can I get on base with a 35ft motorhome(towing) this way?
If anyone knows, please advise ASAP!

If someone finds out the correct and current gate for RVs's to use, please let me know. This was a BIG issue with them last year. They INSISTED the base commander ONLY wanted RV's to use the commercial gate. But the police were allowing RV's to use the main gate. Eventually, they turned RV's away form the main gate. But things always change. Let me know the current policy.
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Hi all,

Talked to Amy and she advised the following:

-Off I-90, take exit 67B(Liberty Blvd) and continue to the 4-way stop

-Turn right at 4-way stop onto N Ellsworth and follow it to the Patriot Gate

-Go in gate, turn right on Lincoln Rd/Co Rd 223, FAMCAMP is to your right

She said security has agreed to let RV's through any gate, not just the commercial gate.

Jim
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Last week we entered the main gate. WE went up into the Black Hills and Custer for a week. Today we entered the commercial gate. We had no issues at either gate, and no search - just an ID check, per any other base.

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Monkey 44,

Is high water pressure still a problem at Ellsworth AFB? I only have the little straight-line "flow restrictor" type regulator, maybe I need a better one if the pressure is still real high.

Thanks,
Jim

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No HP water that I've noticed ...
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Several gates, but only the main gate is open all hours - the other gates close frequently.

This MCG is pretty clean, showers clean and well maintained far as we can tell, and the pads well built - FHU unless full, then overflow with E only. I'm not sure where the info came from about staff, but so far (only here twice) we got taken care of right away both times. And we got here when it was full, but next day, had a site when several left. Seems like this is a stopover heading elsewhere and we're noticing folks arriving and departing ...

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Since there was some confusion on which gate could a/o should be used to get to the FamCamp, I wrote to the Commander’s Action Line for the answer. I received an answer this morning and have the permission of the Commander to post that answer here. I hope this helps.

Thank you for your question concerning our FAMCAMP at Ellsworth AFB. Here are the hours on our gates if you would like to share with the military campground site:

Personal RVs are welcome to use any gate on Ellsworth AFB they choose, whether entering or exiting the installation. The Liberty Gate is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Patriot Gate (inbound traffic) is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Patriot Gate (outbound traffic) is open 8 a.m. to 2:30 and again 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. On early release days for the Douglas School District, the Patriot gate will be open 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Bismarck Gate (commonly referred to as the commercial gate) is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. One note of caution on use of the Patriot Gate: There's a tight right hand turn to get to the FamCamp when you enter the installation. If you're towing another vehicle with your rig, consider using the Liberty or Bismarck Gate.

Again, thank you for your question and I hope you have some time to visit our FAMCAMP…great place to visit in the Summer.

Bob Hicks, from Utah
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Guys,
Just left Ellsworth. Use the Patriot Gate, it's the closest to the FAMCAMP. Easy entry, straight through, no barriers to wind around and puts you right at the FAMCAMP.

Jim

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dubob wrote: Since there was some confusion on which gate could a/o should be used to get to the FamCamp, I wrote to the Commander’s Action Line for the answer. I received an answer this morning and have the permission of the Commander to post that answer here. I hope this helps.

Thank you for your question concerning our FAMCAMP at Ellsworth AFB. Here are the hours on our gates if you would like to share with the military campground site:

Personal RVs are welcome to use any gate on Ellsworth AFB they choose, whether entering or exiting the installation. The Liberty Gate is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Patriot Gate (inbound traffic) is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Patriot Gate (outbound traffic) is open 8 a.m. to 2:30 and again 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. On early release days for the Douglas School District, the Patriot gate will be open 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Bismarck Gate (commonly referred to as the commercial gate) is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. One note of caution on use of the Patriot Gate: There's a tight right hand turn to get to the FamCamp when you enter the installation. If you're towing another vehicle with your rig, consider using the Liberty or Bismarck Gate.

Again, thank you for your question and I hope you have some time to visit our FAMCAMP…great place to visit in the Summer.


Thanks for taking that extra step on this....Had the same confusion last year when we were out there....So now we all know and will hold them to this directive.... ;)
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We stayed at Ellsworth Aug. 26-Sept. 2 in the new section. We went through Patriot Gate right at the Famcamp most of the time. It does close early and on weekends. Amy, the new Office Manager, is EXCELLENT!! She was very friendlyand informative. One of the best we have met.

They have added several new sites in the new section which will be open for use next season, with room for several more. Amy has great plans for the Famcamp...IF she can get approval. We had a great time.

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A little follow up on this one. We arrived a few weeks ago on a Sunday, had a difficult time finding the ONE gate that was open - no signs. So, we ended up driving completely around the base and found several gates closed. BUT, finally located the main gate. Most gates are closed except certain hours, even during the week.

MCG is pretty easy to enter, but is a little tight inside - not a big deal though. And, Amy was helpful and right on, has plans for expansion and a rec room if she gets the funding. She lives local and works for MWR, not directly for the FamCamp -

MCG has several sections, a back-in section and a pull-thru section ... well kept, pretty clean. Also has an overflow section, like a parking lot with power pedestal and not water. Works for an overnight in a pinch.

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Has anyone made a reservation recently at Ellsworth? I called last Tuesday (605-385-6699) and got Amy's voicemail. I left a message and as of today (Sunday) haven't been called back. I'm sure there must be something about this reservation system that I don't understand. We were last there in 2010 and the hosts answered the phone during business hours. Looking forward to another great stay.

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Striking out again today. Left multiple voice mails with no reply. Maybe they know it's ME. Finally called Outdoor Rec at (605) 385-2997. Chris took a message and said he'd pass it on to the hosts. Doesn't sound like a good way to run a railroad.

On Edit/Reservation made---All is good.

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