Ellsworth AFB FamCamp

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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
Vehicles over 30' should use the COMMERCIAL GATE (Closed on weekends and evenings). From US-90 heading east, take exit #63 Commercial Gate Rd. From US-90 heading west, take exit #67, turn left onto Liberty Blvd. Go .5 miles then turn right onto Highway 14-16. Go 1 mile then turn right onto S Ellsworth Rd (Commercial Gate Rd.) Once through the gate continue on Commercial Gate Rd which becomes Ellsworth St. Turn right on Lemay (Commissary is on the right). Lemay merges into N Ellsworth Rd. Turn left onto Lincoln (Express Shoppette is on the right). Turn right into Famcamp. ---- MAIN GATE: Entering via the main gate may be very difficult for very long RV's. 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.

Map

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Map of Ellsworth AFB FamCamp

Contact Information

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

Authorized Users
Active Duty, National Guard, Reservists, Retired Military, 0-100% DAV, Purple Heart Recipients, Former POW, Veteran Caregivers, DoD Civilians. Read this Article on Authorized Users
Season
Year round. No water in the winter.
Reservations
Reservations are accepted 6 months in advance. A 24 hours advanced notice is required for cancellation refund eligibility.
Internet Access
WiFi is available.
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 active duty. Higher rates are for all other authorized users. 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 (1 Oct to 30 Apr)
51
W/15,30,50A/S
$15 - $30
N/A
N/A
RV Sites (1 May to 31 Sep)
51
W/15,30,50A/S
$39 - $54
N/A
N/A
Tents
?
None
$5
N/A
N/A
Overflow
12
30A
$15
N/A
N/A
Tent
?
None
$5
$30
N/A
Lodge Room
48
Full
$40 - $90 - $125
$240 - $540 - $750
N/A

Other Information

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Weather Information

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

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Videos

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Attachments

  • File Description
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    File Type
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  • DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE SVRO OPERATING INSTRUCTION 34-110
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  • base map
    101 KB
    69
  • Campground map
    108 KB
    188
  • Ellsworth AFB 2021 Brochure
    4 MB
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  • FamCamp Letter & OI
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User reviews

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June 30 -Jul 8 2024
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
We used the commercial gate due to being 41 ft and towing. We did have to go to the visitors center to get a pass for our daughter and son-inlaw. Everyone went overboard at making our stay here one of the best campgrounds we’ve stayed at. The bathhouse was very clean. Fuel prices on base were lowest in the area. We did get to see the B1’s take off and land several times. Great location to see all the sites. This has to be one of the cleanest bases we’ve seen. We had a pull through. All the pads are concrete and level. Will keep this on the top of our list for the future.
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June 14 to 19, 2024
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5.0
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We stayed on Ellsworth AFB and their FamCamp is great! They have both back-ins and pull-thrus which are all paved with water/sewer/electric. The camp staff were amazing and very helpful with their knowledge of the local area. The installation has the usual amenities, commissary, PX, barber shop, shopette with liquor, gasoline, large gym, auto craft shop, etc. You cannot beat the location of this FamCamp with its easy access to Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Deadwood, the Badlands, Minuteman Missle Site, and anything else you can think of. We used the commercial gate which was no problem at all with a big rig but the main gate looks to be fully accessible as well but the gate personnel may have to move the barricades for you which are on wheels.
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16-22 Aug 2023
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4.2
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5.0
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4.0
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4.0
We spent 6 nights at Ellsworth AFB FamCamp, Rapid City, SD. This was a great FamCamp. We came in through the main gate after going through the Visitor's Center. Coming in it was fine for our 43' fifth wheel and tow rig. We did exit through the commercial gate and recommend that. The staff was great, Greta was cheerful and helpful, correcting the computer information and providing us the "residency invoices" we needed to renew our drivers licenses. Just a great person to have at the check in desk. The all the main sites are level concrete pads. The overflow is gravel sites. The back in loops are paved asphalt. The pull through area are gravel roads. Utilities were handy and worked properly. Laundry was down to 3 washers and 4 dryers, They were free, but did need some attention. Dumpster was handy. Easy access on and off base. Exchange was smaller, but nicely stocked. Exchange gas station has Diesel and the lowest price in town! Great access to Mount Rushmore, Deadwood, Crazy Horse, and Sturgis (about an hour) A little further to Spearfish, Custer State Park, Badlands, and Wall Drug. About 2 hours to Devil's Tower, Wy. Nice Air Museum at the gate, but the indoor displays were shut for renovations.
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1-30 July 2023
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4.6
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5.0
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4.0
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5.0
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3.0
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5.0
The famcamp's location IVO the east side of Rapid City is the stuff of legends. We routinely(!) took a picnic lunch to Mount Rushmore where we walked the Presidential Trail and I'd film myself laughing "there goes your inheritance!" We did an overnight circle through Badlands Nat'l Park, ending back at Mount Rushmore on day #2 for the lighting ceremony. Then we did a whole day at Custer State Park and ended back at Mount Rushmore for the lighting ceremony. We visited the Crazy Horse monument and watched its lighting ceremony multiple times, and we took the $125 "hard hat" tour to see & touch the work in progress. Sturgis and Deadwood are both day trips from Ellsworth; you can take scenic state roads to get there and RTB via I-90. Sam's Club, Walmart a couple of miles down I-90 from the base. Great news: the commissary & BX staff are eager to help and the Air & Space Museum reopened just as we prepared to depart. NOW FOR THE SCUTTLEBUTT. Yes, we paid $1,620 for a month's stay. No, we didn't play "Tetris" moving the RV every few days, simply because we booked (and paid) many months ahead. Yes, there were vacancies most days of our stay, overflow open all but one day of our stay, and tenting open all throughout our stay. "Tetris" is a big thing at this famcamp, management won't do it on their end (I gave -1 for hospitality for this alone). I talked to multiple crew and they all told the same story: new management took heed of complaints about seasonal RVers hogging the spots, so they went to $54 daily w/ a 30-day limit and you must depart the base at least one night (NO parking in overflow, repeat "NO" and this comes straight from the crew's mouths). So far as I could tell, these changes really did cut down on seasonal hogs. Driving around the countryside, we pulled into similar (repeat "similar") camp/glamp sites to check on prices and found them to be roughly equal -- except during the "Sturgis Rally" timeframe when $54/day is insanely cheap! Laundry remains free and they'd just replaced a washer when we arrived. I can't attest to their internet because I brought my own.
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June 6-10, 2023
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4.9
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5.0
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5.0
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4.0
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5.0
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5.0
Close to the local shoppette (0.9mile) and commissary (1.2mile). Free laundry facility. Clean restrooms/showers. Dry camp area nice for tent camping as there is no water or sewer. Other sites are hard, concrete pads, with water, sewer and 30/50amp electric. Nice area, with some pads having shade from young trees. Nice stay. Also, can hear/see at least twice a day the B1B bombers taking off as this is one of two active B1B bomber bases in the world.
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August 15-21, 2022
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5.0
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5.0
$5 Dry tent site with easy access on payment to restrooms, showers and free laundry. Many grassy areas shaded/sunny with picnic tables and grills ready at all times. The base had many opportunities to do things from shopping, free movies at the theater on Fri & Sat, to an outdoor event with food, music, games and prizes. I was busy at all times when not traveling to the local sightseeing opportunities. Badlands, Custer State Park, Mt. Rushmore, Caves, everything approximately within 1 hour from base. Sarah was the best in the office with lots of advice and answers to all questions. Make sure you are here on a Friday for free donut day! By far the best experience I have had at a Fam Camp.
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July 2022
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
Follow the directions above! Don't trust your GPS! Arrived Sunday, July 3rd. GPS took us to the Commerical Gate via 225th St. GATE CLOSED! Fortunately, we could see the gate was closed and turned left on E Ellsworth that took us back to Liberty Blvd where we turned right, went past the museum, through the main gate. We are 34 feet, towing a 15 ft SUV, and had no problem navigating the barriers. The barriers at the main gate are movable, so larger RVs probably could gain access to the base on weekends and holidays. We will come back!
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June 2022
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
We made Ellsworth AFB our base camp while exploring the Black Hills. The directions to the FamCamp the office sends you are spot on. You would expect the famCamp to be at the end of one of the runways or the other side of the base, but it's smack-dab in the center of base. Check in was easy and our campsite was easy to locate and back in. The campground, bathhouse and laundry (free) are clean and well maintained. There are trees on lots providing some shade. Water, power and sewer were stable. The base has all amenities including a gas station close by so you can top off your fuel for the next leg of your trip. This is a B-1 bomber base so there is some jet noise, but the jets are a sight to behold. Wi-Fi is ok at times depending on how many people in camp are using it at the same time. Cell phone coverage was good for AT&T.
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June 2011
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5.0
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5.0
Older review, but I wanted to share. We stayed overnight while traveling from Alaska to Kentucky. Very impressed with the CG. If I was back in the area I would stay again. No issues with power or water. Easy to access and close to BX.
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June 2021
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4.2
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5.0
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
Despite all of the "best campground" awards they have on display, the staff was less than helpful. We were there with three other couples and we had sites together when we made reservations but when we showed up they had moved all of us. The reason given was to support Active Duty people PCSing there but at least 1 of our original spots was empty during our entire stay. We were all charged different amounts even though were were there the exact same days. We did get that sorted out after some lengthy conversations with the staff. We also did a video review of this place posted above.
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September 14, 2021
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4.2
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5.0
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2.0
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5.0
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5.0
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4.0
Called several times for reservation. No answer and no call back. Other guests same problem. Arrived after after hours, sign indicated "no vacancy ". No less than 10 places open w only 2 packets in vestibule for late arrivals. Spoke to sqn commander--hopiing for improvement.
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July 25-Aug 1, 2021
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3.7
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5.0
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5.0
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4.0
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Weekend Arrivals Be Forewarned: We have stayed in military famcamps across the U.S. This camp is well maintained, sites are paved, clean and the grass is cut. However, the directions on the website are deplorable and INACCURATE... BE ADVISED: the commercial gate is NOT OPEN on weekends or after working hours. If you get to the commercial gate and it is closed, you will be stuck on an incline, with no where to turn around or backup. The only way out is to drive across a field. Which is dangerous and unsafe. This is a simple problem to fix: edit famcamp directions and have booking staff tell weekend arrivals the commercial gate is closed on weekends. (Editors Note: The directions provided came from other campers. If they are incorrect, please provide correct and detailed directions to share with other website users. Thanks!)
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July 17-19, 2021
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3.9
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5.0
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5.0
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3.0
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5.0
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3.0
We are currently camped at Ellsworth AFB FamCamp in Rapid City SD site #8. When we got to our site and hooked up water the pressure was so low we could not get water in the rv. We contacted the office and was informed that there was a water leak affecting sites 6, 7, 8. They reduced our fee from $30 a night to $15 a night and we proceeded to fill our fresh water tank so we could use on board water. It took nearly 10 hours to fill the tank. When we asked when the leak was going to be repaired we were told that the skipper of the base said they did not have the funds to repair the leak which had been on going for over a month. Talking with campers in site 6 and 7 they told us the same thing. I find it unacceptable that they would rather pay the huge water bill that is seeping into the ground than repair the pipes. We love this FamCamp and with how difficult is to even get a space shows that this place makes good money. I hate that they will not repair the issues and are willing to let this beautiful campground fall into disrepair.
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May 2021
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
This was our second stay at Ellsworth AFB Famcamp and it's just a nice park. There are some areas that are in a wagon wheel formation and there is a section that has pull throughs. There is plenty of room between the sites and it feels very comfortable. The roads are paved and the sites are concrete. (I think the pull through roads are gravel but sites are concrete). The back in sites in the wagon wheels are easy back in's because they are slanted so you can almost do a straight back in. Utilities are placed well and are in good repair. There were about 4 or 5 sites in our area that were having water pressure issues. They worked on it while we were there but never got it resolved. Everyone else had good pressure. The base is large and "Air Force" neat. Rapid City has anything and everything you'd need in eating out and/or shopping. Then, of course, there is Mount Rushmore, Black Hills, The Bad Lands, Custer State Park. There is no doubt it is a beautiful area to visit. Our only complaint is wind. It is relentlessly windy, which is annoying!
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18 May 2021
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4.7
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5.0
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5.0
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4.0
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4.0
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5.0
This was our 2nd time staying here at Ellsworth AFB. The check-in was easy and the sites had cement pads, were level and the water/power/sewer hookups were all good. There was no problem coming in the commercial gate and it was a short drive to the RV park. There is a gas station/mini mart within walking distance from the park. We stayed here in a 30' Class C motorhome and will be back on our next adventure!
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26 June 2021
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5.0
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What a pretty park. Later in the evening the deer came down to graze! Did not use the facilities (bath/shower). Pleasant stay will come again!
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Sept/Oct 2019
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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Nice place and convenient to the Black Hills. High season rates are slightly higher than listed here, $30 per night FHU, $180 week. Level and wide concrete spaces with scattered trees and BBQ grills. We prefer the pull-thru spaces for our 40 ft with toad, but have used the back-in spaces with no problem as well. Overflow sites are well spaced, a little bumpy and uneven but hey, the price is right at $15! Gate entry after hours and on weekends must be thru Liberty gate. Patriot Gate is now open during duty hours, we had no problem navigating thru with the toad. Laundry is free, a small picnic table outside and one inside if you want to hang out watching the spin cycle. If you have to do several loads be advised there are a couple rolling baskets to help carry your laundry, because some sites have a bit of a hike to the laundry room!
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September 4-6 2019
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4.9
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5.0
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5.0
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4.0
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5.0
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5.0
Very clean, nice shady trees, and very nice people. 
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14-18 Aug 2019
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4.7
Location
 
5.0
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4.0
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4.0
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5.0
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5.0
Nice and quiet, we stayed 4 nights and the B-1's flew only one evening. Nice free museum just off base. First night was in overflow, $15. 50 amp only great wifi, 3 more nights in the RV park were $30. per night. Bathrooms/showers are old and need work, laundry is free. We have a 35' 5th wheel and came in the main gate just fine.
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Aug 9 - Sep 9, 2018
(Updated: August 13, 2019)
Overall rating
 
4.7
Location
 
4.0
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5.0
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5.0
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4.0
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This is an update to the directions. We are a 45' motorhome towing a pickup. The sign regarding 29' RVs using the commercial gate is gone. The main gate (Liberty) has 2 swing gate type barriers. The barriers can be opened if necessary. We had no problem going around the barriers and through the gate. A 45' motorhome towing a long trailer might have a problem. Previous directions from the main gate to the FamCamp are good. Services are very convenient to the campground. Good sidewalks for walkers but the mosquitoes are horrendous. Lawn maintenance around the pull thru sites seems not to be a priority as the grass was pretty long. Added: Patriot Gate (by the FamCamp) has 2 swing gate barriers at the entrance. These gates are closer together than those at the main gate and clearance for a 45’ coach with tow vehicle may be a problem. The gates can be opened if necessary.
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