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4.5 147
FeaturedNew
South Dakota 129492
August 21, 2007
Overall rating
 
3.3
Location
 
5.0
Cleanliness/Hospitality
 
4.0
Amenities/Facilities
 
3.0
Value
 
2.0
Overall Experience
 
3.0
Ellsworth is a compact little campground with very little charm to recommend it. Which is to say, it's a bit barren and sterile. That said, it does have large, level concrete pads, mostly back-ins. It has a modern, well-appointed, clean bath house. The recently installed WIFI is good news and bad news. Whatever the network antenna arrangement is, it's not adequate to cover much more than about a 75 foot radius around the office. So, folks in the sites on the outer edges of this small campground cannot get internet in their RVs. You'll have to take your chair and laptop over to the office and surf al fresco. But at least it's available. So if WIFI and comfort are important to you, try to get one of the sites closest to the office. When you do connect, you'll find it's a secure network, and you'll need an encryption key, which the host will provide. It wasn't volunteered, so if you want WIFI, ask for the key when you check in. All in all, it's an adequate campground, but expensive for such sterility. When we were in this area four years ago, we stayed in the Badlands National Park campground and, even without hookups, found it to be a much more interesting and beautiful place to spend a couple of days. And the price (with Golden Age pass) was around $6.00 a night, instead of the overpriced $20.00 at Ellsworth. The commissary and exchange are nice, but are the small, second-tier facilities. The base library is good, with a modest selection of DVDs on the shelf, and of course, several computer stations for internet access. No propane refills are available for your RV. You can exchange empty 20 lb bottles at the base gas station for full ones. To refill your propane, there's a Flying J six miles west on I-90. Side Note: For those of you using Sprint cell phones and broadband cards, there is no signal on Ellsworth AFB, or Rapid City, or most of I-90 for that matter. This northern tier of states is largely a Sprint wasteland.
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