Elk Mountain Campground

A tent set up in the grass and Ponderosa pine
A tent set up among the grass and Ponderosa

NPS photo


Elk Mountain Campground, which straddles the edge of a ponderosa pine forest and open prairie, offers unique opportunities to view the diverse flora and fauna of the southern Black Hills. These first-come, first-served campsites are available in both forested and open environments.


Campground Amphitheater Programs

Wind Cave is known for its namesake cave, but this park offers a vast array of learning opportunities above ground, too. Below is a list of ranger-led programs offered at the Elk Mountain Campground Amphitheater. All are welcome to attend these free events.

All events are weather dependant.

Program Schedule

Junior Ranger Program
30 minutes
Free; All ages welcome

Junior Rangers are valuable protectors of our parks. There's a lot to learn about being a ranger! Join a ranger at the campground amphitheater to learn more about Wind Cave National Park, and what it means to protect park resources.

May - September
8:00 PM
Check availability at Visitor Center
Evening Program
45-60 minutes
Free; All ages welcome

Explore various topics about Wind Cave's cultural and natural history with a ranger at the campground amphitheater. Topics vary nightly and the schedule of topics can be found posted in the campground at each restroom bulletin.

May - September
Check availability and schedule at Visitor Center
Elk Bugling Program
30-45 minutes
Free; All ages welcome

Join a ranger to learn about the Rocky Mountain Elk, one of Wind Cave's most elusive residents. Visitors will be invited to hear a short presentation at the campground amphitheater, and then caravan in their personal vehicles to a nearby destination to hear the bugle of the elk.
Evenings in September. Check schedule at Visitor Center

Last updated: July 30, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

26611 US Highway 385
Hot Springs, SD 57747


(605) 745-4600

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