Elk Mountain Campground

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

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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. Campsites are available in both forested and open environments. Park staff cannot issue refunds for the campground.

Backcountry or dispersed camping is allowed in the northern part of the park. A free permit is required. Learn more

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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.

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Evening Program
30-45 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: October 5, 2022

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26611 US Highway 385
Hot Springs , SD 57747


605 745-4600

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