Group Camping

Two orange tents at elk mountain campground.
Tents in Elk Mountain Campground.

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Elk Mountain Campground offers groups of campers a unique opportunity to enjoy camping on the prairie/forest edge. For groups numbering from 9 to 30, there are two designated group campsites available. The cost for the group site is $40.00 per site/per night. Reservations are required and are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. The group campsites are both located in "D" Loop.

Deposit and Camping Fees

There is a $20.00 non-refundable deposit required to hold your reservation (Cash, check, or money orders only. Checks should be made payable to National Park Service. No credit cards.). Group sites will not be assigned until the deposit is received. Deposits must be mailed in or brought in person to:

Wind Cave National Park

Group Camp Coordinator

26611 U.S. Hwy. 385

Hot Springs, SD 57747

The cost for a group campsite is $40.00 per night for the site. The $20.00 non-refundable deposit offsets the first night's charge. The additional $20.00 of the group camping fee and fees for additional nights are payable upon arrival. These additional fees are paid at the self-registration fee station located along the main campground access road. Please write "Group Campsite" on the fee envelope.

Requesting Information and Making Reservations

If you are requesting information please call (605) 745-4600. A letter confirming your reservation will be mailed to you when a deposit is received.


The firewood station is located next to the self-registration fee station. Both group sites have multiple picnic tables and one large fire ring with a cooking grate. These sites also have parking areas which can accommodate a variety of vehicles, including trailers and vans. Overflow parking is available at the Amphitheater parking lot. Only one RV type vehicle is allowed for camping at each group site.

The Park maintains an active recycling program with several collection points located throughout the campground. Potable water is available from numerous spigots located throughout the campground during the warmer months of late spring, summer, and early fall when there is little chance of a hard freeze. Sinks with running water and flush toilets are also available at each of the campground restrooms during this time. Potable water, sinks with running water, and flush toilets are not available in the campground once freezing temperatures have been reached, but may be found in the Visitor Center.

For more information about group camping, please see Frequently Asked Questions.

Last updated: January 17, 2018

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Mailing Address:

26611 US Highway 385
Hot Springs, SD 57747


(605) 745-4600

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