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Rafter J Bar Ranch Campground
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Winnipeg, Canada
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10 reviews
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“Great campground with all amenities”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2013

We travelled from Manitoba and stayed for 6 nights at the Rafter J. The location was great for seeing all the sights in the area, very close to Hill City and Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial and Custer State Park.

Our check-in was easy and they accommodated our move to another site to be close to others travelling with us. The store has anything you require from RV supplies to hot coffee, pizzas, ice cream, food, souveniers. The staff was generally quite young but there was a manager present often. There's laundry across from the office.

The sites were very clean and had full hook-ups. The pool and hot tub were cleaned every morning and it was great having it there after a full day of sightseeing. They do have a quiet time of 10p.m. and ask that all fires are out by 11p.m. This was good as the sites were very quiet after 10p.m. and there were no disruptions or rowdies.

They offered a pancake breakfast in the mornings from 7-10a.m. which was adequate for $2.50, nothing fancy but you can't really mess up pancakes. They also do biscuits & gravy and sides for extra $. On Tues/Thurs they have a BBQ night with food & entertainment but we didn't take part so I can't comment on how that is.

We would definitely stay at this site again, they have a wonderful set up with any amenities you could ask for.

Room Tip: We stayed in base camp which was very close to the pool and pancake breakfast. The 'island'...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Menomonie, Wisconsin
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35 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2013

We are not campers so being in a small space (Comfort cabin) without a couch, cell reception and very spotty wifi was an adjustment. However, the cabin was in great shape. We couldn't hear a thing. The full-size bed is small and the waterproof mattress makes a sound every time you roll over. The kids loved biking around the campground and they swam for hours and hours. We did the pancake breakfast only one morning due to the cool temps, but that was great too. We stayed for four nights. We didn't have any problems with the staff (in other reviews). I saw them get very angry at the pool (boys jumping off of a picnic bench into the pool) but otherwise everything was fine. The shower and laundry facilities were great.

Room Tip: The Comfort Cabins are very close to everything.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2013

Just returned from a great trip @ rafter J! The bike trail, pool, and pancake breakfast were great for our family! There is a great open field for playing ball, frisbee, or football. Some sites looked a bit tight, but most had large trees between them. Finally, there were no bugs! Very close to Rushmore, Needles hwy, crazy horse and Custer

Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2013

This Campground is very highly rated in the Woodalll's top 100 and you can see why! Super well kept campground. lots of open space to roam and plenty of room between RV's to not feel cramped. the amenities are plentiful including a gas station, large store, basketball and volley ball courts, great pool and hot tub and super pancake breakfast every morning for only $2.50. check out their website for more details. great experience and reasonably priced for that area in prime season!

Room Tip: This is a Campground but they do have many cabins you can rent.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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London, England
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2013

This is an large and very pleasant RV camp on an extremely large site. Reserving a spot was easy, check-in was handled very perfunctorily by the staff at reception who gave the impression that they could not care less and that their conversations with each other were more important. Their instructions for finding our pitch were less than adequate and they had no idea what was in the RV shop. The pitch was gravel adjacent to grass in the midst of pine trees and the tracks leading to the pitches were a bit muddy because of recent rain. Traffic noise on the nearby road was very noticeable and annoying (in the Main Camp area) during the day but not a problem at night, I suspect that the Ranch Camp being further from the road would be quieter. We could not get any TV reception. Although there was wifi, we could not get it to usefully work and neither could anyone else in our area. Washing and drying was $3.50 per load. There seems to be plenty for children to do around the camp. Although this RV Camp was voted one of the Woodalls top 100, for the price we paid, this RV camp was disappointing.

Room Tip: try to get a pitch a long way away from the road - daytime noise is a nuisance.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2013

Overall great experience for us. Everyone's mileage will vary based upon your own attitude, circumstances, etc. But I can tell you we had no contact with rude staff in the week that we spent there. That being said, here's what we really liked. Very central location to all of the attractions. Very scenic and beautiful campground. Nice pool and playground for the kids. The all-you-eat pancake breakfast was great. That campground was quiet during our entire stay. Only downside with our site in particular was it was very sloped, but on the upside the kids loved riding their bikes down the slope and around the campground.

I wouldn't hesitate to go back, they certainly do a great job at maintaining the grounds and we thoroughly enjoyed our time there!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2013 via mobile

We loved being among the pines, but our camping area was so tight with trees that I had to be parked exactly perfect to open my canopy. Didn't need the canopy for shade, more for rain & hail. During our 2-day/3-night stay I also assisted 2 5th wheels get into their tight spots, taking about a half hour each. One was 29' and the other 35'. Our motorhome is 32' with no tow. Another trailer 2 spots over clipped his canopy & the right rear corner of his unit on a tree by the road while getting to his site. It's suppose to be about enjoying your stay not stressing on how to get in.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Property: Rafter J Bar Ranch Campground
Address: 12325 Rafter J-Bar Road, Hill City, SD 57745
Region: United States > South Dakota > Hill City
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 12 Speciality Lodging in Hill City
Number of rooms: 227
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An upscale campground offering tent and trailer camping. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Rafter j Bar Ranch Campground Hotel Keystone

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