We stayed at the Rafter J Bar Ranch Campground for six nights. The campground is in close proximity to a number of things the Black Hills has to offer including Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, and Sylvan Lake. The campground is divided into approximately 5 different "camps," some of which do not allow tent camping. We stayed at the "Ranch Camp." The overall campground is incredibly spacious and well maintained. The developers did a good job with the layout of the campsites at the Ranch Camp and the campground in general. Furthermore, the campsites at the Ranch Camp were spacious. Unlike most campgrounds, there is adequate room between campsites. There are also lots of trees at the Ranch Camp providing both shade and an opportunity to tie items such as our hammock to the trees (they do allow you to do that unlike some campgrounds). The restroom facilities were in good order and well maintained. The pool and playground areas are quite nice and the staff is friendly. You can tell they enjoy working there. There is a small store on site where you can purchase ice, firewood (yes you can have campfires at your campsite), or other items you need. The ice and firewood are reasonably priced for what you get.
There are two drawbacks to staying at the Rafter J Bar Ranch. One is the price to use the washers if you want to wash your clothes. We spent more money per load than I think we have ever spent at a laundry facility. The second drawback is the price for the tent site. It is the highest I have ever paid (and that was without water and electricity). Rafter J Bar Ranch Campground knows they have a good thing going and you will pay for it. Bottom line is that this is a great place to stay and that you should expect a campground of this caliber to cost a bit more than the average price. I know I will be staying here again when we head back to the Black Hills.
- 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