Just a stone’s throw from the historic city of Custer, the Fort Welikit Family Campground is located on the scenic Norbeck Byway in the heart of the Black Hills. It provides a picturesque base for visiting Custer State Park, Mt. Rushmore, and Sylvan Lake, as well as the Crazy Horse and Jewel Cave.RV camping at the Fort Welikit Family Campground includes access to around 100 unique sites, which range from rustic to full service and family-friendly options. Aside from multiple laundry facilities and clean bathhouses, the campground also features a children’s playground with a fort and a dog exercise area. There are an RV dump station and propane sales on-site, not to mention a pavilion that can be used for group gatherings.
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Have you ever wanted to sleep at the foot of a mountain or wake up to the sound of the ocean’s waves gently crashing on the shore? When on a road trip, do you like to stop at every weird and wonderful roadside attraction? Do you ever just want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and get out into the great outdoors? Then renting an RV is definitely for you.
Camping in an RV allows you to adventure on your terms. Whether you’re looking to bond over an open fire with family and friends or you just want to get away for a while, there’s no better way to do it than from behind the wheel of an RV.
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Arrange a pick up time with the host or have it delivered to your driveway or destination.
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Enjoy the freedom of the open road nd the assurance of 24/7 roadside assistance.
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A highlight of camping at the Fort Welikit Family Campground is its access to Custer State Park, which is the largest of its kind in South Dakota. It was the first park to be established in the state, with more than 71,000 acres that provide a habitat for a herd of around 1,500 free-roaming bison. Stop in at the heritage-listed Peter Norbeck Center to learn about the park’s natural and cultural history, then visit the Badger Clark Historic Site, which protects the former home of South Dakota’s first poet laureate. The bison herd is best viewed along one of the scenic drives that wind through the park, with white-tailed deer, mountain goats, and bighorn sheep also regularly spotted.Just to the south of Custer State Park is the Wind Cave National Park, which was the first cave to be designated as a national park in the world. It’s renowned for its vast cave system comprising several spectacular chambers and can be explored on ranger-led tours. Opt for the relatively easy Garden of Eden tour or the popular Natural Entrance tour to get up close to the caves’ boxwork calcite formations. Those feeling more adventurous can tackle the challenging Fairgrounds Cave tour, which explores the upper and middle levels of Wind Cave.The Fort Welikit Family Campground can also be used as a base for visiting the Badlands National Park, which lies around 90 minutes’ drive to the east. It includes spectacular canyons and layered rock formations that are easily explored along the Badlands Loop Road. Numerous hiking trails also wind through the park for those wanting to stretch their legs, with sightings of bison, bighorn sheep, and prairie dogs not uncommon. Stop in at the visitor center to pick up maps and information about the park, then enjoy a short stroll on the Fossil Exhibit Trail to see fossils that have been uncovered in the park.
The campsites at Fort Welikit Family Campground are just a couple of minutes’ drive from the center of Custer, where you’ll find supermarkets for stocking up on supplies and gas stations if you need to fill up your RV rental. There’s also an outstanding collection of cafes and restaurants for dining out that will appeal to all tastes and budgets.While you’re camping in Custer, stop in at the Custer County 1881 Courthouse, which occupies the city’s original 19th-century courthouse. This three-story red-brick building has been designated as a historic site. It now houses exhibits that detail the Lakota Native American people’s culture. Learn about the 1874 expedition of George Custer (after whom the city is named) and what life was like for Victorian-era settlers in the Black Hills and Dakota Territory. The museum also features an original jail cell and a one-room schoolhouse, as well as a carriage house complete with vintage cars.A few miles north of Custer is the Crazy Horse Memorial, a 606-foot rock sculpture depicting the victor in the Battle of Little Bighorn. It was created by Korczak Ziolkowski, a sculptor of Polish origin, in 1947 and stands adjacent to the Indian Museum of North America. The museum boasts a large collection of art and artifacts that reflect the diverse cultures of the Native Nations, as well as encompassing the Mountain Carving Gallery, where the history of carving in the region is explored.A 45-minute drive south of the Fort Welikit Family Campground is the town of Hot Springs, where you’ll find the Mammoth Site, an active paleontological excavation site where Pleistocene-era flora and fauna have been uncovered. Browse the impressive collection of mammoth remains at the on-site museum, then head to the Pioneer Museum that occupies a 19th-century sandstone building. It once served as an elementary school and is now filled with historical exhibits featuring old photographs, artifacts, and pioneer-era treasures.Whether you want to see the bison herds of South Dakota or discover the cultural museums of Custer and Hot Springs, book an RV in Custer County and start planning your next vacation.
What type of RV should I choose?
Start by determining how many people are planning to travel with you. Going on a solo-journey? Choose a camper van or a teardrop trailer. Bringing the whole family along for the ride? Consider a spacious Class A or five-wheel.
You’ll also want to consider amenities. For example, if you’re planning to cook on the road, you’ll want a kitchenette. If your campground doesn’t have public restrooms, you’ll want to search RVs with bathrooms. Check out full descriptions of our models to help you decide here.
Do the RVs have bathrooms?
Yes. Class A’s, Class B’s, and Class C’s and five-Wheels typically have bathrooms. Depending on where you plan on camping, you’ll want to double-check the availability of restrooms if selecting a rig without a bathroom. Nervous about renting an RV with a bathroom? Owners can help show you how to clean the tank or will offer to do it for you for a fee.
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