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In the beautiful Black Hills region of South Dakota lies the bustling town of Rapid City. Boasting the second largest population in the state, behind Sioux Falls, Rapid City is a great place to base yourself for easy access to a variety of adventures. If you’re searching for RV rentals in Rapid City, you’re also almost certainly planning to visit the state’s most famous attraction: Mount Rushmore. The 60-foot tall granite sculpture is one of the most iconic symbols of America and features the faces of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Lincoln. Also nearby is the unfinished Crazy Horse Memorial, a tribute to the indigenous Lakota people of the region who were nearly wiped in the late 1800s. If the rock sculpture is ever completed, it will be even larger than Mount Rushmore. However, don’t let these gigantic monuments be your only stops with the motorhome rental in South Dakota; Rapid City has quite a few great attractions that go undiscovered by most tourists.

RV Parks in Rapid City

Renting an RV in Rapid City, South Dakota should be a painless experience, as the city is relatively small and has an abundance of camping options. Rapid City/Black Hills KOA is just a few miles from the downtown area and has tons of great amenities including a hot tub, small library, and an inexpensive all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast during the summer months. Three miles to the South of the city on Highway 16, on the way to Mount Rushmore, is the Rapid City RV Park and Campground. This park has a convenience store, playground and all the RV hookups you’ll need for the Rapid City camper rental. Also nearby is the very affordable Tee Pee Campground and RV Park.

Other RV site options include Lake Park Campground, four miles to the West of Rapid City, American Buffalo Resort, ten miles to the Southwest, and Heartland Park RV and Cabins in the nearby town of Hermosa. Wherever you choose to stay, it’s a good idea to stock up on supplies for the Rapid City RV rental at one of the two Walmarts along I-90 before heading to your campsite. Fuel and basic provisions can be found at the Flying J truck stop, four miles Northeast of the city at the intersection of I-90 and the Highway 16 bypass, or at the Pilot Travel Center, a few miles to the West and also on I-90.

Rapid City doesn’t have much in the way of public transportation, with the Rapid Transit System operating just six routes throughout the city. However, you probably won’t have too much trouble as many of the RV parks are located relatively close to the downtown area.

Exploring Rapid City

The city is centered around its namesake waterway, Rapid City Creek, and the downtown area is within easy walking distance of it. The nearby Shops at Main Street Square include some of the best coffee shops, restaurants and stores in Rapid City. Find a spot to park the camper rental in Rapid City and take a leisurely walking tour of this diverse, visitor-friendly area.  

If you’re traveling with kids that enjoy the creepy, crawly kind of wildlife, you’ll surely need to spend a few hours at Reptile Gardens, just a few miles to the South of Rapid City. It’s the world’s largest reptile zoo, with 225 species present there. If you’re not a fan of reptiles, they also have bald eagles, a variety of exotic birds and a prairie dog town to keep everyone entertained.

For some unexpectedly amazing street art, take a stroll down the graffiti-filled corridor known as Art Alley between Sixth and Seventh Street. The colorful murals are always growing as artists find new ways to decorate the cityscape.

For some delicious craft beers, take a trip to South Dakota’s oldest operating brewery. The aptly named Firehouse Brewing Company is located inside an early 20th-century fire station and still has the original firefighter’s pole descending from the upstairs living quarters to where the fire trucks were once parked below. In addition to their great beers, they’ve got some pretty tasty food options and live music a few nights per week.

Outdoor Adventure near Rapid City

As the “Gateway to the Black Hills” Rapid City has plenty of opportunities for visitors wanting to explore the great outdoors. If you want to stick closer to town, the Skyline Wilderness area offers 150 acres of hiking and mountain bike trails, along with some great views of the surrounding area. The adjacent Dinosaur Park has some rather unusual concrete dinosaur statues constructed in the 1930s, when quite a few fossils were discovered in the Black Hills.

Take a nice day trip to the Thunder Basin National Grassland. About 145 miles West of Rapid City, in Northeast Wyoming, Thunder Basin is home to tons of prairie creatures like antelope, deer and even a rogue fox or two. This place is grand, it’s full of grass and it really is gorgeous, in its own regard. The park has trails for hiking and several sites for rustic camping.

For a truly otherworldly experience, take your Rapid City RV rental about 60 miles West of the city. The endless landscapes of jagged rock formations, referred to as hoodoos, will have you feeling like you’ve taken a trip to Mars. The Buffalo Gap National Grassland is also only an hour’s drive to the South and is a great place to spot some indigenous prairie wildlife including coyotes, badgers, antelope, bighorn sheep and of course, the American Bison.

Book a camper rental in Rapid City, SD and start planning your next adventure in this wild Western natural playground.

RV Rentals in Rapid City, SD

Rapid City, SD is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Rapid City. Outdoorsy's Rapid City RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

Why choose Outdoorsy vs Craigslist or Airbnb?

Security, for one. Outdoorsy helps protect RV owners and renters with excellent support and insurance options, and a secure platform for listings, communication, and payments. There are plenty of other reasons though, like roadside assistance, detailed listings, and a wide variety of RVs to choose from.

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What's around Rapid City, SD

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Popular Nearby Trails

Hiking Trail Location
Black Hills North Area Campgrounds Loop Trail Black Hills National Forest, SD
Falling Rock Trail Black Hills National Forest, SD
Buzzard Trail and Loop Black Hills National Forest, SD
Buzzard Trail Loop Black Hills National Forest, SD
Stratobowl Rim Trail Black Hills National Forest, SD
Botany Canyon Black Hills National Forest, SD
Flume Trail Black Hills National Forest, SD
Boulder Hill Black Hills National Forest, SD
Pactola Lake to Sheridan Lake Black Hills National Forest, SD
Osprey Trail Black Hills National Forest, SD

Popular Nearby Campgrounds

Campground Location
American Buffalo Resort Pennington County, SD
Whispering Pines Campground Pennington County, SD
Rapid City RV Park and Campground Pennington County, SD
Rapid City / Black Hills KOA Pennington County, SD
Rushmore Shadows Resort Pennington County, SD
Sleepy Hollow Campground Pennington County, SD
Kemp's Kamp Pennington County, SD
Southern Hills RV Park and Campground Custer County, SD
Spokane Creek Cabins and Campground Pennington County, SD
Mount Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch Pennington County, SD

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Recommendations for Rapid City, SD from Outdoorsy Owners

Mount Rushmore is a very moving place and a great vaction area.

Sep 19, 2019

Enjoy a family friendly vacation to Mount Rushmore and surrounding sights!!

Mar 3, 2018

Free to see the monument but parking has a fee ($11/vehicle). Movies and museum explains the history and significance of the monument. The Presidential Trail is a must do if able. Yummy ice cream too!

Hiking Kid-friendly Historic Sightseeing Rainy Good weather Day trip
Apr 8, 2017