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Rafter J Bar Ranch

12325 Rafter J Rd
Hill City, SD 57745
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7 Reviews
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This is a great open RV park with lots of room, but that is it, pool is nice but full of kids all day, main problem is that their Wifi is a piece of junk, you would think that for $50 bucks a night, at least the Wifi would work and not clog up when many users are on it. There are nice parks around the area that are a whole lot cheaper, but if all you want is a lot of room, this is the place for you.

Received from Randy for visit in Jun 2010

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Stay Again? NO
We are from Naperville, Il. We stayed here for 3 nights on our way out West to Yellowstone. It was an excellent place to camp. The sites were huge and clean. You step out of your trailer and look at the Black Hills (beautiful sites). The pool and shower facilities were in excellent condition. Two of the three nights we were there, severe storms had hit and wifi was knocked out for a day. The staff was very helpful and diligent as far as getting it back up and running right away. The price is also extremely reasonable for the quality of this facility. We highly recommend.

Received from Bob for visit in Jul 2009

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Stay Again? YES
Great location. Easy drive to Custer, Mt Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Deadwood, etc. Nice pool and open area for kids to play. Loved the pancake breakfast. Base camp is least scenic of all sections, but closest to pool, stable, playground, office and most importantly- ice cream !! Amazing view of the stars at night.


Received from Shannone for visit in Jul 2007

Site Number: Base
Stay Again? YES
This is one of the better CG's we have stayed at and would definitely stay again. The pool was great for our 12 YO grandsons and myself. We also enjoyed the all you can eat pancake breakfast for $2. The staff was friendly and helpful particularily the younger people. Nice spacious sites with shade in the base camp. In the next visit we would stay in the Island Camp. Only complaint is the extra charge of $3 per person over 2 per site. While Mt Rushmore and Crazy Horse are the obvious sites to visit be sure to travel the Needles Hwy and visit the Mammoth Site in Hot Springs.

Received from David K for visit in Jun 2007

Site Number: 130
Stay Again? YES
Stayed a few times in the past and had a good experience which was why we returned. We had nice big site in the Base Camp portion of the campground, which had wonderful views of the surrounding hills. Only complaint, which is why I am posting this review, is that I believe they should have an escort to the sites. We were confused how to get to our sites and I noticed a few other very confused campers attempting to find their assigned site. Otherwise, we were very happy with the campground.

Received from Tami for visit in Jun 2006

Site Number: 201
Stay Again? YES
We went there when our twins were 13. It is very close to everything but you feel very secluded. We went in June and the first thing we did was to climb Crazy Horse, which I think you can do only the 1st week of June. You will have to check on that. We did the folks march with my inlaws. It was very cool and to my surprise my kids loved it. The Rafter J has a heated pool which came in very handy since it was snowing in June. The kids loved it but us parents did not participate but were very happy that they did since it gave us a little free time. Make sure you sit out at night to see the shooting starts. They are very visible from the Rafter J because it was so dark. I know there is a KOA near by that has a pool with a slide but after going through it I still would have stayed at the Rafter J.

Received from Jan K for visit in June 2003

Site Number: None
Stay Again? YES
Pros: The place is quite clean and neat. Nice pool. We had full hookups. Having a gas station there was handy. Convenient for exploring Rushmore (magnificent!), Crazy Horse (a wonderful place/a wonderful story; go during the day then go again at night for the laser light show), Devil's Tower (cool!), Deadwood (grave of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane at the Mt. Moriah Cemetery). Cons: The staff didn't seem all that happy to be there. We were in the campground fairly close to the highway so we heard a lot of (too many) Harleys since we were there just before the big Sturgis rally.

Received from Paul H for visit in Aug 2005

Site Number: None
Stay Again? YES

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