Ellsworth AFB FamCamp

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Ellsworth AFB FamCamp
Ellsworth AFB Lodge
Ellsworth AFB Lodge
Ellsworth AFB Lodge
Ellsworth AFB FamCamp

Location

Installation
Ellsworth AFB, Rapid City, SD
GPS Coordinates
44.143115, -103.069483
Location Information
Ellsworth AFB, Rapid City, SD
RV Gate Coordinates
44.14150, -103.07072

Directions

Directions
Off I-90, take exit 67B(Liberty Blvd) and continue to the 4-way stop. Continue straight thru the Main Gate. After passing through the gate entering traffic circle at 6 o'clock and exit 3 o'clock, the first exit which is Schreiver Street. Proceed approximately 4 blocks to Arnold. Turn right proceed across N. Ellsworth., becomes Lincoln Turn right at next (3 way) intersection onto the CG entrance road proceed past housing office to CG office. ---- Additional info on gates: Personal RVs are welcome to use any gate on Ellsworth AFB they choose, whether entering or exiting the installation. The Main Liberty Gate is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The "back gate" near the FamCamp is open Mon-Fri 0600-1800.

Contact Information

Phone Number
(605) 385-6699
Fax Number
(605) 385-2998
Email Address
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Campground Information

Authorized Users
Active, National Guard, Reservists, Retired, 100% DAV. DoD Civilians.
Season
Year round. No water in the winter.
Reservations
Reservations are accepted. A 24 hours advanced notice is required for cancellation refund eligibility.
Internet Access
Dial-up and WiFi available at library. WiFi is available near the office in the campground.
Mail Forwarding
(Your Name) c/o General Delivery, Box Elder, SD 57719
Pet Information
Pets are welcome in designated area, which is located on the North fence line. Pets are required to on a leash and guests are responsible for picking up after their pet.
Campground Information
30 day stay limit. Lower rates are for pre-prime season (April 1 - June 30). Higher rates are for prime season (July 1 - Oct 30). Overflow sites are available in the winter with no water, shower or laundry for $7 a night. Tent site is for up to 4 people. $5 per person for additional.
Big Rig Friendly?
Yes
Facilities
Auto Hobby Shop, Arts & Crafts, Recreation Equipment Rental. Pool pass included with RV site.
Amenities
  • Dump, Sewer
  • Water
  • Electric
  • Tent Area
  • Laundry
  • Showers
  • Diesel
  • Gas
  • Commissary
  • Exchange
  • Fitness Center
  • Shoppete
  • Swimming
  • Snack Bar
  • Class VI
  • Movie Theater
  • Post Office
  • Car Wash

Site Information

Type of site
Spaces
Hook-ups
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
RV Sites
51
W/15,30,50A/S
$23 - $28
N/A
N/A
Overflow
12
30A
$14 - $16
N/A
N/A
Tent
?
None
$8 - $15
N/A
N/A
Lodge Room
47
Full
$75 - $100
N/A
N/A

Other Information

Dining Hall Policy
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Weather Information

Nice area to explore. Lots to do in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

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4.9
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5.0

June 19, 2018 - June 30, 2018

Very nice park. The park is in a wagon wheel layout which gives each RV plenty of room. There is sun and shade, very clean restrooms and laundry rooms, and the grounds are kept up and mowed regularly. The roads are paved and the pads are concrete. All utilities worked fine. The park is set near 2 of the base gates - convenient; and the base isn't so far out of town that it is inconvenient. Our only complaint was the wifi was too slow - we used our hotspot. Otherwise, very nice!

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June 2018

Cant go wrong with this location. Clean facilities, great concrete RV pads and QUIET neighbors. Close to AAFES and the Commissary. Make sure and follow direction given when you make a reservation as GPS will take you right to the gate that is closed outside of business hours. Quick drive into Rapid City and not a far drive to Rushmore and Crazy Horse..

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June 15 - June 22, 2018

Ellsworth continues to be a nice place to stay with friendly staff and nice sites. We are a 45 foot motorhome towing a truck so we prefer the new sites which are long enough to fit the motorhome AND the truck with room to spare. Also, I like the utility setup at the new sites versus the old. In addition, some of the hookups in the older area are not lined up well and you have to stretch your sewer hose or water to fit. Last summer when we were here, we were in the old side and the lawn care company managed to rip through my sewer hose with their weed wacker. Does not happen on the new sites. The sites are concrete. We usually come in the patriot gate (M-F: closed on weekends) or the main gate, but this time as we approached there was a sign that said vehicles over 25' should use the commercial gate (Ellsworth St.) Current rates vary by time of year: 1 NOV-30APR = $10 (electric only) 1 MAY-31 JUNE = $23 FHU 1JULY-30 OCT = $28 FHU washers and dryers continue to be free.

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Jun 1-9, 2018

Used 2 full-hook up pull-through sites for 36' and 30' travel trailers. The sites are on concrete and the only leveling required was from the front hitch (front to back). The picnic tables are a touch small and anchored to the ground - we had 8 people trying to sit and that left very little room for the plates on the table. There are no fire circles due to the general fire risk of the area. The grass between the sites needed to be mowed on the day we arrived and they weren't mowed until 6/8 and the thistles were a bit out of control by then. The restrooms were really nice with free showers and free laundry! We took the advice provided on this site and left our awnings in...GREAT advice as the wind does randomly gust 25+ without warning. The indoor pool is just a lap pool and the outdoor pool is out of service for the 2018 season. (Reminder to wear full/proper coverage in the fitness building - my daughter (13) just wore shorts over her one piece swim suit and received some eye glares...oops.) We rented 2 bikes from the Outdoor Rec for $10 each. The bikes were nice, until the one ended up with a flat tire 1 hour into the use. You are REQUIRED to wear a helmet on Base, no reflector belts required. The location is great for the tourist areas as everything is about a 1 hour drive. The "closer" campgrounds to the attractions are not nearly as nice. WIFI at night was super spotty, which was nice to have teenagers engaged in the people around them as opposed to working their thumbs! Couple other points: a) The Main Gate weave around the concrete blockades are a bit tight, so caution. b) The other gates close early. c) Safety shelter is located at the Special Forces building, which is a block+ away from the camp. d) The PX/BX has very odd hours as does the Base in general, so watch times. 

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May 2018

Good place to stay to toured Mt.Rushmore 

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May 2018

Great Fam Camp.We extended our stay with no problems.Great folks working in the office. Sites are long, level with easy hookups. In the area furthest from the check in office,WiFi was iffy,sometimes worked good, most time it wouldn't connect or disconnected continuously. Nasty storms a couple days we were there and they would call to warn us and tell us where to go if we needed to evacuate. One evening the police came to warn of potential storms. They definitely have it together here. Free laundry with no issue with hot water as previous poster stated. showers and bathhouse clean.Plenty to do in the area to keep you busy for days. No complaints at all. 

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May 14, 2018

The hot water issue in the laundry / bath house has been resolved. Home sweet home! 

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May 10, 2018

Just a heads up: the hot water is out at the bath house and laundry facility. We'll be here a couple of weeks, so I'll let y'all know when it's back. There are also some pad replacements going on, and the roads are in a little of a bumby mess. But, the wi-fi is smokin'! 

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September 2017

I didn't have problems encountered by the last two reviewers. Maybe it was because we only stayed for a couple of days. We got there after hours and the camp host was helpful and friendly. She informed us that there was no vehicle washing and we needed to run the washers in express mode because the regular mode was very time consuming and limited use for others. The laundry room and bathrooms were clean and well stocked. It is the perfect place to stay if you want to visit the Black Hills, Deadwood, Sturgis, Mount Rushmore, etc. 

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3.3
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Sept. 8-13, 2017

We stayed at Ellsworth this past September for a week and toured Rushmore. The RV Park was nice but the Camp Host lacked experience in keeping the Park clean and informing guest of issues. One night the power was out and did not find out until we woke the next morning. The Host never bothered to inform the guest of the planned power outage. When I questioned them they said they had a sign at the office on the wall. So, IF you had a reason to go to the office you might find out. This was poor performance on the park directors part because he/she should manage these people. these Hosts are just getting a free spot. Laundry room is just OK but needs cleaning. Also put signs in the room to reflect the washer will take 90 min, not 30. Host just drive around in a cart and put cones in empty spots. They could be a 10 park but need new host to get there. The Base however is beautiful and lots to see and do. The Air Museum outside the base is a must see. Rushmore was breathtaking. 

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Aug 24 - Sept 8, 2017

Great location for the local sites. Rushmore, Badlands, Deadwood, Black Hills, etc. Two weeks was about a week too long. Free washer dryers cost us an afternoon of time due to the length of the the wash cycles??? But it was FREE. On the negative side we were told no vehicle washing yet I observed 2 sites that had leaking water outlets that leaked continuously for two weeks. I reported the sites and finally saw one repaired the day before we left. Enough water was wasted to wash every vehicle in the park. Never did see any grass cut while we were there, and it was high upon arrival. I just don't know what is done with the $28 a day collected. Much more could be put into the park. Having said all that, it was a pleasant park to stay at and the camp host was very nice and helpful. Base facilities were close by and adequate.

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Aug 29 - Sep 2, 2017

Be prepared for LOTS of wind! Otherwise this is a superb CG. The host at the CG is professional, friendly and extremely helpful. Rapid Falls has anything you could possibly need, the Commissary and Exchange are nearby and the Express is a block away - and sells diesel! There's an Auto Hobby Shop within a mile where I was able to change the oil in my diesel truck. Also was able to get a new tire for our trailer (picked up a glass shard in a tire that already had a plug) at a great price there. Made a day trip to Rushmore, Crazy Horse and return for just a little over 100 miles.

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17-29 Aug 2017

We have stayed in military campgrounds from coast to coast and this one is near the top of our list. Perfect location with access to many historical sites, state and national parks. The FamCamp is clean, level sites, free laundry, WiFi that actually works, wide spots spaced apart from your neighbor, friendly staff and camp hosts. The Exchange, Commissary and Express are smaller but adequate. Military clothing is in the Exchange. There is a separate store by the food court for home/garden. The Express (base gas station or shop-ette, depending on how "old school" you are) actually has diesel and it is about one block from the FamCamp!! Make sure you visit the base museum and take the missile silo tour where you get to go down in the silo. 

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July 2017

I would have given Amenities/Facilities a "5" if they had more washers and dryers. They have two of each and one of the washers was not working. Completely unacceptable with such a nice RV park. You can't beat the paved sites with nice grassy level area beside the site. I've stayed in many military famcamps and I detest gravel and dirt sites. They are very messy if you have dogs and it rains. The staff was extremely nice and helpful. I complained to the main supervisor about the washers and dryers. She said they are trying to get a new building to house a bigger bathhouse and laundry room. Having said that I would not let it stop me from staying here in the future. Just make sure your laundry is caught up before you arrive otherwise enjoy the beautiful lake and great sites!!!!

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July 5-9, 2017

Very nice place. Very hot during our stay, so we did not get outside often. Nice laundry facility and office staff. Enter Patriot Gate, the campground is immediately to the right. 

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July 3 - 8 2017

Very nice famcamp with lots to do in the area. Most spots are concrete slab with picnic tables. No shade but didn't bother us since we were out seeing the area attractions during the day. Rec office has FREE doughnuts on Friday morning and coffee every morning during the week. Enjoyed our stay and would stop by and stay again if in the area. 

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15-24 Jun 2017

Hard to beat this Park! Most attractions in the area (Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Bad Lands, Sturgis, Deadwood, Devils Tower, Wall Drug, Minuteman Silo tours, etc) are all within 1 - 2 hour drive from Base. Great location to set up base camp and tour the area. Free WIFI, free laundry, Staff is extremely friendly and helpful. Sites are relatively spacious with full hook ups. There are approximately 21 pull thru sites and the rest are back in. We had no problem getting our 36' Super C with tow dolly in the pull thru. In fact, I believe a 50+ foot would probably fit in the pull thrus just fine. Power is 10/30/50 Amp. Verizon cell phone coverage was 4-5 bars, T-Mobile was 2-3 bars. We didn't check our AT&T MIFI for signal strength but it did work just fine. 

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22May-9Jun 2017

Very nice park. Convenient to everything on base. Coffee and donuts Fridays! Closest gate to enter during normal working hours is the Patriot gate which is the eastern most gate. We were coming from the west on I90 and took exit 67B. At the 4-way stop turn right for the Patriot gate and go straight for the main gate. Either works just fine for big rigs. Patriot Gate is only open during working hours and closed weekends and Holidays. Go through and take first right and the next right is the FAMCAMP. FAMCAMP is just fine. We had a concrete backin spot which backed up to the base property line. Some noise from the youngsters playing in the street behind us but not too late....it was summertime. Jet noise was not an issue. Free laundry facility. Wifi was good. Verizon signal strong. They should add recycling. We will stay here again.

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15 May 2 June

My wife and i just completed a three week stay at Ellsworth while touring the area. I ran into a small problem and it was addressed on the spot. The host was very nice and helpful. Free laundry at this facility and wife liked that. Over all it was a great stay. Highly recommend this facility.

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September 2016

This is an outstanding campground in a great location to visit the Black Hills. We were in the newer area so the wifi was spotty; I've heard it is better in the main camp. Remember to always bring in your awnings when you leave because the wind can get crazy here.

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