Established during the Black Hills gold rush, Deadwood, South Dakota, has had its fair share of notoriety throughout the years. One of its most famous events, the assassination of gunfighter Wild Bill Hickok, took place during its founding year in 1876. Most recently, the HBO TV series “Deadwood” breathed new life into the historic mining town, making it an even more desirable tourism destination.
Deadwood-Area Camping Facilities
Visitors to Deadwood, South Dakota, will not have difficulty finding a place to stay. The majority of Deadwood’s camping facilities sit along its main thoroughfare, Hwy. 385, which runs directly through town. You can choose from a variety of camping styles including RV camping, travel-trailer camping and tent camping, as well as rustic-style cabins and cottages. Most campgrounds are considered full-service, offering various amenities, including a grocery or convenience store, a cafe, a swimming pool and hot tub, recreational rentals and facilities, and tour and shuttle services.
Campgrounds and RV Parks
Campgrounds in Deadwood range from primitive, tent-site camping to resort-style RV parks. Mystic Hills Campground (mystichillscampground.com) offers every style of camping including fully-furnished cabins, large motorhome spaces and spacious tent sites. Amenities include a lounge with a gazebo and patio, laundry facilities, a shower house and a recreational area with a pool table, horseshoe pit, volleyball court and playground. Fish ‘N Fry Campground (fishnfry.com) can accommodate RVs and offers tent-sites and cabins along the property’s creek. A convenience store is available for shopping needs, as is a cafe for dining and an arcade for children.
While staying at Whistler Gulch RV Park and Campground (whistlergulch.com), you’ll be within walking distance of Deadwood’s Main Street, where legendary shootouts once took place. This campground is pet-friendly, as long as pets are kept on leash while outside. Hidden Valley Campground (hiddenvalleydeadwood.com) sits on seven acres of grassland and features Paradise Creek, which flows through the property. Custer Crossing Campground (22036 Hwy 385; 605-584-1009), has its own cafe and grocery, ATV rentals, RV and tent camping sites and cabin rentals.
Cabins and Cottages
Deadwood’s cabins and cottages are located within five miles of town. First Deadwood Cottages (firstdeadwood.com) sit along Main Street and feature three remodeled, private cottages that can accommodate five to six people, per cottage. Each cottage has two or more bedrooms, a kitchen, laundry facilities and a private hot tub. The cabins at Trout Haven Resort (trouthavenresort.com) offer one to two bedrooms, living rooms, air conditioning, kitchenettes and satellite TV. Each can sleep up to five people. Amenities include a fishing lake, a saloon and cafe, ATV trails that connect to the Black Hills and an outdoor beer garden. Cole Cabins (colecabins.com) offers seven cabins throughout the year, as well as six summer cabins. This property is pet-friendly and features a wood-burning fireplace in the winter and air conditioning during the summer. Guests can access a major ATV trail from the property, in addition to fishing from the nearby stream.
The Deadwood-area offers numerous outdoor, recreational activities throughout the year. For winter sports enthusiasts, visit the Terry Peak Ski Area (terrypeak.com), about three miles west. This 420-acre attraction receives more than 150 inches of new snowfall each year, allowing for some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the area. Ski Mystic (skimystic.com) is another premier winter sports destination nearby that offers more than 40 well-groomed trails for skiing and snowboarding, as well as the Zero Gravity Tube Park for downhill inner-tubing. If you’d prefer snowmobiling, consider Mad Mountain Adventures (madmountainadventures.com) about 350 miles of connecting trails.
Andy’s Trail Rides (andystrailrides.com) offers sleigh rides and skijoring adventures in winter, where guests can ski behind a horse. In the summer, you can also book overnight trail rides with Andy that tour South Dakota’s majestic Black Hills region. Other activities to consider include zip-lining at Rushmore Cave (rushmorecave.com); participating in the Mickelson Trail Marathon (deadwoodmickelsontrailmarathon.com) and running through the various areas of the Black Hills. You may also experience an authentic old-west chuckwagon and trail ride with Circle B Ranch (circle-b-ranch.com); ATVing through the Black Hills with Black Hills Off Road Rentals (blackhillsoffroadrentals.com); or playing a round of golf at the Tomahawk Lake Country Club (golftomahawk.com).