Campground Spotlight: Buffalo Ridge Camp Resort

Our family took a three-week road trip by RV this past summer and stayed in seven campgrounds spanning five states (AZ, UT, MT, SD, and CO). Our favorite campground from this trip was...Buffalo Ridge Camp Resort in Custer, South Dakota!

Buffalo Ridge Camp Resort is a HUGE 86-acre campground with plentiful amenities for campers of every kind - glampers, RVers, tenters, and cabin renters. Whether your style is roughing it in the wilderness or vacationing in luxury, you'll probably find a lot to love about Buffalo Ridge.

The property itself is gorgeous with sprawling grass spaces and mature trees. Coupled with new and remodeled facilities, you'll find that this camp resort is one that you will want to return to again and again.

RV Sites

Buffalo Ridge Camp Resort has 106 RV sites - pull-through, back-in, 30amp, 50amp, etc.

As far as we could tell, all sites offer full hook-ups and the rates are fabulous! $40-$50/night for most sites.

Tents, TeePees, Glamping, and Cabins

Because of the size of this campground (86 acres!), there are plentiful ways to stay:

  • Tent Sites - average $25/night
  • TeePees (sleep 3-7) - average $120/night
  • Glamping Canvas Tents (sleep 4-8) - average $190/night
  • Cabins - average $79-$299 /night, depending on the size and season

COMING in 2021 - themed treehouses (sleep 4-8)!

Restrooms & Laundry

Restrooms and showers are clean and appear to be recently remodeled.

There are two laundry rooms - $2 to wash, $1 to dry.

Playground

The playground is AMAZING and huge. It has three super tall slides, a treehouse-type hideout in the middle, and nets to climb on. So fun - especially for ages 3-11!

Swimming Pool

There are two sparkling (and perhaps recently re-done?) swimming pools and one jacuzzi at Buffalo Ridge Camp Resort. Unlike the swimming pools at many campgrounds, these ones looked clean and had huge appeal for swimming, lounging, and relaxing.

Dining/Food

While there is no cafe or restaurant on-site, there are picnic tables at each RV and camping site for your convenience. There are also tables near the swimming pools and on the balcony above the main office/store.

As for grocery stores, there are one or two small grocers along the Custer "downtown" strip. If you are looking for a bigger, more traditional grocery store, you'll need to head up to Rapid City (which is about an hour away).

WiFi

We always want to know about WiFi at various campgrounds. We are happy to report that there was working WiFi at the Buffalo Ridge Camp Resort. Hooray!

Front Office

Checking in? Need advice about area attractions? Stop by the front office, which also serves as a gift shop with snacks, camping necessities, and souvenirs.

The office is immaculate and inviting with warm decor and elegant floors. Every time we stopped in, the staff members were engaging and friendly. At certain parts of the day, you can stop in for (FREE!) popcorn and coffee. The office also has a wide assortment of brochures for area attractions along with a DVD library (feel free to check one out for the afternoon or evening).

Check-in for RVs and tents is 1:00pm. Check-in for cabins, luxury tents, and glamping teepees is 3:00pm. Check-out is 11:00am.

Campground Activities

At the campground, kids can glide down the slides on the playground, swim in one of the two pools, ride a giant see-saw, or check out a DVD from the office.

As far as we could tell, there weren’t scheduled activities for families.

Local Area

Here is an estimate of the number of minutes from Buffalo Ridge Camp Resort to popular area attractions:

  • Custer State Park: 10 minutes
  • Mount Rushmore: 30 minutes
  • National Presidential Wax Museum: 34 minutes
  • Rush Mountain Adventure Park: 47 minutes
  • Storybook Island: 54 minutes

TIPS

  • Rumor has it that Buffalo Ridge Camp Resort used to be a theme park - Flintstone’s Bedrock City! You can still see characters and thematic elements around the property if you look for them.
  • If you visit in the summer, expect pleasant weather with blue skies and gentle breezes.
  • Consider bringing bicycles for your kids and/or yourself. The property is expansive and there is lots of room to roam.
  • We are sometimes weary of RV’ing in the summer since so many campgrounds are swarming with mosquitos and gnats. Good news if you have the same concerns! We visited Buffalo Ridge Camp Resort in late June and there were hardly any bugs of any kind.
  • Looking for fun things to do with your children in Custer, Keystone, and Rapid City? Read my comprehensive article, entitled Travel With Kids: Black Hills, South Dakota.

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