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GRIZZLY CREEK PRIMITIVE, SD

Status: Closed through Thu May 15 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

This tent-only campground stretches beneath a canopy of oak and Ponderosa pine on the banks of Grizzly Creek. The site has retained much of its original Civilian Conservation Corps character, and offers visitors recreation and relaxation in Black Hills National Forest.

Natural Features:

Located in western South Dakota and northeastern Wyoming, Black Hills National Forest encompasses nearly 1.25 million acres of rugged rock formations, canyons and gulches, open grassland parks, tumbling streams, deep blue lakes, and unique caves.

Derived from the Lakota language, the words "Paha Sapa," meaning "hills that are black," honor the dark, pine-covered hills rising several thousand feet above the surrounding prairie.

This campground is located in the Norbeck Wildlife Preserve and is close to the Black Elk Wilderness, South Dakota's only designated wilderness area. This area encompasses the Harney Range, an area long held sacred by American Indians.

Wildlife in the area abounds. Bighorn sheep navigate mountainous terrain, while elk, deer and pronghorn gather in forests and prairies. Bald eagles, hawks, osprey, peregrine falcon, and hundreds of other bird species can be found in the forest, especially along streams, lakes and rivers.

Recreation:

Black Hills National Forest offers visitors a multitude of recreational opportunites throughout all seasons. Hiking, fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking, and riding off-highway vehicles are popular in summer and early autumn. The winter landscape is ideal for snowshoeing, skiing and snowmobiling.

From a nearby trailhead, visitors can access the Centennial Trail and parts of the Black Elk Wilderness and Norbeck Wildlife Preserve. Trails weave through the wilderness for a primitive, non-motorized recreation experience.

For those seeking higher elevations, a day-long trek to the summit of nearby Harney Peak is worth the effort. Harney Peak is the highest natural point in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains. Most of the summit is bare granite and offers expansive views of the surrounding area. An old stone tower at the top, once used as a fire lookout, is still open to hikers.

Facilities:

Grizzly Creek is a tent-only campground.

Due to tight, sharp turns, towing vehicles are prohibited in this campground. This includes vehicles towing trailers and fifth-wheels, motorhomes towing vehicles, and vehicles towing pop-up campers. Vehicles up to 28 feet maximum are allowed. No overflow parking available.

The campground is equipped with picnic tables, campfire rings, vault toilets, and drinking water. Electrical hook-ups are not available.

Firewood is available for a fee.

Nearby Attractions:

Explore Mount Rushmore National Memorial, host to almost 3 million visitors a year from across the country and around the world. Visitors have the opportunity to learn about the birth, growth, development and the preservation of the United States, and take in the beauty of South Dakota's Black Hills.

Nearby Jewel Cave is the second longest cave in the world at 159.29 miles. It features sparkling calcite crystals and other rare formations, as well as some of the largest concentrations of passageways in the world.

Other possible day trips include Custer State Park, Crazy Horse Monument and Wind Cave National Park.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Berry Picking
  • Birding
  • Campfire Rings
  • Climbing
  • Creek Access
  • Drinking Water
  • Educational Programs
  • Firewood
  • First Aid Kit
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
Know Before You Go
  • These campsites are non-electric sites. Generators may run from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. only.
  • Non-reservable sites may be available on a first come-first serve basis
  • This is a tent-only site
  • A pet fee of $2 per pet per night is required upon check in
  • Firewood is available for a fee
  • Click here for more information about Black Hills National Forest.
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing organisms by obtaining firewood at or near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit don'tmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
43.88444, -103.43528
43°53'4"N, 103°26'7"W

From Keystone, South Dakota, take Route 16A west 1.9 miles to campground on the right.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

GRIZZLY CREEK PRIMITIVE
PO BOX 1168
HILL CITY SD 57745

Phone Number:

Information: (605)574-4402