WILLOW CREEK HORSE CAMP, SD

This horse camp is nestled at the confluence of Willow Creek and Palmer Creek within the Black Elk Wilderness area of the Black Hills National Forest. From this camp, hikers and horseback riders can access a network of trails into the backcountry.The Black Hills in western South Dakota...
Status: Open through Sat Sep 06 2014   Season Dates

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Know Before You Go
  • These campsites are non-electric sites. Generators may run from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. only.
  • Camp fee includes one vehicle plus one legally towed vehicle
  • Certified Weed-Free Feed is required for livestock in Willow Creek Horse Camp
  • Pets are allowed $2 per pet per night, payable upon check-in
  • 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 dontmovefirewood.org.
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Overview

Overview

This horse camp is nestled at the confluence of Willow Creek and Palmer Creek within the Black Elk Wilderness area of the Black Hills National Forest. From this camp, hikers and horseback riders can access a network of trails into the backcountry.

Natural Features:

The Black Hills in western South Dakota and northeastern Wyoming feature a varied landscape of rugged rock formations, canyons and gulches, open grassland parks, tumbling streams and deep blue lakes. The Black Elk Wilderness is its only wilderness area, and it sits in the center of Norbeck Wildlife Preserve.

Norbeck is home to a variety of wildlife, including elk, deer, bighorn sheep and mountain goats. Its most prominent landmark is Harney Peak, which, at 7,242 feet, is the highest point in the country east of the Rockies.

Recreation:

Hikers and horseback riders can access the trailhead for the Willow Creek Loop, which provides scenic views of the Black Elk Wilderness. There is also easy access to the Lost Cabin Trail, which offers many views of Harney Peak on its descent.

Willow Creek Horse Camp provides a good starting point for a day-long hike or horseback ride to Harney Peak. Both the Willow Creek Loop and the Lost Cabin Trail connect with the Harney Peak Trail.

Facilities:

Each site has a picnic table and campfire ring. Tie-up areas are provided for horses, and campers are allowed to bring portable corrals.

Drinking water and vault toilets are provided.

Nearby Attractions:

Named for South Dakota's former governor and U.S. Senator, the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway offers 70 miles of outstanding sights including Mount Rushmore, which is only 6 miles from the camp, The Needles Highway, Iron Mountain Road and Custer State Park. The Norbeck Overlook provides views of Harney Peak and Mount Rushmore.

Booking Window
Thu Jul 31 2014 - Mon Jul 27 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Fri May 16 2014 Sat Sep 06 2014
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Campfire Rings
  • Creek Access
  • Drinking Water
  • Equestrian Sites
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Parking Area
  • Pets Allowed
  • Picnic Area
  • Scenic Overlooks
  • Trailheads
  • Vault Toilets
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
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Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
May 16 2014 -
Sep 06 2014
GROUP STANDARD NONELECTRIC $24.00-$110.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
43.90306, -103.535
43°54'11"N, 103°32'6"W

From Hill City, South Dakota, take US 16/385 south for 7 miles. Go east on State Hwy 244. The campground is located across from the Mt. Rushmore KOA.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

WILLOW CREEK HORSE CAMP
BLACK HILLS
  SD 

Phone Number:

Project Office: (605)574-4402