On our return trip from the Midwest, we knew we couldn’t pass up seeing Mt. Rushmore! After touring the amazing Badlands, we headed for Keystone. My children and I had been there before when we moved to the West Coast three years ago but my husband had never been there before. Since we wanted to continue to camp as we had been doing on our trip, we called a few campsites. We called Kemp’s Kamp a few hours in advance to make a reservation. They are located right in Keystone and we were told it was 2 miles from Mt. Rushmore … perfect!
We drove up the winding road looking for Kemp’s Kamp and we couldn’t help but notice how beautiful it was in the area. Beautiful tall trees that let the sun peek through and the mountains were stunning. We found Kemp’s Kamp and checked in with ease. With a military discount, we paid about $24 for camp site. This price includes two adults, the kids (ages 7 and under) were free 🙂
The camp site sat at the foot of a large mountain. We had a backdrop of large boulders and tall trees. The camp site was not full, we had a few “neighbors” but not many. It was very quiet. The young man who checked us in at the main office was extremely polite and friendly. It is always an added bonus when staff is friendly! It makes me feel like they are not just there to make a buck or two, they sincerely appreciate your business and treat you like a friend. I like that.
Our drive up to Mt. Rushmore was quick … just two miles! We did our tour of Mt. Rushmore, stopped at the DQ in Keystone for dinner, and returned to Kemp’s Kamp before sunset. Kemp’s Kamp offers an outdoor heated pool, open until dark, which we took full advantage of! It was such a nice way to unwind from the day. The camp site was clean, well kept, and definitely had more of that “real camping” feel versus the KOAs that we had stayed at before (which we really liked as well … one of them at least!). The bathrooms were clean and there is also a small laundry room for campers to use, too. When we were settling in for the night, we noticed how quiet it was (minus the brewing thunderstorm overhead) even though there was main road not far from our tent.
We really liked Kemp’s Kamp! It was smaller than the other sites we had been to but I think it was more welcoming that way. It was clean and quiet and had a perfect setting for a camp site. Although we only interacted with one staff member, his friendliness went a long way. Whenever we find ourselves back at Mt. Rushmore, we will definitely go back to Kemp’s Kamp. If you’re planning a trip there, why not try out Kemp’s Kamp? I think you will be happy you did … we were!
You can find them at:
1022 Old Hill City
Keystone, SD 57751