Camping with the dog through the Black Hills & Badlands

August 04, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

Since so many family vacations have been for hold or cancelled this summer, I decided to write this post from our road trip last August through the Black Hills and Badlands. If you're at all curious about three of us and our dog camping throughout South Dakota and Wyoming, please read on!! I've included all of the campsites we stayed at, including an original 1880 Homestead cabin in the Badlands National Park, a Glamping Tipi in Custer and a traditional Sioux-style tipi in Devils Tower. We booked it all through Airbnb and we absolutely loved every place we stayed and everything we saw! We cooked breakfast and dinner over campfires every day and usually just grabbed something out for lunch, especially since we had the dog and could not eat in restaurants. This trip has been on my bucket list since moving to Minnesota 8 years ago and I am so glad we decided to do it!!!

The first day we arrived at Circle View Guest Ranch and checked in for our one night stay at an original 1880 Homestead Cabin.  I have to tell you that there is no electricity, running water or bathrooms (there is an outhouse) so we were totally roughing it for the night and it was an absolute blast and the views we had were breathtaking.  We could even hear the coyotes at night.  The Ranch does have other lodging options if you're not wanting this type of overnight experience.  www.circleviewranch.com 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next morning we packed up drove through Badlands National Park.  We weren't able to walk any of the trails with the dog which we knew this before going, so we drove around and took in all of the scenery this gorgeous park had to offer! We were able to pull over and easily get out to take photos.

We then started our drive to Custer and made a few stops in between to see Mount Rushmore, Slyvan Lake and Needles Hwy.

 

Mount Rushmore

 

Sylvan Lake

 

Once we got to Custer, we checked into a different kind of lodging...a Glamping Tipi!!! This was pretty awesome as it did have electricity in the tipi, so we had lighting and were able to charge up phones and camera batteries!! We stayed at the Buffalo Ridge Camp Resort www.custerhospitality.com

 

Super comfy bed inside the tipi.  Ours had a queen & twin size bed with a table and chairs.

 

 

Custer State Park had so much wildlife and you could really just make a trip in and around this park.  It was actually pretty cool to be stuck in a traffic jam of Bison and honestly, I was sure one of those humongous animals was going to ram right into our truck!! Indy stayed calm the whole time, which we weren't sure how he was going to react to them.  Most of the time we drove around with our windows rolled down and go out for walks and had picnic lunches.  Dogs were welcome in all of the designated areas.

 

Prairie dogs are EVERYWHERE!!!!!!!

After being in Custer for 2 days, we headed to Wyoming to see Devils Tower.  We weren't quite sure if there was going to be too much to do there, but our experience was one of the best and I am so glad we decided to go for a night.  We made a detour through the wild west town of Deadwood which was pretty cool. They had reenactments of the legend of Wild Bill and the town was very cute to walk through. Its worth a stop! 

 

The historic Fairmont Hotel and Casino.  A formal brothel that's known to be haunted!!! Rumor has it that Wild Bill was killed at the Saloon right next door.

His chair is pictured below.

 

 

After our little detour through Deadwood we made it to Devils Tower and walked around the massive geologic monument.  We couldn't walk the dog around the tower, but there were areas that we could walk him, so it worked out just fine. After exploring Devils Tower we drove on to our next campsite.  At first we weren't sure if we were in the right place, so I gave the owner, Juliana a call and she came right away to meet with us and get everything set up.  We were staying in a traditional Sioux-Style Tipi and it was awesome!! Let me be clear and tell you that this is in no way similar to the glamping tipi experience we had at Custer, but it was a super cool adventure and we're so happy we booked it!!! They can be found at www.devilstowertipicamping.com

We fell asleep looking at the Milky Way and we woke up to a beautiful sight of Devils Tower wrapped in massive fog. I'm telling you, there is nothing like this.  It was breathtaking!!  

We just stayed for one night before heading back via the scenic route (make sure you have a full tank of gas) through Montana to get to our last park destination which was Theodore Roosevelt State Park, ND

 

 

We made it to Theodore Roosevelt Park by late afternoon and drove around the park for a while before checking into our hotel and taking nice long hot showers.  This was the only time we actually stayed in a hotel.  We got up nice and early the next morning and went back through the park and then headed home to MN.

 

Thanks for following along on our adventure! We are heading out to Voyagers National Park on a House Boat next....so stay tuned!!!

Cheers!

 

 


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