Travel South Dakota: Holy Smoke Resort

Travel South Dakota: Holy Smoke Resort

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For the last month, we’ve been enjoying the southwestern portion of South Dakota. We boondocked for two weeks near Badlands National Park and are now at Holy Smoke Resort in the Keystone area. If you are looking for a convenient, small RV park to stop at for a few nights while you visit Mount Rushmore and Custer State Park, this might be an RV park you’d like to consider.


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Holy Smoke Resort: Location

The RV area of this resort is located right off Hwy 16A in Keystone, SD. And when I say “right off Hwy 16A,” I basically mean right ON the highway. It’s about 5 minutes from downtown Keystone, 15 minutes from Mount Rushmore National Monument, and 20 minutes from Rapid City.

Holy Smoke Resort

Holy Smoke Resort: Fees and Campsites

This RV park has 21 pull-thru campsites which are all gravel. These campsites have full hookups with 50-Amp electric, picnic tables, WIFI, and satellite TV. Because they are a small RV park and have full hookups, there are no shower or restroom facilities. Nightly rates are $37.50/night for a 2 person occupancy, and there is an additional charge of $2.50/night per additional person.

If you like quite a bit of space between you and your neighbor, this may not be an RV park you would enjoy. I’m one of those people, and I wasn’t happy when we pulled in to see the campsites were so close. Despite them being so close, it hasn’t been a bad experience and we haven’t really had any issues with our neighbors. Plus there’s so much to do in the area that we’ve spent a lot of time away from the RV park. This is a picture of our campsite…site #17.

Our campsite at Holy Smoke Resort

Take a look at the 5 campsites in this one photo. I told you the sites are close together! You can also see Hwy 16A up the hill at the back of our campsite. Yep, right on Hwy 16A. Let’s just say we hear all the truckers going up or down this hill early every morning.

For those that rely on cell/internet to work, we are having no trouble using their WIFI or getting signal. Both AT&T and Verizon signals are strong.

Holy Smoke Resort: Things To Do

In the RV area of this resort, there are not really any activities available or anything to do. If you want to walk up the road to the cabins, there is a small playground for kids. The playground held my 7 year old’s attention for about 5 minutes because it just consisted of a slide and two swings. It took us longer to walk up the road than it did to play on the playground.

Road leading to cabins at Holy Smoke Resort

With its convenient location, I guess there’s no real need for things to do in the RV park itself. It definitely has the “I’m just going to stop here for a couple of nights” feel. Seems like people stop in for one or two nights…just long enough to enjoy Keystone and Mount Rushmore.

Overall, it isn’t a bad RV park. We feel safe and enjoy having full hookups. We’ll probably try to book a campsite in nearby Custer State Park next time though.


Do you have a campground that you love in the Keystone area? Let us know so that we can check it out the next time we visit the area. Also, grab your FREE Campground Info Sheet while you’re here.

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