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“Amazing Experience!!!” 5 of 5 stars
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12325 Rafter J-Bar Road, Hill City, SD 57745   |  
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“Amazing Experience!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2012

My husband and I stayed at the ranch for four nights with our son, two daughters and my daughters fiance'. We rented a comfort cabin the first night and moved to a Ranch cabin the remaining three nights. The accomadations were wonderful. We had plenty of room for six adults. The cabins were exceptionally clean and the setting was beautiful and tranquil. The pool was nice and the grounds were a wonderful setting for late night walks. The price was reasonable as well. We were able to bring our own food and used the gas grill and fire pit daily. We will definitely stay here again and recommend it to everyone we know.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012

We just left south Dakota after a 3-day stay at rafter j. The setting is beautiful and these are thecleanestshowers/ laundry facilities we have seen. The staff are all friendly and the ice creamis a bonus!
The 2.50 pancake breakfast would've been better as a 6 dollar breakfast so that bacon, biscuits and all are included ,though. At 2.50 it is a little misleading. Also,hot tub needs updating.
Excellent location for exploring Custer, Hill City andCrazy Horse. We would stay here again, but would split our time with Custer State Park. You need to stay IN that park to really enjoy it.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Morton, Illinois
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

We have stayed here twice and would stay here again and again. We rented a cabin with a bathroom and air conditioning. You don't need the air because it is cool here in the summer. This is the most reasonable place to stay in the Black Hills and is right on the George S Mickelson Bike Trail. The cabins are always clean. We stay in one with a covered porch. They all have fire pits. Be sure to bring towels and bedding but it is well worth the effort.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kaysville, Utah
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2011

We stayed here for 5 nights in the Ranch Camp area in a tent this past June. This area is shaded and pretty and seems like a real campground...not like a KOA. The sites are well spaced, the restrooms/showers were clean. Ranch Camp is furthest from the store and pool, but with bikes you can get down there in a jif. The location is just outside of Hill City and it is close to everything you would want to do in the Black Hills. The Mickelson Trail is right on the property so if you're a biker or a runner, this a great place to take advantage of that beautiful trail. You have water, electricity and a fire pit, but still feel like your roughing it because of the beautiful surroundings. The rest of the property wasn't as shaded and pretty as Ranch Camp was and there were some areas that did seem like a KOA, but some people like that. They had campsites, RV sites, and cabins. My kids swam in the pool almost every day and other than it being cold (it was the earlier part of June) they enjoyed the pool area. The food available at the store was just basic and kind of expensive, but Hill City is not far away. Overall, I really liked it and would suggest it to people visiting the Black Hills.

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2011

Stayed here for 2 nights & from the moment you enter the campground you realize that it is one of the best in the country. The campground is huge, well maintaned, clean & quiet. You get the feeling that it is well managed & that everything is in place.
I stayed in a traditional 4-person cabin & it was a very good stay. The cabin is located in an area just off the entrance from hill city side & it was among 10 or so other cabins.The cabin is very simple and very clean with 1 queen bed, twin bunkbeds, a table & couple of chairs. There is also a heater in the cabin which worked very well. However, be warned that the cabin lack any kind of beddings at all (no linens, pillows, covers) so you have to make sure to bring your own with you.
The bathrooms/showers are located at one end of the area, & they are spotlessly clean & large.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Fort Worth, Texas
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2011 via mobile

Great location and what you see on the web site is what you get, you have plenty of space between camp sites and your less than an hour from most of all the major sites. The bathhouse is clean and spotless and the wildlife (deer) walks thru the park almost every night, people are friendly overall a great place to stay to get away from the rat race and kick back and count the stars at night or have a campfire and relax

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mobile, Alabama
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2011

We rented one of the traditional 4-person cabins for a 1-night stay on a cross-country road trip. The cabin is very simple, but comfortable and pet-friendly. (Not all of the cabins are pet-friendly, so make sure you confirm.) There was a queen bed, twin bunkbeds, and a little table. No linens, so make sure you bring some or have sleeping bags. The bathrooms are clean, and they also have washers/dryers available. The pancake breakfast is a great way to start your morning, and I can promise that you will be full all day! Make sure to stop by the old barn and read the history of the ranch. It's quite interesting.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Rafter J Bar Ranch Campground

Address: 12325 Rafter J-Bar Road, Hill City, SD 57745
Location: United States > South Dakota > Hill City
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 11 Specialty Lodging in Hill City
Number of rooms: 227
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An upscale campground offering tent and trailer camping. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Rafter j Bar Ranch Campground Hotel Keystone

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