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Old 07-27-2021, 10:11 PM   #1
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Elkhorn Ridge RV Resort, Spearfish SD

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We had stayed at this campground about 5 years ago when it was still pretty new. At that time the entire park only had about 6 sites occupied, including us. And that was out of over 200 sites. Things had changed a lot this time as the park was near full every day. We had shortened a previous stay in a prior campground and wound up here for 2 extra days. So we spent two nights in a pull through site, #37 and paid $67 a night for that spot. Then we moved to a back in site at the other side of the park, #290 and paid $57 a night. Both sites were FHU 50 amp with a concrete pad and a small concrete patio. The pull through site was plenty long for the RV and Jeep, either front or back. Both sites also had a spacious grass area as well between you and the next rig. One difference in the sites was that the location of the patio was more to the rear of the site. On the pull through we could adjust the position of the rig to step out onto the patio. The back in sites however placed the patio's towards the back as well, so they were set up more for a TT or 5th Wheel. That put or door in the grass, and that meant stepping out into the grass or mud when it rained. I wound up putting out a piece of AstroTurf grass by the door to cut down the mess inside the rig. The sites also had picnic tables

The water pressure on the north side of the park where the higher numbers were was quite low, so we filled the fresh water tank to supplement the low pressure. One issue that was prevalent all around the park was the road noise from the nearby Interstate and highway that runs in front of the park. There is a large pool area with several game courts available in the center office area. There is north and a south shower house with 6 bathroom/shower rooms in each one. They each had a handicapped accessible stall as well.

Wifi was a bit dicey here, at least for us. This is an AT&T home area, so our T-Mobile and Verizon devices were marginal. Free wifi was offered that worked OK for checking email and such, but for streaming you need to upgrade to a paid plan. You could buy just one day, 3 days, a week or a month. A week was about $12 and the speeds were about 10-12 Mbs download and 1-2 upload. We purchased the 3 day plan for $5 so we could stream in the evenings. It is important to note that the plan only covers ONE device. 2 extra devices could be added for $2 each. Even the paid plan the network would slow down in times of congestion. We were able to use our on board systems either late at night or early in the AM. There is also a large fenced dog park in the back that is divided into a large and small dog side. And if you don't RV, there are cabins and tents for rent as well.

There is a golf course near by owned by the same company as the RV park, and a large area was being prepped for a large housing development. Spearfish is about a 15 minute drive to stores and restaurants. The park is also conveniently located to a short drive to other tourist locations like Deadwood, Belle Fourche, and the Black Hills scenic drives.

There were a few downsides at the park. One for us was the golf carts that were always used in the park brought by guests. They were often driven by pre-teens with or without a responsible adult with them. No oversight was provided by RV park personnel. The other was there seemed to be a significant issue with black biting flies. I don't know if it was just the time of year, or just common for the area.
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Old 07-28-2021, 07:46 PM   #2
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We went and drove thru there over Memorial Day week and they told us they were full until Mid-Sept. But just sitting there and watching, allot of young people driving golf carts who did NOT look old enough. A couple of them looked like they were golf cart racing.
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Good review. Thank you.
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