NM Campground Review – Belle Fourche Campground, Devil’s Tower National Monument, WY
A lovely and quiet National Monument campground right at the base of Devils Tower National Monument in Northeast Wyoming.
- Site Quality = 3.5/5
Overall nice sites here with just a few main dings. Sites are arranged in 2 loops (A & B) and are all gravel pull-throughs, very long with very spacious (lovely) “sitting areas” containing picnic table and fire-pit. Site spacing is generally good and almost all sites have at least a slice view of Devil’s Tower (a few sites, esp. A12, B1 and B17 even have fully open views!) as well as excellent views of the surround area too. Good selection of shaded and more open sites, depending on what you’re looking for. Main ding is that the “official” length limit at the campground 35-feet and this reflects in the site quality -> some of the pull-throughs are a bit too tight in the curve (making it difficult to squeeze in a big rig) and several sites are quite unlevel (requiring levelers). However the roads are easily negotiable and sites are more than long enough for bigger rigs. We arrived on a Sat and the campground had plenty of open spots, so we had no issues finding a site to suit us. Also the price is outstanding (only $12/night) and the views are lovely. NO hookups, but generators are permitted from 8AM to 8PM.
Note/ There is a large rig parking area right before the campground which is the perfect place to unhook and scout.
- Facilities = 2.5/5
Very basic facilities here. There are central flush toilets, kept impeccably clean. Several potable water spigots around camp (threaded and non-threaded). As a nice bonus there is also firewood (available for a donation) at the beginning of the campground. NO showers and NO dump station however.
- Location = 5/5
There is one and only one reason to come here is to see Devil’s Tower and honestly I don’t think you can get much better than this. The campground is less than 1-mile from the base of the mountain with hiking trails accesible directly from camp. Most of the campsites even have direct views of the Tower! NO real grocery or shopping around this area though, so come stocked-up and ready to bask in the glory of the Mountain.
- Pet Friendliness = 3.5/5
The big ding here is that Devils’ Tower doesn’t allow pets on ANY of their hiking trails, so unfortunately that means doggie cannot accompany you on ANY of your hikes. Other than the trail issue however, there is lots of space to hang out in camp and decent walking around the campground and day-use area.
Overall Rating = 3.6
BONUS ALERT = Camp within view of Devil’s Tower!!
Summary: There is one, and only one reason to come to this campground and that is to visit Devil’s Tower. For that purpose I don’t think this place can be beat either in price or location. The campground is located within the National Monument itself, a mere mile from the base of the mountain. Most sites have views of the mountain (or slices of views) and there are miles of excellent hiking trails directly from camp. The sites themselves are all long gravel pull-throughs, no hookups nicely spaced with very lovely “sitting areas”. Main ding is that some sites are rather too curved (esp. for big rigs) and unlevel, reflecting the 35-foot “official” length limit of the campground. However the camp roads are easily driveable and even though we arrived on a Saturday we had no issues finding a site to suit “the beast”. The other main ding is that Devil’s Monument does not allow doggies on any trails, so for those of you with paws in the RV you cannot take them hiking with you and are limited to the campground, main roads and day-use area. However if, like us, you’re just coming here to bask in the glory of the Mountain for a day or two, make a few mashed potato sculptures and hike a short hike then I don’t think this can be beat. And for $12/night it’s a total bargain too. I don’t think this will become a repeat return location for us (Devil’s Tower is a bit too far off the beaten track, and the dog-restrictions are too limiting), but it was totally worth it for us to come here for a few days. The campground was lovely and quiet, location was fabulous, views were excellent and seeing Devil’s Tower was a TOTAL blast. I recommend coming here at least once in your RV life!
NOTE/ For those seeking full hookups, there is a KOA just outside the main entrance to the National Monument. It rates well, and also has lovely views, but it is rather more expensive ($45/night). Also be aware that Devil’s Tower National Monument has an entry fee of $10 per car (or free with an America The Beautiful Pass). For more on entry fees click HERE.
Extra Info: Good Verizon signal (3 bars of fast LTE unboosted), but iffy ATT (1-3 bars 4G unboosted, but it came in and out). 50 total sites, all first-come-first-serve. Sites cost $12/night (or $6/night with Senior Pass). 14-day stay limit. Potable water on site, but NO dump station.
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