Local Area Attractions
Vore Buffalo Jump
Vore Buffalo Jump is a premier archeological site located at the edge of the northern Black Hills in Wyoming. It was used by Plains Indian groups for over three hundred years. While there were many buffalo jumps scattered throughout the Plains, the Vore site is one that was used by at least five tribes. The site both an active archeological dig and an educational site. The visitor center is housed in an oversized tipi replica.
The Vore Buffalo Jump is open to the public June 1st Labor Day, 8 am to 6 pm. Entrance fee is $7 per person with a $20 maximum per family. Visitors have the opportunity to learn about the increasingly famous Vore Site as well as the larger picture of the cultures that Plains Indians built around the buffalo.
Devils Tower National Monument
Devils Tower in Northeastern Wyoming was declared Americas first National Monument by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906. It could actually be called America's first natural monument as it is actually the core of a volcano exposed after millions of years of erosion brought on by the Belle Fourche River and weather. The rock monolith rises over 1,000 feet above the river valley and creates an incredible vista.
Devils Tower is an important landmark for Native Americans and area pioneers. Several Black Hills tribes consider the site to be sacred. Additionally, rock climbers from around the world revere the tower for its versatile and challenging climbing routes.
The monument is home to many species of wildlife and boasts an impressive prairie dog town where visitors can see the small rodents at play. Guests can visit the interpretive center and gift shop, chat with a ranger or walk one of the many trails in the park, including one that takes a loop around the base of the tower. Children are encouraged to participate in the junior ranger program and guests of all ages enjoy the many cultural activities put on by park staff.
There is a fee at the entrance gate.
Keyhole State Park
Keyhole State Park is named for the beautiful Keyhole Reservoir just outside of Moorcroft, Wyoming and surrounding the town of Pine Haven. The reservoir offers excellent fishing for walleye, catfish, small mouth bass and northern pike. Boaters and swimmers are welcome as well as picnic goers who will enjoy the breathtaking views from the sandstone cliffs that surround much of Keyhole.
The Golf Club at Devils Tower
The Golf Club at Devils Tower overlooks the town of Hulett, Wyoming and is renowned throughout the region as an elite course. It features a rich history, lush fairways and scenic views. Iconic Devils Tower can be seen from many of the holes. The course was recognized as Americas Top Facility by the National Golf Foundation.
Designed by Richard M. Phelps, ASGCA, the Club is an 18-hole, par 72 course spread over approximately 150 acres. Numerous trees surround the grounds, with fairways that feature slight undulations. Water comes into play on three holes, and one requires a tee shot overwater.
Mt. Rushmore is a beautiful intricate carving of four of the most famous United States PresidentsL located just 23 miles southwest of Rapid City, SD, the carving of the monument started in 1927 by Gutzon Borglum along with 400 other stone carvers and ended in 1941. Featuring George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln, the monument was created to remind viewers of the impact that these incredible men had on the birth, growth, development and preservation of our country.
The visitor facilities at Mt. Rushmore are open 12 months of the year and 7 days of the week (excluding Dec. 25th) and opens at 8:00 a.m. The monument offers a number of other amenities including a gift shop, ice cream, an evening lighting ceremony, an audio tour, and a cafe that are open at various times throughout the year. Mt. Rushmore is a great opportunity to learn about the history, culture, nature, and science of not only the monument and the Black Hills, but also our amazing country!
Local Area Activities
Climbing at Devils Tower
Devils Tower was first climbed on July 4, 1893 by local ranchers William Rodgers and William Ripley, who built a wooden ladder to the top. In the years since climbing has progressed impressively. For decades Devils Tower has been a popular climbing destination and world famous climbing mecca. Today, thousands of climbers from around the world summit Devils Tower each year. Our resident climbing instructor is available for rock climbing lessons and/or guide service. Please inquire at the front desk for more information!
Adventurous campers may want to check out the many hiking trails located within Devils Tower National Monument. Energetic hikers may depart directly from the campground to access trails such as Joyner Ridge or the popular Red Beds Trail. Each trail is unique and well defined, many of them are groomed. Every trail offers a unique view of Devils Tower as well as the opportunity to see wildlife, awesome wildflowers and breathtaking vistas.
Local Area EventsListing Calendar
The Hulett Rodeo is a time honored tradition in its 66th year. Started by Irvin (Ike) Knapp, Richard (Dick) Proctor, and Merle Johnson in 1947, the rodeo is now produced by area volunteers. The rodeo is approved by the NRCA and WRA and begins at 1:30 p.m. each day. A highlight of the rodeo is the annual clown act and children's activities including a calf scramble.
On Saturday at 10:00 a.m. the local businesses and organizations turn out for a fantastic hometown parade. Come see the Devils Tower KOA float and catch some candy!
If you want to have an authentic Western experience come watch the rodeo which includes bull riding, roping and barrel racing among other events. The campground owner's son, Lincoln, was the 2013 Rookie Saddle Bronc Champion. This award winning rodeo is fun for the whole family!
Old Settler's Picnic
Each year the Devils Tower Natural History Association organizes the Old Settler's Picnic, a wonderful family event designed to honor the heritage of the locals. The Old Settlers Picnic at Devils Tower started in 1932 and continued into the 1960s bringing many locals and tourists together to celebrate their pioneering legacy. For many years the picnic was not held, but was revived by the 2006 Devils Tower National Monument Centennial celebration. The event features a ceremony honoring local ranching families and is followed by cowboy poetry, live music and youth activities. Booths from local organizations and artists' works are on display. Complimentary cake and ice cream are provided, plan to bring a picnic lunch just like the old settlers did!
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Occurring each year during the first full week in August the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally fills the Black Hills with motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world. This rally is one of the largest in the world and events associated with it include concerts, motorcycle shows and contests and shopping from many vendors.
The Devils Tower KOA provides a great base location for enjoying the excitement of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally without having to be in middle of the hubub. Our 15 acres of open tenting is the ideal location for gathering with friends. Sturgis and other Black Hills attractions are all located within an easy hour and half drive. Reservations are strongly encouraged for this time of year.