Cabins and Campgrounds
The Happy Holiday Resort (8990 S. U.S. 16, 605/342-7365 or 888/674-2779, www.happyholidayrvresort.com, tent sites $23, RV sites $29–33, cabins $55) is conveniently located about eight miles south of Rapid City near Reptile Gardens. There’s a large pool and spa, lots of trees, an arcade, laundry, free wireless Internet, a convenience store, and car rentals; rates are reasonable and the property is close to all of the Central Hills attractions.
Mystery Mountain Resort (13752 S. U.S. 16, 605/342-5368 or 800/658-2267, www.mysterymountain.us, tent sites $24–28, RV sites $29–38, cabins $64–79) is nestled in the pines about nine miles south of Rapid City, just past Bear Country U.S.A. The facility is located on 38 acres and has free Wi-Fi, a playground, a swimming pool, a hot tub, and mini golf.
The Lake Park Campground & Cottages (2850 Chapel Lane, 605/341-5320 or 800/644-2267, www.lakeparkcampground.com, tent sites $26.50, RV sites $35–38, cabins $100–189) is a well maintained property close to Canyon Lake on the west side of Rapid City. The tent sites feature 12-by-14-foot elevated tent pads on sandy soil and are fully shaded. The RV sites are forested sites as well.
The cabins are fully furnished, and simply decorated in lodge style with rustic pine furniture. There are no phones in the cottages, but wireless Internet and cable television are available. All RV sites have full hookups. There is paddle boating and trout fishing available on the lake and the Rapid Creek bike path runs right past the facility for hiking and biking.
© Laural A. Bidwell from Moon Mount Rushmore & the Black Hills, 1st Edition