Central States Fair

County Park

2 Reviews
800 San Francisco St. Rapid City, SD 57701 605-355-3861 Official Website

GPS: 44.0777, -103.1926

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Overview of Central States Fair

Number of Sites 70

Elevation 3,149 ft / 959 m

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Verizon 4G/LTE
Confirmed by 1 User
Last reported 7/10/2019
Confirmed by 1 User
Last reported 5/20/2019

Reviewed 7/10/2019

Nightly rate: $30
Days stayed: 9
Site Number: D4
Overall Rating

Made reservation on internet for 3 nights. Decided to stay longer due to holiday weekend. This campground is basic and on fairgrounds property. It is close to most everything one will want to visit! (Take the backroads to the parks, drive Spearfish Scenic Byway).

Ashley was very nice and patient with us and Paul was on spot with his helpfulness. It has electric and water. One can choose 30 or 50 amp. Bathrooms are a bit farther than we are used to, for tenters this could be a deal breaker. We have a shower on board but used theirs as the dump station is located near the RED barn and not at one’s site. Showers are hot.

We totally enjoyed the Roping Trials for Free! Great creek and bicycle path right there.

Also I would like to add that the folks of Rapid City are genuine as we had to have our car worked on and met the most generous folks.


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Verizon 4G/LTE

Em would stay here again

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Voyagers On Wheels
Sioux Falls, SD 33' Winnebago 2008 Voyage
78 reviews
“It's nothing fancy but it totally fit the bill”

Reviewed 5/20/2019

Nightly rate: $30
Days stayed: 4
Site Number: E13
Overall Rating

Actually getting there: Although the address is on San Francisco St., where you park isn't. The best thing is to use the address for the James Kjerstad Event Center as it is the big building across from the CG. If you are coming from I-90 you take Exit 59 then head south for about a mile on LaCrosse St then turn left and go almost to Cambell St where you'll see the entrance. Go in and pick a site. Best idea is to THEN take your toad/truck over to the office, or, if you have a paid reservation, call to have a maintenance person come to unlock the electric box. We made reservations to arrive on a Sunday so no-one was there. We boondocked for the night (though we could have water we didn't bother hooking up that night) and they gave us a night's credit. The office will be on the left almost at the end of San Francisco St. Amanda K is the person in charge of booking and is very nice and helpful.
OK now for the CG. We had plans to see the Black Hills but no real clue as to where we wanted to be based AND we knew we needed to do laundry and groceries so booked one night at the Central States Fairgrounds. Looking at the place on Google Maps it looked like a big parking lot. It is. But it is really convenient and it's mostly quiet at night (an occasional train.) It's in the full sun so great for solar but with 50amps you can run your a/c or heat, in our case. Cambell St becomes 79 which takes you to Custer State Park (we also stayed there at Grace Coolidge) or you can hop on I-90 and head to Spearfish to drive through the canyon. Rapid City downtown is a 5 min drive and a fun city with plenty to do. Security drives through the CG every so often. The only time it would not be available is if there is a big event going on.
We had 3 bars of ATT (4-5 boosted) The sites were level, dirt with nice grass areas between them. All drive thru and though not really spacious big enough that there is plenty of space between sites, especially if there are only a few people there. We ended up staying for 4 days because it was so convenient and we couldn't beat the price. Even with the lack of "luxuries" we'd recommend this CG if you want to spend some time in Rapid City and/or can't get into a CG at Custer State Park.

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Voyagers On Wheels would stay here again

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  • 50 Amp
  • 30 Amp
  • water
  • Partial Hookups
Site Amenities
  • big rig
  • pull thru
  • dump station
  • restrooms: flush
  • showers
  • trash
  • water available
  • pets


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