Railroad Butte

Buffalo Gap National Grassland

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Farmingdale-Folsom Rd.
Caputa, SD 57725
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GPS: 43.9056, -102.8595

Last Price Paid: $0
Pad Type: dirt
Max Stay: 14

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
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33' Coachmen Maxxum Ford F350
10 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 7
“Remote and Quiet at Night BUT . . .”

Reviewed Aug 24, 2016

Overall Rating

We had the whole place to ourselves -- parked near the few trees in the area. BTW, this is a National Grassland not National Forest -- so don't expect many trees. It's also a very popular spot for dirt bikes and ATVs -- especially on summer weekends. And if it rains while you're here, you may not be going anywhere until the mud dries out . . . it's the infamous gumbo . . . we tied plastic bags over our shoes to get from the fifth wheel to the truck. :o)

Where you turn south off of Hwy 44, there is a country store with gas/diesel and minor provisions -- we got our drinking water (two gallons at a time) there and they didn't seem to mind. West of the country store on Hwy 44 in Caputa (pronounced ca-pew-ta) there is an awesome bar they call the Caputa store -- cool old building has been there since 1904. They have fabulous 1/2 pound hamburgers (we split one) and if you like dark micro-brews, the 'Buffalo Sweat' on tap is a good one. "Saddle Bronc' is good as well . . . and they do allow samples before you make your choice. They also have robust (and FREE!) WiFi there.

We found this to be a good spot for day trips to the Badlands -- which is a National Park and, therefore, FREE if you have your $10 Senior Pass. Aside from the daytime NOISE of all these wreckreation types, the mosquitoes and the no-see-ums (we burn a candle after lights out to finish 'em off), we enjoyed the location. If you venture further south on the main dirt road, you can go through a large steel gate (close it behind you) and see a smaller portion of the Badlands. There was nobody else there when we scoped it out mid-August. We also tried to find the other two free campgrounds in this area, saw the cell towers off to the left as you approach the North entrance but there was a chain around the gate post. Unfortunately we didn't delay long enough to see if there was a lock on the chain or not. At this site we had zero signal for Tmobile but we're kinda' used to that in rural areas.

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