Parking: Belle Fourche Campground
There’s a KOA right outside the entrance to Devil’s Tower National Monument; it is crowded and expensive. The campground inside the park is nice, spread-out, and cheap (but no hook-ups). Every evening, the park service has a presentation on different topics. We saw one about the people, beliefs, and geology of the tower and another one about the crazy town of prairie dogs on site.
The geology of the area is quite interesting, and the walking tour we took was really nice. The tour guide was a biology student working the park during the summer, and her daughter and husband were at the park to visit her and took the tour with us. On the tour, we also met a really nice family from Australia (mom and the kids were Aussie; dad was originally from Montana). They are taking over a year to RV around the country and show the kids all the sites, so we swapped RVing stories while walking.
We met lots of other folk at the campground. One family recognized the sailboat (that we had dropped at the separate trailer parking area) from having passed us on the road earlier, and they came looking for our rig, and we had a good conversation with them.
We met another couple who were in a Cricket (if you are looking for a small tag-along RV, seriously take a look at the Cricket; it’s a great design and well-built. I first saw it on one of the RV TV shows, and it was nice to see one in person). It turned out that we had a lot of things in common – including both of us ladies having been on the rowing team at my alma mater (but she went on to be in the Olympics where I dropped it from too much work and general lack of skill). Also, there was a gentleman there whose family actually founded our college over 250 years ago, so it was pretty cool to hear his stories, too.
(prairie dogs – nearly 600 in the 40 acre Prairie Dog Town)
(nice cliche shot through the Spirit Smoke)