Campground Review: Arrow Campground Wall, South Dakota

Arrow Campground, Wall, South Dakota

Dates of Stay: May 27, 2017

IMG_0548 (1)We rolled into Arrow Campground around 3:30 local time.  After a long day of fighting the wind on I-90 we were dusty, weary and ready to unhitch. We were visiting just prior to the summer rush so the park was not crowded. Quiet might be a good word to use to describe our experience at Arrow Campground.

Arrow Campground is located on the west side of Wall, South Dakota and easily accessed using the Exit 109 exit from I-90. This exit provides an easy uncrowded access to the campground with no lights, no stop signs, just a few right turns and one left turn.

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The park has 20, 30, and 50 amp sites with water but no sewer connections. They do have a dump station. Our sites were all back in but they also had some pull through sites. The campground also offers free wifi and we did not have any connectivity issues during our stay. The sites were a little close together but given that we were traveling with two other families we did not mind being close together.  It is also a Good Sam campground, so we enjoyed a 10% discount during our stay.

We found the shower rooms and public restrooms to be clean; several of the men used the shower facilities while we were there. The one thing that most of our group commented on was the doors to both the showers and restrooms. They were not actual doors but rather curtains. While we maybe use to curtains being used as doors in the shower stalls we are not accustom to that in the bathrooms and I think many in our group found it to be not their thing.

The campground is simple. They have grassy areas for tent campers, gravel pads for RV’s and they even have motels for all other types. There is a pool but it was not open during our stay. The owners/managers/host were very nice. In fact, Connie told us she was a Park Ranger at the local national park and she was able to provide us with several hiking recommendations for our short visit to the park.

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To compensate for its simpleness, this campground has proximity. The campground is two blocks away from Wall Drug Store, 2 miles to the National Grassland Visitor Center/Buffalo Gap National Grassland, 8 miles from Badlands National Park, 22 miles from the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, and less than 55 miles from Rapid City, South Dakota. We were able to easily visit Badlands National Park and Wall Drug in our short overnight stay. We were not able to get tickets to the Minuteman Missile Silo because we did not plan far enough in advance. It seems they are only staffed to run a few tours a day so they fill up quickly. If you would like to visit this attraction, plan ahead; they were running at least three weeks out on reservations when I called.

The other insider tip that may make your life easier is that Arrow Campground has an 11:00 checkout time. However, if you want to make a side trip to visit a local attraction, you can move your trailer over to a holding area. This allows you to go visit but not have to tow your RV around with you and leave it safe at the campground without occupying a camping spot another weary traveler ready to rest a bit.

We would recommend this campground. It is a great pass through space in close proximity to all the super cool activities in Wall, South Dakota.

 

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