Camping near Devils Tower National Monument is a great way to stay nearby and wake up to perfect views. Find out why we chose to stay at the Devils Tower KOA just outside the main entrance and what staying in their cabins is like. And, once you’re ready to plan your trip, check out my guide to visiting the park here!
While there are a couple different Devils Tower camping options, we went with the nearby KOA. It had two main advantages over the Belle Fourche River Campground located inside the national monument when booking. The first (and biggest) was that unlike the official campground inside the park, Devils Tower KOA takes reservations. I’m way too much of a planner to show up somewhere remote like that with no plans for where to stay. Especially since we knew we’d be arriving late, it was important to us to have a guaranteed place to stay that wasn’t going to be first come first served.
The second factor for us was that we were road tripping and staying in a different hotel or cabin every day. We have all the camping gear we need, but it didn’t seem worth it to haul it all the way to Wyoming to use it for only one night. Plus, there’s the added work of setting up after dark and breaking down camp again in the morning. The fact that the KOA had cabins or, as they insist on calling them, Kamping Kabins, would’ve sealed the deal for us regardless of the reservation situation at the Belle Fourche River campground.
Devils Tower KOA cabins
In addition to your standard RV and tent sites, the Devils Tower KOA has two different kinds of cabins. The larger Park Model Cabin sleeps 6 with a double bed, queen futon, and sleeping loft. Plus, it has a small kitchenette and a bathroom with a shower.
We stayed in the cheaper rustic One Room Cabins – these are smaller with fewer amenities, but ours was perfect for needs. The one room cabins have a double bed plus a twin sized bunk bed. Our cabin had a cute little front porch with a swing on it. There was also a fire pit and a picnic table.
Note that when staying in the cabins, linens are not provided and you will need to bring your own pillows and blankets or sleeping bags. The same goes for towels and other toiletries.
Our cabin was clean and surprisingly bright inside with an overhead fixture that threw plenty of light. It’s very basic, but actually felt larger inside than it looked from the outside. The mattresses were so-so, but about what you’d expect in a camp bunk. We had one set of plugs for charging our devices. Some of the cabins offer air conditioning and/or heat – hit the View Details button on the booking screen to see exactly what you’re getting. My biggest complaint was that the curtains on the windows were super thin so it was really bright in the morning when the sun had come up.
Our particular cabin didn’t have a view of Devils Tower because there were trees in the way, but just a few steps down the road had a clear shot and many if not most of the sites and cabins would have a direct line of sight to the landmark.
It was a short walk to the bathhouse, which had bathrooms, unisex showers, and outdoor sinks for washing dishes. The bathrooms were clean and pretty standard. There was also a vending machine, but it was positioned in such a way that even the crackers in packages were comically sun bleached. I’d recommend bringing your own snacks.
Devils Tower Camping options
The campsites offered are pretty standard, with pads for larger RVs and grass sites for tents. Many of the RV sites offer full hookups and electric, and you can get the tent sites with or without electric and water. They all include fire pits.
Devils Tower KOA Amenities
There are a lot of great family amenities at the campground as well. There’s a general store with food and souvenirs right at the entrance – this is also where you can check in. For meals, you can visit the Campstool Café, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the summer.
There is also on-site laundry, free wifi, bike rentals, and an ATM. Our wifi was pretty weak in the cabin, but we were just about as far toward the back of the campground as you could get and it did seem better up toward the general store/office area.
Kids will love in-ground heated pool that’s open seasonally as well as the playground. You can also go on the nightly hayride that takes you through scenery and has the potential for wildlife sightings. The campground also plays Close Encounters of the Third Kind, which was partially filmed at Devils Tower, nightly on an outdoor screen.
How to book your Devils Tower camping reservation
You can book your reservations online at the Devils Tower KOA website here. I tend to find the reservation page a little clunky as you have to input info into a lot of fields to search for availability, but it’s not too difficult. Note that there is a small cancellation fee for any reservations that are cancelled even if they’re done well in advance.
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