Area Status: Closed
  • The Ideal Setting for Horseback Riders

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    Located 13 miles outside Custer, South Dakota, Iron Creek (Horse Camp) offers a secluded setting for guests seeking recreation and relaxation in the Hell Canyon Ranger District within the Black Hills National Forest. The camp is adjacent to Iron Creek and surrounded by ponderosa pine forests. Horse enthusiasts will find this site ideal for exploring nearby Black Elk Wilderness Area and related trail systems. The Horse Camp offers nine sites with corrals, picnic tables, and fire pits. Two toilets are available, along with a gravity feed water line that flows into two horse troughs for watering horses.

    Using funds generated through campground (user) fees, the Forest and its concessionaire – Forest Recreation Management (FRM) – enhanced each campsite in the fall of 2022. New amenities improved the campground from a visual perspective, as well as to provide better comfort for campers and their stock. 

    Please Respect that this campground is designed and constructed with features specifically for stock camper use and the care of their animals, vehicles, and gear. If you are camping without stock, the Forest encourages you to select an alternate site or visit other campgrounds online for additional options. (Photo by Leslie Barton/USDA FS)

  • Iron Creek (Horse Camp) Reservations

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    Visit to make your campground reservation. 

  • Iron Creek (Horse Camp) Layout

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    See the layout of the campground to find your perfect camping site.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Iron Creek (Horse Camp) closes each year during the Off Season.

General Information


To access the Iron Creek Horse Camp from Custer, SD with a large horse trailer, travel east on US Highway 16A for approximately six miles and turn left onto American Center Rd. Continue for approx. 10 miles to Hwy 87. Turn right, then left onto FSR 345. Turn left into the campground.

To access the Iron Creek Horse Camp from Custer, SD with a regular sized vehicle, travel east on US Highway 16A for approximately nine miles. Turn left, or north, onto State Highway 87 and travel approximately six miles to FSR 345.  Turn right, or north, onto FSR 345. Turn left into the campground.

Recreation Map

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