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20812 Homestead Rd
De Smet, SD 57231




Camping at Ingalls Homestead.  Covered Wagon Camping.  Laura Ingalls Wilder Camping, 

Camp on the Open Prairie
Camping at Ingalls Homestead is a unique way to experience the prairie.  All sights are located on the land Charles Ingalls homesteaded.  With just a handful of sites - 4 covered wagons, 1 bunkhouse, 4 RV sites, and tent camping - the prairie doesn't feel crowded.

Covered Wagons - $60/night
Our covered wagons are based after a sheepherder's wagon and come in two sizes, large or small.  Cost is $60/night regardless of the size. All wagons have electricity, screened windows, a small fan, a campfire ring, and a picnic table.  You must provide your own linens and pillows. 

The large covered wagon sleeps five and includes one full-size mattress, two mats (approximately 2'x5') on platforms built into the wagon and a roll out mat for the floor (approximately 3'x6').  

The small covered wagon sleeps three and includes one double-size mat (approximately 4'x6') and a roll out mat for the floor (approximately 3'x6').  

Bunkhouse - $60/night
If you'd like a bit more space or a real roof over your head, the bunkhouse is an excellent option.  It is a simple one-room building that sleeps six and includes a full-size mattress and two sets of twin-size bunkbeds.  The bunkhouse has electricity, a small refrigerator, a small microwave, a table and chairs, a campfire ring, and a picnic table.  You must provide your own linens and pillows. 

RV Sites - $30/night
Our RV sites include water and electrical hookups.  We offer 20, 30 or 50 AMP electrical connections.  Each site has a campfire ring and picnic table.  All sites are back-in; we do not have any pull-through sites.  While we do not offer sewer connections the sites, there is a dump station in our parking lot. 

Tent Camping - $10/night
Our tent camping is simple.  We do not have specified sites.  Rather, you choose your own spot in the camping area.  The camping fee includes use of the bathroom and shower facilities.  Since we do not offer specified sites, tent camping does not include electricity.  Of course, you do have access to electricity in our bathroom facilities.  


Call us old-fashioned, but since we only have nine sites, you still set up most a reservation over the phone. Please call us at 800-776-3594. Please feel free to contact us via email to check availability.  You may make reservations as far in advance as you like and we are open to make reservations year-round.  

To setup a reservation, we require contact information and a 50% deposit, which is refundable up to two weeks prior to your stay.  On the nights of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant, we require full payment at the time the reservation is made; it is non-refundable unless we can fill your spot.  For reservations made more than one year prior to arrival, we require full payment at the time the reservation is made and it is non-refundable.

Important Things to Know about Camping at Ingalls Homestead

Visitors staying in the covered wagons and bunkhouse must provide their own bedding and toiletries.  

We have bathrooms and shower facilities.  They are simple, but clean and modern with hot water and flush toilets.

Check-in time for the covered wagons and bunkhouse is 4PM and check-out is 10AM.  Check-in time for RV sites is 1PM and check-out is 11AM.  We have adequate space in our parking lot to accommodate your RV if you'd like to arrive early or stay late.  

Late arrivals are not a problem; please contact us if you arrive after 7PM.  

Firewood is available for purchase, $5/bundle.  

We do not offer any food service on-site, but we are only 1.5 miles from De Smet.  There are restaurants serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Our local grocery store is also open 7 days/week.