Keystone, United States

Under Canvas Mount Rushmore

Style

Camp rock

Setting

Monumental valley

Does spending the night under the stars (and the rock-steady gaze of four American presidents) give you a thrill? Then sidle up to Under Canvas Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, where prettily draped canvas tents are pre-pitched and a modern canteen awaits with adventure-fuelling fare. You’ll want energy for days of hiking, horse-riding and kayaking. When the sun sets, order a stiff sarsaparilla from the restaurant tent before roasting marshmallows over an open fire-pit under the stars.

Smith Extra

Get this when you book through us:

Rental of the private fire-pit (subject to availability); if its not available, you’ll get a daily coffee-crate delivery to your tent and a dedicated concierge

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

74, including 13 suites.

Check–Out

10am. Earliest check-in is 3pm; let the hotel know is you plan to arrive after 10pm.

Also

Stretch out weary muscles at one of the free group yoga and Pilates classes held several times a week.

Please note

In 2020, Under Canvas Mount Rushmore is open from 9 May to 29 September.

Hotel closed

The hotel is closed annually from early October to early May.

At the hotel

Fire-pits, on-site parking. In rooms: solar lantern with a USB port, EO bath products and a wood-burning stove.

Our favourite rooms

Go for a romantic Stargazer Tent – each has a sky-window above its king-size bed – and cosy up under the twinkling night skies. Families can spread out with a Deluxe or Suite Tent with Adjacent Hive for little Smiths.

Packing tips

Channel an American park ranger with olive greens, high-top hiking boots and cosy flannels.

Also

Under Canvas Mount Rushmore is ADA accessible. The single-level main tent is accessible for wheelchair users and one Deluxe Tent has a ramp at the entrance.

Pet‐friendly

Outdoorsy pups can join the pack for $25 a night. See more pet-friendly hotels in Keystone.

Children

Welcome. Additional camp beds can be added to most tents and suites, and rooms with Hives have extra space for families.

Eco‐friendly

Very much so – Under Canvas is firmly ensconced in nature. Cleaning and bath products are eco-friendly and solar power is used across the entire camp.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Make a beeline for the main deck area and soak in the view.

Dress Code

Patagonia and plaid.

Hotel restaurant

The communal canteen-style restaurant Embers is under a large tent at the heart of the camp. Lanterns and surrounding fire-pits keep it cosy in the evening, when dishes range from barbecue-smoked chicken and pulled-pork tacos to pan-roasted trout and bacon-compote- and cheddar-topped burgers. In the morning, choose from hearty breakfast burritos, egg sandwiches, cinnamon-topped French toast and other American favourites. (Don’t worry cowboys, there’s coffee too.) The camp’s picnic lunches will keep you going (and going) – try a chunky club sandwich or a grilled veggie wrap; each boxed lunch comes with fruit, crisps and house-made trail mix, too.

Hotel bar

Quench your desert thirst with a locally brewed craft beer or glass of crisp rosé in the restaurant tent. It does a good range of soft drinks, too, including cockle-warming hot chocolate and flasks of tea and coffee.

Last orders

The (figurative) breakfast gong sounds at 7am (get your morning meal until 10am) and dinner’s from 5pm to 10pm.

Room service

There’s no room service, but packed picnic lunches can be ordered the night before and toted along on your next day’s activities.

Location

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Address
Under Canvas Mount Rushmore
Presidio, 24342 Ranch Rd
Keystone
57751
United States

Under Canvas Mount Rushmore is near Black Hills National Forest and just outside Keystone, South Dakota.

Planes

Rapid City Regional Airport is 40 minutes away by car. You’ll need to hop on a regional flight from Denver, Dallas, Minneapolis, Chicago or Salt Lake City.

Automobiles

There’s free on-site parking – a car will come in handy for exploring the local area.

Worth getting out of bed for

As cosy as it may be under the linen layers of your tent, don’t go into full hibernation mode during your stay. Local musicians often drop by for intimate gigs in the social tent and every night guests gather around the fire-pit to regale each other with stories of the day’s adventures (and to toast marshmallows, of course).

There are hiking trails and climbing routes to spare around the Black Hills, so grab your picnic box and head out for a day of exploring. Young (and young-at-heart) will love flying through the treetops at Rushmore Tramway Adventures aerial-adventure park. Prefer your adventures at ground level? ATV tours, guided treks and horse-riding can be arranged on request. There’s also kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding on the nearby river.

Yes, it will be mobbed, but Mount Rushmore and its four 60-foot-high faces is worth the visit. Have your sights set on something even bigger? Then it’s Crazy Horse Memorial for you; carved into granite in the Black Hills between 1948 and 1998, this monument to the famed Lakota Sioux warrior is the world’s largest mountain carving. The adjacent Indian Museum of North America and Native American Educational and Cultural Center are home to more than 12,000 contemporary and historic artefacts, from pre-Colombian to present day.

 

Local restaurants

For a breakfast of freshly baked bagels, fruit-filled smoothies and pecan-topped oatmeal, head to Grapes and Grinds in Keystone. It has a just-long-enough menu of speciality coffees, and, for later in the day, a list of regional wines. But the house signature? That’s the made-daily-in-house gelato, which comes in curious flavours including s’mores, Key lime pie and the sure-to-be-magical Unicorn Dreams. Treat yourself to a scoop (or three) after a day on the trails. Step back in time with lunch or dinner at Ruby House Keystone, a 1900s-style dining room that dishes out bread bowls of buffalo stew, grilled Black Hills trout, elk burgers and chicken fried chicken (so nice they named it twice). 

Local bars

Under Canvas Mount Rushmore’s remote location means there’s not much in the way of watering holes in the vicinity; amble up to Embers restaurant for a bottle of locally brewed craft beer or a glass of wine.

Reviews

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Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique camp in Keystone and unpacked their hiking boots and wide-brimmed hats, a full account of their luxury camping break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Under Canvas Mount Rushmore in South Dakota…

Camping, it’s in-tents. (Sorry.) South Dakota’s Under Canvas Mount Rushmore is a monumentally good camping getaway that we can get on board with. Pre-pitched tents are draped in luxe linens and set atop decked platforms; guests can limber up for a day of adventure with group yoga sessions; and a canteen-style tented restaurant serves up modern American fare. Banished are hot cans of Beanee Weenees warmed over the open fire, although you can still roast giant marshmallows over the campsite’s pretty fire-pits as the stars start to twinkle at night. With a camp like this, we feel like Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt are gazing down in approval (and, let’s be honest, a hint of envy).

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