Day 5 – New Frontier Campground – Presho South Dakota I 90

Many people looking for rv parks in SD are traveling the long stretch on South Dakota I-90. Aside from 200 miles of billboards pleading with you to stop in Wall, SD, there isn’t much else before then! These are the stretches of highway, as most rvers know, where you just hope the rv gods keep the camper running. It would take hours waiting for a tow truck and there is nothing except Wall billboard signs for shade.

Our Sandy, Yet Private Site

Our Sandy, Yet Private Site


So let’s recap day five of our journey. We left Marion, South Dakota, heading to do some errands in Mitchell, SD. This was our first day of not having a planned stop for the night in an rv park. We called places for a 50 mile stretch only to find they hover around $30 no matter where you go. Ok…we’ve had some cheap rv sites to camp in so far…so we don’t feel bad about forking out the thirty dollars.

Anyway, we took the country backroads north from Marion toward Interstate 90 (They were great! We even took a shortcut up through Emery and came out about 10 miles from Mitchell). Our only problem that day was the wind. Oh, not just wind…they were blow you all over the highway winds…Edmund Fitzgerald type gales. Our gas mileage was never so bad…we were not happy campers.

New Frontier Campground

New Frontier Campground


Anyway, we grocery shopped in the “big city” and then popped back on the hwy to be tossed about like rag dolls. We had thought about stopping for the night in Chamberlain, but that city was a tourist zoo and it isn’t even officially tourist season in South Dakota! We knew any rv park there would be window to window rving, which we really don’t like, so we moved on. Then we remembered a place we camped a few years ago when going this way. An easy on, easy off and almost vacant campground called New Frontier Campground in a town called Presho.

Given that the rv parks SD (through this stretch) has to offer are all about the same price we decided to stay there for the night to have the quiet and privacy we yearn for. So here are the pros and cons of this park, based on our second time camping there:


  • Easy access right off the highway
  • Owners very nice/friendly
  • Rates equal to other rv parks in area that don’t have privacy like this
  • Beautiful, remodeled bathrooms with showers – look like Pier 1 decorated them! Clean is an understatement.
  • So much space to choose from with lots of elbow room – only six rvers there this time and a few years ago there were only about two!


  • If you try to save a few bucks with “electric only” sites, they are truly electric only with no water hookups
  • Gravel/sandy sites – and they had experienced a lot of rain, so we tracked in tons of grit, dirt and mud into the 5th wheel…yuck
  • Don’t like the entrance/exit hill – it’s not terribly steep but, again, isn’t paved so when wet it is icky. That said, in the heat of summer this won’t be an issue
  • Not much around there so plan accordingly for meals

new frontier campground and rv park presho sdAgain, we chose New Frontier Campground because we didn’t want a crammed rv park. If you’re like us then we highly recommend you camp here and enjoy the peace and quiet.

When we woke up this morning, the rain and wind had finally stopped – picture perfect day. Stay tuned for my next post coming within the hour…our recap of Day 6 and a $5.00 rv site!


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