Tipi Stays

Tipi Stays is a youth-led cultural tourism enterprise of the Lakota Youth Development—a native non-profit organization. Patronage helps support important youth programs.  

Immerse yourself in the Lakota culture by staying in Lakota-style tipis. Interact with knowledgeable staff and elders that offer storytelling, creating traditional arts, and outdoor activities. Well-marked signage leads visitors to a quiet valley full of wildlife, bird watching and minimal light pollution for fantastic star gazing. 

Shower and laundry facilities are available on site.

A great family experience.

Limited dates for booking; call for availability. 

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Latitude: 43.122209 Longitude: -99.176019 Elevation: 2139 ft
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Number of Persons Property Will Accommodate

Up to 6 persons per tipi; camp capacity is 40.

Property Access

Located five miles southeast of Herrick in Gregory County, off Highway 18 on the Oyate Trail tourism route. Well-marked signage ensures visitors easy access to the camp via car. No RV hook ups at this time. 

Warming Source

Wood Burning Stove

Kitchen Supplies Available (if any)

Commercial kitchen and full-time cook offers continental breakfast, lunch and dinner with mid-day snacks for campers. Box lunches are available upon request for an additional fee. There is a campfire each evening with access to roasting sticks for s'mores and hotdogs.

What to Bring

  • pillow
  • light jacket for evenings
  • sunscreen
  • insect repellent
  • closed-toe shoes for hiking and horse activities
  • towels and personal hygiene supplies
  • fishing gear (licenses can be purchased locally)
  • allergy medication; there are wild plants, grasses, and honey bees on property 
  • sleeping bags are available 

Nightly Rate or Fee (if any)

Lodging and activity package: $150/night 16 years and older; $75/night youth. Tipi stay for 1-3 persons: $375/night. Lodging only: $100/night 16 years and older; $30/night youth.

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Eco-Friendly Notes

Tipi stays is located on 10 acres on the Rosebud Indian Reservation. We embrace the "leave no trace" perspective, share the grounds with wildlife, and support the return of indigenous plant and prairie grasses. Youth nurture a "restoration" garden where over 300 wild, edible, and medicinal plants are grown to flourish unharvested.

No pesticides or chemicals are allowed on property as youth nurture honeybees in order to assist the recovery of the honeybee population and bring balance back to great mother earth. 

Harvesting of plants is prohibited unless it is a structured activity supervised by camp staff.

No alcohol or drugs allowed, as we keep this environment sacred for youth development.

Locally or Family-Owned Business Notes

Lakota Youth Development is governed by a Native American Board of Directors who are tribal members of the various reservations across South Dakota, specifically Milks Camp Community of the Rosebud Indian Reservation where the camp is located. Youth Societies are also a part of the organizational structure of this nonprofit.

Please visit www.lakotayouthdevelopment.org for more information on this locally-owned business and nonprofit work.

Accessibility Notes

The campgrounds offer accessible kitchen and shower facilities. The outdoor paths and trails are a combination of mowed prairie and gravel/sand, no paved or sidewalk areas.

Pet Friendly Notes

Only socialized pets please—those accustomed to the outdoors and leaving wildlife undisturbed. Please call to discuss accommodations for your animals.

Seasons Open

Limited dates June through October.

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Contact Information

Marla BullBear
605-654-2057 (Fax)
30122 352nd Avenue
PO Box 277
Herrick, SD 57538 US
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