South Dakota Campground Sees Increasing Demand for Camping, But from a New Demographic

The Jellystone Park campground in Sioux Falls is seeing more local campers and fewer long-distance travelers, a change the park attributes to rising fuel costs and difficulties people have getting away for longer trips

SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota – When Ray Aljets built the campground that later became Jellystone Park Camp-Resort 23 years ago, most of his business was east-west traffic, particularly families from Chicago, Milwaukee and Minneapolis who traveled westward to visit the Black Hills.  Today, however, 65 to 70 percent of the Jellystone Park’s business is families who live within 100 miles of the park. “We still get the east-west traffic,” said Aljets’ son, Bruce, who now runs the park with his wife, Donna, and two of their children, Ray and Christina. “But now most of our business is local.”  

Business is strong, too. Last year, for example, the park surpassed its 2010 revenues by 11 percent, and this year looks to be just as strong as last year, if not stronger, Bruce Aljets said, adding that his park opens for the camping season on April 1st.  But the dynamics are different.

Fuel costs are higher than they used to be, which encourages people to visit campgrounds that are closer to home. Today’s families also have a harder time getting away for extended periods of time. Both parents usually work and often have a harder time getting their vacations to coincide. Kids also have more sporting activities available to them in the summer than they used to, all of which encourages families to camp closer to home. The good news, Bruce Aljets said, is that camping is as popular as ever, with one caveat. “People don’t want to rough it,” he said. “They want the comforts of home when they camp. Even tent campers want Wi-Fi so they can watch Netflix movies.”

As a result, Aljets provides his guests with cabins with house-like amenities, including cable TV and Wi-Fi service and hot showers. The campground also has a jumping pillow, pedal cart rentals, a heated swimming pool and spa, an indoor theatre and a miniature golf course. And for those who don’t have a tent or RV, the park provides a dozen rental cabins. 

Aljets’ Jellystone Park also has an activities director and provides organized family activities from May through the end of October that are designed to appeal to all ages, including Mother’s Day and Father’s Day weekend events; Mardi Gras and Christmas in July celebrations; and Bruce’s favorite, the “Messy Weekend” July 27th to 30th, which includes a chocolate pudding Slip N Slide, bobbing for worms and other messy activities. Late summer and fall activities include a corn maze and Halloween-themed weekend events, including costume and campsite decorating contests. A complete listing of activities and themed weekends is available at www.jellystonesiouxfalls.com.

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Yogi Bear™ Corn Maze Now Open in Sioux Falls

For the third consecutive year, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Campground of Sioux Falls is welcoming families to get lost in seven acres of twists, turns and dead ends in the world’s only Yogi Bear Corn Maze.

Opening Friday September 2, the corn maze is located at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Campground at the I-90 Exit 402. Admission is open to the general public and includes the corn maze with two levels of difficulty, jumping pillow, wagon rides and visits by Yogi Bear. Discounts are given to camping guests or groups of 20 or more

“Whether you solve the maze under blue skies, with flashlights, or the light of the moon on a starry night, the maze is fun for all ages,” said Bruce Aljets, owner of Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Campground. “Once again, we are excited to offer folks from the tri-state region a unique, budget-conscious option for the whole family to enjoy.”

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Campground of Sioux Falls was named Campground of the Year in 2009 by the Jellystone Park franchise system. The campground has won a number of awards since it was founded in 1989.

For more information regarding the corn maze hours and rates, visit siouxfallscornmaze.com or call 800-638-9043.

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Yogi Bear Corn Maze in South Dakota Opens This Weekend

Sioux Falls campground corn maze

Sioux Falls campground corn maze

Yogi Bear™ and his crew have been busy just outside our campground in Sioux Falls , South Dakota cutting the likeness of one of America’s favorite bears into the corn. The Corn Maze at Jellystone Park™ is set to open to the public on August 6.

Located at the Jellystone Park campground just three miles east of Sioux Falls, the maze features over 7 acres of turns, twists, and dead ends carved into stalks that reach over your head and offers an experience for those hungry for fun. Admission to the maze includes the maze which offers two levels of difficulty, use of the jumping pillow, two playgrounds, wagon rides, and visits by our “smarter-than-the-average bear” – Yogi Bear.

Hours of operation for the corn maze are Friday 5 pm to 9 pm, Saturday 12 pm to 9 pm, and Sunday 1 pm to 5 pm. The maze will be open through Halloween and will feature several special events, including a Superheros day on September 11th, a Yogi Bear’s Corny Fun Carnival and “Fright Nights” at the end of October.

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Sioux Falls Campground Wins Resort of the Year

While all Jellystone Park™ campgrounds offer excellent opportunities for family fun and top-notch camping, each year the system’s franchisor, Leisure Systems Inc., digs deep into the details to determine the very best of the best. This year, that campground is the Jellystone Park Camp-Resort of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and it’s been named Camp-Resort of the Year.
 
This is the highest honor that can be awarded to a Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park. The facility as well as its operators must exceed all Jellystone Park standards of operation. The recipient must be ranked in the Pinnacle Club (inspection rate of at least 95%), have shown a strong growth in business, implemented sustained improvements to the facilities and be viewed as a leader in the campground industry.

 Jellystone Park campground at Sioux Falls offers some of the best family camping and entertainment in the region. Just three miles from the Falls of the Sioux River and near attractions like Catfish Bay’s recreational waterski park, the Great Plains Zoo and Wild Water West water and amusement park, this campground has large campsites and three types of cabins. Kids will love the Jumping Pillow (and parents will love how it tires the little ones out), while everyone will enjoy the heated pool and spa, indoor theater, miniature golf, arcade and theme weekends and daily activities in-season. The campground owners, the Aljets, are always ready with a warm welcome for guests.  

deluxe cabins make for a comfortable stay

deluxe cabins make for a comfortable stay

Jellystone Park campground at Sioux Falls opens again in April.

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World’s Only Yogi Bear Corn Maze to Open in Sioux Falls, SD

Yogi Bear™ and his crew have been busy just outside of Sioux Falls cutting the likeness of one of America’s favorite bears into the corn. The Corn Maze at Jellystone Park is set to open to the public on August 1.

 

Yogi Bear Corn Maze

Yogi Bear Corn Maze

Located at the Jellystone Park campground just three miles east of Sioux Falls, the maze features over 7 acres of turns, twists, and dead ends carved into stalks that reach over your head and offers an experience for those hungry for fun. Admission to the maze includes the maze which offers two levels of difficulty, use of the jumping pillow, two playgrounds, wagon rides, and visits by our “smarter-than-the-average bear” – Yogi Bear.

 

“We are really looking forward to our Corn Maze opening,” said Bruce Aljets, owner and operator of campground. “Our new maze stands for all of the things we have always incorporated into our campground – clean, safe family fun. We are excited to have an added amenity that allows us to share the family fun with campers and non-campers alike.”

 

Hours of operation for the corn maze are Friday 5 pm to 9 pm, Saturday 12 pm to 9 pm, and Sunday 1 pm to 5 pm. The maze will be open through Halloween and will feature “Fright Nights” at the end of October.

 

About Jellystone Park

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park of Sioux Falls, SD has offered fun for the entire family since its opening in 1990. The campground located 3 miles east of Sioux Falls includes a swimming pool, hot tub, 2 playgrounds, jumping pillow, mini-golf, game room, basket ball and volleyball courts, 150 campsites and 12 cabins.

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South Dakota Campground Adds Amenities for Family Fun

The Jellystone Park campground in Sioux Falls has added a number of attractions that are sure to make your South Dakota vacation even more fun.  During the past two years, park owner Bruce Aljets has made over $200,000 in improvements including a new cabin, hot tub, patio area, jumping pillow and additional playground. Families will also enjoy the corn maze which opens late summer. 

The campground is close to Sioux Falls attractions including Catfish Bay, Falls Park, Wild West Water Park and EROS (Earth Resources Observation Satellite.) 

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deluxe cabin rentals in Sioux Falls

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