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Old 06-25-2015, 12:36 PM   #1
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Best place to stay,,,, Black Hills, SD

Headed west in September, going to spend 2 nights in the Black Hills area.

Please share suggestions on where to camp for 2 nights?

We plan to spend a day, ride the motorcycle some, check on Crazy Horse etc..


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First, two days is not enough!

To directly answer your question, we always stay at the Rafter J Bar, Hill City. We like the park and it's ideal location.

Straight out of the park and you'll end up at Mt Rushmore, the Iron Mountain road and one of the entrances to Custer State Park or Sylvan Lake. Turn right out of the park and you're minutes from Crazy Horse then on to Custer.

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x2 on Rafter J but I think you may wish you had allotted more time for this great area.
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We stayed at the Rafter J three years ago and really liked it. Close to things we wanted to see. We were there 3 nights.

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Old 06-25-2015, 05:38 PM   #5
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Yes, awesome area, just taking a break there on the way to Yellowstone. We have been there 2 times before.

I will checkout the Rafter J.


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Old 06-25-2015, 05:43 PM   #6
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While exploring the Badlands N.P. there is a nearby KOA in Interior, S.D.
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Spearfish, South Dakota City Campground was great for us.
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Just got back from there. We stayed in Custer at Welikit Campground. Nice people.

Some of the best riding roads I have ever ridden are there. The Needles Parkway and the Iron Mountain Road are awesome! (For a motorcycle that is. Difficult or impossible for an RV.)

If there is a time crunch forget Sturgis. It's a ghost town after the Rally.

I found Deadwood and Lead more interesting. Rushmore is a must see. You will enjoy it all.
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We liked Rush-No-More cg. East of Wal-Mart and Sturgis a few miles, easy off-on I-90 but no road noise because of low hills between. Grassy sites, pool, nice people running the place.
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Hart Ranch in Rapid City, is one of the nicest RV parks we have ever stayed in. Great location, very well maintained and reasonable $$$.

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beaver lake campground near custer gets my vote
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Old 07-12-2015, 09:30 PM   #13
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We are at Beaver Lake in Custer as I write this. Love the place. It has a very woodsy feel and ambiance. Plus, we have our 5 yr old grandson with us, so the water slide is a bonus. Stayed at Custer's Gulch 3 years ago and liked it, but this is better for the GS.
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Was there just last month. Big Pine Campground in Custer is great also. Owners are extremely nice. Lets just they helped salvage an otherwise ruined vacation because of a breakdown on the way there.

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