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Old 03-11-2014, 12:59 PM   #1
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Hi. Any suggestions for a two night stay on way to Montana near Mount Rushmore. Thanks. Sorry. Will be traveling in mid June.
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Old 03-11-2014, 01:06 PM   #2
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We stayed at Rafter J Ranch RV park which is in Hill City very near Mt. Rushmore. There was a KOA in Keystone which seemed fine. There are others in the area.
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What route are you taking? Do you want to see Rushmore and surrounding area?

Could make a difference on how far you travel off the main route.
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We've stayed at Crooked Creek CG near Hill City. Black Hills | Resort | Camping | RV Park
We've also stayed at Mt. Rushmore KOA. You might look at Sleepy Hollow CG in Wall, SD. It's 2 blocks from Wall Drug and not far off I-90. From Wall, it's a short distance to visit the Badlands NP also. I noticed last summer that Sleepy Hollow didn't show as a campground on my Garmin GPS, but it is there!
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Old 03-11-2014, 03:25 PM   #5
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Rafter J Bar is a great CG for the Black Hills.
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We spent a week at Rafter J Bar last September. Great setting. Would definitely stay there again.
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Old 03-11-2014, 03:29 PM   #7
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We loved the Mt Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch near Hill City! If we are back that way that is where we will be staying. Loved the pancake hut in campground each morning.
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We will also be in that area in Mid June for a few days. Then we will continue north west into Montana and Alberta. We decided to stay outside of Rapid City a little further east at Badlands KOA. We can see Badlands and Wall Drugs and Mount Rushmore from there. We are more interested in the badlands than the black hill and also keeps us from having to tow in the hills. So unless someone here thinks my that is a bad idea.
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Crooked Creek and Rafter J are both very close proximity to each other and both very close to Mount Rushmore and to Hill City which is a great town. Both are great parks and have a little different vibe in my opinion. I would look at both of their web sites and see which one looks better to you. Good Luck!
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Another vote fot Mt Rushmore KOA.
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Mt Rushmore KOA is by far one of the best CG's we've ever stayed in.... I totally recommend it for your family....
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We will also be in that area in Mid June for a few days. Then we will continue north west into Montana and Alberta. We decided to stay outside of Rapid City a little further east at Badlands KOA. We can see Badlands and Wall Drugs and Mount Rushmore from there. We are more interested in the badlands than the black hill and also keeps us from having to tow in the hills. So unless someone here thinks my that is a bad idea.
It's truly personal preference, but we enjoyed the Black Hills area over the Badlands. The Black Hills had Mt. Rushmore, Needle's Eye Highway, Custer State Park, Deadwood, and more whereas the Badlands, while very impressive, seemed to have much less diversity. Both places are spectacular in their own way and should be seen. We enjoyed the Black Hills the most.

Incidentally, we stayed at a respectful campground called Horse Thief Campground not to far from Mt. Rushmore and close to Needle's Eye Highway. We were in a 40ft. MH and the only challenge was driving between a single set of pines that didn't leave much room. Dirt roads, some hard turns, but full hook-ups on large, level site right in the foothills and off the beaten trail.

In any event, you won't be disappointed with your trip!

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In 2012 we stayed at Happy Holidays RV Resort, which is right across the road from the Reptile Gardens. Park was ok and not too far of a drive to Mt Rushmore. Found out much to our disappointment that because the RV park was in the valley, ATT got no service there, although Verizon customers were not affected. In order to use phones, we'd have to get in car and drive to top of butte so our cell's could 'see' a tower.
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Likely you will be traveling I-90. If you go South into the Hills, it is several miles to the really good parts of the northern Hills. Hill City, Custer and Custer State Park, Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Needles Hiway, Iron Mtn Road (not for RVs!!). Take a couple more than the two days you have planned, because there is so much history and things to see there.
You could get off 90 at Spearfish (US14) and drive up Spearfish Canyon into Lead and Deadwood, then to Hill City and on over to Rushmore and Crazy Horse.
Oh yeah, see the free roaming buffalo in Custer State Park.
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