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Old 04-09-2013, 10:48 PM   #15
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If your retired military, Ellsworth AFB Family Camp near Rapid City.
Don't forget to visit Wall Drug, Sturgis, Tour the town of Deadwood (RV Park next to Museum), Devils Tower (just over the border in Wyo. If time allows, Custers Battlefield in Garyowen MT is further NW.

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Rafter J. Awesome, close to most sights.

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So many choices!! We are from SD and have camped in the "Hills" since we were kids. Rafter Bar J has been there since I was a kid and stayed there then.
It is nice place as everyone has mentioned but we also like to check out other places. Stayed at Horse Thief which is close to RBJ and liked it there also. Since we were on bikes, spent little time at CG and more time riding.
There are very nice State Parks that are a lot less in cost. Sheridan Lake, Pactolla, and others have some Parks on or near lakes and offer a more secluded camping. There are some others that are in NPS and have no facilities but really seculded areas with trout streams running through them. I was at one last year and it was large enough for 5ers to get in. There was water in few places to draw from. No dumping stations.
Go to the SD home page, they have a very good tourism division that can get you more information.
There are some newer CG's that I want to also check out sometime we found last year. We're going back in June. Have a great time!!
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:14 PM   #18
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fort welikit

Im from rapid city. My wife and i stay at fort welikit all the time. Just a few miles from custer state park and mount rushmore. I consider this a hidden gem. It has private showers/ bathrooms which are kept very clean. They can take just about any size trailer or rv but double check with them. The owners seem nice. If you visit chances are my wife and i will be at #70 or #71 with our three non barking well behaved huskies.
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:52 PM   #19
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Rafter J is right on the Mickelson bike trail, a very nice camp ground.
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Old 04-13-2013, 07:30 AM   #20
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We stayed at the Custer/Mount Rushmore KOA last spring. We drove by the Mount Rushmore KOA (a lot bigger) and we were quite pleaseed we'd picked the more peaceful and smaller campground. Friendly service and free coffee and waffles every morning. Excellent location too for all the attractions.

We also saw the Custer Gulch as we hired a car from there (we didn't have a toad for the Needles Highway etc) - looked nice and spread out, and fairly flat too.

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