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Old 03-10-2015, 03:13 PM   #15
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Hi Jake74,
Now your adding stops to a trip that is 2 weeks long. Just a concern for you to be careful. You will be in an area of the country that can easily take two months to see by seeing one thing per day and without doing anything twice. I made no mention of things to do because of the time you have. There is one little known place to see. That is the Minuteman Missile NHS at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site (U.S. National Park Service)
Warning, you will need reservations for a tour. The web site provides instructions.

There are so many other sites to see in the area, I hesitate to mention anything else. When there, the CG I stay at is Badlands / White River KOA | Camping in South Dakota | KOA Campgrounds This CG is south of The Badlands NP. After sundown, at the south entrance to the NP there is an amphitheater where presentation or not, one can sit and enjoy the pitch black night. I mean so black you can not see your hand at arms length. This is important because the sky will be full (I do mean full) of stars. You'll see the Milky Way (where earth lives) and every hour or so a Russian spy satellite will pass over head. Living east of the Mississippi River, you may never have seen a sky completely full of stars.

Moving over to the Rushmore/Crazy Horse area, consider http://koa.com/campgrounds/badlands/ It is on a main 4 lane highway. There is a PFJ about 1/2 mile away.
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Ok I think I've got it. Leaving on August 22nd and just driving till I get to Custer,SD which I figure will be August 24th. Will stay there the 24th-27th then heading to yellow stone and staying there the 27th through September 3rd. Figure I'll have 2 full days in Custer and 7 in yellowstone.

I want to see Rushmore,crazy horse,devils tower or Custer park. Might stay an extra day to do both.

For yellowstone I want to see of course Yellowstone,bill Cody museum and the Tetons.

I can always stay an extra day if need be.
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Hi Jake74,
When you get to Yellowstone, allow an entire day for the Old Faithful complex part of the park. There is quite a bit to see and do in that complex of activities. There is a restaurant next to the parking area.
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If come into Yellowstone from the east consider the Buffalo Bill Cody Museum. Spent two days just at the museum. The Cody firearm Museum is in the basement and houses about 7,000 firearms and a plethora of related relics.
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If come into Yellowstone from the east consider the Buffalo Bill Cody Museum. Spent two days just at the museum. The Cody firearm Museum is in the basement and houses about 7,000 firearms and a plethora of related relics.
Thanks. The Cody museum is top of my list.
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As some have suggested try and do both, after all who knows when and if they will get that way again.
Lots to see around Yellowstone but Monument Valley is my favorite.
Loved Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon is near by, just a thought.
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We did Monument Valley last year. Loved it. Stayed there a few days at Gouldings. Its a very nice campground.

Took the 3 hour tour that goes right from the campground.

I would highly recommend it.

If you want a drink in the evening make sure you bring booze. No liquor on the reservation.
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Except for those living on the reservations!
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If you are into expensive dry camping, the campground in Monument Valley is now open. $43.00 night, but the view is out of this world!
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...should have said sold on the reservation!
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I have never been to Monument Valley but have been to Yellowstone a number of times. If you want to stay in the park you are almost to late to get a site. Try reserving NOW. If not check out the West Yellowstone entrance. There are nice campgrounds there. Schedule at least a week to see everything you can from the roads and parking lots. Most people never leave the boardwalks attached to the parking lots so if you do you will be alone and will see more and better. Be careful the bison and the elk can get nasty. It best to leave the rv parked and take your car. Pack a lunch as food is expensive. Don't forget the camera and binoculars. Have fun and take your time.
This is exactly what we did RV at West Yellowstone and went to the end of all park roads with car. Yellowstone is AMAZING!!
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I tow a Honda element so I will have a car other than my MH to site see with. I'm trying to figure out how to get more days off work so I can head on down to monument valley after I see Yellowstone.
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I'm not sure which route to take. We have been going to Yellowstone for many years. I would suggest the southern entrance. You should see Jackson and the Grand Teton National Park. There is a camp ground just before you enter the south entrance of Yellowstone, the campground is Flagg Ranch. It is nothing special but it is perfect for running day trips into Yellowstone.

On the West entrance into Yellowstone, a small town called West Yellowstone which is actually in Montana and about 10 miles west of the Yellowstone entrance. The name of that park is Grizzly RV Park you can Google all of this.

Yellowstone is a place like no other in the United States. At every turn there is something to see. I've been there 20 times and have been amazed each time we go. Now we own a lot in Star Valley, Wyoming and spend our vacation time there. It is about 150 miles south of Yellowstone and about 50 miles south of Jackson Hole.
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Hi Jake74,
You have quite a dilemma. The area of the country you are visiting has a huge number of things to see and do. Keep the trip a casual as possible. Get your mind set that you'll need to return 2 or 3 times to take it all in.

If you do go to Monument Valley, in addition to what has been posted here, consider outside and north of the valley, in Utah is:
1. Valley of the Gods
2. Goosenecks State Park This is a quick stop on the way to the back entrance to Valley of the Gods. From Route 163 take Route 261 to the end. Park and walk to the railing. This view was the only stop in all the country that my teenage grandson stepped back and said WOW.
3. Then continue on route 261 to the back entrance for Valley of the Gods. This will take you back to route 163/191.
4. Go south on 163/191 toward Monument Valley. The town on the border is Mexican Hat. It is a nice place to have lunch.

If the weather has been wet, Valley of the Gods is best done with 4 wheel drive capability.
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