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Old 09-08-2012, 01:55 PM   #1
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Mount Rushmore

Considering going to MT. Rushmore end of Sep. What is the best closest RV park to it. Already looked at RV Park Reviews, kinda hesitant on the KOA based on reviews. I also need a real pet friendly place. Tell me your choice and why. Thanks
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Old 09-08-2012, 02:17 PM   #2
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Keystone is closest to the memorial, but not much else to see. I've been to Mr. Rushmore a number of times, sometimes leading groups of 20 or more. It's about a 2 hour visit, including walking the trail to the base and the artist studio. Do return for the video and lighting ceremony at night. Custer, about 21 miles away has more attractions close by, including Wind Cave NP, Custer SP, Crazy Horse, Iron Mountain Road. If you want gambling, then look to Deadwood.
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Old 09-08-2012, 02:19 PM   #3
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We liked Rafter J Bar.

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The end of August 2011, we stayed at the Grace Coolidge CG in Custer State Park and really enjoyed using that as our base for seeing things in that general area. From there we went to see the indoor dig at Mammoth Hot Springs, drove the wildlife loop, did a few hikes in the Park, etc. Had a bison that bedded down on the entry lawn of the cg every night. The first night my sister was out walking her 2 dogs and came rushing over to our RV and banged on the door for us to come out. It was her first bison sighting and she was so excited. By the time we all left Yellowstone a few weeks later, she was so accustomed to having them trot through Fishing Bridge CG that she didn't even both to tell me.

For Rushmore, we arrived an hour or so before dark then stayed for the video and lighting ceremony. Only needed to make one trip that way.

Have a fun and safe trip. It's beautiful out there.
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We've stayed at the Rafter J Bar many times, including a three week stay this past June. We feel it's perfectly located as a home base for visiting not only Mt. Rushmore, but Crazy Horse, Custer State Park and a number of other both scenic and entertainment venues in the general area. The park is a collection of different campsite types. You want in the trees, OK, in the open, no problem. Near the pool and playground or a 100s of yards away?

September is a great time to visit. Low crowds, great weather. No doubt you'll enjoy your stay in the area.
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Do go to Custer and then take the Needles Highway - fantastic.

Rafter J has good reviews.
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:29 PM   #7
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Can't find the Rafter J on RV park reviews, what town is it in??
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Have been to the area many times and by far Rafter J in Hill City is your best bet. Easy access to all the attractions, pet friendly and a awesome location and views.
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I was in the area a couple of weeks ago. I found Custer to be a great place to stay. Custer State PArk is awesome and the Crazy Horse memorial is absolutely inspiring. Much more so than Mt Rushmore, IMHO
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Thanks for all the responses, looks like Rafter J is the place to go.
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Can anybody comment on the KOA near Rushmore?


http://koa.com/campgrounds/mount-rushmore/

We have two little boys (five and two) so plenty of kid friendly entertainment is key for us. The pools, jumping pillow, playgrounds, fishing, events, will all be great. If the spots are close together I may even consider renting 2 spots each night.

We plan to go the third week of July this year. We also have a Labrador that will need some exercise.

Thanks for your responses.
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I guess this is a better link, it is actually a resort of some sort with a KOA attached. Lots of stuff to do, but also I assume LOTS of people...

KOA Campgrounds RV Campgrounds | Palmer Gulch Black Hills
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