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Old 05-26-2015, 11:17 AM   #1
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Mt Rushmore and west

After granddaughter graduation and some family events,we will be leaving to go to Mt Rushmore after July 11th. We will wander and stay when we find good things so see, as we move nw. Then we would like to move to Yellowstone Np after labor day. Need to leave in time to get to Nashville for IRV2 rally. Weather appears to be ok. Has anyone stayed at Yellowstone this late and traveled SE ? I understand no one can predict the weather but?????

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Keep in mind... Mt. Rushmore "area" (Sturgis, Custer, Deadwood & Rapid City) will be crazy with motorcycles from about 7/20 thru 8/10, due to the 75th Anniversary of the Sturgis Rally..

If you're ok with it (motorcyclist are generally great people).. it would be a neat sight to see and you'll be assured there will plenty of "action" going on..

We actually did Mt. Rushmore and Yellowstone (two separate years) the week before the Sturgis Rally and it was fine.. I stayed in Custer and the site fee marginally went up for the rally.. this year may be a bit different, seeing as it's the 75th... but Custer is over 70 miles away and not in the heart of the Sturgis debauchery ..

There are plenty of "bikers" who are out and about even as far away as Yellowstone the week prior to the Rally.. again, these are good people, having a good time..

Have fun.. those two area's are awesome and you're lucky to have the time necessary to see them...

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Motorcyclist are in general like the population are good people. I have a few friends that ride. However, one biker week in Myrtle Beach was enough for this old man. May rethink. thank you
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I have spent much of September and early October in Yellowstone several times. It is actually my favorite time of year there. The crowds are greatly reduced. The elk, deer, and bison are mating. Mos all of the wildlife there is easier to observe.

Many of the facilities (especially camp grounds) within the park slose between Sept. 7 and Sept. 20. The Mammoth camp ground is open all year. See Opening & Closing Dates of Facilities - Yellowstone National Park (U.S. National Park Service). I don't know about the commercial camp grounds outside of the park.

Expect the nights to be cold. If you will not have electric hookups, your furnace fan can run down your batteries in half a night. In mt 5er, I added a catalytic heater that does not need electricity.

Snow is not unusual in Sept., but significant accumulations are not terribly likely. By Oct., the weather becomes more iffy.

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