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Old 05-07-2012, 02:00 PM   #15
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By far our favorite place to stay near Mt. Rushmore is the Rafter Bar J
Rafter J Bar Ranch - Home Big open spaces and lots to do for the children.
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Yup, this is the place to stay. Central location, great staff, spotless facilities.

Will be there again towards the end of June
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Old 05-07-2012, 02:17 PM   #16
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In Sturgis stay at the former Mt. Rodney now Sturgis RV park right smack center of town on a hill overlooking town. The upper loops have a great view of town. Walk to everything in town too.

Outside I like Custer's Gulch RV park right outside the west Custer SP entrance in Custer. It is nicely tucked away and does not have all the kiddie magnet "amenities" hence stays nice a quiet... However, you'll rarely be home as there is too much to do and see around here.
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Old 05-08-2012, 06:45 AM   #17
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Thanks For info - we were thinking of Rush No More campground in Sturgis? We have 2 40 ft mh - is this a good place - plenty of room for big rigs? Any other suggestions? Want to be near Rapid City - centrally located.
Also any mountainous or steep inclines getting there on I 90?
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Outside of bike week, Sturgis really has nothing to offer and is not central to much, maybe Deadwood & Rapid City. It was a pretty good hike to most of the 'good' places. We stayed at the Bulldog which took Passport and we had a FHU 50 amp site for $17 a night. The sites are big to huge and as it was outside of bike week there were only a few of us there. Its run by a very nice women. There is a Verizon cell tower across the highway so our cell and broadband were great. Other than Bear Butte SP, we found Sturgis to be pretty much a dump. We had wanted to stay near Custer SP, but we were there for the 4th of July. We put 1k plus on our toad during our 10 day stay. So we did some trucking getting to Custer SP, Mt Rushmore, Wind Cave NP, etc.

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We've got three weeks reserved at the Rafter J Bar in June. While it's been a while, we've been there many times and love the area.

As an aside, we'll be establishing SD residency while we're there this time.
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Old 05-08-2012, 06:26 PM   #19
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I'm sure you will enjoy your time at the Rafter Bar J. We have been there twice already and will be there again when we go through Hill City next time.

ENJOY AND TRAVEL SAFE
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We gave up staying in Sturgis - would rather stay more centrally located - does anyone know about Rushmore Shadows s of Rapid City? Rafter J Bar is a little out of our price range - we are not Passport members.
Can't wait to be in the area - planning on mid June.
Also what is the weather like mid June?
Thanks to everyone
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Not trying to beat a dead horse here, but you will do much better in the Hills rather than out in the open at Sturgis. I must say however there are a couple of pretty good bar-food restaurants in Sturgis. We do enjoy The Knuckle Saloon and their great philly cheese steak sandwiches. The atmoshere is good, the beer is cold!
Temperatures will be several degrees cooler in the Hills. Suggest you drive from Spearfish on I-90, up Spearfish Canyon to the south and see/experience the scenery and the cold water flowing down the canyon. You end up in Ice Box Canyon and on down to Lead and the Homestake Gold Mine - one HUGE hole in the ground.
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Has anyone stayed in a mh at Rushmore Shadows near Keystone, SD or Lake Park Campground near Rapid City? We will have 2 - 40 ft mh's with tow vehicles?
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RedLeah:

Yup, we've stayed at Rushmore Shadows in our 40 ftr. w. toad and thought it was a very good spot. Open sites, easy maneuvering, great location for touring the entire Black Hills area including short run into Rapid City and easy day trip up to Devils Tower if ya want.

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