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Old 05-24-2012, 03:00 PM   #1
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Rapid City/Mt. Rushmore S.D.

We are continuing to plan our 8000 mile out west adventure. Any comments on campgrounds or parks in the Rapid City/ Mt. Rushmore area? Also for Cody Wy. We will leave South Florida the middle of July and plan to be at Rapid City after the Sturgis M/C Rally. We need sites for a 40' DP.Any comments on bug problems or repellants?

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Old 05-24-2012, 03:03 PM   #2
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We stayed at Rafter Bar J, I think it is SW of Rapid City. A huge old ranch converted to a campground. All you can eat pancakes in the morning.
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Try Whistler Gulch Campground & RV Park - Deadwood, South Dakota in Deadwood SD, we have stayed there many time , it's higher in altitude so cooler in the summer, enjoy.
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Hi Furniss,
I stay at Heartland RV Park & Campground (605-255-5460). It is on a 4 lane highway, easy in and out. The sites are large. Easy maneuvering for any size coach and toad. No trees so the SAT signal is no problem. Centrally located to the Southwest SD attractions. Go to Heartland Campground and read about the CG. There is a Flying J about 1 mile from the CG.
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I stayed in chris's campground a few weeks ago, liked it a lot and recommend it.

Last fall, i stayed at a place that is attached to the rodeo and museum in deadwood. It was late in the season, rodeo was closed, not recommended at the time, but might be better in the summer.
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We stayed at the KOA's at both Mt. Rushmore and Cody. Liked them both.
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Another vote for Rafter J.
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We've stayed at the Rafter J Bar a number of times, and will do so again this summer. We love it's central location (just south of Hill City) and the campgound is beautiful. Basically, turn left out of the park and you'll be heading back to Hill City and/or Rapid City, Spearfish canyon or even a day trip to Deadwood. Go right and you're headed to the Crazy Horse monument, Custer, Wind Cave. Straight and you'll be at Mt Rushmore in minutes, or just one of the entrances to Custer State Park, a must see/do while in the area. There are a lot of back roads to explore in the area too.

If you have a very young kids there may be another campgound with more kid specific activities.
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I enjoyed the Spearfish KOA. That was 2003!
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we stayed at Happy Holiday in Rapid city and at Ponderosa at Cody. Liked them both.
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There are numerous CGs in the northern Hills and some are good and some are just so-so. You will probably have a better visit if you stay a south of Rapid City. Rapid is at a lower elevation on the northern edge of the Hills. If you stay around Custer or Hill City, the elevation will be higher and the scenery better.
The ride south from Spearfish, up Spearfish Canyon is great and the scenery is awesome. You follow a small river most of the way up to Icebox Canyon and on to Lead and Deadwood. The jewel of the northern Hills is Custer SP with all the animals that are easily spotted from your car window.
It will be hot in July and when the sun goes down, the bugs will come out in that period before the temps drop to comfortable degree. bug juice will solve that problem. You will not be disappointed no matter where you stay, just stay in the area long enough to appreciate how unique it really is and how nice the people there are. However, if you go right after the Sturgis Rally, there will still be a large number of bikes still in the area. They love to ride those rodes in the Hills. Watch out for them and keep everyone safe.
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We are also from Fl. and will be staying in Deadwood at Fish N Fry CG from the 15th of June to the 21st. I will try to let you know what it OS like. Dennis
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There are numerous CGs in the northern Hills and some are good and some are just so-so. You will probably have a better visit if you stay a south of Rapid City. Rapid is at a lower elevation on the northern edge of the Hills. If you stay around Custer or Hill City, the elevation will be higher and the scenery better.
The ride south from Spearfish, up Spearfish Canyon is great and the scenery is awesome. You follow a small river most of the way up to Icebox Canyon and on to Lead and Deadwood. The jewel of the northern Hills is Custer SP with all the animals that are easily spotted from your car window.
It will be hot in July and when the sun goes down, the bugs will come out in that period before the temps drop to comfortable degree. bug juice will solve that problem. You will not be disappointed no matter where you stay, just stay in the area long enough to appreciate how unique it really is and how nice the people there are. However, if you go right after the Sturgis Rally, there will still be a large number of bikes still in the area. They love to ride those rodes in the Hills. Watch out for them and keep everyone safe.
Ok help me out here,,,, What in the name of George Custer is "bug juice"?
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Old 05-28-2012, 08:24 AM   #14
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I'm sorry .... Anything with Deet in it. Deep Woods Off and such. It's been "bug juice" since ... well a long time ago when it came in a OD green plastic bottle.
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