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Old 07-30-2013, 11:37 PM   #1
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We are planning a holiday that will take us to South Dakota in late September or early October. One of the sights we want to see is Mount Rushmore. We have bee studying the map for a place to stay nearby. If we stay at Custer State Park, is it an easy day trip to Mount Rushmore? Similarly, can we make that our home base for day trips to the Badlands National Park? Or, should we move the motorhome to that Park to see it? When we leave South Dakota we will be heading to Yellowstone.
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Old 07-31-2013, 12:47 AM   #2
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We just parked in the parking lot out front. Our "site" had a great view of the sculptures, especially at dawn! We weren't "camping" we were waiting for the park to open. Leave a light on and draw curtains.
Learned that from a ranger/LEO at the Hoover Dam when we did the same thing. Budget camping at it's finest.
I've heard several great reviews on Custer, and it's a short beautiful drive to Rushmore. Not sure what direction your coming from to comment on the Badland question...
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If memory serves, you can hit the west side of the Badlands in 45 mins from Custer taking the two lanes. Pop out the east end and take the Interstate back. It was a very nice day trip.
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X2^^^. We recently stayed in the Rapid City KOA as our home base and hit all the sites from there. Badlands is about a 50 mile drive from Rapid City, an easy day trip (don't forget to visit Wall Drug). Rushmore, Custer, Crazy Horse, Hill City, etc. are all right there.
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We came from the east......

"Interior Campground and Hotel" for the badlands @ the south entrance.
30 min to Wall Drug.

"Beaver Lake campground" in Custer for most everything else. Within a 1-2 hr drive to most everything but Devils Tower. 30min to rushmore and 15min to crazyhorse.

"No Name City Campground" for the Sturgis area, Spearfish and the bikers will be gone by then.

We did 3 nights in the badlands and 2 weeks each in the other 2 campgrounds with a 40' and toad.

Relaxing trip and saw most everything, biked the M. Trail, Hiked 1/2 the trails and mountain lookouts and caves, and did every colored car road trip on their "tourist map". Some scenic roads are not for big rigs.

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Custer state park is beautiful, as are the campgrounds, (be sure to check on access, you don't want to take your rig on some of the access roads), but we don't like it as a home base. It's a big park, with speed limits appropriate for the park. Depending on which campground you're in, and where you're headed, it can take an hour to just get out of the park.

We like the Hill City area as a home base. We've typically stayed at the Rafter J Bar, minutes away from Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, one of the many entrances to Custer State Park, Iron Mountain road, and everything else in the area.

We've done the Badlands as a long day trip a number of times but in the future would simply plan two or three nights in Wall, or Interior, for our visit to the Badlands either on the way to or from the Black Hills.
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Hi Freedom65,
My recommendation is a bit different. It is based on being more than a windshield tourist. Consider staying on the east side of the Badlands NP. There is a KOA and other CGs in the area. From this base camp one can tour the Badlands and take a hike or two. At the east entrance is the HQ for the Minute Man Missile National Historic Site at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site - Minuteman Missile National Historic Site One needs reservations to take the tour. Only 6 people are allowed on each tour. You get to see a launch complex and a silo with a missile (deactivated) in it. Then there is Wall Drug. One can get a really good buffalo burger.

After this I would move the coach to any of many CGs in the Mt. Rushmore area. There are many things to do in this area.
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^^ Excellent advice. And X2 on Wall Drug buffalo burger - free water and the rest of the store. When my daughter was young we made the trip that way several times. She enjoyed counting the signs to Wall Drug and looking around the place. She thought it was a great oasis in the middle of "nowhere" and funny that you could buy hair dye and fingernail polish and makeup for a night on the town! Memories!
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We stayed n the west side and made day trips to Badlands, Mt Rushmore, Custer state park, Sturgis and Wall Drug.

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Also while at Wall drug don't forget the 5 cent coffee which is part of what got them started.
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We just were there in May, stayed at Hill City/Raftor J, perfect rv park and close to all you want to see. Also Custer SP is awesome. Take a bag of Cheeto's for the wild burro's and they will go home with you. Also the Eye of the needle road is incredible.
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Custer State Park is a great place to stay while seeing the Black Hills area. It's beautiful. I think Badlands is a bit far for a day trip but that's just me.

Wall Drug- I stopped out of curiousity. It's a ridiculous waste of time. Free water and 5cent coffee isn't enough to make up for the parking hassle and tourist trap atmosphere. Wait until you get to Custer and have a great meal in one of the restaurants there.
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There is not one single campground in the Black Hills area that will be the answer. They are all full of beautiful scenery and you can get anywhere in the hills and back on a day trip. We stayed just a few miles southeast of Keystone, only a few miles from Rushmore and we did a day trip to Devil's Tower WY no problem. When it comes to choosing where to stay in the Black Hills, in my honest opinion, it is more about choosing a campground or resort that you like rather than by location. Nothing is out of reach for a decent drive. The badlands and Wall Drug can be easily reached for a good day trip also. No problems leaving after breakfast and returning by supper time for us and we had 3 children ages, 3, 5, 7 in tow.
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These are all very good points. There is no bad place to stay.

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There is not one single campground in the Black Hills area that will be the answer. They are all full of beautiful scenery and you can get anywhere in the hills and back on a day trip. We stayed just a few miles southeast of Keystone, only a few miles from Rushmore and we did a day trip to Devil's Tower WY no problem. When it comes to choosing where to stay in the Black Hills, in my honest opinion, it is more about choosing a campground or resort that you like rather than by location. Nothing is out of reach for a decent drive. The badlands and Wall Drug can be easily reached for a good day trip also. No problems leaving after breakfast and returning by supper time for us and we had 3 children ages, 3, 5, 7 in tow.
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