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Old 09-02-2012, 04:21 PM   #1
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Suggestions for a Black Hills RV trip

We are taking our 36 foot MH and a toad to the Black Hills area in a few weeks and want to park it one place and do our exploring in the dinghy. Would appreciate suggestions for where to look for campgrounds. We prefer relatively open campgrounds and full hook ups if possible. Thanks for the suggestions in advance!

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Old 09-02-2012, 04:28 PM   #2
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I just came back from South Dakota in my Dutch Star. Stayed at Custer's Gulch campground and liked it very much. Custer State Park also has some nice camping areas.

Crazy Horse memorial is one of the most amazing things I've seen in my life

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Old 09-02-2012, 05:11 PM   #3
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Hi and welcome to the forum.

The Black Hills remains one of our favorite spots. For the type of site you've described, you might want to try Rafter J Bar Ranch - Home .

It's close to Crazy Horse and an easy drive to everything else. If you'll be there for several days, consider watching the lighting ceremony at Mt Rushmore. If you have a toad that can handle rough dirt roads, maybe pack an evening picnic and head out to behind where they do the annual buffalo roundup in Custer State Park.

It's magical to watch the herds graze and as sunset approaches the coyotes begin to cry out and it sounds like there are hundreds of them echoing throughout the valley.

BTW, don't get too close. It is NOT a petting zoo.

Have fun.

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We also should be in that area in about 10 days. Our plans are for the Rafter J Bar RV Park. I'm sure the Custer Place is good as well. Can't wait....
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:30 PM   #5
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Rafter Bar J Ranch a hit!

Thanks to those who suggested the Rafter Bar J Ranch in Hill City as a good place to stay for our week in the Black Hills. We loved the openness of the campsites, most with a great view of the surrounding hills and bluffs. Some sites were definitely more tight than others, and we should have driven around before accepting the first place we were given. We are rookies and are learning!
The campground was a perfect distance from all the sights we wanted to see. The suggestion to drive out onto the gravel roads south of the wildlife loop in Custer State Park was much appreciated. We felt as though we were seeing the area as the early settlers must have seen it.
Other than the fact we could not have a campfire or use charcoal grills, the area is breathtaking and so worth a visit. We will be back.
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Old 10-27-2012, 02:47 PM   #6
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Thanks for giving us a report back! Wish everyone would do so - good or bad.

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