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Old 09-20-2014, 09:56 AM   #1
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Black Hills loop info

Hi, my husband & I are new to RVING. We have a 35 ft type A RV & we have traveled across Canada from Victoria, BC to the east coast of Canada, down the east coast of USA to New York & now we're in Iowa on the I 20 heading west. We want to visit the Black Hills, Mt Rushmore & then travel to Yellowstone. We're a little concerned about # 16. Is it OK for an Rv of our size? Also should we stay on the 20 to approach from the south or go up to the 90 and enter that way? Any helpful suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Highway 16 west of Custer is a mess, under construction and marginal for bigger rigs anyway. If you're coming west on 20 you should be able to turn north on 385 into Custer. 16 from Custer all the way to Rapid City is no problem.

You'll enjoy the Hills, we always do and just left there less than a week ago.
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Old 09-20-2014, 10:13 AM   #3
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Unless you are in a hurry, why don't you leave Custer to the north toward Hill City. Then over to Lead and then north on to Spearfish down Spearfish Canyon to I-90. Beautiful ride, but longer than the hiway 16 route
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Stay on 90 to Billings exit in Laura on 212 to 120 to Cody, it's a lot better than west on 14 or 16.
Stay a couple of days in Cody, Wild Bills hotel & museum are fun.
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There is a fantastic drive for tow cars (not for class A's) within the Black Hills ... Sylvan Lake, Needles Eye, pigtail bridge, tunnel that is directly in line with Mount Rushmore, donkey herd, bison herd ... I am not sure of the numbers but I think they are 16A, 244, and 87 ... ask for information
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You're thinking of the Needles highway and the Iron mountain road. Both are must do, but definitely not with the RV.
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Thanks for all your suggestions. We didn't have WiFi so didn't read them until after we'd made our decision to travel I 90. We're now in the Badlands loop & have decided to camp at Rapids City & take a bus tour around the Black hills & Mt Rushmore. Saves the nerves. Next we want to go to Yellowstone. Any suggestions regarding the best route?
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To Yellowstone: I-90 to Bozeman MT, south on 191. There are other ways in, but if you're looking for low stress...

You'll stay in or near West Yellowstone. We liked Yellowstone Holiday. Its a few miles out of town (about 15 minutes from the park entrance) but while in camp you look across a big lake at mountains.
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Thanks. Thats an interest ing way of approaching.
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Is the eastern route in through Yellowstone Lake not a good route?
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No personal experience here other than the western entrance , but My checking showed both the eastern and northeastern entries are not advised for motorhomes.
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Check this out for information on Yellowstone routes.
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We always use the Game Lodge Camp ground, never think of taking your RV on the Needles Highway, you drive it in your toad first, they you will see why others use the toad, Love the burro's and their method of getting food from passer bys. This time of year is a little late, was there in Oct 1st, snow, highwinds and 28f. I run for Virginia.
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