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Old 09-10-2015, 02:34 AM   #1
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Mount Rushmore do's and don'ts....

What should I not do when visiting this monument with my Motorhome and Toad? In checking out the satlellite view, it appears there are parking spaces for an RV but if I am pulling a toad, it looks like I might need to make other arrangements. I doubt I'll want to spend too much time there as in staying at an RV park or camping so I'll probably just be moving thru the area but I'd like to see it anyway. Any suggestions are appreciated, thanks...
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You should stay near Mount Rushmore at least one night. The nightly lighting program is great.

If you go, you should leave the RV at the campground and just go in the toad. I remember how crowded the roads were getting out.
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Mount Rushmore do's and don'ts....

As you are just traveling thru --there is plenty of parking for your RV & toad. They are set up to accommodate these set ups.

I do agree the night show is very worth while. They do a tribute to veterans during the show. Special !!

Heck it might be worth a call and see if they will allow you to stay the night in the parking lot. I doubt they would allow that but be worth s call ???

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We just came from there just driving our toad and we are glad we did. Very few RV & toad spaces plus as you approach the pay booth it is a very sharp right turn with 2 lanes going in. (Very Tight) I say park the coach somewhere and toad it in and enjoy.
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We went there last summer. The parking is controlled by a concessionaire- but- if you ride the perimeter road, you will see plenty-without charge.

It was my third visit to Rushmore, over 50 years- certainly my least memorable.
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Mt Rushmore
Mt Rushmore Light Ceremony
Crazy Horse
Crazy Horse Laser Show
Needles Hwy
Iron Mountain Rd
Custer Park
Custer Park Wildlife Loop
Deadwood
Hill City
Custer
Keystone
Badlands
Wall Drug
Mitchell Corn Palace
Spend at least a week in the area to enjoy all that is has to offer (spend two if you can)

Don't's

Take your RV sightseeing
Only stay for a day or two

I can guarantee I've missed many other attractions, and I'm sure others will chime in... That area is absolutely beautiful and deserves more than one day... If you're passing thru with limited time.. completely understand.. but if you're able.. I'd make the time...
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What if you don't have a toad?
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While in the area consider going to the " Crazy Horse " memorial as well. We really enjoyed it. If you still until evening they have a lazer show as well.
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there are some rv parking spaces, but if you dont get there early, they are gone.
maybe some campgrounds offer shuttle service? the turn into the parking if really tight, even for a large truck.
the light show, and other attractions make it worth while to stay a couple of days.
if you go thru custer park and see the buffalos. beware of one young bull that hangs out by the road. he chased me a half mile before he gave up. if he had damaged my new truck, i dont know what would have happened. i do like buffalo burgers.
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Do's

Mt Rushmore
Mt Rushmore Light Ceremony
Crazy Horse
Crazy Horse Laser Show
Needles Hwy
Iron Mountain Rd
Custer Park
Custer Park Wildlife Loop
Deadwood
Hill City
Custer
Keystone
Badlands
Wall Drug
Mitchell Corn Palace
Spend at least a week in the area to enjoy all that is has to offer (spend two if you can)
Haven't been there for a few years now but here are a few more.

The Air Force Base has an aircraft museum that is pretty good.
Devil's Tower is a good day trip to the Northwest.
Rapid City is a fun city with some good food spots.
Sturgis is worth a drive through.

Last trip we towed our 4WD and went off roading in Custer. Thought we'd see lots of wildlife back in the boonies. Nope, they were all down by the loop begging for food. BTW, beware of burros that block the road while there buddies stick their heads in your window looking for treats!

Saw a fool in Custer get up close and personal with a buffalo in a wallow to get a picture. NOT a good idea!!! He ran for his life.
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Thanks everyone for the good info, sounds like we may have to stay a bit longer!
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Do's

Mt Rushmore
Mt Rushmore Light Ceremony
Crazy Horse
Crazy Horse Laser Show
Needles Hwy
Iron Mountain Rd
Custer Park
Custer Park Wildlife Loop
Deadwood
Hill City
Custer
Keystone
Badlands
Wall Drug
Mitchell Corn Palace
Spend at least a week in the area to enjoy all that is has to offer (spend two if you can)

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Take your RV sightseeing
Only stay for a day or two

I can guarantee I've missed many other attractions, and I'm sure others will chime in... That area is absolutely beautiful and deserves more than one day... If you're passing thru with limited time.. completely understand.. but if you're able.. I'd make the time...
I think you have it about right! But you missed Sturgis, and the Broken Spoke just burned to the ground.
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I think you have it about right! But you missed Sturgis, and the Broken Spoke just burned to the ground.
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I think you have it about right! But you missed Sturgis, and the Broken Spoke just burned to the ground.

I think it was the Full Throttle that burnt to the ground. Not sure ??

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