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Old 03-26-2016, 08:55 PM   #1
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Talking Mt Rushmore

Well I took the giant leap and retired on Halloween Day. Now that the weather seems to warming I am going on my first long MH trip. I am planning on going to Mt Rushmore, then flip a coin on which way to go from there. I know from looking on line that there are several good campgrounds in the area. I would really appreciate advice on 2 or 3 very good ones. I'm coming from Oklahoma and am just going to meander my way, so if you see me and my Freelander give me a shout.
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We were in Rapid City last summer and visited Hart Ranch it was very nice. I wish we had stayed there, but if we go back that's where we will stay.
It is a few miles to Mt Rushmore. Make sure to visit the Crazy Horse monument. We liked it better than Rushmore, it was not as commercial. Custer State Park and if you don't mind driving, a visit to the Badlands will be memorable.

http://hartranchresort.com/?utm_sour...arkReviews.com

Good luck and Happy Trails!!
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Old 03-26-2016, 09:37 PM   #3
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Thanks, I checked out the link and watched the video. To say I was impressed is an understatement. This place will be on the top of my list. I will be pulling my Cherokee to I can take trips all over. And Crazy Horse is definitely on my list.
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We really liked Rafter J Bar campground, also the KOA looked really nice. Both close to all attractions
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I'll second the Rafter J Bar, it's always our first choice and perfectly located to take in all the local sights. The Hart Ranch always gets good reviews but it is some distance from everything you're there to see.
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I thank each of you, ever since I have been on irv2 I have been amazed a.t amount of help and advice that the members share with others. This is my first but not last long trip and maybe with time I will be able to pass info on to others. Again thank you
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We stayed at Rafter Bar J two summers ago. We liked it. It was in a decent location to take in the area attractions. We did rushmore, needles Hwy, Hill city and the 1880's Train, and took the girls to Flintstones Village. Glad we did as Flintstones closed last summer for good.

I wouldn't do Needles unless you have a toad.
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Also, stop in Deadwood, SD. Wild Bill Hickcock and Calamity Jane are buried there. The Mount Rushmore KOA is a nice place to stay.
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We stayed at www.happyholidayresort.com when we were there in 2014. Not your 5-star Rv park, but we tend to park and sleep at the parks, spend our days on outings. $30-40 a night w/ 50amp/full hook ups.
We did Rushmore and a day drive to Sturgis and outlying areas.
A side trip to Devils Tower is worth the drive. We drove the Rv to the edge of the park and took the toad into the park on our way to the Rv park / Rushmore.
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I don't know what route you are taking but if you're on 90 you have to go to Wall Drug Store in Wall, SD.

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Good ice cream there. You have to go there once...it's like Quartzite, AZ. You have to go see it once.
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I don't know what route you are taking but if you're on 90 you have to go to Wall Drug Store in Wall, SD.
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Good ice cream there. You have to go there once...it's like Quartzite, AZ. You have to go see it once.

2nd that. We stopped there, too.
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We stayed at 3 Flags Rv Park
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My recommendation for camping is right in Custer State Park! Mt. Rushmore is about 30 minutes away (direct route). The Needles Highway is spectacular (toad only...!!!). Several CG's in Custer SP itself - amenities vary at each one, so check them out on line. The park is home to the largest free-roaming herd of bison in the US - awesome to see them with their calves in the spring! Much more elbow room in the SP than any of the commercial CG's around... ST
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My recommendation for camping is right in Custer State Park! ... ST
As Loggenrock suggests, Custer has some nice campground facilities. Should you choose to stay in one of them be cognizant of what route you take to get to it. Also, it can take much more than 30 minutes, sometimes up to three times that, to get to any sights outside the park if starting from one of the internal campgrounds, depending on which you are in and where you are heading. It's a combination of two lane roads, speed limits, limited access points, traffic and location.

If looking to see all the Hills have to offer I'd suggest you pick a home base outside the park. If there only to enjoy Custer State Park, that is a different matter.
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