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Old 08-02-2019, 04:05 PM   #1
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Crazy Horse & Mt. Rushmore

We are planning a trip to these 2 sites & surrounding are in late September. Would appreciate data on boondocking, rv parks and "do not miss this" adventures for the area. Thks much:
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Don’t miss Custer State Park and Needles Hwy.
385 is a great day trip to Deadwood,Lead and South to Hot Springs.
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Don’t forget Wind Cave and Jewel Cave tours about 20-30 minutes west of Custer and the active Mammoth dig site in Mammoth Hot Springs about 45 minutes south.
We have stayed at Buffalo Ridge RV Park twice. It can handle big rigs in the front row. Folks who operate it are friendly. It is 25-45 minutes to Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse and 10-15 minutes to the state park.
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Old 08-02-2019, 04:33 PM   #4
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Lighting Ceremony (at night) at Mount Rushmore
Iron Mountain Road
Sylvan Lake in Custer State Park - nice place for hiking, picnicking, and enjoying!
Hayride in Custer State Park, departs from Blue Bell Lodge - sightseeing, wildlife viewing, cowboy meal, music, and fun, they recommend reservations
Rafter J Bar Ranch https://www.rafterj.com/ (campground centrally located)
Roughlock Falls in Spearfish Canyon
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Rafter J Bar Ranch RV Park has to be on your shortlist of camps to stay at. Near to both monuments & Hill City.
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Old 08-02-2019, 06:20 PM   #6
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I'd recommend Custer State Park.
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Forgot to mention: The annual buffalo roundup is held in the state park the last weekend in September. You should google the dates.
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The badlands are not far away either. Like night and day compared to the surrounding area.

Hopefully you are taking a Toad for the trip through iron mountain and needles highways.

While out there for the Sturgis 75th, we saw a tour bus get wedged in one of the tunnels on needles - messed up the side pretty good.

When on iron mountain one of the tunnels is a perfect picture frame for Mount Rushmore which is pretty cool.
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Smile thanks for the info, a good start

[QUOTE=2late;4892889]Donít miss Custer State Park and Needles Hwy.
385 is a great day trip to Deadwood,Lead and South to Hot Springs.[/QUO
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I volunteered in Custer State Park. The Buffalo round up is always the last Fri in Sept. An art festival is held all weekend at the same time.

If you want to drive Needles Hwy or Iron Mt Road, definitely go in your tow vehicle. Every week we had to have a Motorhome or 5th wheel winched out. Once a month a tour buss too. The road was shut down for several hours in both directions and there is no place to turn around.

Make sure you go on the Wildlife Loop Rd too. Itís 18 miles long. Take your tow.
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Another vote for visiting Custer State Park. The Park itself is gorgeous, and camping is available there, as well, if you're so inclined.

Have a wonderful trip!

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Forgot to mention Devils Tower. Little bit of a drive but definitely worth the trip. It is impressive just sticking up there in the middle of nowhere.
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We are planning a trip to these 2 sites & surrounding are in late September. Would appreciate data on boondocking, rv parks and "do not miss this" adventures for the area. Thks much:


Rushmore was a nice view,but disappointed. Everything but restaurant and gift shop are CLOSED for the next 22 months
Do go to see "Broken Boot Gold Mine". Great experience. On the way to Deadwood.
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The badlands are not far away either. Like night and day compared to the surrounding area.

Hopefully you are taking a Toad for the trip through iron mountain and needles highways.

While out there for the Sturgis 75th, we saw a tour bus get wedged in one of the tunnels on needles - messed up the side pretty good.

When on iron mountain one of the tunnels is a perfect picture frame for Mount Rushmore which is pretty cool.
Actually all 3 tunnels line up to frame Mt Rushmore.
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