RV News RVBusiness 2021 Top 10 RVs of the Year, plus 56 additional debuts and must-see units → ×
RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > CAMPING, TRAVEL and TRIP PLANNING > Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 01-12-2021, 10:17 AM   #1
rickemo's Avatar

Forest River Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
RV Trip Wizard
Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: Mount Joy, PA
Posts: 52
Mount Rushmore

Anyone out there been to Mount Rushmore? We looking to go in 2021 and are wondering what is the best time of year to go. Also, suggestions on nearby campgrounds.

Rick & Phy + Sammi our mini labradoodle
2020 Forest River FR3 30DS
2016 Jeep Wrangler Sport
rickemo is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 01-12-2021, 10:20 AM   #2
Junior Member
Join Date: Sep 2020
Posts: 12
Chris's rv park in Spear fish. Best time is July- Aug
Hognuts1960 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2021, 11:10 AM   #3
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 2,826
First trip back in the 80s was very nice,,, no crowds, no problem finding a place to stay. Out last trip was in July 2019 and was definitely different than the first. A lot of people but not too overwhelming. Places to stay however, were expensive and a bit harder to come by. Plan ahead and get your reservations early.

If no kids involved, I'd try to go either before school let out for the summer or after it started back up.
03 Itasca Sunova, Workhorse P32 with the 8.1 and 4L85-E
Mudfrog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2021, 11:22 AM   #4
Senior Member
01blueox's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2019
Posts: 155
We were there this year in Sep weather was nice, but had crowds. We stayed at Buffalo Ridge rv park nice big sites excellent wi-fi
2001 XL3550 BSL (Blue Ox)
2002 TJ Wrangler
Co-pilot Sandi Visalia Ca
01blueox is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2021, 11:29 AM   #5
Senior Member
Oldmso54's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2018
Location: Winter Springs, FL
Posts: 237
We stayed at Stone Mountain Park Campground summer of 2019. Had a site overlooking the lake. Very nice and of course convenient to Stone Mountain Park. Very patriotic event at the Mountain that we very much enjoyed.
Shawn, Susan (& Maya in spirit)
2016 Thor Miramar 34.1
2015 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk (the "Mango Tango")
Oldmso54 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2021, 11:58 AM   #6
Senior Member
Bill Gail's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: Washington
Posts: 362
Originally Posted by Hognuts1960 View Post
Chris's rv park in Spear fish. Best time is July- Aug
Be aware 1st week of August is the Sturgis Rally , so anything in a 50 mi. radius will be full of Harley's , which includes Spearfish and Mt. Rushmore.
Bill Gail is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2021, 12:01 PM   #7
Senior Member
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Enjoying the Western States!
Posts: 13,151
I'd definitely avoid the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally which will be Aug 6-15, 2021... and perhaps a week before & after. It's a traffic, RV park, restaurant mess at that time and if Covid is still around it's definitely a 'spreader event'.

September is a very nice time to be there. Vacationers thin out and weather is good.
Full-timed for 16 Years . . .
Traveled 8 yr in a 2004 Newmar Dutch Star 40' Diesel
& 8 yr in a 33' Travel Supreme 5th wheel
twogypsies is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2021, 12:14 PM   #8
Senior Member
Skip426's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Powell River, B.C.
Posts: 22,130
Visited the area , last few days of Sept the year we went , no crowds , weather pleasant ; BUT ; RV parks were starting to winterize just prior to shutting down .
We stayed in Rapid City , park owner said Oct.10 was his last day open , water system for 2/3 of the park , was shut down and drained.
99DSDP 3884, Freightliner, XC, CAT 3126B, 300 HP /ALLISON 3060
2000 Caravan toad, Remco & Blue Ox.
Skip426 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2021, 01:16 PM   #9
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2020
Posts: 438
Went 2 yrs ago on the bike during Sturgis. You don’t go no where fast and sometimes can’t stop to see the sights. Avoid that timeframe.
We were on a budget, so we took the economy sight seeing tour around the backside.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	F0DADDAD-FB50-4ADC-BD53-2F1232D91E4A.jpeg
Views:	16
Size:	92.4 KB
ID:	314271  
2001 Winnebago Brave SE29 Workhorse P32 7.4L
US1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2021, 01:17 PM   #10
National RV Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Fayetteville, NC
Posts: 67
I would consider June as one of the best times to go. While you are there do not miss Wind Caves National Park or Badlands National Park. Another not to be missed place is Custer State Park. So much to do and see in the Black Hills region. As for campgrounds Buffalo Ridge is a excellent choice. If you like less crowded conditions go in late August or early September.
Jeff Ellis
1999 National Tradewinds 7371
1997 GEO Tracker TOAD, Fayetteville NC
Covelo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2021, 01:33 PM   #11
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2020
Posts: 438
I agree, be sure to visit Badlands. A sight that’s hard to describe. A Star Trek scene. That was my favorite stop of the whole week.
2001 Winnebago Brave SE29 Workhorse P32 7.4L
US1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2021, 03:19 PM   #12
Senior Member
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 338
Lived in Rapid city for four years and have been back many times. Every time more congestion and higher prices for every thing. Looks like you have a tow vehicle which is good since there is considerable distance between things you will want to see. Rushmore is about a half day visit. Crazy Horse has been commercialized and is expensive. Dead work was ruined by the gambling but work a look if just for Boot Hill. Wall also is worth a short visit and is near the Badlands. There is a decent campground there. The bike rally in August just turns the whole area into a massive traffic jam. The campground. The KOA near the freeway in Rapid is nothing special but is near restaurants and shopping. Makes a good place to start from. So many things in that area you could spend several weeks and not see everything.
08 Trail-Lite 8230
2011 Silverado 1500
Melvo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2021, 03:54 PM   #13
Senior Member
Air Conditioned Gypsy's Avatar

Tiffin Owners Club
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Atlanta
Posts: 445
We went to Mt Rushmore the last week of August 2020. Weather was cool, crowds were not what they are when kids are out of school. We were staying at Buckhorn in Spearfish, about 30 or so miles west of Rapid City.


2014 Tiffin Phaeton 40QBH
2014 Honda CR-V Toad
Air Conditioned Gypsy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2021, 03:56 PM   #14
Senior Member
allenb12's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: DeLand, FL
Posts: 2,547
We stayed at Beaver Lake Campground. We had a very nice spot.
Rockwood 2604WS
Ford F250 Super Duty Diesel
Blue Ox Sway Pro
allenb12 is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Rushmore :: 2012 Crossroads Rushmore 35RL Elatta1954 iRV2 Owners Registry 0 10-06-2016 09:46 AM
Denver to Mount Rushmore-ideas please? micd Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 9 05-31-2012 03:26 PM
Mount Rushmore Recommendations YehtiCoPilot Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 13 04-26-2009 07:32 PM
Campgrounds at Mount Rushmore Rusty Bear Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 9 03-30-2008 06:26 AM
visiting Mount Rushmore Lil'Darlin1972 Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 5 02-13-2007 12:01 PM

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:34 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.