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Gale Hawkins

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Posted: 02/18/12 09:19pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Dick_B wrote:

Take the Grayline bus tour of Rushmore and Crazy Horse and search this Forum for `Rushmore' for more information.
Go to www.weather.com and type in any city for the averages for any month of the year.


Good advice.

We did this for two days in Yellow Stone and saw more than we would have in a week on our own I am sure.

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We stayed at Hill City KOA during bike week in the summer of 2006. Called the day before and made our reservations. We were the only ones in the campground without a bike. LOL. Most expensive campground I have ever stayed at, but it was nice. I have since found another one down the road that is cheaper, but I have not been there.


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We have stayed at Beaver Lake CG in Custer for two years and have found it to be a nice, peaceful and well run place. Custer is pretty centrally located if you are planning on doing any southern hills activities, also it's an excellent base camp for exploring Custer State Park. The town is also good for getting supplies, gas, and PIE (one of life's necessities haha) at the Purple Pie Place (a bit pricey but oh so good!!).

One note about Beaver Lake CG - there are rabbits all over the place - and if you have a dog like ours who thinks rabbits are her #1 enemy, be warned. It wasn't too bad, we just kept an eye out and went the long way around sometimes during our walks, when I was lucky enough to see them before she did!

There are quite a few free/reasonable things to do... definitely spend some time in Custer State Park. Explore the side roads, take the road up to the Mount Coolidge fire tower (not in an RV!), stop at the lookouts, ask the rangers where the buffalo herd is and also where the begging burros are (bring carrots or apples and the burros will be your best friends), stop at the Peter Norbeck visitor center and of course the gift shops, do the trails around Sylvan Lake, drive the road around Stockade Lake, and most definitely do the Iron Mountain Road/Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway.

Other free/low cost things I can think of, around Rapid City you can take the "Star Tour" of attractions (listed in their literature) and see the Stavkirke (sp?) church, the SD School of Mines & Technology Museum of Geology (very cool dinosaur fossils and minerals), Storybook Island is a free park for kids, Memorial Park has a section of the Berlin Wall, Dinosaur Park & Skyline Drive are fun, and the Ellsworth Air Force Base has a tour that you can take for a nominal fee.

Since you'll be saving all this money on attractions you should splurge one night and go to the Alpine Inn in Hill City for dinner. There's only one item on the menu - a filet mignon steak - but it's wonderful and there is a full dessert menu so save room for dessert!

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We stayed at Rafter J last summer and by far one of the nicest CG's we have ever stayed at. As Dennis said earlier, look at the picture and decide. We were next to a huge meadow and had dear grazzing in the evening.
1. Sylvan Lake - National Treasure 2 was filmed there. Great time
with the kids hiking on the rocks. The store at Sylvan Lake has
the best hamburgers I have ever had.
2. Tour of Wind Cave.
3. Mt. Rushmore day and night. Visitors center is neat.
4. Bear Country - drive through animal park.
5. Reptile Gardens - Lots of rare reptiles and other really neat
animals. Well worth it in my opinion.
6. Custer SP - It was ok. We did stop and feed the burriors carrots.
7. Presidents Wax Museum in Keystone (I think look it up)
7. Enjoy the beautiful senary in and around Mt. Rushmore!

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Rafter j is nice. We have stayed at mt Rushmore koa in hill city. It is nice. We were not real impressed in crazy horse but my Rushmore was real nice. Custer state park was probably our favorite with the needles highway.
We are stopping back this July and will do the 1800 train.
Just love south Dakota.


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For a wooded site at Rafter J, you want the "Island".


Yep, actually drove to all of these places---in the last eight years. Missed Rhode Island and New Jersey.


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shadows4 wrote:

WooHoo!!! Got my reservations made for the first week of July at Beaver Lake Campground. Can't wait to get the TT out of storage to start packing. Maybe I'll wait a couple more weeks yet. Anyway thanks to all who have taken the time to reply. WooHoo!!! SD here we come!


You will love the park. We spent a week there the second week of April. The park was quite empty but amazingly well maintained. Max, the owner also is an RV er and designed his park well. He was a great host to me and my family. There are tons of bikes he has rehabed for the kids to ride. Its close to everything but Rapid City. If you want to see Jewel Cave or Wind Cave make reservations as soon as you arrive as they limit the number of guests on each guided tour and it may take a day or so to get in. Take cash to Rushmore because the parking lot doesnt take cards. Our kids loved the national park passport program, you can pick up a booklet at any park and every park has a dated stamp section.


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A world-class geology and paleontology museum is located at the School of Mines in Rapid City. If you want to see very fine exhibits of prehistoric fossils and minerals from around the world, it's a must-see visit. Price is very reasonable and makes a nice break in the Rapid City area. Also in downtown Rapid City walk around a little and enjoy the presidents statues, quite interesting and if you have children they will enjoy the history lesson.

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WooHoo!!! Got my reservations made for the first week of July at Beaver Lake Campground. Can't wait to get the TT out of storage to start packing. Maybe I'll wait a couple more weeks yet. Anyway thanks to all who have taken the time to reply. WooHoo!!! SD here we come!


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