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Kentucky_Joe

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Posted: 10/03/09 09:34pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What is the best cg to stay at if visiting Mt. Rushmore. Are the other things to see within an hour driving time from Mt. Rushmore or will we need to change locations. We have a couple weeks and would be willing to change locations after seeing everything in that area if there are other things to see within a couple hours drive.

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Custer State Park has campgrounds scatter all over the area, they are all very nice. We have stay several times at the Stockade Lake campgrounds North & South. These are the closest to Custer the town. The last time we were there (2008), we stayed at Bismarck Lake CG a Black Hills Nat'l Forest CG just across the road (kind of) from the Stockade North & South, just a few miles (maybe 3 or 4) from the town of Custer. We enjoyed it, very nice area, very quite, nice camp host. More like camping. The sites are more private than the Stockage South or North for that matter. But no showers or flush toilets (pit toilets were new & clean). Almost the same cost as Stockade North but less for me due to Senior Card.

Horse Thief Lake CG is also a Black Hills Nat'l Forest CG, very close to Mt Rushmore. It would be a nice one as well. My son had stayed at it before.

IMO, the attractions are all reachable from the Custer area or one of the other Custer State Parks campsite.

If you are into more Resort type campgrounds, there are several in or near Custer (the town).

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custer state park is really nice


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We stayed at Horse Thief CG, we thought it was nice. There is also Rafter J CG. It looks really nice. The KOA looked really nice if you like KOA's. We found that everything we wanted to do was an easy drive from Horse Thief CG.


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There are two Horse Thief cg's--one a Nat. Forest park very close to Mt Rushmore, the other a private cg a little further away. We love the Nat. Forest cg but no hook-ups. Rafter J Bar is one of the nicest cg's we have ever stayed at anywhere. It can't be beat. KOA is very close to Mt. Rushmore--it's crowded but has everything that people love about a KOA and great for kids. All three of these are in the heart of the Blackhills and well with an hour of anything you want to do.


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Historical Deadwood has lots of Campgrounds in the area and is centrally located from many sights.
Deadwood is approx 50 miles from Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorials, less to Sturgis,
and 73 miles from Devils Tower in WY.
240 miles NW is Custer's Battlefield and a nice campground called 7th Ranch RV Camp in MT..


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I stayed at the KOA on the East side of RC and used the toad to sightsee. didn't get the motorhome into the traffic/tourism mess south of town.
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We stayed at the Rushmore KOA in 2004. They pack you in tight there, but it's a typical KOA, clean with lots of great kid activities. Both my kids went HB riding while we were there. It's real close Rushmore.

Horse Thief Lake CG which is part of the National Forest is a beautiful CG on the lake but you'd be dry camping. I hope to be able to go there someday. We drove through it and hiked around the lake. My kids loved it but my DW thinks she needs FHU.

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We stayed at Game Lodge CG in Custer State Park this past June. It was very nice. You have water and electric hook-ups. It is convenient to all of the area attractions.


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I stayed at Custer State Park. There was a wildlife drive to the west, and I saw many wild animals.

When leaving the monument, turn to the right, go about 1/4 mile to the small parking area, to get a side shot of Washington.

Also there are 4 tunnels along highway 16 that line up exactly with the monument. They could have built the highway without the tunnels, but each is a dramatic view of the monument - if the weather is clear.

Have fun there, I sure did!

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