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Custer area is great, worth a minimum stay of a week or at least 7 days. Checkout the Bad Lands, Needles Hyway, Wildlife Loop & Crazy Horse. Don't be fussy on CG if you stay Custer State Park and make reservations ASAP.
Also I second the Alpine Inn in Hill City, just get there at 5PM or you'll have to wait for a table.


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The Needles Highway is a beautiful drive, but be sure to take your tow vehicle or dinghy only! There are several very narrow and fairly low tunnels along the way. If you have a separate vehicle, it's well worth the drive, IMHO. Take it toward Mt. Rushmore, rather than away from it, for several spectacular if distant views of the sculpture.

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We really enjoyed our stay at Grace Coolidge CG. Electic site, clean bathhouse. Relly nice. We stayed in site 11. Stayed for 5 nights should have stayed for two weeks. More than enough to do.

Two highlights for us: half day rock climbing class with Sylvan Rocks and also seeing a show at the Black Hills Playhouse.

Custer takes reservations for the entire season starting Jan 2 on line. It is well worth it to book as early as you are able to figure out your dates.

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TexasShadow wrote:

custer state park is a great place to stay, very scenic.
I would stay at Game Lodge campground (water, dump station and elec hookups)
because it is closest to a very scenic route to Mt. Rushmore.
from the campground, go east and then north on highway 16A.
it circles around to highway 244 and Mt. Rushmore.
the park will have a map showing the roads.
when you continue on west to yellowstone, you can take 16 west out of Custer over to Newcastle, WY and then head in whichever direction you were planning to go.


We loved Custer State Park ! It was the best part of our trip ! We also stayed at Game Lodge campground Site #30 or #33 can't remember, but it was back by the creek close to the ampitheater ( barn). Loved It ! There is also a laundry room and the restrooms where very nice !


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Yes, a very nice place with many things to see in the area.

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PotKorn wrote:

The Needles Highway is a beautiful drive, but be sure to take your tow vehicle or dinghy only! There are several very narrow and fairly low tunnels along the way. If you have a separate vehicle, it's well worth the drive, IMHO. Take it toward Mt. Rushmore, rather than away from it, for several spectacular if distant views of the sculpture.


Here is an interactive map of Custer Park and it shows Tunnel 4 which is 10' 7" high and 10' 6" wide, plus tunnel 5 which is 12' x 8' 4" and tunnel 6 which is 12' 3" x 9'.

I am not sure that the 3500 DRW alone would even fit thru 6, and even tho it is supposedly 11' 6" tip to top with the Bigfoot on, I don't know that we would try it.

We are seriously contemplating going to the Black Hills in 2010, and Custer is where I was eyeing to stay, at least for a good portion of the time.

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We stayed at custer state park for 2 weeks and never got bored. This is a beautiful area and alot to see!!!! We camped at Game Lodge and loved it!!! Have a great time!!!


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