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Posted: 05/21/19 02:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yeah night time is way more gooder than daytime. Actually the best time. The sunset service, 80% less people, not as hot and seeing the mountain lit up.
I'd get reservations though. Russian roulette near big attractions during the summer if you don't.


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Eye of the needle - Custer State Park

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No matter how many pics you see of this, they will never measure up to IRL.

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I'd suggesting taking the bus tour of the area which includes Crazy Horse and a lunch. Also, do you know what movie was shot in the Badlands area?


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I just checked the Mt Rushmore KOA and for June 7 - 9 they still have some back in sites but most pullthru's are already reserved (Except for the deluxe patio sites).
If I was you I would reserve now.

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janstey58 wrote:

If you can find availability the KOA in the area is best for kids, two pools and lots to do, and LOTS of kids, LOL. Do the Steam Train to Keystone, Leadville, wandering burros in the state park, Hot Springs, and Mt Rushmore of course.


Heard too how wonderful this place for kids!

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Mt Rushmore is a major travel destination. When we were there 2 years ago, I had reservations made 6 months ahead of time for Custer SP. I like the comfort of knowing I have a place to stay. Pickings will be slim, and getting thinner by the day.
Not to say that you won't find a place....but it might be a place you don't want to be at. Pull the trigger and nail down a spot, especially since you're taking your granddaughters.


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You will likely find a spot to camp, but anytime after the first week of June, the availability closes up quickly.

Don't forget the jackets/warm clothes, as the mornings/evenings are often near freezing in early season camping. It is snowing right now in most parts of the Black Hills, some areas already have a foot of snow on the ground.

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I second the Rafter J Bar Ranch, but I would worry about getting a spot at that RV park or others in the area without reservations. They have a short season and they fill up in the season. You can call the RV parks and they will tell you if you will need a reservation.


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jplante4 wrote:

...No matter how many pics you see of this, they will never measure up to IRL....


Okay, so a few years back an artist decided to carve some faces in to the mountain.

HOWEVER, take the time to understand why *these* men were chosen to adorn this mountain. It really is the early history of our country, the perils it faced, and its ascension to the world stage. From the Revolutionary War, through the expansion of the Louisiana Purchase, surviving the Civil War, and to the Great White Fleet announcing our presence to the world. These men were giants in our nation's coming of age. As awesome as this monument is, it does not do justice to the history it represents.

I am an American. I fly the flag outside my home. And I am always humbled every time I visit Mt. Rushmore.

To the OP... Lots of fun stuff to see and do in the Black Hills. Enjoy it!! However, I suggest you take some time to make sure the grandkids understand what Mt. Rushmore represents and that is is not just some random tourist attraction. They are at an impressionable age, and this is a great learning opportunity.

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patperry2766 wrote:

Mt Rushmore is a major travel destination. When we were there 2 years ago, I had reservations made 6 months ahead of time for Custer SP. I like the comfort of knowing I have a place to stay. Pickings will be slim, and getting thinner by the day.
Not to say that you won't find a place....but it might be a place you don't want to be at. Pull the trigger and nail down a spot, especially since you're taking your granddaughters.


This season seems to be a good one and more people might go there. It might be better to reserve as early as possible for good spots.

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