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Posted: 01/05/21 05:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

rafter J for Mt Rushmore--- I suggest you plan to be there on the first part of your trip as the whole area gets very busy around the first of August with the Sturgis Rally which has an official start date of Aug 6 this year .


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I am a big fan of Fort WeLikit which is just outside of Custer. To me its worth looking into. https://www.blackhillsrv.com/


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We have always preferred the CGs within Custer State Park. Not as pricey as Rafter J Bar and are more peaceful. Deer, turkey, bison roaming around you.
Some have electric only, some with elec. and water.

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Posted: 01/05/21 07:04am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

gvisnic wrote:

I agree with Rafter Bar J and the Grizzly Rv Park in W yellowstone

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Looking for suggestions for RV Parks around Mt Rushmore and Jackson Wyoming.

FHU's for Mt Rushmore and YNP and the Tetons - I'd suggest seeing if you can find anything available in Custer for Mt Rushmore - as it is in the Middle of Everything and if you Miss Custer SP and the Needles IMHO you will be missing much of the Black Hills. IMHO, Rafter J is a Family Park and not the optimum Choice for a Full timer [emoticon] There are many options but at this time for the Prime time of the Summer you need reservations and may be limited in your options. For Yellowstone - West Yellowstone is the only real Option as Cody is just too Far and Fishing Bridge will not be open this Summer!

Will be traveling in late July and early August.

If you are a Full Timer - seriously look to trying to not come in the Middle of Prime Time - Crowded - Kids - Traffic. If you think about it or have ever been before the Traffic and the Crowds just .....just make this a Chore to visit when it is so crowded. We were there in Early October - was beautiful had crowds but was doable and not so crowded it made it difficult. Add to that that the Aspen were Golden and the weather cool enough to Hike around Sylvan Lake - Beautiful, especially with only a few others there.

First stop Mt Rushmore then to Yellowstone National Park.

Logical routing but if I were you I'd still try to get out of Prime time - Yellowstone is just a Zoo in the Summer - no place to park - One of the main roads is closed and the drives are just not fun in Bumper to Bumper driving at 25mph, if that fast.

An RV park about 1 hour from Yellowstone is acceptable.

Only option is West Yellowstone - really not critical which park as you will only sleep there - we did Yellowstone with the Grands last year and go there right after the Campgrounds were opened it was a Zoo in early June, it was Cold at night - in the 40's every night. Spent as much time outside the Park, kids love the Water as we did with the crowds inside the Park.

We full time in a 42ft Motorhome.

Plenty of spots - we stayed in the park - in West Yellowstone - In the Tetons - in Island Park - Victor - it is interesting that the Kids had more fun outside the Park than in the Park - in the Tetons were able to use the Beach on Jackson Lake so they enjoyed it with the Tetons in the Back ground - that along with a Bear and three Cubs sighting made the Tetons Memorable.

We need full hookups and will not be able to stay in a national park unless fully hooked up.

Good Luck - only option at this time will be outside - $$$$

Thank you for any suggestions you can provide.


Being a full-timer should allow you to be able to enjoy these parks in times that are just More Fun, Less crowded and just Easier - Get more info on and areas around these park, as IMHO there is just so much more to Do in these areas. Cody is an Area that has much to Offer - issue is it is just too far a daily drive - Chief Joseph Highway - Beartooth Highway - Wind Canyon - Thermopolis and Shoshoni both are interesting areas - Keep in mind the State Parks in the areas. The Drives around the Tetons are also a must - the various view points are all just so different........I could go on and on - Do your research - plan your drives - get up early to beat the crowds - some of the most beautiful spots in the Country.

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I will follow this post as we are planning the same. We made reservations at Grizzly just outside of west Yellowstone. Stayed there many years ago. IMHO very spendy but nice. KOA close to Rushmore looks nice but also spenbdy


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Another vote for Custer's Gulch in Custer. We stayed there this past June for 7 nights and it was really pleasant and there's plenty of Big Rig spots. Lots of space between sites, which was a plus for us with our dogs. Gets very dark at night (a positive). We'd stay there again. Only big negative was the cell service wasn't great with Verizon, and the wifi wasn't good either. Satellite worked fine. If you have dogs, there is a dog park that was almost always empty right on the east end of town in Custer. Our dogs enjoyed the "leash free" time there.

Rafter J Bar looked nice too, and it has more amenities like a swimming pool (also means it attracts more children in certain areas of the campground). It costs more than Custer's Gulch but the location, IMO, is a bit better as it's slightly more centrally located. We'd consider staying there sometime though.

The KOA near Rushmore looked like my worst nightmare when we drove through it. Most of the sites are crammed in like sardines, kids running and screaming everywhere...just no. If you have kiddos though, it probably would be fun. Gave us anxiety just driving through in our dually because it was so tight though.


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Henry's Lake State Park About 15 miles west of Yellowstone's west gate. Gorgeous view, 15 minute drive to the park. Reasonable fees.

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gvisnic wrote:

I agree with Rafter Bar J and the Grizzly Rv Park in W yellowstone


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RLS7201 wrote:

Henry's Lake State Park About 15 miles west of Yellowstone's west gate. Gorgeous view, 15 minute drive to the park. Reasonable fees.

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X2 loved the view and it beats the crowded, packed in Grizzly RV Park in price.

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