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Old 07-12-2010, 10:39 AM   #1
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Chicago to BLack Hills SD information please

We are planning a trip to the Black Hills this fall, Early September. I have a couple of questions....
1. Which is better this year 90 or 80?
I have heard that 90 is wash board some years, but have also heard the same for 80.

2. Any current information (review type) on Horse Thief camp ground?

Thank you in advance.....
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We traveled I80 going to the West coast two summers ago without any problems. While in the Black Hills area we stayed at the Spearfish City Campground in Spearfish, SD. This is a great campground co-located in a city park and close to all the attractions - Deadwood, Lead, Devil's Tower, Mt Rushmore, etc. The campground is within the city limits along a great trout stream. You can actually purchase your fishing license online. If you check their reviews on RV Park Reviews :: Home you will see they get great reviews.

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We have stayed here on 2 different vacations.. We traveled all the way from Louisiana.. Very nice place

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Howdy! Last I looked, 80 doesn't go to the Black Hills. 90 is a direct route through beautiful Wisconsin, Minnesota, and the beautiful state of South Dakota, with a quarter the traffic of 80. Lots of 90 has been re-built. I still have missing teeth from the last time I drove 80.
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I'd personally avoid 80. Lots of truckers at least when we came back from out west. 90 is pretty nice especially when you get to around la crosse.

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I stand corrected. It was I90 that we traveled through Spearfish. Hey I was close.
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we took 90 last year and i dont recall anything unmanageable. Was really nice trip. Went from Minneapolis to mitchell and stayed at KOA overnight and then on in to Hill City. Stayed at the Rafter J Bar ranch. Was great and would stay there again. Loved how centrally located. Roomy, quiet classy operation.
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90 in SD is fine, if you have time drive through the Badlands it well worth the time.
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I will look into the Rafter J bar. I guess 90 is the way. I have always taken 80 to the western edge of Iowa and then turned north.... I had avoided 90 because of the stories I have heard about the bad road conditions.
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We just came back from there. U.S. 20 across Nebraska is a lot of fun. Let's you make good time but still see the country close up. Not much traffic at all. Road surfaces were better than I-90.

Nothing against I-90, but it's just a boring drive across SD except for other stuff like the Corn Palace, Wall Drug and The Badlands.
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Hi Ted. this is Dwight from Northern. We just got back from Gillette rally. We went out 90 to Rapid City. It is good all the way at the speed limit. We came back US 20 and took it slow through western Nebraska because of the concrete road slabs shifting. Then NE 12 and 16 for some state parks. Road was not too bad. Have fun with the kids.
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I just completed that trip last week with my family. We drove from Chicago to Hill City, SD. We stayed at the Rafter J Bar Ranch - not only did we enjoy it, but I would recommend it! I think we drove past the Horse Thief and recall thinking to myself that is is not as centrally located as Rafter J Bar. Hill City is in the middle of everything. You will have to take I-90 for the most direct route to the Black Hills area. Don't miss the Badlands either - they were amazing! I-90 was is great shape with no major delays. Next we went up to Teddy Roosevelt National Park in ND. Worth doing if you have the time. They call it the Badlands of ND. We took I-94 home and found it acceptable, but not as smooth as I-90.
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I just completed that trip last week with my family. We drove from Chicago to Hill City, SD. We stayed at the Rafter J Bar Ranch - not only did we enjoy it, but I would recommend it! I think we drove past the Horse Thief and recall thinking to myself that is is not as centrally located as Rafter J Bar. Hill City is in the middle of everything. You will have to take I-90 for the most direct route to the Black Hills area. Don't miss the Badlands either - they were amazing! I-90 was is great shape with no major delays. Next we went up to Teddy Roosevelt National Park in ND. Worth doing if you have the time. They call it the Badlands of ND. We took I-94 home and found it acceptable, but not as smooth as I-90.

Short, could you tell us more about Teddy's Park. I might make it a destination. Where did you stay and all that stuff? I'd like to hear more!
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We stayed at Custer's Gulch RV Park which is just outside the entrance to Custer State Park and close to the town of Custer. I can recommend the place highly. It's in a beautiful valley where Custer had reportedly made an encampment before moving on to his famous last battle. It's a smaller park, but the sites are relatively large. Most of them back up to a forested hillside.
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