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Old 03-26-2011, 04:41 PM   #15
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Mt. Rushmore RV park

We stayed at Rafter J Bar Ranch in Hill City. Very nice place. Spacious camp sites in wooded area. The road up to Rushmore is right across the street. If you like to bicycle, the Mickelson Trail runs right along the side of the camp. Very short walk or drive into Hill City.
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Old 03-26-2011, 05:08 PM   #16
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Stayed at Rafter J Bar Ranch, twice.. it was that nice and close to everything.
People are great and the place is clean, clean...
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My favorite site is 20E at Bluebell. It is towards the back of the campground (nothing but park behind you), well spaced from adjoining sites. It is a back-in site but will only accomodate a trailer up to 25' so it may be too small for you. If you go to SD GFP | State Parks | Directory | Custer State Park | Campgrounds | Bluebell you can see details on each individual campsite including photos of each. There are larger sites 22E and 24E just up from the one we stayed at that also back to the park and are 30' and 44' respectively. They have electric hookups, full bathrooms that were very clean and well appointed. The campgound was very quiet and peaceful. We had our water tank full when we arrived, there was water available but I don't remember if you could fill tanks or if it was hand pump style. Since we didn't need it I didn't notice....
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My favorite site is 20E at Bluebell. It is towards the back of the campground (nothing but park behind you), well spaced from adjoining sites. It is a back-in site but will only accomodate a trailer up to 25' so it may be too small for you. If you go to SD GFP | State Parks | Directory | Custer State Park | Campgrounds | Bluebell you can see details on each individual campsite including photos of each. There are larger sites 22E and 24E just up from the one we stayed at that also back to the park and are 30' and 44' respectively. They have electric hookups, full bathrooms that were very clean and well appointed. The campgound was very quiet and peaceful. We had our water tank full when we arrived, there was water available but I don't remember if you could fill tanks or if it was hand pump style. Since we didn't need it I didn't notice....
Unfortunately the web site doesn't say anything about elevation of the parking pads. We stayed there in 2007. Our site was #17. The slope of the parking pad was such a steep angle (can't tell that from photos) we had difficulty parking our fifth wheel trailer. We were using blocks of wood for chocks and were afraid they wouldn't hold. Since then we have purchased excellent quality rubber chocks that we bought from an aircraft supply company.
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We went through Mt Rushmore and then stayed at Custer State Park. Liked it a lot. One thing, pay attention to the tunnels marked on the map when traveling around in that area. Had one very tense moment, but we slipped through.
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We went through Mt Rushmore and then stayed at Custer State Park. Liked it a lot. One thing, pay attention to the tunnels marked on the map when traveling around in that area. Had one very tense moment, but we slipped through.
Good point. If you are coming from Rapid City, take Hwy 79 to Hwy 36 to US 16 which goes through the park. If coming from the west, take US 385 through Hill City, past Crazy Horse to the town of Custer, SD. Turn left on US 16 and you can enter the park from the west. You'll have to stop at the park entrance and pay an entrance fee. THey will give you a receipt to tape onto the windshield for the duration of your stay. Don't even attempt to travel on any of the roads with the tunnels when you're towing your trailer. You won't make it. Our truck just barely makes it by itself.
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My favorite site is 20E at Bluebell. It is towards the back of the campground (nothing but park behind you), well spaced from adjoining sites. It is a back-in site but will only accomodate a trailer up to 25' so it may be too small for you. If you go to SD GFP | State Parks | Directory | Custer State Park | Campgrounds | Bluebell you can see details on each individual campsite including photos of each. There are larger sites 22E and 24E just up from the one we stayed at that also back to the park and are 30' and 44' respectively. They have electric hookups, full bathrooms that were very clean and well appointed. The campgound was very quiet and peaceful. We had our water tank full when we arrived, there was water available but I don't remember if you could fill tanks or if it was hand pump style. Since we didn't need it I didn't notice....
Thank you for the great info! We are truly looking forward to our trip!
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Stayed at Rafter J Bar Ranch, twice.. it was that nice and close to everything.
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Stayed there in 2006, great home base to explore the Black Hills area.
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