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Old 01-19-2011, 10:07 PM   #1
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Mt Rushmore area campgrounds

I've used the search function for Mt. Rushmore cg's.....looking for some more current information. Anyone have any recommendations for camping in the Custer-Rushmore area? Thanks,

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Old 01-19-2011, 10:13 PM   #2
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We spent a few days at Palmer Gulch outside of Mt. Rushmore this last summer and had a great time. Really set up for people with kids and we had our oldest granddaughter with us, age five. She loved the water slides, jumping pillows, and ice cream vendors. Tried to get her interested in the area sights but all she could focus on was the fun she was having at the camp site.

We were there the week before Sturgis and that wasn't a great idea. Lots of bikes coming in the week ahead and lots of campers coming in hauling bikes. Got to see some interesting sights over our stay and am glad little miss didn't report all she saw on her vacation.....
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Old 01-19-2011, 10:43 PM   #3
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I'd stay away from Rapid Creek. Stay away from Keystone. Custer would be a good choice. Look up Rapid City flood 1972.
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Old 01-19-2011, 11:03 PM   #4
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I've used the search function for Mt. Rushmore cg's.....looking for some more current information. Anyone have any recommendations for camping in the Custer-Rushmore area? Thanks,

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Hi, in October of 2009 we stayed at Crazy Horse Kampground in Custer. They have about 120 spaces and we were the only one's there. It is close to town and right up the street from Crazy Horse monument and Mount Rushmore. Check it out you might like it. We stayed there for four nights. You can also get to Wall Drug Store from there, but it's a bit of a drive.
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Old 01-20-2011, 06:56 AM   #5
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It's been a couple of years, but we stayed at a very nice KOA in Custer. There were so many pine trees you felt like it was a National Forest campground.
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We stayed at Mt Rushmore KOA a few years ago. It's just up the road from Rushmore in Hill City. They served up a nice pancake breakfast each morning.
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Old 01-20-2011, 08:07 AM   #7
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I second the votes for Custer State Park. We stayed at the Game Lodge area and loved it. Lots of self-guided single lane dirt roads to look at the wildlife. We spent several afternoons driving and looking. Close enough to all the attractions to be handy..
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I would also recommend Custer State Park. There are many good private campgrounds in the area. Please spend some time exploring the area. The Black Hills is one of my very favorite places in the USA.
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This is the WELIKIT RV Park in Custer, South Dakota. Just 1 mile north of town. Beautiful setting, clean facilities and nice folks. Open year around.
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We stayed here a number of years ago and it was nice and a great location to see the local sites. Rafter J Bar Ranch - Home
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We visited Mt. Rushmore Sep 1, 2010 and stayed at the Sheridan Campground about 10 mile from Mt. Rushmore. This is a US Forestry campground and my Golden Age passport rate applied. There is tap water available near the toilets, but no dump. We were only there two nights and had the place pretty much to ourselves. They have clean pit toilets and nice wooded sites. As I mentioned, this was early in September and hardly anyone was around. I think there are about 129 sites.
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Last September we stayed in Custer State Park at the Bluebell Campground. We loved it and can't wait to go again!

One morning we woke up to a huge buffalo enjoying his breakfast behind our trailer!

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Lori - We are planning a few days at Custer on our way from Georgia to Glacier NP. Does the campground have water available to fill up the tanks? do you have a favorite site?
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We always stay at Custer State Park. They have several campgrounds but we like Gamelodge the best. Many of the sites are very suitable for a trailer whereas some of the other campgrounds are more suited for popups or tents. Gamelodge has electrical connections at each campsite and the it has a dumpstation. There are clean showers and a washer and dryer station. Just down the road from the campground is a store for camp supplies. Gamelodge is centrally located. I highly recommend you obtain reservations.
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