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Old 07-05-2015, 02:33 PM   #11
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I have camped there during bike week and it is bad everywhere in the hills all of the campgrounds are full and the bikes are zipping in and out of traffic right in front of the motorhome. This is the 75th anniversary and it will be worse than normal.
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Old 07-05-2015, 04:23 PM   #12
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Can anyone tell me how much affect the Sturgis bike rally has on the Mt Rushmore area, as far as being able to get camp sites? Want to go around Aug 1 to 9 and just saw that the rally is on at that time. Thanks
IF you get to the area, there is a "hidden gem" there. Just East of the town of Sturgis is Fort Meade. This the fort where the Seventh Calvary was stationed before the battle of the Little Big Horn and it is where the survivors returned. There is a great 7th Calvary museum. The fort itself is now a National Guard base, but it is open and you may just drive in. The original parade ground, many of the officer's quarters and barracks are still in use today.

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Old 07-05-2015, 04:56 PM   #13
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Just last fall, we unknowingly stumbled into the Sturgis bike rally when we stayed just southeast in Rapid City. There were 450,000 bikes! We found a three day cancellation and grabbed it. Bikers were everywhere. Surprisingly, many are in their 60s...leftovers from the hippie days. Our next stop was Cody WY on the western half of the state. Still, there were bikers taking up almost every slot even though we were over 100 miles away. My recommendation, pass through Rapid City, stay on the interstate, but don't stop!
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Old 07-05-2015, 06:06 PM   #14
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more than likely won't get any camping site within at least 100 miles ! Most camp grounds even have a waiting list in case of cancellations. I you are going farther west I would change my plans , go west then back to the area after the rally.
We have the Beartooth Rally 2 weeks before
Sturgis and we are 150% booked (all sites booked and every overflow and grass spot that will hold a tent and bike) So I kinda have a clue..............
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sounds like you hit Cody during the Hells Angels Mandatory annual meeting
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Old 07-05-2015, 06:15 PM   #16
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As a biker I will tell you that this rally will be huge - lots of people,bikes,trailers,RV's,tents anything you can think of that people can stay in will be there competing with you for a camp spot. My experience has been campgrounds will only rent to you for the whole week at rates 2 - 3 times higher than normal. State campgrounds of course can't charge like that, but are likely reserved already. The week before or the week after you probably have a chance, but not the week of the rally. Route to the north or south if you have to travel during the rally or change your time frame. The interstate is still workable though - if you are heading west, travel a little longer and go to Buffalo or Sheridan and check them out..
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Glacier National Park?
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IF you get to the area, there is a "hidden gem" there. Just East of the town of Sturgis is Fort Meade. This the fort where the Seventh Calvary was stationed before the battle of the Little Big Horn and it is where the survivors returned... Pete
I didn't think there were any survivors.
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I have been in the area with Boy Scouts during bike week. 90+% of the bikers are great people, if they are wearing colors or look rough avoid them. If you do go, do the evening lighting ceremony at Mt Rushmore (it's a thank you to Vets - many of the bikers are Vets). The Mt Rushmore/Custer KOA is good. Custer State Park is great! Avoid Keystone (I bit if a pit + bikers). Make sure to drive through Bad Lands National Park and the wildlife loop in Custer State Park.
These are not labeled yet (and I am still uploading) but here are photos - Michigan, Bad Lands, Custer, Mt Rushmore, Devil's Tower, Theodore Roosevelt: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cdrdwd...57654837210899
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