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Old 09-08-2015, 03:45 PM   #11
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Last year on our way to Rushmore we stayed at the Sioux Falls, SD KOA, just off I-90. At Rushmore we stayed at the Rafter Bar J Ranch. These worked for us.
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Old 09-08-2015, 04:15 PM   #12
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TeePee Campground was mid-way between Rapid City and Mt Rushmore. I've stayed there twice and was happy. NOTE: I haven't been there the last two years and, back then, the owner was looking to sell the property.

In the Mt Rushmore area, Take a ride on Needles Hwy if your vehicle will fit.
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Old 09-08-2015, 04:50 PM   #13
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From western Wisconsin on I-90, it's an easy day's drive to Chamberlain. Get there early afternoon. We stayed at Cedar Shores Campground. Next day it's a short half day drive to the Black Hills. Coming back, nice day drive to Adrian, MN Municipal campground. Very nice campground. Again, it's an easy drive home from there.
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Old 09-08-2015, 05:42 PM   #14
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For us it looks to be, according to google maps, about 6.5 hours to Fairmount MN (390 miles). From Fairmount MN to mount Rushmore, again according to google maps, 7 hours of driving (480 miles). This does not include stops. We are thinking stops every 2.5 hours in the truck.
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Old 09-08-2015, 10:14 PM   #15
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Wi to rusmore

We went this year and stayed at Sioux Falls KOA, exactly half way to Rushmore from the Madison area. Not fancy but right near the highway and easy to get to. We stayed at Rafter Bar J campground which is about 10 minutes from rushmore and 5 minutes from Crazy Horse. It was a very nice place to camp, highly recommend them. Don't forget to go see the falls when you are in Sioux Falls, it's very worth seeing. Have fun there is a lot of fun stuff to see in the area around Custer.
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Old 09-08-2015, 10:25 PM   #16
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There is a lot to see in the area. If you can spare an extra day, and haven't in the past, another idea would be to try and stop at Wall. It will make for an easier travel day and allow you to get into the Black Hills/Rushmore area early in the day instead of in the evening. From Wall you can visit Wall drug. It is a tourist trap but still fun to stop and see. The Badlands are very worth seeing and only minutes away. There is a decent full hook-up campground right behind Wall drug called Sleepy Hollow.
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Old 09-22-2015, 10:28 AM   #17
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Hey Skis, you'll have to document your trip. I'll be heading out about a month after you. Once out of WI, it's mostly the same route. It would be great to hear about someone else's experience so close to our own trip. This will be my first time out of WI. I hear it's a great trip, have fun!
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Old 09-22-2015, 12:57 PM   #18
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Will do. We are booking un Custer at Big Pine Campground for next year.
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Old 12-17-2015, 06:10 PM   #19
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I booked at big pine next june and we are staying overnight at a KOA in Belvidere SD on the way then drive through the badlands early in the morning and stop at wall drug on the way to our destination.
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Old 12-17-2015, 08:48 PM   #20
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Be sure, if you can, to be at Rushmore for the evening lighting show. It is great, with a nice audio program about the history of Rushmore. It is a very patriotic, flag waving event. We loved it!🇺🇸


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