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Old 01-12-2014, 09:51 PM   #11
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If you don't stay in the state park at least plan the time to do the wildlife loop drive. I think it's about an 18 mile loop that takes about an hour to drive and we saw huge herds of buffalo, deer, antelope. Go about 90 minutes before sundown. Seems like the ideal time. Check out the photo album on my profile.
Thanks we did do Custer loop drive 2 years ago and would plan to do again.
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Old 01-13-2014, 08:20 AM   #12
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We stayed at the KOA and I would go back there in a heartbeat. DW loved the horse back riding. Yes the sites are a bit cramped but we only realy spend the evenings at any cg we go to anyway as we camp to go sitght seeing in the area we are in and the CG is just a place to park aour tired butts at the end of the day for the most part.
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Old 01-13-2014, 08:37 AM   #13
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If you don't stay in the state park at least plan the time to do the wildlife loop drive. I think it's about an 18 mile loop that takes about an hour to drive and we saw huge herds of buffalo, deer, antelope. Go about 90 minutes before sundown. Seems like the ideal time. Check out the photo album on my profile.
Don't forget the Iron Mnt. Road, and Needles highway also. We did them all twice when we were ther last year. Check out Beaver Creek campground in Custer. It was nice.
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Old 01-13-2014, 09:06 AM   #14
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I would not go to glacier and not go to waterton lakes. It would be a wasted trip IMO
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Old 01-13-2014, 10:34 AM   #15
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I would not go to glacier and not go to waterton lakes. It would be a wasted trip IMO
And why is that? Is the landscape better/different than glacier/ more abundance of wildlife?
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Old 01-13-2014, 10:44 AM   #16
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I would not go to glacier and not go to waterton lakes. It would be a wasted trip IMO
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Old 01-13-2014, 11:47 AM   #17
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Waterton Lakes is well worth the drive up. Always have seen bear and moose up there. Them Canucks lucked out on their scenic areas. They got the best view of Niagara and the better end of the Rockies.
You'll need,at minimum, a passport card for everyone that goes.
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Old 01-13-2014, 11:49 AM   #18
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I can't recommend anywhere at glacier.

We have stayed several times at Big Pines Campground in Custer SD.
This is a really nice campground off the main path. They do not have a pool nor a lot of kids stuff. The campground has big sites and the cleanest restrooms I have ever seen at a campground. They also have really good rates. Check them out if your looking for a more peaceful campground.
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We have spent a fair amount of time at Waterton. Two years ago, this summer coming, we would go on two of the trails there every day and we would see bears close up and personal. That's 13 days of doing that. We drove beside 6 big horn sheep. Had them jump off a cliff about 20 ft high right in front of us, Lots of wild life if you take your time (Drive slow). We find it better that Banff NP. Cameron Lake is just as beautiful as Lake Louise and not nearly as many people. We stayed a few miles outside the Park gate. It can get very, very windy there. There's a lot to do and see in the surrounding area. Pincher Creek is about 25-30 miles north if you want grocery stores, Walmart, etc.
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We really enjoyed Grace Coolidge campground in Custer State Park. Close to everything and you might get a mountain goat or buffalo walk through your campsite.
Not to be picky, but you won't see mountain goats around Grace Coolidge. They are bighorn sheep. There aren't many mountain goats left in the Black Hills. The best place to happen into some would be around Mount Rushmore. If looking for critters, check out the Wildlife Loop road in Custer State Park around sunrise and sunset. Should have no problem seeing buffalo. Usually you will also see antelope, deer, turkeys and sometimes elk.
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