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Old 01-12-2014, 08:01 PM   #1
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Black hills and glacier

Looking to head back to black hills and glacier national park this summer. Looks like KOA will get our money in west glacier but deciding on the black hills stay. We have stayed at rafter j bar and liked it but thought the KOA looked good when we were there during our trip 2 years ago. Has anyone stayed at both that can offer a recommendation? Seems to be more action or things to do at koa. Thoughts, insights or experience at either welcome. Want to book this week.
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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.
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Old 01-12-2014, 08:47 PM   #3
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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.
Thanks, no website and bad information for Allstays says only 6 sites? Is that possible?

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Looking to head back to black hills and glacier national park this summer. Looks like KOA will get our money in west glacier but deciding on the black hills stay. We have stayed at rafter j bar and liked it but thought the KOA looked good when we were there during our trip 2 years ago. Has anyone stayed at both that can offer a recommendation? Seems to be more action or things to do at koa. Thoughts, insights or experience at either welcome. Want to book this week.
The KOA is better, if you have kids, and need activities for them. If not, it's more crowded than Rafter J Bar, and not as appealing if you are just looking for a nice campground in the out-of-doors.

Any of the Custer State Park Resort campgrounds are nice, too, but as with Rafter J Bar, there aren't "activities" for kids.

If you want to boondock, you camp anywhere in the Black Hills National Forest at no cost.

And if you're coming through Yankton, SD, the campgrounds at Lewis & Clark Lake are very nice. You can find information on the SD State Parks and Recreation Areas at SD GFP | State Parks | campsd.com.
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Grace Coolidge had about 24 sites and is one of many campgrounds in the state park. The restrooms were the cleanest I have ever seen. No real activities for kids although there is a good walk/bike path that covers some ground. We parked our camper and were only there to sleep. We did other things (Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, etc.) by day. No kids, just me and the wife.
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Your info states 26 sites and 6 tent sites.
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Your info states 26 sites and 6 tent sites.
Your right, eyes get tired after looking at the all stays app for hours, thanks.
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SD GFP | State Parks | Directory | Custer State Park | Campgrounds | Grace Coolidge

Any search engine--Custer State Park or South Dakota State Parks
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Thanks, I live with glampers! I could survive a week on electric these cats can't survive a day without 20 min showers and a pool. We all like the thought of being in a place with buffalo, deer, goats roaming through. We will weigh out the options and go from there. Did like amenities and open areas of rafter j bar.
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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.
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