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Old 11-07-2015, 05:25 PM   #21
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We skipped Crazy Horse. Still under construction and way too expensive. I feel bad for the indians but this is a rip off.
It is unlikely that the Crazy Horse Monument will be done for some time but that does not make it a "rip off"

There is so much more there to see, historical items and information.

IMHO if all you did was drive by then you missed.
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Old 11-07-2015, 05:27 PM   #22
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Spearfish city park is really nice. Sturgis bike rally is always the first full week in August. Avoid that week and week before and after. Camping rates double during much of that period at most campgrounds. Some great maps available showing six or seven day trips. Enjoy.
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Old 11-07-2015, 05:43 PM   #23
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Hi All,
We are planning a trip next summer to Mt Rushmore. This our first trip east of Jackson, Wyoming and we are looking forward to seeing new sights! We'll be coming from Salt Lake City via Casper, WY. and are thinking about Sheridan Lake as a base for a 7 to 10 day stay.
Any input about Sheridan Lake or other campgrounds would be appreciated.
Also, looking for sightseeing suggestions in that same area. We are usually looking for the road less traveled so all suggestions welcomed.
Thanks in advance for your help
We stayed at Hart Ranch RV resort as our base camp, south of Rapid City.
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Don't miss the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary in
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Old 11-07-2015, 05:53 PM   #24
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Visited both Devils tower and mt Rushmore two years ago. Stayed at a koa at both locales. The koa Devils tower was great but there is only one thing there.... Devils tower. We spent only a day and a half there. The koa in rapid we stayed at was nice, but on Saturday the local drag strip goes full bore at about 10pm. I seriously thought the dragsters were in the camper with us and the strip was two miles away. Great trip though.
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Old 11-07-2015, 06:04 PM   #25
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Rushmore

Wife and I visited Mt Rushmore in late July, had beautiful weather.
We were traveling in our toad, our little Smart car.
I decided to have some fun with the parking attendant at Rushmore.
When I pulled up I asked her if there was a discount for having only "half a car" and needing just half a space.
Totally stopped her in her tracks in the middle of her spiel about the $11 parking fee, etc. When she recovered we both laughed and I forked over the $11 to park there.
This was our second visit, the first time in July of 1992 with our young children. We saw much that we remembered and saw a lot that was new to us. One of our stops was the Mammoth Site, had a great time. Glad it is still there for youngsters of all ages to enjoy.
Have a good time on your trip.
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Old 11-07-2015, 06:35 PM   #26
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It is unlikely that the Crazy Horse Monument will be done for some time but that does not make it a "rip off"

There is so much more there to see, historical items and information.

IMHO if all you did was drive by then you missed.

I agree. For one thing, Rushmore is very commercialized.

Crazy Horse has been operated totally on donated funds. And the history is fascinating and amazing, work started by one man and his family. Along with the monument is a museum and a college. When you hear the history behind the monument, you will understand why it is taking so long.
Well worth the time. We will go back again.
Rushmore is inspiring but the Crazy Horse story is much more interesting.
Wall Drugs is a tourist trap. But if you like that kind of thing, then by all means go.
Be sure to stop at the Welcome Centers when entering a state. Wonderful free tourist guides of the state. Full sized magazines with lots of beautiful color pictures and information. Also books by local authors and lots of info by the attendants.
At one, we had to park a ways down the street, parking lot not big enough to get into with camper but well worth the effort for the free information that we got!
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Old 11-07-2015, 06:35 PM   #27
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Gasman,,,,,I know what you mean about the heightened senses.....I felt that when we were at Mesa Verde National Park,,,,also at Hovenweep National Monument. and Canyon de Chelly.... If you don't feel the spirit of "those who came before.".....you're probably pretty much spiritually dead. What a feeling while there!!
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Old 11-07-2015, 07:06 PM   #28
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We really liked Sheridan Lake South Shore Campground. National Forest Service.
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X2 on all the sites mentioned, Elsworth AFB is east of Rapid City, home of the Blackbird, Sr17, you can tour the small museum there. Lots of Cold War missile history there, as well as a silo repro you can go down in.. Gen Mac's office plane is housed there! Also caught a couple of Indian dancers and flute players at Crazy Horse. And lastly, a must try is the bison ribs at some of the eaterys there.
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There was a vendor at a kiosk at Bear Country who made buffalo burgers marinaded in beer. I'd been looking for years for the perfect buffalo burger, and that's where I found it. If he's still there, you won't be sorry. That was in 2007,,,,,
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