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Old 06-17-2015, 07:27 PM   #1
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Mt. Rushmore Area to Colorado Springs

Planning our trip and by gosh I don't see a good way to get from the Mt. Rushmore area to Colorado Springs Co.
Everything seems to be way out of the way or possibly smaller roads.
40 foot MH towing.

Any suggestions appreciated.

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Old 06-17-2015, 08:18 PM   #2
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We're headed the opposite direction July 5th. We have a 38 ft mh towing. I25 - 18/20 - 18/85 - 16 - 385 - Hill City and Bar- J- Rafter campground. Never been there but don't expect any obstacles. Looks like the reverse is about your only option. We're coming from the Air Force Academy and it could be a long day for us because stopping somewhere in between seems like not far enough and to far so we'll press on. Be safe.
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Old 06-17-2015, 08:32 PM   #3
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When we left Mt. Rushmore, we went south on 385 down to 80 and then headed east towards home. It was a fairly decent ride if I remember correctly. You could run south that way and then jump on 80 going west into the Denver area..
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Old 06-17-2015, 08:58 PM   #4
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I have always used Hiway 385 for getting to or from the Black Hills and Colorado. Big nice roads and the traffic's not bad ad all. Once you get to Sidney Ne. then there are a couple choices to get on to I-76 which will take you to the Denver area..
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Old 06-17-2015, 09:06 PM   #5
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Just drove it on Saturday. Yes, there is terrain in the way. Custer west on 16 to Newcastle (There are a few twisty turns here, but it isn't bad). South on 85 to Lusk. (Lusk was flooded and 85 has a short detour in town) West on 20 to Orin. South on I25 into the Springs. Easy drive with the trailer. We left at 9:30AM and were home by 6:30PM.


We did 385 on the way to Custer SP a couple years ago. I didn't take that route home that trip or this one.
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Old 06-18-2015, 01:12 PM   #6
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Thanks for the comments people.
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Old 06-18-2015, 01:50 PM   #7
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we made that route last Oct. We chose to go to Cheyenne, Wo for an overnite in the best KOA we have ever stayed in. I too had difficulty trying to determine what route to use. I can't remember the roads but they were surprisingly very good. We were staying at Lazy J in Rapid City and the owner made good suggestions about the route.

Take your time and enjoy .

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Old 06-18-2015, 02:04 PM   #8
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Dan Nickie.....we left Mt Rushmore and headed through Deadwood to Sundance, Wyoming just over the border to see Devils Tower. That's where Close Encounters was filmed. It's our first National Monument,,,,,1906,,,I think,,,,It's worth the detour on the way to the Pikes Peak area.
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Better gas up in Lusk. I did the drive last year. CS to Orin Wy then Lusk then north on 85 to 16. 10 hrs or so with pulling over in Orin and having lunch in the trailer and chilling for a few.
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When we left Mt. Rushmore, we went south on 385 down to 80 and then headed east towards home. It was a fairly decent ride if I remember correctly. You could run south that way and then jump on 80 going west into the Denver area..
We went the same way except going north from Colorado Springs. Stayed the night at the Cabela's RV park at Sidney, NE, then 385 north to Rapid City. Stayed at Rushmore Shadows RV park. Really nice. It is a private park, but is Coast to Coast if you belong to them. Pricey if not. If you want to listen to a sales presentation it is 39 for three nights. We were there in June 2015.

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