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Old 01-10-2013, 10:23 PM   #41
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Although we flew up there (Rapid City then drove a rental car) last June, we would have loved to stay at Custer State Park. You have to book early as they fill up at the lodges and campgrounds. The kids really enjoyed the horse rides at Custer (again reservations are recommended for that too).

If you do travel to/thru Custer Park or bordering Wind Cave National Park, watch your speed. Luckily the US Park Ranger (yes they have radar) let me off with a warning.
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Old 01-10-2013, 11:23 PM   #42
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We stayed at Custer State Park for a week and the whole family is still talking about it. We only had electric hookup. My 8 year old daughter enjoyed playing with other kids, rideing her bike and especially looking for our daily visitor to the campground. We stayed at the Legion Lake Campground.
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:19 AM   #43
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Planning a trip here in July 2013 and looking for the best spot. Here is where we are considering:

Cabin Resorts KOA Campgrounds Palmer Gulch Resort Black Hills

Rafter J Bar Ranch

Broken Arrow Horse Campground

We have a Wildwood 26TBSS, two small boys, and a dog. We like the idea of rustic surroundings, space between sites, but also full services if possible, and some of entertainment for the kids (playground, pool, mini golf, etc).

If the campground doesn't have anything like that for kids, we need to be sure there is plenty of space around us for playing and exploring.

We're coming from Kansas and typically go to Colorado to escape the heat, so I'm hoping it won't be bad near Rushmore and the Black Hills.

Thanks for your replies.
I don't think it will be too cool in July as it was hitting 100+ the end of June when we were there 2 years ago. We stayed at Palmer Gulch and it is very nice with tons to do. ATV rentals, playgrounds, horse back riding etc. Has a restaraunt pizza and ice cream parlor, 2 pools and more. It is pricey and the pull throughs are not real wide though. I would recommend it as well but not having been to the others it is the only info I can offer. And yes we would go back.
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:51 AM   #44
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We stayed at Palmer Gulch and were very happy with it. Lots to do for the kids and the location is perfect. I would stay there again without hesitation.
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:51 AM   #45
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Wait, it will be near 100 in July at Rushmore?
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Old 01-11-2013, 09:11 AM   #46
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Wait, it will be near 100 in July at Rushmore?
This may help.

Mount Rushmore Information - Weather

When we were up there near the end of June, the temps were in the very comfortable high 70's/low 80's and we wore jackets at night in the mountains, especially at Crazy Horse.

We were very comfortable.

The day before we left, we went to Spearfish, Sturgis, Deadwood, and areas in the flats. There was a freak heat wave that day (so the locals said) with temps pushing 100, but being from Louisiana we didn't even break a sweat. 100 up there was not the same humidity filled 100 down here. The hottest place was out in the field near Belle Fourche, which I had to go and see the actual geographic center of the United States.......and even that wasn't too bad.

I remember talking to a woman in the hotel elevator in Rapid City that night, as she was from Minnesota and said they were dying in the heat. My kids just looked at her like she was crazy, and said it wasn't hot at all to them.
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we stayed at heritage village. our destination was Rushmore. we drove thru Custer park and we enjoyed it more than Yellowstone.
we went to a dinosaur dig in hot springs and a wild horse ranch south of there. we really like SD.
i don't expect crazy horse to be finished in my grandchildren lifetime. lots of work and a small crew working on it.
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We stayed at Custer State Park for a week and the whole family is still talking about it. We only had electric hookup. My 8 year old daughter enjoyed playing with other kids, rideing her bike and especially looking for our daily visitor to the campground. We stayed at the Legion Lake Campground.
I wonder how my German Shepherd would like the visitor. actually do they allow dogs in the campground? something tells me they don`t.
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Old 01-11-2013, 01:50 PM   #49
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actually do they allow dogs in the campground? something tells me they don`t.
Page 4 of Custer's Park Guide does state they allow pets, but they must be on a leash no longer than 10 feet.......and you must clean up after them.

This guide also has information about other places of interest in the area, for those who may be planning a trip.


http://gfp.sd.gov/state-parks/direct...cs/tatanka.pdf
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I have to say that the Black Hills area is one of my favorites. I have been there several times and have enjoyed it each time. I will probably go back again some day. There is alot of things to see and do in the area. The dinosaur dig is a must see. Crazy Horse has progressed over the years and is impressive for the fact it is privatley funded. Mt Rushmore is awesome especially at the nightly lighting.
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