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Old 10-18-2017, 03:40 PM   #1
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Planning a trip to the badlands

Hey guys, looking for some input on campgrounds in South Dakota. Would like to take two weeks and hit south Dakota and possibly hit Yellowstone as well. Any info on experiences would be a big help.
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Old 10-18-2017, 03:48 PM   #2
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Last year I stayed at The Roost RV Park and loved it. Very small, but great people.

Easy for Custer State Park (2 or 3 days), Rushmore, and many other fun places.

Restful place to center activities from.
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Old 10-18-2017, 03:55 PM   #3
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If you're a vet, Ellsworth Afb has a nice campground. In any case Mount Rushmore is a must, especially the evening lighting ceremony.
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Old 10-18-2017, 04:23 PM   #4
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Just returned from a week in the Custer area many nice rv parks. Custer state park also nice. So many things to see in Badlands or Blackhill's. If you stay at air base set up to take a tour of missile silo you need to make reservations I didn't and was unable to go onto site as they are booked so call in advance. Deadwood/Lead are great little old west towns to visit and gamble if you want to. If you take the tour in Deadwood use the one owned by Kevin Costner really good. It is busy in summer but the week after labor day the crowds drop and the weather is very nice in the low50 at night and 70 during day
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Old 10-18-2017, 04:31 PM   #5
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was in Custer last year stayed at Big Pine Owners were great hosts. beautiful campground no cable but we didn't go to watch tv. Deer were on the grounds every day.
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Old 10-18-2017, 04:43 PM   #6
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We stayed at Hart Ranch RV Park near Rapid City 2x in the last 6 months. It's close to Mt Rushmore and not too far from Badlands NP. Very nice RV Park.
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Old 10-18-2017, 05:15 PM   #7
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We did a similar trip 2 years ago. Here are my thoughts.
Badlands is a 2-3 night stop maximum. We stayed at a nearby KOA in Interior that was fine. We really enjoyed touring the Minuteman Missile Historic Site. Get there before they open and you can sign up to tour an actual underground launch bunker. They limit the tour to 6 people at a time and it fills up fast.

We loved Custer State Park. There is a lot to do in the park and it serves as a good base to tour the entire area. We liked Game Lodge campgrounds. You can do Mt. Rushmore, Hill City, and several cave tours from the park. You can easily spend a week there!
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Old 10-18-2017, 05:27 PM   #8
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We stayed 3 nights at Badlands/White River KOA RV park in the Badlands. Nice park making it easy to take in the Badlands. We were there in July 2017.
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Old 10-18-2017, 07:32 PM   #9
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No trip to Badlands is complete without a stop at Wall Drug.
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Old 10-18-2017, 07:43 PM   #10
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No trip to Badlands is complete without a stop at Wall Drug.
You got that right.....oh, the homemade Ice cream and good restaurants.
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