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Old 03-26-2013, 07:59 AM   #11
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Don't miss: Custer State Park..loaded with buffalo, antelope, turkeys, deer, and donkeys (yes wild donkeys!). Crazy Horse monument. Badlands National Park near Wall, SD. Be sure and visit Wall Drug in Wall and get a roast beef sandwich along with your free ice water. Wind Cave National Park. Needles Eye. These are just a few. Check the internet on interesting things to do around Mt. Rushmore.
Wow, Custer State Park sounds great! The lids will love it! I will also check the internet for more interesting things to do. I just thought beginning with the forum would a great start.
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Old 03-26-2013, 08:02 AM   #12
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Big Sioux Recreation Area is a 430 acre state park near Sioux Falls and is not far off I-90. You will definitely need to make reservations 90 days in advance. Nightly rate for an electrical site is $18. Bath houses, dump site and potable water available.

In the Black Hills check out Custer State Park, a 10,000 acre park with multiple campgrounds. Reservations may be made 1 year in advance and you will definitely want one.

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The closest campground to Mt. Rushmore is Horsethief Campground, a US Forest Service campground. Rates are $23 per night.

Black Hills National Forest - Horsethief Lake Campground

Enjoy your trip!
Thanks for the great info! Can you camp over night at the Big Sioux Recreation area in a camper?
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Old 03-26-2013, 08:04 AM   #13
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Oops, misspoke earlier. Custer State Park is 71,000 acres and is not to be missed. It has spectacular rock formations and scenery, as well as various wildlife viewing opportunites (including buffalo, burros, mountain goats, elk.)
How close can you get to the Buffalo? The wife would really enjoy the wild life.
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Old 03-26-2013, 08:48 AM   #14
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Yes Big Sioux has 46 nice spots to camp with an RV. Reservations a are necessary for weekends.

The buffalo roam wild and aren't tame so you'll want to keep your distance. The burros will be within petting distance along the road. If your main focus is wildlife you may check out Bear Country. It's a private drive through wildlife park that would be pretty exciting for the kids.
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How close can you get to the Buffalo? The wife would really enjoy the wild life.
Getting close to buffalo on foot is never a good idea. While they are accustom to people, the buffalo are still wild animals and very unpredictable. Just like Yellowstone buffalo they do seem to enjoy walking down the road. You'll see plenty of animals in Custer State Park. Here are a few pics I took on a drive through the park a couple of years ago.
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Custer state park is perfect! BEWARE that there are tunnels and nasty switchbacks in Iron Mountain and the Needle.....so using a car is best there!
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We'll be there in August and are staying in Custer then taking day trips to see the sights. If you are thinking of staying in Custer, you really need to jump on reservations NOW.
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Custer state park is perfect! BEWARE that there are tunnels and nasty switchbacks in Iron Mountain and the Needle.....so using a car is best there!
Thanks for the warning! I will pass it along to the wife so we can both keep an eye on the kids. :0)
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We'll be there in August and are staying in Custer then taking day trips to see the sights. If you are thinking of staying in Custer, you really need to jump on reservations NOW.
Thank! I will look at reservations today!
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