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Old 03-26-2013, 03:23 PM   #41
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Wow!! Looks dangerous! Do you drive or hike it?
You would drive it. Most I have been on, don't really offer trails to walk. Since they take u up and own mountains, they are often steep and are 2 lane roads. Large trucks are often warned to take a diff route because they can't come around those curves without taking up the entire road, which makes it very dangerous for any oncoming traffic. We rode Harley's on several switchbacks and they are both scary and thrilling......did I mention scary?
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Old 03-26-2013, 03:56 PM   #42
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I have been blessed to have spent many months (during the summer) in the black hills and surrounding areas. A few things to remember,,
1) The Sturgis Black Hills Motorcycle Rally, it is scheduled for 10 days usually, but you can count on 1 week prior and 1 week after the "official" start and end dates there are motorcycles and motorcyclists everywhere. Makes places to stay and travel in most scenic areas a bit difficult. I will be there adding to the congestion!!! Official dates this year Aug 5-11.
2) Rattlesnakes are rather common in the area
3) There have been many years of drought, wild fires etc over the past few years, plan accordingly, there are often fire bans etc.
4) Take a day and go to Wyoming, Sundance, famous for the Sundance kid, devils tower etc,,all less than 100 miles away
5) Prepare for all kinds of weather. I have seen 100 degrees at noon, hail at 5 and winds of 50 mph all on the same day.
6) ENJOY and think about how the pioneers ever traveled across that area , I am glad it wasn't me trying to get that wagon over that hill.
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Old 03-26-2013, 04:32 PM   #43
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How big of a coach can fit in Custer State Park?
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Old 03-26-2013, 06:58 PM   #44
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I have been blessed to have spent many months (during the summer) in the black hills and surrounding areas. A few things to remember,,
1) The Sturgis Black Hills Motorcycle Rally, it is scheduled for 10 days usually, but you can count on 1 week prior and 1 week after the "official" start and end dates there are motorcycles and motorcyclists everywhere. Makes places to stay and travel in most scenic areas a bit difficult. I will be there adding to the congestion!!! Official dates this year Aug 5-11.
2) Rattlesnakes are rather common in the area
3) There have been many years of drought, wild fires etc over the past few years, plan accordingly, there are often fire bans etc.
4) Take a day and go to Wyoming, Sundance, famous for the Sundance kid, devils tower etc,,all less than 100 miles away
5) Prepare for all kinds of weather. I have seen 100 degrees at noon, hail at 5 and winds of 50 mph all on the same day.
6) ENJOY and think about how the pioneers ever traveled across that area , I am glad it wasn't me trying to get that wagon over that hill.


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Old 03-26-2013, 07:49 PM   #45
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Hy! Hybrid, We will also be in that area in June,12-16 I think. I've been looking at campgrounds in the area,and think,from pics on web,I like horse thief cc. We have not been to Rushmore area,but are also excited,and realizing how quickly it will be time to load m up and head out!
I'll be watching you're thread for ideas also.
Happy camping!
We will be in Custer koa june 11-17, looking forward to the trip
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Old 03-26-2013, 07:58 PM   #46
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Oh, this is the KOA I contacted. It is very nice but expensive at $75.00 a night for a 24' camper with electric, sewer, cable, water etc. For the wife it's not a bad deal.
My reservation has $46.97 a night on it for Rushmore koa. Back in, full hook ups, wifi
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Old 03-26-2013, 08:15 PM   #47
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We will be in Custer koa june 11-17, looking forward to the trip
Cool! Going to make res. tomorrow,for this leg of our journey,I'll look at the koa, if there is still room,we may be there.
I've been looking at horse thief cg,and now the one mentioned in this thread, think its j bar ranch. Guess I've gotta get off the fence!
That is good price!
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Old 03-26-2013, 08:21 PM   #48
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Thanks for the info!
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Old 03-26-2013, 08:27 PM   #49
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Enjoy the trip to Mount Rushmore!
We took our children there many moons ago and had a great time.
One of the stops we made was The Mammoth Site in Hot Springs, S.D.
Welcome to The Mammoth Site in Hot Springs, South Dakota
Combines archaeology and the kids' love of digging things up!
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Old 03-26-2013, 09:04 PM   #50
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On the way to the Black Hills, take time to drive through Badlands National Park. There is a NPS campground by the Visitor Center about halfway through the park, and a private campground about 1/2 mile to the south, just outside of the park boundaries.

The kids will get a kick out of Wall Drug, on I-90 at the west end of the Badlands, and possibly the Corn Palace and related schlocky places in Mitchell.

Everything that you've been told about Custer State Park is true, but still doesn't begin to do justice to the place. We were there for the annual buffalo roundup about six years ago in October. It's quite a spectacle. One evening we had to sit on the road while what I would estimate to be 150 buffalo crossed the road ahead of us.
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