Loved Big Pine
[QUOTE=pgandw;1240193]We are planning a trip to Mt Rushmore (from Colorado Springs) in Sept or Oct. Trip will be 4 days, with about 8 hours on the road on days 1 and 4. From what I can tell, Custer State Park looks like the best place to camp for the trip.
Are there any specific campground recommendations or particular weekends to make the trip? Any other concerns or recommendations?
We prefer public parks and forests, shaded areas - lakefront or streams are a plus. Toilets within walking distance are necessary. Flush toilets and showers are desirable, but not essential for a short trip like this.
Electric is only needed if high temps are going to be in 80s (for the air conditioning). Otherwise, hook-ups are unnecessary luxuries for us.
We recently stayed at Big Pine Campground on the outskirts of Custer working our way to Yellowstone. Beautiful campground in the hills surrounded by woods, saw deer in and around the campground every day, great sites with full hookups, nice and conveniently located bath houses and the owners are some of the nicest people we've met, very helpful and informative. About 20 miles from Rushmore and you will pass Crazy Horse on the way.
2011 Ram 2500 Mega Cab 5.7L
2014 Rockwood Roo 25RS
Nights camped 2014 - 27, 2015 - 28
Nights camped so far 2016 - 26