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Old 01-30-2020, 11:19 AM   #1
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2020 Mt. Rushmore

Looking at taking in Mt Rushmore this Memorial Day weekend and wanted to see what peoples opinions of campgrounds surrounding Mt Rushmore were this past camping season.
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Old 01-30-2020, 11:41 AM   #2
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When we visited in 2017 we stayed in Game Lodge campground in the park ( electric only ). Water was near and dump just outside the campground. Use the search function looking for Black Hills camping. There was a recent thread about campgrounds in the area. I would be looking to make reservations soon so as to have more of a selection.
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We stayed at Rafter J Bar over 4th of July several years ago and had a really good time.
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When we visited in 2017 we stayed in Game Lodge campground in the park ( electric only ). Water was near and dump just outside the campground. Use the search function looking for Black Hills camping. There was a recent thread about campgrounds in the area. I would be looking to make reservations soon so as to have more of a selection.
Hereís a link to the post Chascin mentioned. I have digested this post throughly as we too are planning a trip late May early June to Rushmore. Iím liking the Rafter J Bar for the Rushmore portion of our trip and I need to get off my lazy rear and get some reservations made. Weíre trying to figure out our return trip through Montana to take in some ghost towns.

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Old 01-30-2020, 02:02 PM   #5
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Custer State Park. Beautiful and actually more interesting than Mt. Rushmore.
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Old 01-30-2020, 03:56 PM   #6
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We stayed at Rafter J Bar last year. It was in a good location to see the sights of the Black Hills.
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OK, we have our trip all planned out. Leaving Spokane and spending two nights in Bozeman Montana to visit the Dinosaur Museum and other local attractions, staying at the Sunrise Campground.

Then two nights near Billings for the Custer Battlefield and other attractions, staying at the 7th Ranch RV Camp.

Then four nights at the Rafter J Bar Ranch campground for Rushmore and all other attractions in this area.

Then three nights at the Deadwood/Black Hills KOA for the Deadwood area.

Then heading home, two longs days of driving and Iíll figure out where we will stop later. All reservations are made, via web for the Deadwood KOA and the 7th Ranch RV Camp. Via phone with Rafter J Bar and Sunrise, both conversations were great. If the camps are as good as the folks I spoke with we are in great hands.

Iím not the OP on this thread but I thought I would share my trip plans for others.

Now, on to our Montana Ghost Town trip planning for September.
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Old 02-14-2020, 01:23 AM   #8
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Stayed at 7th Ranch a couple (three maybe?) years ago and enjoyed it very much.
I don't think there's a bad RV space in the whole place. Hardin is the nearest place for groceries, so come stocked with necessities. Custer Battlefield Trading Post was a decent place to eat. After visiting the main building and listening to the Ranger presentation, I drove the road above the battle fields - lots of diagrams and information at several pull outs/stops. Enjoy your stay in the area.
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Custer State Park. Beautiful and actually more interesting than Mt. Rushmore.
Agree 100%!
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Custer State Park. Beautiful and actually more interesting than Mt. Rushmore.
More to do in Custer for sure, It has a lot more area with animals and scenery just about anyplace you look. At Rushmore you can walk the trail up to the base of the mountain, take in the briefing at the sculptors office ( or whatever they called it) where Borglund had his scale model. Have some lunch and, of course, take a bunch of pictures. In reality a couple of hours on site should be good. Be sure to go up to Rushmore via the needles highway, it is a very interesting road.
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They are doing a lot of reconstruction of the entire complex. We were there in September and they said that the work will not be done until midyear 2020.
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