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Old 12-05-2015, 09:27 PM   #1
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camping by Mt. Rushmore?

We want to head out to the Mt. Rushmore area next July. Any recommendations about where to camp near by? There are several seemingly nice cg's listed with Good Sam but some personal opinions from the forum would be appreciated. Thanks all, and have a short winter and good camping to come.
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Old 12-06-2015, 07:41 AM   #2
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It has been several years ago but we stayed at palmer gulch KOA. At that time it was ok, but like I said several years ago. I have read some good things about Rafter J Bar Ranch and have reservations there for 2016 so hopefully its good.
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Old 12-06-2015, 07:57 AM   #3
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We stayed at Rafter J Bar Ranch last year. We were in the area called "The Island". Definitely would go back and stay in the same area. Take time for the Badlands too. There is a Minute Man missile control center nearby the Badlands. You would definitely need reservations for a tour. Minuteman Missile National Historic Site (U.S. National Park Service) . The is an adequate RV campground in Wall (close to Wall Drug) that works for an overnight to visit the Badlands and the missile site.
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I believe that is the section we made our reservation for. I believe someone on another forum site recommended that area as well. Will have to check that minuteman info out. This will be a stop on our way home from Yellowstone for us. Thanks for the info.
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Old 12-06-2015, 08:16 AM   #5
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Stay away from Custer's Gulch RV park & campground. It's a very nice campground, but the owners are very rude and not friendly at all.

If you want to read the details, click here:

http://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f1...-go-30215.html
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Old 12-06-2015, 09:12 AM   #6
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Rafter J

Two summers ago we stayed at Rafter J, it's a great place to spend a week. The spots are quiet and clean and each spot has full hookups. It's close to everything. Our two girls say that it was the best trip EVER. Enjoy!!
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Old 12-06-2015, 09:30 AM   #7
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You won't be disappointed at Rafter J. We have camped there and stayed in the cabins. Hill City is a great central town to everything in the Black Hills and as close as you can get to Mt. Rushmore.
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This is why I love you guys and this forum. Thanks for the tip, the Rafter J does look great, but the KOA was offering a free shuttle to the nightly fireworks which is very tempting to not have to deal with traffic. Now if I can only get my boss to approve a weeks vacation next July this early. 13 months to retirement, I can't wait...
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Old 12-06-2015, 02:23 PM   #9
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This summer we stayed at Big Pine campground just outside of custer. Owners are very friendly. Help you get parked, and will deliver firewood to your site. All they had left was a double occupant site, but they gladly accommodated us with that at single site price. We were there three nights, not nearly long enough.
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Old 01-11-2016, 04:51 PM   #10
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We did Mt. Rushmore last summer. We stayed in Custer State Park. It was convenient to many attractions in the area. Beautiful park and a lot of ranger talks. I highly recommend it.
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