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Thread: Where to camp near Mount Rushmore..??

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    Gordon's Avatar
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    Where to camp near Mount Rushmore..??

    Wife and I are planning a trip to Mount Rushmore in June, pulling a Leesure Lite camper.

    Where is a good spot to camp for a couple days, we plan to spend a couple days touring the roads, but camping in the same spot. Planning do do Needles Highway. Want to camp near the Rushmore monument.


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    Re: Where to camp near Mount Rushmore..??

    We liked Custer State park.

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    Re: Where to camp near Mount Rushmore..??

    Been to Sturgis several times but always stayed in a hotel. There are a bunch of camp grounds right around there and I doubt they'll be busy that time of the year so you can probably take your pick. Now saying that, you'll get there and find everything booked...
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    Re: Where to camp near Mount Rushmore..??

    For a resort type check out Palmer's gultch KOA. Nice smaller private try Kemp's camp. Have stayed in both.

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    Re: Where to camp near Mount Rushmore..??

    a little further out there's the city campground at Spearfish. Nice place where the ST owners group had multiple gatherings (NatSTOC)
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    Re: Where to camp near Mount Rushmore..??

    We have stayed at the Spearfish city campground. It’s been a few years since we’ve stayed there. But it was a good park, lots of shade and not a lot of noise considering it was during the Sturgis bike rally.

    Have ridden the needles highway several times and enjoyed that road way more than the Dragon tail in Tenn.

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    Re: Where to camp near Mount Rushmore..??

    When I was in the area, I camped at the KOA in Hot Springs.
    It’s about an hour South of Mt Rushmore.
    One of the nicest campgrounds I’ve ever stayed at.

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    Re: Where to camp near Mount Rushmore..??

    We camped close to Rushmore - sorry don't recall, but a suggestion,

    Invest in the Kampnik ap for a couple $. We use this all the time when camping; for either scouting spots on the road for the next few days or in case we need something that afternoon. Best money I've spent on camping - bar none.

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    Re: Where to camp near Mount Rushmore..??

    When in the Mt Rushmore area, I usually stay at either of these two campgrounds, depending on what my needs/wants are at the time.
    Both are centrally located to all the sights and quiet.

    Big Pine Campground

    Comanche Park Campground
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    Re: Where to camp near Mount Rushmore..??

    No first hand campsite recommendations from me as I usually tent camp outside of Sturgis, which isn't really central to the Mt. Rushmore location.

    I'd second the recommendations that you try to find something near Custer State Park, too.

    You'd have relatively short rides to so many sights in the area. The park itself (Buffalo, burros, antelope), Jewel and Wind Caves, Crazy Horse (very close to Mt. Rushmore), Wall Drug and of course my favorite, the Badlands. More than you could visit in a couple of days, which is why I keep going back every year.

    I'm sure there are free travel guides for the area available online.

    While in the park, stop off at Coolidge General Store. I'm not sure if they do this all summer, but they have an outdoor grill going with the best buffalo burgers I've ever had.

    I just made my camping reservations to visit the area again this August.
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