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Where to camp at Mt. Rushmore

Postby Bigwoods » Sat Aug 09, 2014 11:31 pm

Does anyone have a suggestion on where to camp will visiting Mt. Rushmore? My wife wanted to make the trip in Sept.
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Re: Where to camp at Mt. Rushmore

Postby GerryS » Sun Aug 10, 2014 6:02 am

We just got back. Sylvan lake lodge campground wasn't bad. In September it aught to be quite nice...it's only down side is that it's sites were odd shaped and the people next to us were close....we were in site 6. I'd probably close another if I went there's again.

It sits right on the head of needles highway, that makes Rushmore very easy to get to, and scenic.

Be warned, it is at elevation...so if you have breathing problems. It might be worth looking elsewhere. It's at 6000 feet...didn't bother me, and I'm your average overweight middle age guy. Also note, the first real grocery store in custer...it's a little drive...but after a while out there, 30 minutes feels like a drive to the corner store :)

We did look at one other state run park, I can not recall it's name. It was off the road that goes east out of Custer, past the lakes..but it's not on the map :S

The commercial places around there are pretty bad. At least the ones we previewed. As is typical, they pack you etc.
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Re: Where to camp at Mt. Rushmore

Postby Woodbutcher » Sun Aug 10, 2014 6:54 am

We stayed at Horse Thief Lake. It is about 2 miles from the Monument.
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Re: Where to camp at Mt. Rushmore

Postby wagondude » Sun Aug 10, 2014 2:32 pm

Jewel Cave is near by if you are into caves. There are State and Federal campgrounds all around the monuments as well as commercial. There are a number of really cool caves in the area. I stayed at the KOA Last time up there. It is the biggest KOA I have ever seen.
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Re: Where to camp at Mt. Rushmore

Postby bdosborn » Sun Aug 10, 2014 4:56 pm

Custer State Park - Stockade Lake North Campground. They have power at the camp sites and a shower facility with flush toilets.

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We used the campground as our base camp and went to all the Mt Rushmore area sites. It's centrally located, quiet and clean.

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Re: Where to camp at Mt. Rushmore

Postby jonw » Sun Aug 10, 2014 7:12 pm

I recently spent a night at Sylvan Lake campground. I thought it was nice, but maybe I had a nicer campsite than Gerry. You do need a reservation here as it's not that big and nicely located. Bathrooms were clean and it's close to the general store at Sylvan Lake proper.
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Re: Where to camp at Mt. Rushmore

Postby S. Heisley » Sun Aug 10, 2014 7:22 pm

bdosborn wrote:Custer State Park - Stockade Lake North Campground. They have power at the camp sites and a shower facility with flush toilets.

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We used the campground as our base camp and went to all the Mt Rushmore area sites. It's centrally located, quiet and clean.

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I stayed at Custer State Park, Stockade Lake South and was very happy there. Be aware that some of the spots on the side away from the lake, near the camp host, (ie. Site 23E) are on a hillside and those not very level. The rangers and hosts there were extremely friendly and helpful. ...Loved it and would go back again, level or not.

PS. Don't miss the Needles Hwy! It'll take your breath away in some spots.

Edited: Added a pic of Stockade Lake. (All the CG sites look about like Bruce's pic.)

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Re: Where to camp at Mt. Rushmore

Postby working on it » Sun Aug 10, 2014 7:38 pm

This looks like a good spot
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Re: Where to camp at Mt. Rushmore

Postby Aaron Coffee » Wed Aug 20, 2014 5:29 pm

I would second any of the Custer State campgrounds. I have stayed twice at Stockade lake north. I stayed once at a non state campground just south of Crazy Horse, and just a few spindly trees, so no real shade.
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Re: Where to camp at Mt. Rushmore

Postby GerryS » Wed Aug 20, 2014 6:17 pm

Shade was good at sylvan. It wasn't bad...just had bad neighbors and a case of a small camp site.
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