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Old 02-19-2019, 01:09 PM   #1
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Mt. Rushmore area in mid May

Were thinking of traveling from the East Coast to Mt. Rushmore towards the end of May. Im thinking the weather is kind of iffy that time of year. Would it be better to wait until September? Im thinking its crowded during the summer, or is it. Thanks.
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Old 02-19-2019, 01:18 PM   #2
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We went in the summer. It wasn't actually that bad. That said we did drive our Toad into the park not the camper.
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our fav time to visit the Hills is late Aug thru late Sept...once the ankle biters are back in school. crowds are still there but much less.
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Old 02-19-2019, 01:26 PM   #4
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I went there a few years ago in late May , daytime temps were fine. Nights can be cool but well above freezing. May - June there can be thunderstorms with hail but risk is pretty low.

I stayed at one of the Wind Cave National Park campgrounds south of Custer SD, was very quiet and peaceful.

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We try to get in there every other year. Usually make Custer about mid-May after a few days at Yellowstone.

As Randy says, nice days, cool to cold nights, but we've not experienced freezing. Kids still in school

Lots of campgrounds to choose from. State/Fed and private. Several state campgrounds between Custer and Mt. Rushmore.

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Crazy Horse memorial a must see. Disappointed in Deadwood. Plan carefully before driving Black Hills Loop. Another must see destination. But don't think your Trivato will make it through the Eye of the Needle. Our little Ranger left little side clearance.

If you are a wino, it is wine country. They tend to sweet wines - not generally our taste. But who doesn't need a couple of bottles of rhubarb, some buffaloberry, chokecherry, Red Ass, or strawberry wine, so stop by Prairie Berry Winery

Last trip up we stayed at Big Pine Campground south side of Custer. Very nice, large sites, wooded. A great young couple (30's) bought it in 2016. Putting heart and soul into it.

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Old 02-19-2019, 05:40 PM   #6
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Thanks for all of the cool replies. With our class B, we tend to live from it rather than in it. But we’re excited to use it at some of the campgrounds mentioned. Being retired, we really don’t have a schedule.
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One of our favorite areas - many neat things/places to see. As already mentioned, do visit Crazy Horse Memorial, and schedule permitting, side trips to Sturgis and and Devils Tower worthwhile. Can't advise on CGs as we are retired military and used Ellsworth AFB Famcamp as our base. I would also highly recommend the South Dakota Air and Space Museum just outside the main gate of Ellsworth. They also offer a tour of the base to include a visit down inside a Minuteman missile silo....very sobering. And if you've not been, stop at Wall Drug and the Badlands Nat Park about an hour before you get in to Rapid City. Have fun!
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Keyhole State Park on Highway 14 south of Devil's Tower is a nice spot.https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ke...4d-104.7652817
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At the Little Bighorn Battle National Monument, one of the most interesting experiences is a Native American led tour but they won't resume until 5/29/19. If there's any way to plan your visit to take this into account it's highly worthwhile.

https://www.nps.gov/libi/planyourvisit/guidedtours.htm
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We stayed at Blue Bell, one of the Custer State Parks. Great park with lots of trees and has the Blue Bell Restruant.
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