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If you’re looking to for a place to settle in during your explorations of South Dakota’s most popular attractions, camping at Custer / Mount Rushmore / Black Hills KOA is your best bet. Mount Rushmore National Monument, Wind Cave National Park, Jewel Cave National Monument, and Custer State Park are all within about 20 miles of the campground. And after a day of sightseeing, the campground’s many amenities will help you unwind and make you feel right at home.
Kids will enjoy the jumping pillow, the playground, and the heated swimming pool. If you have a dog, let them roam in the dog park. Did you forget something at home? Check the on-site store to see if it’s in stock. There’s also a laundromat, a bathhouse with warm showers, a dump station, propane and firewood sales, and more.
At Custer / Mount Rushmore / Black Hills KOA, there are a variety of RV sites that can accommodate all types of RVs, including pull-through and back-in sites. Maximum RV length is 60 feet. Sites are outfitted with full hookups including 30 and 50 amp electrical service. You can also access the Wi-Fi from your campsite and some sites, depending on location, can receive satellite reception for television.
Once you're ready to start exploring the local area with the Custer camper rental, there are several places to see. Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a symbol of freedom and democracy and pays tribute to former presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. In Pennington County, it’s just a few miles away when you park your rental motorhome at Custer / Mount Rushmore / Black Hills KOA. On your visit, you’ll learn about the birth, growth, development, and preservation of the United States. Walk the Presidential Trail and get up close and personal with the mountain sculpture or dine at the Carvers’ Cafe. If you have more time, you can join one of the ranger-led programs to learn more about the sculptors, the Natives who once inhabited the land, and more.
Another popular attraction when you book an RV in Custer County is Wind Cave National Park. Home to one of the longest and most complex caves in the world, Wind Cave National Park is named for the barometric winds at its entrance. Explore the unique underworld in a ranger-guided cave tour ranging from easy to very strenuous. Above ground, more than 30 miles of hiking trails wind through ponderosa pine forest and mixed-grass prairie. Watch as bison, elk, and mountain lions roam through the park. There are also opportunities for horseback riding, backcountry camping, and various programs and activities. With more than 28,295 acres to explore, Wind Cave should be on your must-visit list when you camp in an RV near Custer.
Custer State Park in Custer, South Dakota covers 71,000 acres and is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts. Are you into fishing, swimming, rocking climbing, and boating? There’s Sylvan Lake. Up for a strenuous mountain hike? Set off to Black Elk Peak, and see what this picturesque place is all about. Are you a photographer looking for a unique subject? Check out the Needles, eroded granite pillars that are popular among climbers. Stunning wildlife, nine campgrounds, horseback riding, snowshoeing, swimming, and everything in between — Custer State Park is a definite must for nature lovers.
Crazy Horse Memorial, a 606-foot rock sculpture, was erected in memory of Crazy Horse, the real victor in the battle on the Little Bighorn River. Work on the project began in 1947 by a Polish sculptor and was officially dedicated several decades later in 1998. The campus is also home to The Indian Museum of North America, Laughing Water Restaurant, The Native American Educational and Cultural Center, a gift shop, and other places that pay homage to Native American culture.
The Custer County Historical Museum is located in the center of the city and was once a functioning courthouse. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the museum houses a range of exhibits that tell of life in the area for the past 150 years and beyond. There is an original jail cell, a one-room schoolhouse, and a Carriage House with antique cars. You can book a guided tour or explore the different rooms on your own.
Another interesting place to check out while you’re RV camping at Custer / Mount Rushmore / Black Hills KOA is the Four Mile Old West Town. A living history museum, the town houses numerous structures to enjoy and explore. Take a step back in history to the time of the Black Hills Gold Rush. Stay for a few hours or the entire afternoon. Learn about the town’s history via the recorded self-guided tour and admire the hundreds of artifacts that can be found throughout. It’s the perfect way to acquaint yourself with what life used to be like in the Black Hills.