- Reviews: 358
Budget Host Inn: Badlands Motel
After we left the horrible campground we went to the nearest motel we could find that had a room available, the "Budget Host Inn" about a mile outside of the Bandlands entrance in Interior.
The owners of the motel were very friendly and gave us a room with a nice view of the Bandlands on the second floor. Thankfully it had air conditioning.
The motel had a pet buffalo and a horse and the kids got some "buffulo fur" from the owner.
The food was homecooked, a choice of a very large pot of buffalo stew, burgers , or hot dogs. I had the stew with corn bread. It was very good.
The room was nothing spectacular but for that price and in that location you can't complain.
Great view of the badlands, nice owners, great homecooked food!
- Reviews: 8666
Super 8 Sturgis: Fancy Super 8 in Sturgis
The Super 8 in Sturgis is a bit fancier than the average Super 8. It had the usual ammenities like the small refrigerator and a microwave but also had a hot tub with mirrors around it in the room. The room was also fairly large.
Hot tub with mirrors. Located at the gateway to the beautiful Black Hills.
- Reviews: 194
South Dakota State Parks: top notch State Parks
I woke up at 4 in the morning on an August day. I walked out of my tent to the picnic table and lit a cigarrette. The Milky Way was stretched above me and I didn't realize it was the peak of a meteor shower until I saw the rapid rate of shooting stars. All around me was the sound of a gentle breeze playing music on the prarie grass around me.
I have to say that the State Parks in South Dakota are something the State should be very proud of. They have a range of accommodations from basic tent sites for 6 to 15 dollars and ready-for-you permenent cabins from 32 to 37 dollars (with heat!). You also have to pay a park entrance fee of 3 dollars in addition to your camping fees.
- Reviews: 184
There are lots of cabins available in the black hills region
I recommend getting a cabin rather than just staying at a hotel, because it's just like being at home. You usually get more room with a kitchen, living room and separate bedrooms so its much more relaxed than staying in a cramped motel room.
- Reviews: 667
Best Wester Wranger Inn: On The Shores of Lake Oahu
Nice size rooms in a small town hotel. Each room includes a microwave and mini fridge that you can stock from one of the 2 grocery stores in town. Indoor pool was large enough. Exercise equipment was old and run down. Staff was friendly. Restaurant and bar onsite. Indian Casino located about 5 miles away. Great fishing almost outside your front door
- Reviews: 358
Sylvan Lake Campground: Camping in the Black Hills
We had a beautiful campsite with a resident deer and a great view after just a short hike to the top of the hill.
The only problem was that we had to carry everything up a steep hill (not very far) from the parking lot below. But, we did have the nicest and most private campsite.
- Reviews: 358
no name campground in Badlands National Park: Camping in Badlands
DON'T Go there in July!!!! It was just too hot. We did not have a reservation for this campground, but there were plenty of empty sites. Not surprising , considering it was 120 degrees outside at one time during that day, there was no water available, and the toilets had yellow tape draped around them.....
We set up our tent anyway, but the almost comatose Park Ranger told us the machine we had to put the money in didn't work and we should do it later in the day, when the sun went down.
After a short hike, we decided this was not the place we were going to spend the night. We packed back up and left.
- Reviews: 358
Holiday Inn: Downtown Sioux Falls Hotel
We spent one night in the Holiday Inn , downtown Sioux Falls. It was a nice, typical Holiday Inn, but more expensive than what I like to spend on a hotel. You don't even get anything for breakfast, unless you pay extra for it. But it did have a nice pool area and exercise room.
We had a problem finding it, because the Interstate exit was closed at the time due to construction, and the detour signs did not help.
- Reviews: 5956
Cedar Pass Campground: camping at Badlands
Badlands is has only two camping options. Cedar Pass Campground is the least primitive of the two but do not expect a lush camping oasis. I camped here in 1994 but arrived quite late in the evening so basically set up my tent, watched a meteor shower from the inside of my tent and fell asleep to the stars. I packed up pretty early the next day and was off to my next stop. I am not so sure it would be a great spot to camp for more than one night. I did not camp here in 2008 as I was staying with a friend that very evening. I think if we knew just how late we would arrive and that we would nearly get a speeding ticket in the process, we just might have pitched our tent here for the night and just gone early the next morning!
We also spend a night at a friend's place in Orient, SD which was a nice way to escape the rigors of the road.
The campground is fairly barren and obviously you can't expect any tree cover. You will be camping in exposed condition so if in a tent, keep an eye on the wind and expect the sun's considerable rays to have detrimental effects if you camp anywhere near the 14 day limit imposed by the park. Thankfully, the park does have covered picnic tables to make your meals more comfortable. Restrooms do feature flush toilets and running cold water. No showers are available in the park unless you are staying at the Cedar Pass Lodge. The fee is $14 per night.
Sage Creek Campground is off Sage Creek Rim Road which is not paved. It is a primitive campground with pit toilets and no running water. You must be self-sufficient to camp here but there is no fee as of 2008.
- Reviews: 1032
Foothills Inn: Cheap in Rapid City
This was a great stay for the price. The rooms are spacious and the hospitality staff very helpful and friendly. It is easy to find off of I-90 on the eastern side of Rapid City.
Double queen beds in one room...plenty of hot water! The continental breakfast is sparse but there is a Perkins 50yds away.
- Reviews: 1032
Mt. Rushmore reservations
I didn't stay at any of these hotels in the Mt. Rushomre area but I wanted to let you know they are out there. Keystone is the main city to stay and is a historic town in itself. They offer: Presidents View Resort (1-800-504-3210), Econo Express (1-888-326-6695), Whitehouse Resort (1-866-996-6835), and various Chalets (1-888-996-6835).
Give them a call and they can set you up with accomodation and restaurant deals accompanying your stay.
Kids stay for free in some places as well as you can rent a Chalet with full kitchen amenities and great views of the Rushmore monument or the scenic pine forests.
- Reviews: 857
Cedar Pass Cabins: Little cabin in the Badlands
Since we definately wanted to take some sunrise photos in Badlands National Park, staying right in the park sounded perfect. We had only one choice, luckily it was a good one. Cedar pass Cabins is a great place right smack in the midle of the Badlands Loop Road. This was our second time staying at a Forever Resort (chain of resorts in natural places, our 1st time was in Grand Teton National Park), and we were not disappointed. The cabins are small but adorable, very cosy. Our cabin had comfortable beds, a small bathroom(no tub) and a great porch for sitting out and staring at the millions of stars that light up the night sky. The location could not be beat. We woke up for sunrise and it was just a short drive up to the big badlands overlook, which is a great spot to see the sun come up.
The resturant on premises fils up with tou bus-ees. GWe got there when it opened (7am after our pix) and just snuck in before a huge tour group!
resturant with great views and a cute little gift shop....
- Reviews: 9
Beaver Lake Campground: Great Place to Stay
Nice, clean, shady, well kept. The owers Max & Cindy were very friendly and helpful. You can buy anything you have forgotten at the store. The showers were cleaned everyday. They allow pets.
Free bikes for the kids to barrow. Max keeps rabbits that run wild on the grounds, which are fun to watch. Free wi/fi. Clean laundry room and showers. Well stocked store with reasonable prices. Nice pool. A little far from the attractions but worth the drive.
- Reviews: 14
SUPER 8 MOTEL - KEYSTONE/MT RUSHMORE AREA: Super 8 was great.
Our stay at the Super 8 in Keystone was great. This Super 8 was conveniently located just two miles from the entrance to Mount Rushmore and just minutes away from 1880 Train, Borglum Museum, Custer State Park, Mount Rushmore Cave, and Wind Cave. While in Keystone be sure to visit all the quaint shops and many restaurants all with in walking distance of the motel. We had a comfortable room and the staff was always willing to make recommendations on what to do and what to see. They also gave us very good directions on how to get around the area. They also had free popcorn in the office at night. If you go in the off season and stay in Keystone, bring your own night time entertainment for everyone.
Clean and comfortable rooms with a value price. I'm into money saving deals. Staff was always helpfull and kind.
- Reviews: 601
Can't beat Custer State Park...
Can't beat Custer State Park for camping accommodations - comes complete with buffalo grazing right beside you, and fishing from stream at your campsite! see the Custer State Park webpage http://www.state.sd.us/sdparks/custer/custersp.htm
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