The main reason for our trip to South Dakota was to visit Mount Rushmore National Memorial and also have a look at the Black Hills in which it is located. Based on the comments of some other VTers who had already visited the area, we decided to stay clear of Rapid City and find a motel situated in the mountains themselves. The small 'city' of Hill City (population - 780) fit the bill perfectly - located as it is only a few miles from both Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial. On short notice, we planned to be in South Dakota over the Labour Day weekend, so called ahead to be on the safe side, booking three nights at the Best Western Golden Spike for US$101/per night (taxes included).
It turned out to be a nice new looking motel, beautifully located with the Black Hills in the background. In addition to the comfortable room with large-screen TV and air conditioning, they have both indoor and outdoor swimming pools. The outdoor pool is very well landscaped, with shubbery, grassy areas and a great place to sit out enjoying the warm evening airs.
The main lobby is large and sells all sorts of trinkets and their attached restaurant was not bad either. We had a couple of evening meals there that did the trick and their breakfast menu was varied enough that we did not bother going anywhere else in the mornings before we headed out on our days adventures.
having just returned from the Badlands and Black hills we saw the good , bad and ugly in accommadations. The spearfish canyon lodge was excellent. It is located in the most beautiful Spearfish canyon , to me far far more interesting than the hell hole of gambling casinos that is Deadwood. This spot has huge canyons, rivers, beautiful scenery, fly fishing, and winding roads. the whole canyon is I believe 17 miles long but seems longer due to fantastic scenery and curvy roads. The lodge has wonderful "European " beds and linens, excellent sized rooms, lovely lodge main room with all kinds of board games available for families to play around the fireplace. there is an excellent resturant across the street and you havent lived until you have had the fresh trout for breakfast. we also found town of spearfish less commercial and a small place to eat called the Bay leaf was excellent. If I ever go back to this area this is where I would go and stay... and maybe down to Custer which was wonderful as well to stay in the park but the Deadwood, lead etc are pure tourist traps!!
very homey private lodge feel... lovely staff and overall just an excellent place to stay.
Very nice The only traffic in the area was the Rangers or Sheriffs. Very quiet Only family staying here it was kinda spookie.
Only Hotel open in Keystone.
Nice, clean hotel off the beaten path so the traffic doesn't disturb you. Great location to leave the car parked and walk into town. Delicious continental breakfast with their famous cinnamon breakfast rolls.
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