Protoge of completed sculpture
Interior of cultural center
Four Mile Old West Town
This place is affordable. It is only $4.00 per person and comes with a tape recorder as to what you are looking at as you go through it. It is built in the site of an old city where there was also a fort at one time. It get's it's name from the fact that this watering whole...
The Norbeck Highway
This was another great daytrip we enjoyed while staying in Custer. We drove to Keystone for lunch and then started our scenic drive where we encountered a huge herd of buffalo in the road - they would not move! The cars had to drive carefully around them. Three males were...
See Mount Rushmore in the morning
We got that tip before we visited Mount Rushmore. We got there about 11 AM which was a good time tio view it because the sun is shining on it. As the day goes on, the face profiles get shadows on them and they are not so clear. We read the information about the project and...
My husband enjoyed this stop better than Mount Rushmore. We saw a video before we viewed the other areas. We were able to tour the home of the sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski. He was born in Boston 6 September 1908 and was orphaned at age one. He grew up in foster homes. He...
Perhaps one of the most beautiful lakes in South Dakota, Sylvan Lake offers spectacular recreational opportunities with a serene ambiance. The lake is nestled at the base of Harney Peak, and surrounded by impressive rounded rock formations and ponderosa pine trees. The...
Custer State Park
The Park Rangers were so knowledgeable & informative we were impressed. They shared maps and specific directions of where to locate each animal. We found ourselves surrounded by a herd of bison, in a praire dog community, feeding a burro, very close to deer & antelopes. It...
Crazy Horse Memorial Indian Museum
Admission was $10.00 and another $4.00 was for the bus to take us near the monument.Tribute to the Native Americans. Memorial incl. world's largest mountain carving in progress. 17 mi. from Mt. Rushmore. Family attraction open year round Native Artists, Museum gift shop....
Needles Highway Scenic Drive
We stopped along Needles Highway Scenic Drive to take photographs of the scenery and animals. We got out climbing the rocks and viewing scenery from varied vantage points. The 14 mile route threads through the oddly shaped, weathered granite spires from which the highway...
1881 Custer County Courthouse Museum
Summer hours are 9 AM until 8:00 PM Monday to Saturday and 1 to 8 on Sundays.Admission was $5.00 per adult. Custer County 1881 Courthouse Museum was constructed 8 years before South Dakota became a state, served as the county courthouse until 1973. Displays include American...
Crazy Horse Monument
The pharoahs would be proud of this gargantuan project to create the world's largest sculpture as a memorial to the proud warrior who epitomized Native American culture and life on the frontier. "Make no small plans" - indeed!Actually, the artistic monument is only one part...
Comfort Inn & Suites
2 Reviews and 144 Opinions We used this Comfort Inn as our hub for a three night visit in the Mount Rushmore area. There are...
Elk Canyon Pub & Grill: Maybe for Sandwiches
Western themed pub & grill on Main Street in downtown Custer. Service was good, restaurant was clean. Taco salade was acceptable. I ordered an appetizer "Bucket o' Bones" lb. of ribs for $7.99. There were 4 huge ribs with meat & fat falling off. It was incredibly fatty &...
State Game Dining Room: Historic yet packed with buses
We had 6:45 dinner reservations and were seated near the noisey door of the historic restaurant. Our room had photographs of the Eisenhower's at the State Game Lodge, but ambiance was wood paneling ...The bread was good and our salads came promptly. We then waited over an...
Crazy Horse to/from Mount Rushmore
Crazy Horse is located on Highway 16. From Crazy Horse, travel North on Highway 16 until you get to 244. If turn right onto 244, you'll be taken to Mount Rushmore! That's not too hard. From Mount Rushmore, just travel on 244 until you come across Highway 16. Travel South on...
Crazy Horse Mountain Monument...
Crazy Horse Mountain Monument is located on US Highway 16, six miles north of Custer, South Dakota. It is about 20 miles south of Mount Rushmore National Park, but in peak summer months the heavy traffic will make it a long ride. Admission: Native Americans free; everyone...
Watch out for herds of Bison
We have never in our travels seen such an abundance of wildlife. This time we were not disappointed. We were able to see these creatures up close - but kept our safe distance.
Be careful driving the twists and turns here, and drive slowly - they can be right around a curve, just standing there, and they are in no hurry! Neither were we. We had traveled too far to rush through this.
Written May 31, 2010
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Oh, the state is full of them...
Oh, the state is full of them and they are just everywhere in the Black Hills. In my opinion, anything with 'Ranch' or 'Chief' in its name, excluding the Chief Crazy Horse Monument, is a tourist trap. Stick with the national and state parks and the major monuments.
Written Oct 4, 2002
Please see my camping list on my South Dakota page. All I will add is that it was VERY CHILLY AT NIGHT. We wore several layers of clothes and zipped together the sleeping bags.
A backpack or a lumbar pack with water-carrying capacity if a good idea in summer.
The weather in summer is generally very warm during the day and pleasantly cool at night. The Black Hills do experience sudden thunderstorms, so some kind of rain gear is a good idea, even if...
time of year
If you are thinking about coming to the Black Hills of South Dakota, Then June or July is the Time. Usually you can get reservations at most hotel/motel, bed and breakfasts. If you choose to wait until august, there may not be any accomodations. You see there is a motorcycle...
In Custer State Park, There is a road that goes up Mt. Coolidge to the fire tower. It's made of granite and the view is amazing!
Fishing at Stockade lake.
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