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The Black Hills and Yellowstone by RV

19 Jul 2008  Wanted to try renting an RV
4.0 of 5 bubbles based on 3 votes

We rented an RV in Denver and drove the the Black Hills in South Dakota and then to Yellowstone with two children (15 months and 3 years)

  • 1. Custer State Park
    Custer State Park, Custer, South Dakota

    We camped here every night while in the Black Hills. Beautiful and would love to stay again! We stayed at Blue Bell campground. There are also cabins that looked really cute if you did not want to camp.

  • 2. Wind Cave National Park
    Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota

    This was great! Very nice little national park. It was very quaint and kept up nicely. We loved the tour. We did the natural entrance tour and it was fine. Very narrow passages and dark so make sure no one is claustrophobic or scared of the dark!

  • 3. Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
    Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Hot Springs, South Dakota

    Although this is a very nice attraction, we were somewhat dissapointed. Our kids really did not understand what was going on. They were much too little and there wasn't much to see.

  • 4. Wall Drug
    Wall Drug, Wall, South Dakota

    A must stop. We stopped for homemade ice cream and souvenirs on the way to the Badlands. It was just a fun place for all!

  • 5. Badlands National Park
    Badlands National Park, South Dakota

    Very beautiful park. It was very hot and very dry. There was not much shade and the hikes were much like hiking in a desert so don't expect a lot of lush vegetation.

  • 6. Mount Rushmore National Memorial
    Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Keystone, South Dakota

    This was my favorite part of the trip. We drove from Custer by way of Iron Mountain road through three narrow (tight fit for RV) tunnels that all frame Mt. Rushmore. We got there as soon as it opened and had breakfast looking at the memorial in the dining room. Then we just walked around the memorial. I don't know why but we were all so impressed.

  • 7. Reptile Gardens
    Reptile Gardens, Rapid City, South Dakota

    This was the kid's favorite part of the trip. There was so much to see and it was arranged well. They especially loved the giant sand box with toys!

  • 8. Devil's Tower National Monument
    Devils Tower National Monument, Devils Tower, Wyoming

    This is a very small park but worth a stop and maybe a hike. We got there on a rainy day so didn't see very much.

  • 9. Indian Campground
    Indian Campground, Buffalo, Wyoming

    Loved this! It was great as a break to have full hookups, hot showers, laundry, and cable tv! If you are on a long RV vacation and have been doing a lot of "dry" camping - this is a nice break! It is a basically a parking lot, but has a lot of nice big shade trees, a small playground, and a pool

  • 10. Yellowstone National Park
    Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

    Of course a wonderful place! We stayed at Madison campground - beautiful!!! We mostly stayed in the Madison and Old Faithful areas and other parts of the park were closed due to snow!