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Custer State Park, SD - Game Lodge Campground - site 17E

Custer State Park, SD - Game Lodge Campground - site 17E, another...

Custer State Park, SD - Game Lodge Campground - site 17E, and...

Rozet, WY to Custer State Park, SD - our route - 112...

Rozet, WY to Custer State Park, SD 1 - we started right...

Rozet, WY to Custer State Park, SD 2 - still in high...

Rozet, WY to Custer State Park, SD 3 - but we shortly...

Rozet, WY to Custer State Park, SD 4 - we have seen...

Rozet, WY to Custer State Park, SD 5 - getting closer to...

Rozet, WY to Custer State Park, SD 6 - terrain is definitely...

Rozet, WY to Custer State Park, SD 7 - it was good...

Rozet, WY to Custer State Park, SD 8

Rozet, WY to Custer State Park, SD 9 - we didn't see...

Rozet, WY to Custer State Park, SD 10 - we get into...

Rozet, WY to Custer State Park, SD 11 - and very twisty-turny

Rozet, WY to Custer State Park, SD 12 - part of the...

Rozet, WY to Custer State Park, SD 13 - downtown Custer, SD

Rozet, WY to Custer State Park, SD 14

Rozet, WY to Custer State Park, SD 15 - some of the...

Custer SP 1 - a huge 78,000 acre park with very varied...

Custer SP 2

Custer SP 3 - huh oh, the moochers

Custer SP 4 - Doris bought 10 pounds of carrots just for...

Custer SP 5

Custer SP 6 - a few prairie dogs

Custer SP 7

Custer SP 8 - the leaves are definitely changing

Custer SP 9

Custer SP 10 - a small herd of bison on the hillside

Custer SP 11

Custer SP 12 - a couple of Pronghorn on a ridge about...

Custer SP 13 - a couple crossed the road right in front...

Custer SP 14

Custer SP 15 - georgeous color in the valley

Custer SP 16 - and over our heads

Custer SP 17 - some deer along the road

Custer SP 18

Custer SP 19 - lots of vehicles on the wildlife loop

Custer SP 20 - a large bison herd

Custer SP 21

Custer SP 22 - fortunate to get a shot of a couple...

Custer SP 23 - some mule deer

Custer SP 24

Iron Mountain Highway 1 - the view on the way up

Iron Mountain Highway 2 - one of the three one-lane tunnels on...

Iron Mountain Highway 3 - the view of Mount Rushmore and visitor...

Iron Mountain Highway 4 - the mountains are beautiful

Iron Mountain Highway 5 - another view of Mount Rushmore as we...

Needles Highway 1 - we start up the highway

Needles Highway 2

Needles Highway 3

Needles Highway 4 - one of the three tunnels on the Needles...

Needles Highway 5 - another of the tunnels

Needles Highway 6 - the color at the top has a little...

Needles Highway 7 - looking back at some of the needles and...

Needles Highway 8 - the view of the surrounding Black Hills


Our trip from Rozet, WY to Custer State Park, SD covered 112 miles, almost all of it good two lane highway. We passed through very few small towns and also came through Custer, SD which is a very touristy town a few miles west of Custer State Park.

We are staying at the Game Lodge Campground inside Custer State Park and have a very large 50 amp back-in site with no water or sewer so we came in with full fresh water tank and empty waste tanks. We have very good Verizon and a clear shot to the satellite in this site. This is our fourth stay in this campground and we really love it. The wildlife loop starts right outside the campground so it is very convenient for us to go look for wildlife.

There didn't seem to be as much wildlife this time. Perhaps because the Buffalo Roundup is this Saturday and we believe that has contributed to less wildlife being out and about since they actually start gathering the buffalo prior to the roundup. The park has 78,000 acres so they have a lot of ground to cover to get them all rounded up and we imagine some preliminary work would be necessary.

We also went up the Iron Mountain Highway and Needles Highway again. These are both favorite rides in the area and both have three one-lane tunnels you must navigate. The Iron Mountain Highway is unique in that two of tunnels were made to give you a view of Mount Rushmore as you go through them. The Needles Highway gives you magnificent views of the surrounding Black Hills as well as the opportunity to traverse the tunnels that are a little smaller than those on Iron Mountain.

We head South from here tomorrow as we head to Gering, NE which is just outside Scottsbluff, NE.

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