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.