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Badlands National Park © Dawne Olson
Black Hills National Forest Pactola Lake © Nancy Bauer
Mount Rushmore National Memorial © Doug Schutjer
Mount Rushmore National Memorial © Darren Good
Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge © USFWS Mountain Prairie / Public Domain
Badlands National Park © Kelly Harvey
Oakwood Lakes State Park Ready for breakfast © Camilie Baker
Down at the horse corrals.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial © Dewese Milstead
Oakwood Lakes State Park © Camilie Baker
Our campspot down at the horse corrals. Getting ready in the early morning to hit the trails.
Picnic Table ©
It is always a great day for a picnic in the park.
Cool Swim ©
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South Dakota may not be somewhere that springs to mind when you are considering family vacations, but there is a lot to see and do in the Mt Rushmore State....more
South Dakota's Parks
15 State Parks
 • 2 National Parks
 • National Forest

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 • National Historic Site
 • National Monument

4 National Wildlife Refuges

South Dakota Parks Visitor Reviews
9/1/2023 10:42:56 PM Custer State Park by Carla_a_A_A
review rating - 1 to 5 stars Great Visit - We especially wanted to thank the camphost, Pam, and the gentleman, Mike, who replaced our screen in the cabin VERY promptly as being especially helpful.
6/20/2022 12:57:12 PM Fort Sisseton State Park by Melinda_B
review rating - 1 to 5 stars -
7/29/2021 4:06:13 PM Custer State Park by Kent_B
review rating - 1 to 5 stars Sheps -
6/8/2017 9:32:12 PM Newton Hills State Park
review rating - 1 to 5 stars Our worst ever camping experience. - We came in on a Sunday afternoon without making online reservations. The staff had extreme difficulty registering us. We stated several times we were leaving Friday morning, but on Thursday afternoon we were asked to leave because the staff had registered us as leaving on Thursday, and one of our sites was reserved by someone else for Thursday eve. The staff was totally indifferent to our situation and made no apologies or attempts to rectify their mistake. We were very disgusted and will not return to this park to camp for a very long time.
9/5/2016 1:23:40 PM Mount Rushmore National Memorial by JFM in CA
review rating - 1 to 5 stars one of my favorite memories - I visited this national memorial about 5 years ago with my dad. Unfortunately, he recently passed away. However, we had a most amazing and memorable time on our visit. My dad always wanted to visit Mount Rushmore and was on his list of things to do. We visited the memorial, Boot Hill Cemetery and the small town of Deadwood, where we gambled at the casino owned by Kevin Costner. On the way to Deadwood from Mount Rushmore, it was snowing extremely hard. We were hungry and cold an decided to eat. On the side of the road was this small, roadside eatery. There we had the great fortune of eating the worlds tasty cheeseburger. I took a picture of this roadside diner, but have lost it and would be grateful if someone could furnish its name and maybe a photo! It was a small trailer, on the side of the two lane highway located about midway between Deadwood and Mount Rushmore. Upon our departure, we were almost snowed in at our small Inn at Mt Rushmore, but finally the snow subsided and we went home, traveling back with vivid memories, that will stay with me forever. JFM, California
7/3/2016 6:06:55 PM Custer State Park
review rating - 1 to 5 stars wildlife loop - Recently on my way back to Minnesota I drove to Custer State Park because I wanted to go on the wildlife loop. I had to pay $20 just to drive thru because they do not have 1 day passes, only 7 day passes. I am a senior, they should have a senior discount or a 1 day pass. Just saying...
6/19/2014 9:15:51 PM Custer State Park by Linda
review rating - 1 to 5 stars Beautiful - Breathtaking, beautiful, gorgeous, must see!!My mom and I traveled the U.S.A. from Georgia and this was a memorable stop along our trip.
8/21/2013 1:44:12 PM Custer State Park
review rating - 1 to 5 stars Buffalo everywhere! - We rode thru on our motorcycle and the buffalo walked right by us! It is like being in a movie!
5/12/2012 9:11:34 AM Mount Rushmore National Memorial by greatamericanjames
review rating - 1 to 5 stars i want to go back. 2 much 2 C - we stayed in keystone, from there was able to see alot of sites
2/2/2012 Badlands National Park by Emalee Hunter Caro, Mi 48723
review rating - 1 to 5 stars Do not tell me ! - I was reading and noticed you made an error! It should be 25 to 40 million years ago.
review rating - 1 to 5 stars sweet - this was an awesome national park
10/31/2011 Union County State Park by Nancy Braham
review rating - 1 to 5 stars A great park - My husband & I stayed at the park the 20th of Aug. of this yr. The camp host was helpful & very friendly. The park was so clean, just a great place to stay. We will be going back. We live in southern Mo. but the drive is worth it.
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