The Black Hills of South Dakota is an amazing destination for an RV trip. Filled with history and spectacular landscapes of stone, volcanic deposits and granite outcroppings, the Black Hills are perfect for a family on a journey of discovery. Places you have read about in history books come to life. Sculptures that have appeared in publications throughout the world stand before you in all their glory.
Of all attractions in the Black Hills area, Mount Rushmore is the most inspirational. Here you have enormous granite sculptures of the Presidents of our land who strived to keep us free. Carved in 60-foot relief are the faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. The leadership and visions of these men are memorialized right here.
While here, you can take a tour with a ranger so you can learn historic facts regarding the memorial itself and history of the area. Visit the Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center to start your tour. You will also find interactive exhibits for the whole family. Then head out on the Presidential Trail which will take you up close and personal to the faces of these famous men. There are other trails in the area so if you enjoy hiking, you are set for some adventures.
One item you must include on your Black Hills itinerary is the Crazy Horse Memorial. Crazy Horse was a Sioux warrior and defeated George Armstrong Custer during the Battle of Little Big Horn. This statue is not yet complete, but is expected to be the largest sculpture in the world when finally finished.
The Black Hills offer plenty of spots to park your RV and make a temporary home away from home while you explore the region. The Mount Rushmore KOA may be a good bet, with pools, spas and a waterslide to cool off on hot days. You can make this the hub of your vacation and branch out to enter the mountains and forests for fishing, hiking and much more.
Head over to the western edge of the Black Hills to tour Badlands National Park. Don’t forget to bring your camera with you. The rugged beauty must be captured to take home. Wildlife here is abundant and you are sure to see bighorn sheep, bison and cute little prairie dogs.
Custer State Park is another must-see. There are 71,000 acres inviting you to explore and have the time of your life. Again, wildlife is all around. A herd of bison roams freely, and you may even be stopped along the road as they block the way. Four mountain lakes offer superior fishing opportunities. There are trails where you can hike or ride a mountain bike or even a horse.
Up north in the Black Hills, take Spearfish Canyon National Forest Scenic Byway for fabulous views of cliffs, waterfalls and streams. If visiting in August, you must stop at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, where thousands of cyclists arrive to explore the Black Hills. It’s a real celebration of our land. Yes, it’s all waiting for you at the Black Hills and Mount Rushmore!