We’re going to spend 5 nights here in Custer State Park but because we had to cancel our original reservations we arrived here and just hoped for a spot. There are 7 different campgrounds in this 71,000 acre park and the best they could do was have us move around to 4 of the different campgrounds. Oh well, at least we’re in and this way we get the full feel of the park.
Our first night was at Grace Coolidge campground, site of the Summer White House of Calvin Coolidge in 1927. From there we drove the scenic Iron Mountain Road north, seeing buffalo grazing on the side of the road and pronghorn in the grassy fields. We passed through 3 narrow one lane tunnels and over 2 pigtail bridges built by the CCC in the 1930’s. As we came out of the first tunnel, we suddenly realized that there were faces on the far mountain wall. Mt. Rushmore from a totally different perspective.
We had a lovely lunch at Thirstys in downtown Rapid City before heading back and relocating to our next campground at Sylvan Lake.