Custer State Park, SD

Summer White House of Calvin Coolidge

Summer White House of Calvin Coolidge

 

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.

There are signs everywhere "Don't get too close to the buffalo, they can be dangerous"  This person can't read!

One of 1300 buffalo thriving in the park.

You can just make out the faces staring at you as you come out of the tunnel.

You can just make out the faces staring at you as you exit the tunnel.

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.

Mount Rushmore as seen from an opposing mountain.

Mount Rushmore as seen from an opposing mountain.

 

 

We had a lovely lunch at Thirstys in downtown Rapid City before heading back and relocating to our next campground at Sylvan Lake.

2 responses to “Custer State Park, SD

  1. Yay!! I’m so happy you are finally there. It’s too bad you have to move Trixie so much, but you will see a lot. Did you have a meal at the State Game Lodge? I do not recall much about Sylvan Lake. If you head down the road to Blue Bell, try out a buffalo burger or the stew. Cheers

    • sunandsandtravelers

      We had breakfast at State Game Lodge and Leonard had a buffalo burger when we were in Rapid City. Very tasty. We will try out Blue Bell sometime in the next few days. It’s gorgeous here, very green and lush.

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