We’ve lived in our RV 10 years this coming January. We have traveled to many places and still have a lot to visit. If you’d ask me though what my favorite place is I’d probably have to say Custer State Park. What do I like about it? The Buffalo! I think they are one of the most awesome creatures God has created. I’m a person who is constantly multitasking like being on my phone or reading while watching TV. However, I could sit and watch the Buffalo for hours. You might say there are other places to see Buffalo and yes there are, however, there’s something about the natural setting in Custer State Park. What I also like is if you stop at the visitors center and ask where the buffalo are, they normally can tell you approximately where to find them. I’ve been to several parks that have them and have never seen them or gotten any assistance from anyone.
I guess we’ve been to Custer State Park 3 times. Jim and I first went alone. Then the same year we took one of our grandson’s and granddaughter, teens at the time. I insisted we drive into the park the first evening we arrived. As we entered the park it darkened and there was a hard rain. The buffalo started (I’d describe it as stampeding) across the road in front of us. It was so awesome to watch them!
The next time we went we took our two younger grandsons (8 & 10). They enjoyed the buffalo but also enjoyed the begging burros, even naming some of them!
So where do we stay when we are at Custer State Park? All three times we have stayed at Heartland RV Park & Cabins, Hermosa, SD. It’s conveniently located, south of Rapid City, and between Custer State Park & The Badlands (if you take the back way in). . It’s also a very nice park. Our younger grandkids really enjoyed the pool.
Plus, they are members of Passport America and we receive 50% off. The cost for the pass for 1 year is only $44. People ask if it’s worth it. Yes, it definitely is! If you stay just two-nights at a park for ½ price, at many parks you’ve covered the cost. There are limitations on use at most parks but you will still get your money back and more.
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