We were up early the following morning, enjoyed a delicious breakfast at the hotel and then headed back to Rushmore to really experience it. We lucked out with a postcard quality blue sky and thoroughly enjoyed checking out the park. The trail to the base of the carvings was an excellent walk with lots of informative stops along the way. The visitor center was also excellent.
We headed from there over to Custer State Park where we spent the rest of the day. The park is really 2 separate entities: the wildlife loop road where you can drive right up to bison, prong-horn sheep and prairie dogs – and the Needles section where beautiful rock formations and small lakes make up the landscape. Both are more than worth a visit and it made for a relaxing afternoon. We had a pretty good buffet lunch at the State Game Lodge inside the park.
Sadly, we had a bad meal at the Circle B Stage Show in nearby Hill City. We had pre-booked it although that probably wasn’t necessary. The stage show of western music and comedy was good, but not good enough to over come the really bad food.
We finished the day back in the room watching movies, doing laundry and repacking the car for the early departure the next morning.
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