Leslie had wanted to go this area ever since I can remember. We found this RV Park through Newmar, who recommended it as ideal for big rigs like ours. The park was very large and the sites were also large and easy to use. The RV Park also had a few cabins so we could get non-RV vacationers (which we had later from Leslie’s sister Kelly, her husband Pat and their youngest son Devin).
On our drive back west from Indiana we met another Newmar couple who had been at the Service Center the same time as us and they had arrived at Elkhorn Ridge a few days before we did. Mike and Bridgette have a very nice London Aire which is a step above our Dutch Star. We became good friends very quickly and they also planned to meet up with us when we got to Reno in mid-July. We even went out to dinner one night with them, making only the second time we went out since late February, and the first with another couple. The bad part was that we were severely chastised by our daughter Madison for not being COVID compliant.
The area around Spearfish/Rapid City is filled with tourist attractions and parks. Of course the most well known is Mount Rushmore, but also in close driving distance is The Black Hills, Custer State Park, The Badlands National Park, the tourist city of Deadwood, and the famous Wall Drug store.
The first outing we did was a hike to the Spearfish Canyon Falls, which Leslie found through an hiking app named “AllTrails”. This app has turned out to be very handy as it gives details of all of the hiking areas around your location, including descriptions and ratings. The hike had more altitude changes than we expected but offered great views and while it provided a good workout wasn’t too difficult. And the views and nature trails were worth the hike.
I will cover our visits to other areas in separate posts to avoid making any post too long. While we loved the RV Park the only negative was the heavy winds and lightning storms, which never seemed to end. In our two weeks there we had heavy winds every evening but 3, although the weather during the day was mostly very pleasant.