BLACK HILLS, MT. RUSHMORE, BADLANDS, SOUTH DAKOTA JUNE, 2015

BLACK HILLS MOUNTAIN RANGE & CUSTER STATE PARK:

Someday we will go back to Custer State Park and Custer’s Gulch RV Park in the Black Hills Mountain Range. With 71,000 acres, Custer State Park is the largest park in South Dakota and one of the largest in the U.S. It is a wildlife reserve and is home to herds of 1,500 free roaming bison. President Calvin Coolidge resided in the Summer White House built in 1927 in the Black Hills. Needles Highway and the Wildlife Loop is a gorgeous drive. We took our four wheeler Jeep for a drive back into the bison herd and found their watering hole, very exciting.

MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL:

Mt. Rushmore Memorial is a sculpture carved into the granite face of Mt. Rushmore. Between 1934 to 1939, Gutzon and his son Lincoln Borglum sculpted President’s Washington, Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt and Lincoln. The monument was used to promote tourism to South Dakota.

BADLANDS, SOUTH DAKOTA:

The Badlands consist of 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles, rugged spires, and deep canyons among miles of mixed grass prairies. We hiked the Notch Trail overlooking the White River Valley. The Badland Loop Road had multiple scenic overlooks including the yellow mounds of fossil soil.

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