I just found these forums with help on itineraries and want to make sure what I have come up with doesn't have any serious issues. Family of 5 (kids 12,9,7) and dog will have from June 22 to June 30th in the Black Hills. I already have reservations at the campgrounds we will be staying at so I can't adjust those. June 22,23 will be at Custer State Park (Stockade North), June 24 will be at Badlands State Park (Cedar Pass) and June 25-29 will be just outside Hill City (Rafter J). We don't get going too early so getting out and about by 9am is normal and we have the dog so we like to be back by 5pm or so. Also any suggestions on can't miss places to eat. June 22 we'll probably eat at Dakota Cowboy in Custer because we'll be towing a 36' trailer and it looks to have good reviews and good parking!
June 22 - Arrive Custer State Park around 7pm.
June 23 - 15 minutes to Mt Coolidge, Wildlife Loop, Iron Mountain, Mt Rushmore, Sylvan Lake, Needles drive back to Custer. Any idea if lunch time would be near State Lodge or Keystone?
June 24 - Drive to Badlands, spend day with Ranger activities, Door and Window hikes. Will be coming back on I-90, is it worth it to take SD-44 from Rapid City to Ben Reifel center?
June 25 - Drive to Wall Drug via Badlands loop, taking time to stop at scenic spots. Spend an hour or so at Wall, drive to Hill city. Where is a good place to have lunch in Wall?
June 26 - Visit Rapid City downtown, Dinosaur Park, Storybook Island. In the evening go to Crazy Horse (night blast just happens to be happening while we are there). Probably have picnic at Storybook Island, any dinner suggestions for Rapid City?
June 28 - Bear Country, Reptile Gardens, Cosmos mystery area
June 29 - Whatever we find, maybe spend some time at Sylvan Lake
June 30 - Drive home
June 26 to June 29 don't really matter what order we do those in. On those evenings we might add Custer City and Bedrock because I heard they had an entertaining magic show for the kids. Another night will probably be at the Circle B Chuck Wagon.
What is "morning" time for the Wildlife loop? I was thinking we'd spend 45 mins or less at Mt Coolidge meaning we'd start the loop around 10am. Is that too late? If so I just need an idea of morning so we can get going early that day. Or I heard the evening is a good time to go as well but no real definition of what evening time is. Since we are in the park its about 20 minutes to the loop so adjusting to have an evening outing would be fine.
Am I missing anything? I keep seeing the Old MacDonald farm as a favorite but the Circle B has a petting zoo, pony rides, etc. Some of the things we ruled out: Caves (just went through Glenwood Cave and somebody didn't like it). The 1880 train because of the amount of time and we have a few scenic trains around us.
Thanks for any suggestions on our trip.