SD: Deadwood/Mt. Rushmore – 06/29/2016 – 07/01/2016

Keystone, SD

Parking: Steam Wheel Campground
Rating: 10

The bathrooms here are nice. Seriously, really nice. Each one is about 9.5′ x 6.5′ with ample water pressure, clean as a whistle, nice chairs (including a shower seat for folk that cannot stand up), and plenty of places to store your clothes/shower essentials. Each is a full bathroom (with toilet and sink) and are totally private. These are (by far) the best bathrooms I have ever seen at an RV park or marina – or in 90% of hotels or in any house in which I’ve lived. I know it’s crazy to wax rhapsodic about a bathroom, but when you are on the road, a really good shower is nirvana.

The campground has some back-in sites but also some of the modern nose-to-tail curved, pull-through sites (Connor Battlefield and Belle Fourche also had those). I far prefer this style site because you feel a little more open to the scenery – your chairs aren’t pointed at the side of the next RV over.

We did a couple loads of laundry, but mostly we did nothing. Deadwood was a little too touristy for us, but we did have to stop by Mt. Rushmore. Unfortunately, it was raining buckets, so we only got a few glimpses of the carving, but at least we got to hear some of the talks on its building and the native people of the area.

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