Things to do while staying at Rush-No-More!
Custer State Park Near Rapid City, South Dakota
Custer State Park is a 71,000-acre vacation paradise home to abundant wildlife, including bighorn sheep, antelope, deer, elk, coyote, prairie dogs and “begging” burros. The park also contains one of the nation’s largest free roaming buffalo herds, making it common to encounter a “Buffalo Jam” while driving in the park.
The park is home to a wide variety of history including French Creek, made famous when gold was discovered in the Black Hills and President Calvin Coolidge’s Summer White House (the historic State Game Lodge). Each fall, Custer State Park hosts the Buffalo Roundup & Arts Festival and during the summer, the Black Hills Playhouse offers professional theater performances surrounded by the beauty of the hills.
The park is open daily and year-round.
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Needles Highway, Black Hills, South Dakota
Needles highway is one of many roads you can take to get to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally each August, and it feels like it was designed just to be experienced on a bike.
Riders who have whisked their way along the roads to get there often find themselves going much, much slower once there, without even realizing it.
Who can blame them?
The surrounding scenery is stunning. The highway passes through two tunnels blasted through sheer granite walls — Iron Creek Tunnel and Needles Eye Tunnel. (The highway is named after the high granite “needles” it winds among.)
As for wildlife that might cause one to pause … how about bison up close? And you’ll get to see the actual spots where “the deer and the antelope play.” Really. Just like the song.
Deemed “impossible” to construct by its critics, Needles Highway—a National Scenic Byway—was completed in 1922 and includes 14 miles of sharp turns, low tunnels and impressive granite spires. The road lies within the 73,000 acre Custer State Park, just 30 miles south of Rapid City.
DEVILS TOWER NATIONAL MONUMENT NEAR RAPID CITY
One of several parks and monuments surrounding Rapid City, visiting Devils Tower promises natural wonder and Native American discovery. Rising 1,267 feet above the Belle Fourche River, just across the South Dakota border in Wyoming, Devils Tower National Monument was proclaimed the nation’s first national monument in 1906 by President Theodore Roosevelt. From Rapid City, a 107-mile scenic cruise through the Black Hills leads you to this majestic monolith, one of six area destinations celebrating access to inspiring landscapes during the 2016 National Park Service Centennial.
A place of great spiritual significance to American Indians, Devils Tower is considered sacred to the Lakota and other Plains Tribes. One American Indian legend holds that the rock sprang up just in time to save two boys from a bear; the fluted nature of the tower formed as the bear pawed at the rock. Traditional ceremonial activities continue here, including prayer offerings, vision quests and the Sun Dance.
The tower and surrounding area are home to a diverse range of plants and animals, making it a popular destination for wildlife photography. You may spy bison, mule and white deer, porcupines, prairie dogs, bats, turkey and rattlesnakes among the Ponderosa Pine forests and cottonwood-dotted fields of the monument, or prairie falcons nesting in the cracks of Devils Tower. A limited number of campsites in the park are among the camping options available in and around Rapid City.
Jewel Cave National Monument Near Rapid City
Jewel Cave National Monument is the third longest cave in the world, and it continues to grow as researchers discover an average of three miles of new passageways every year. Located 52 miles southwest of Rapid City, Jewel Cave was named for its dazzling calcite crystals that illuminate the underground, lighted walkways of the cave. Whether touring below ground or exploring the surface above, Jewel Cave is a great place to celebrate the 2016 National Park Service Centennial and mark 100 years of discovery in America’s national parks.