We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Where to stay Yellowstone to Mt. Rushmore?

Which Keystone hotels are on sale?
mm/dd/yyyy mm/dd/yyyy
See hotels
Tampa, Florida
Level Contributor
104 posts
41 reviews
Save Topic
Where to stay Yellowstone to Mt. Rushmore?

We (three adults) will be traveling in mid June from Yellowstone to Mt. Rushmore. We are thinking about stopping for a night in Cody (?) on our way to S.Dakota. We have enough points to stay in a Marriot property for three nights so have chosen the Fairfield Inn in Spearfish. Is stayng in Spearfish a wise decision? I know that it's an hour's drive to Mt. Rushmore but am thinking that 1everything (?) else is close enough to Spearfish??? Help please

Atlanta, Georgia
Destination Expert
for Road Trips
Level Contributor
27,447 posts
382 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Where to stay Yellowstone to Mt. Rushmore?

Well it is closer to Deadwood but not to Crazy Horse, Jewel or Wind Cave, Mt. Rushmore, Custer State Park and the Badlands. The most central locations are Keystone and Hill City.

The DE is excellent and I am sure will post with her expert advice.

Pitman, New Jersey
Destination Expert
for Rapid City, South Dakota
Level Contributor
5,522 posts
62 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Where to stay Yellowstone to Mt. Rushmore?

Unfortunately, no, it's really not a wise decision to base in Spearfish. You are quite a distance from the heart of the hills and the attractions that PeachBelle mentioned. You are talking closer to 1.5 hours to get to the major attractions and a little over 2 hours to the Badlands. Spearfish is a fine base for the northern Black Hills region for places such as Spearfish Canyon, Deadwood, and Devil's Tower.

Another poster was staying in Spearfish as a base, and we all recommended she reconsider. Spearfish would be ok for a couple of days, but it would be wise to relocate to either Keystone, Hill City or Custer for the balance of your trip.

If you are staying for only the three nights you mention, I'd urge you to reconsider staying in Spearfish at all. Splitting your time is more ideal for longer visits.

Also, stopping in Cody on the way in is a nice idea. Cody is quite enjoyable, and its museums are first rate..comparable to the Smithsonian, IMO. You could also check out Devil's Tower on the way in after your night in Cody.

Please let us know if we can assist you further.

Custer, South...
Level Contributor
58 posts
Save Reply
3. Re: Where to stay Yellowstone to Mt. Rushmore?

At www.custersd.com you will find that Custer is centrally located to all the major attractions in the Black Hills including Jewel Cave (15 min away), Wind Cave (30 min away), Custer State Park (5 min away), Crazy Horse (5 min away), Mt. Rushmore (25 min away), Needles Hwy (10 min away), Mammoth Site (40 min away) and Wild Horse Sanctuary (55 min away). Right in Custer we have Flintstones Theme Park, National Museum of Woodcarving, Grizzly Gulch Mini Golf, The Grand Magic Show and many more!

There are numerous shops, restaurants, hotels/motels, cabins, campgrounds, bed and breakfasts, parks, and friendly faces! For outdoor lovers we have several lakes, many hiking and biking trails, rock climbing, golfing, disc golf, swimming, horseback riding, ATV trials, chuck wagon dinners, and hunting and fishing. For more information please visit our website: www.custersd.com and find us on Facebook!

4. Re: Where to stay Yellowstone to Mt. Rushmore?

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 5:17 am, March 16, 2013