Custer, South Dakota

Custer’s Gulch RV ParkOther reviewers at

August, 2015

The Lowe’s overall rating = 7 out of 10 stars

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Noise level and overall “feel” of the park?
No noise from highway 16A at the front of the park, which was
about 1/2 mile away.  Most folks left in the mornings to
sight-see, and the place was nice and quiet during the day and
in the evenings.

Road and site access/type?
All gravel, with lots of dust.

Spaciousness/levelness of sites?
Mostly back-in sites with a few pull-throughs.  Our site (#47)
was close to level, but we noticed that several more in our area
of the park were not.  Spacing between sites was generous,
with large grassy areas.  Most sites were long enough for a
large motorhome and a car, with room to spare.  Some sites
had small trees, but they did not provide much helpful shade
on sunny days.

Utilities and WiFi/cell reception?
The campground water is provided
by a well, and although the water is apparently safe to
drink, our water sediment filter turned red/brown within
a couple of days and we had to flush out both sink aerators
due to silt.  Upon arrival at our next campground, it took
quite a while to clean the silt out of our hoses and filters
before we could hook up.  We will need to replace our
almost-new water filters again.  Beware of this issue if you
stay here!

The full hookup 50-amp power and water pressure were good.
The Verizon signal to our cell phones and boosted hotspot was
strong as well.

Picnic table and/or fire pit?
Both, and they were of good quality.  The office sold firewood
at a reasonable price.

Bathrooms/showers/laundry room?
The laundry room consisted of two washers and two dryers,
with a folding table.  The bathrooms were fairly modern and
clean.  The showers had small benches and hooks to hold
needed items, and they were clean and nice.

Pet and/or kid friendly?
As usual, dogs were to be kept on-leash, and I would not
consider this park to be very pet-friendly.  I didn’t see any
large areas where they could be set free.  There was no pool
or equipment for kids, either, and we saw very few kids
passing through during our 8-night stay.  This park, like
many others in the area, is mainly a staging area from which
to see the wonderful area attractions.

Bicycle/walking trails nearby?
There was a several-mile-long paved path that ran along
highway 16A at the front of the park.  There were virtually
unlimited hiking opportunities within Custer State Park
and all around the area.

Grocery stores and other services nearby?
The small town of Custer was about 3 miles away and had a
couple of small grocery stores, a hardware store and a bunch
of shops along the busy little Main Street.  This is not a
place where major RV repairs could be done.

This place was pricey, and we stayed on the recommendation
of a friend.  But we did like  the park – it was quiet, had decent
spacing between sites, and we enjoyed sitting outside by the
fire pit in the evenings.  The staff was friendly and helpful,
giving us good advice on what to see and do in the area.  The
road dust was a bit of a bother, and it would have score
higher if that problem could be resolved.  We would stay
here again.