Monday, September 7, 2020

South Dakota in September--WOW!


If you know Sparky, you know she's an Indiana girl..she LIKES fall, cooler weather, COLD weather and yes, even snow! So, when she saw these temperatures, it was a big "YIPPEE!".   Eldo, not so much. Sparky thought he was worried about the pipes freezing, but he says, "I'm not worried about the pipes freezing, I'm worried about ME freezing!"

We are at Elkhorn Ridge RV resort in Spearfish, SD for 7 nights. It's a little more expensive, but then again, many of the parks in this area average over 50 a night. Elkhorn Ridge is about 67.00 a night. Lots of amenities...a beautiful pool, nice walking paths, quite a few beautiful cabins, and a great location for visiting the Spearfish area.

one of many beautiful cabins at the park
It looks like a fisherman's paradise, judging from all the people we have seen fishing the local rivers. There's a championship golf course across the street. The resort has a gift shop, grocery store, beer and wine, an expresso coffee bar, lighted tennis, pickle ball and basketball courts, horseshoes and volleyball, too. There are three shower houses and three laundry facilities located on the premises and free wi-fi. Here is the pool area....

The sites are spacious and long, but there isn't much shade here in this park. The trees have not matured very fast since the last time we were here about 10 years ago.

It's 60+miles from the RV Park to Custer State Park, Mt. Rushmore, and Crazy Horse. There's the beautiful Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway drive, which is about 15-20 minutes from the RV park.  Four wheeling is huge in this area, and there are quite a few places to rent them. Sparky is VERY excited about the Mickelson Bike Trail, a 109 mile trail. She plans on riding that in the next day or so, just as soon as the weather breaks.

Today is a super rainy COLD we are planning and researching our future travel plans. The wind is out of the north/northwest and it's raining hard, holding at 45 degrees for the moment, but heading downward. We will see you later, when it warms up. Sparky has a surprise in store for our readers, something you can do on a rainy cold day in September. See you later!


  1. We love the Blackhills. Last year, I rode the Mickleson Trail as a 70th birthday present to myself; it was awesome (captured in August 2019 blog entries: Prior to riding the Mickleson, we spent a few days at Theodore Roosevelt NP—a photographers paradise. Safe travels.

    1. I tried to find your post...can you send me a link? I am interested in which part of the trail you did or all of it?

  2. I was on the Michelson today...I went at the wrong time and the wrong place. Still too much snow from yesterday and muddy like you wouldn't believe. Will go see your post. Thanks for sharing!