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Old 02-11-2013, 01:35 AM   #1
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Just checking out Mt Rushmore/badlands/deadwood general area for a possible trip. I see there is no walmart parking in the area and that may be all stores. Does anyone know any good boondocking locations in the area. Looking for anyplace I can park it for the night be it boondocks or parking lot wherever it is safe. I would like to boondock for a night or two then campground for a night or two. I can look up campgrounds but if anyone knows any cheap nice ones that can take me in without reservation let me know.
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There are a lot of National Forest campgrounds in the area that are inexpensive. Most all are dry camping but you get a fairly level site, a fire ring, a picnic table and a nearby well maintained vault toilet. With our Golden Pass we pay less than $10 per night at most of them.
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Just checking out Mt Rushmore/badlands/deadwood general area for a possible trip. I see there is no walmart parking in the area and that may be all stores. Does anyone know any good boondocking locations in the area. Looking for anyplace I can park it for the night be it boondocks or parking lot wherever it is safe. I would like to boondock for a night or two then campground for a night or two. I can look up campgrounds but if anyone knows any cheap nice ones that can take me in without reservation let me know.
We boondocked at the Walmart In Spearfish, SD in September 2010, on a Badlands, Mt. Rushmore, Sturgis, and points west/south tour, without any issues. IIRC there's a gas station with a cafe, a small convenience and liquor store just down the street from it, if you're looking for coffee (or whiskey ) in the morning. Not guaranteed, though, with my memory. The Walmart is maybe 12 miles north and west of Deadwood, on I-90 just before the main town of Spearfish. I'll guess and say it's at exit 14? I'd guess it's visible from the interstate, but again, not sure. We probably found it by GPS late in the day.
I think the cafe was called Fresh Start Convenience, from Google Maps.
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When we were there a couple of years ago, they were camping at the Walmart in Rapid City. It was chaos, however.
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When we were there a couple of years ago, they were camping at the Walmart in Rapid City. It was chaos, however.
Chaos in what regard?

We stayed at a Walmart in Edmonton, Alberta and the night we stayed there I counted a total of 22 RVs.
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When we were there a couple of years ago, they were camping at the Walmart in Rapid City. It was chaos, however.
Chaos in what regard?

We stayed at a Walmart in Edmonton, Alberta and the night we stayed there I counted a total of 22 RVs.
The RV's were clustered in part of a quite small parking lot, very close together, chairs out, etc. There were RVs coming in and out through the very tight clearances, holding up all the other traffic in the lot. Kids running all over. We got our shopping done and were out of there as quick as we could.
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When we were there a couple of years ago, they were camping at the Walmart in Rapid City. It was chaos, however.
You should have seen the Walmart in Missoula, MT, then. Talk about chaos. I took some pics of the evening sky across the Walmart parking lot there. You can only see the early campers, the place was full of every kind, and combo, of traveling vehicles when we woke up the next morning. There was one other Roadtrek besides ours, but they just parked, and stayed inside after dark, so we never met them. Late model Chev, possibly a 210, gold or champagne trim and paint, and with a satellite bubble on top. Nice looking rig.


We witnessed a nasty car crash and rollover on the interstate just shy of Missoula on that same trip. It happened right in front of us (maybe 20 yards or so) just before we stopped for the night, near a place called Turah. The driver survived with minor injuries. I noticed him pass us normally, and a few minutes later, he just hit the median ditch in a shower of dust and car parts.
http://www.kpax.com/news/man-survives-i ... ear-turah/

It was the second automotive mishap we witnessed on that trip.
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When we were there a couple of years ago, they were camping at the Walmart in Rapid City. It was chaos, however.
Chaos in what regard?

We stayed at a Walmart in Edmonton, Alberta and the night we stayed there I counted a total of 22 RVs.
The RV's were clustered in part of a quite small parking lot, very close together, chairs out, etc. There were RVs coming in and out through the very tight clearances, holding up all the other traffic in the lot. Kids running all over. We got our shopping done and were out of there as quick as we could.
Are you sure you weren't in Quebec?
That's the norm there.
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O.K. so everyone here is talking about the RV mahem at the Walmarts. We are new to this (at least I am) and don't know about such things. One of the destinations I would like to travel to is the area discussed here--Mt. Rushmore & surroundings.

The question is: what are the policies at Walmarts? Can you only be there certain hours? Anytime. Is there a "code" people follow?

Just wondering about such things since our rig is due in about 6 days.

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...........The question is: what are the policies at Walmarts? Can you only be there certain hours? Anytime. Is there a "code" people follow?..........
I haven't done it either Rocky but plan to so I'm interested to hear what other say.

The Rand McNally GPS we bought has Walmarts that allow overnight parking listed and tells you to notify the store manager that you will be overnighting there. My take on it is to park in the area they tell you to and don't set up "camp". Just use it as an overnight rest stop as intended and buy something in store (if you need something) to show your appreciation.

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