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As part of a wider trip to Yellowstone, we (4 adults and a 2y.o) are looking at taking a detour to the Black Hills area and would appreciate any comments/suggestions on the following itinerary:

Day 1: Drive from Denver to Hot Springs (via Pawnee National Grasslands) - stay overnight at Flat Iron Guest Suites. This is a long day driving but we are doing a round trip to Denver and I can't really see anywhere between Denver and Hot Springs that is worth staying overnight and our itinerary doesn't really allow for an extra night;

Day 2: Visit the Mammoth Site in Hot Springs, followed by a visit to Wind Cave NP. We will then drive onto Custer State Park and drive the Wildlife Loop. We are undecided on accommodation here. Ideally we want to stop 2 nights in this area and because we are travelling with a 2 y.o, would prefer to stay in a cabin. For this reason and given we will probably be in the Custer State Park area, we were looking at staying in the cabins at either the State Game Lodge, Sylvan Lake or Legion Lake - has anyone stayed here? If we have time at the end of this day we will drive the Iron Mountain Rd, Mt Rushmore, Needles Highway Loop. If we don't have time we will look to incorporate into Day 3 or Day 4.

Day 3: Day Trip to Badlands

Day 4: Depart for Buffalo or Sheridan, WY, via Deadwood, Spearfish Canyon and Devils Monument - this may be a long trip, however we wanted to stop somewhere on the East side of the Big Horn mountains so we could take time the next day traversing these mountains into Cody.

Any suggestions/comments/advice on the above itinerary would be greatly appreciated.


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