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Old 10-17-2008, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Mount Laurel
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Default Best route to Rapid City from Denver

Hi all,

I'm planning a trip for next summer and I was wondering what would be the best route from downtown Denver to Rapid City? It doesn't seem like there is a direct route connecting the 2 cities so I was curious if people who make the trip frequently know some good routes to take?

Specifically, we are going to be staying at a hotel near I-90 and Elk Vale Rd. Also - is that a convenient area to stay to visit Mount Rushmore and other Black Hill attractions?

Thanks for the help!
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Old 10-17-2008, 11:45 AM
 
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The route I've taken from Denver in the past has been:

1. I-25 north from Denver
2. Take Hwy. 85 just north of Cheyenne. This will take you through Torrington, Lusk, and Newcastle.
3. At Newcastle, go east on Hwy.16 to Custer
4. At Custer, take 16(go north) through Hill City and continue on 16 into Rapid City.

Please note that my family is originally from the Hill City area, so I prefer that route. I don't think there's a faster route though.

If you're wanting to do things in the Hills, I'd suggest Keystone as a central spot versus Rapid City. It's not a significant savings regarding the number of miles you'll drive, but it will make it easier to get to where you want to go in the Hills. It all depends on whether you want more restaurants to choose from vs. camping out/grilling on your own.

Hope that helps!
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Old 10-17-2008, 12:24 PM
 
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We always took I25 up through Ft. Collins into Wyoming - then 18 up through and into SD - through Hot Springs then 79 to Rapid...
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Old 10-17-2008, 04:46 PM
 
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We always took I25 up through Ft. Collins into Wyoming - then 18 up through and into SD - through Hot Springs then 79 to Rapid...
That is the route I would suggest. If you want to venture through the hills the route Txchief suggest would be good. Its would be a matter of time and preference.

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The route I've taken from Denver in the past has been:

1. I-25 north from Denver
2. Take Hwy. 85 just north of Cheyenne. This will take you through Torrington, Lusk, and Newcastle.
3. At Newcastle, go east on Hwy.16 to Custer
4. At Custer, take 16(go north) through Hill City and continue on 16 into Rapid City.

Please note that my family is originally from the Hill City area, so I prefer that route. I don't think there's a faster route though.

If you're wanting to do things in the Hills, I'd suggest Keystone as a central spot versus Rapid City. It's not a significant savings regarding the number of miles you'll drive, but it will make it easier to get to where you want to go in the Hills. It all depends on whether you want more restaurants to choose from vs. camping out/grilling on your own.

Hope that helps!
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Old 10-19-2008, 11:32 PM
 
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota
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We always took I25 up through Ft. Collins into Wyoming - then 18 up through and into SD - through Hot Springs then 79 to Rapid...
This is the way I always go. Going through Torrington makes you backtrack a little bit and there are a lot of cops around Torrington and Lusk. Be careful at the WY border too just outside of Cheyenne. They'll pull you over for ANYTHING!
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Old 10-20-2008, 02:41 PM
 
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This is the way I always go. Going through Torrington makes you backtrack a little bit and there are a lot of cops around Torrington and Lusk. Be careful at the WY border too just outside of Cheyenne. They'll pull you over for ANYTHING!
A heads up here about the police in Torrington & Lusk.
Especially the Highway Patrol. They now have a skinny light bar inside the vehicle up against the windshield. Can Not be seen when approaching until it is too late!
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Old 10-21-2008, 12:39 PM
 
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A heads up here about the police in Torrington & Lusk.
Especially the Highway Patrol. They now have a skinny light bar inside the vehicle up against the windshield. Can Not be seen when approaching until it is too late!
A good radar detector would solve that issue. ;-)
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Old 10-23-2008, 08:58 PM
 
Location: South Dakota
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I have gone the Hot Springs way a couple times when going from Rapid to Colorado: probably the most direct route. On a side note, I went to Las Vegas, going through Rapid City, last June and took SD 79 down to Hot Springs and took 18 to I-25 near Douglas, WY. SD 79 was a nice road and is nice to set the cruise and coast down the road. Between Edgemont and Lusk, it seems like it takes forever and seems barren (to one who is used to having a town every six or so miles with having at least five to ten homes on one square mile in the country), but there some scenic areas sprinkled in here and there.
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