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jbeletti
08-25-2011, 09:53 AM
If you are planning to attend the 2012 North American Heartland Owners Rally in Gillette, WY in June of 2012, use this thread to discuss what you are planning "on-the-way" to Gillette in terms of:


What route(s) you are taking...
Where you are staying...
What you are seeing...

ziggy
08-27-2011, 04:57 PM
I started a thread for people from the Pacific Region to start planning several days ago. The thread is located here Pacific Region Planning (//heartlandowners.org/showthread.php/26163-Pacific-Region-Travel-Discussion-to-Gillette-WY-National-Rally) where there has been lots of discussion so far. I know there has been a Southeast thread and a Texas thread started as well. All of these threads are in the Rallies General (//heartlandowners.org/forumdisplay.php/214-Rallies-General) forum.

Do those threads need to be moved over here. If so, I will need to fix some links to get people to the right place. I can understand wanting to keep all of the 2012 threads in the same place.

Kristy

shovelguy
12-16-2011, 08:55 AM
We will be coming to Gillette by way of Colorado. We will be staying in or near Colorado Springs and then head north. Anyone one else in that area heading to the Rally? d&j

codycarver
12-16-2011, 09:27 AM
We will be coming to Gillette by way of Colorado. We will be staying in or near Colorado Springs and then head north. Anyone one else in that area heading to the Rally? d&j

You may want to take a look at this thread.
//heartlandowners.org/showthread.php/28181-Going-to-the-National-Rally-in-Gillete-Please-join-us!

Big Al and Donna
01-14-2012, 11:48 AM
We will be leaving Meridian ID on or about the first of June and spending a couple of days in West Yellowstone. Then on to Cody WY for a couple of days. We will arrive at the rally on the 7th.

jayc
01-14-2012, 01:47 PM
We're planning to make the Oklahoma chapter rally before going to Gillette. We'll go up through So. Dakota before going to Gillette.

artsbighorn
01-18-2012, 11:57 AM
I will be in Tea.SD & taking I-90 to Gillette. Leaving Tea around the 5th or 6th. Arriving in Gillette on 6/10/12.

Hastey
01-18-2012, 07:40 PM
We're planning to make the Oklahoma chapter rally before going to Gillette. We'll go up through So. Dakota before going to Gillette.

Jay will be glad to see you and Stella at our 1st Rally. There are a few of us going to Gillette via MT Rushmore. We are working out the route now but will be going up thru Kansas and on to S.D. I don't know if we are spending two or three nights on the road to S.D. and we are trying to lock down if we are leaving on the 8th or 9th. All the ones with "Jobs" don't know if they can leave on Friday or not.

tom p
04-12-2012, 01:07 PM
ok big al wp pe will be in the denver area around the 6-4 and we will be heading north to gillett. see you soon!!! tom p

DW_Gray
05-05-2012, 09:01 PM
For those traveling north on I-25 through Colorado, St. Vrain State Park is an excellent place for a layover. St. Vrain is located near Longmont at the intersection of I-25 and CO 119. From St. Vrain, the distance to the rally campground is 315 miles. There are 87 campsites located in 8 campgrounds, most sites are on or near the banks of the ponds. Sites 1-41 have electrical hookups with water nearby and a centrally-located dump station. Sites 42-87 have water, sewer, and electric at each site. All sites also include a grill, picnic table and concrete pad.

Amy and I have been work camping here since December. We are leaving to the Rally on June 7th and anyone is welcome travel along with us. I recommend you make reservation for your stay. For anyone staying the night of June 6, there's an open invitation to come to our work camp ranch home for some food and fellowship.

St. Vrain State Park, CO (http://www.parks.state.co.us/parks/stvrain/Pages/StVrainHome.aspx)

wdk450
05-05-2012, 10:43 PM
Gang:
I don't know if I have posted my complete National and Cody Rally plans, but I will start (and include my NorLows campouts as well).
Today I am on a Heartland Campout in Gilroy, Ca. for an open house at the SeeGrins Dealership. Their dealership is really impressive, as they have an old WalMart location that sat empty for years. They have loads of RV's (mainly Heartlands of all product lines) INSIDE a climate controlled building, along with trade-in and consignment used rigs outside.
In 10 days I have another NorLows campout in Napa, California (May 16-20). Included in that campout will be a trip to the ferry terminal in nearby Vallejo, and a ferry trip to San Francisco for the day.
I go home for 2 days and then start out travelling East, heading for West Yellowstone MT. via Wells, Nevada and Idaho. I plan to stay just outside West Yellowstone in Baker's Hole Campground in Gallitin National Forest. With my Federal Senior discount card, the cost for space and electric service will be $16 a night. This is too early in the season for reservations, so I hope it works out. I have backup plans. I will stay there visiting Yellowstone for 2 weeks until June 7th, when I leave for Gillette via a stopover in the Cody area. I will arrive in Gillette on June 8th.
I will be at the Gillette Rally until June 17th, when I will depart for Hill City S.D. at the Rafter J Bar Ranch and the Mt. Rushmore area. On June 21st I will leave for the Cody, Wyo. rally.
I will be in Cody 6/21 - 6/24.
I have decided to travel through Yellowstone from Cody, stopping for the night in the Twin Falls, Idaho area. I have located a likely Twin Falls county park, Rock Creek Park.
I will stop again in Wells Nevada the next day, then on to Boca Rest Federal campground on Boca Lake about 11 miles east of Reno. I will probably stay there 2 nights and then backtrack back into Reno and up 395 to Hat Creek, Ca. for a NorLows campout 6/27 - 6/30. Then back to home and Sacramento until the July 25-28th NorLows campout at Greagle, Ca. (west of Truckee). I am undecided to say out the rest of July and slowly head Northwest for the Heartland regional rally August 10-12, or go back to Sacramento until it is time to head up I-5 to Canyonville.
I have NorLows 4 day camputs monthly through October, and 1 last Heartland Rally in nearby Jackson, Ca. in September.

Lots of RVing miles this year!!!

TandT
05-05-2012, 10:56 PM
Bill, Your a heck of a lot more organized than we are.
We usually have an idea which direction we are going in and unless state or National parks are involved, requiring reservations, we fly by the seat of our pants.
We hardly ever make reservations if we are staying at private campgrounds and rarely get turned away.

We are headed to Kanab, Utah in a few days. Our "summer spot".
Aside from that, we are going to the Gillette and possibly Jackson rallys. Around and in between that, who knows. Trace

ziggy
05-06-2012, 12:31 AM
We are leaving home for Gillette on June 8th which is the day after school is out. We'll stop in Burns, OR the first night, then continue on with two nights in ID, one in MT, and one in Sheridan, WY before getting to the rally on the 13th. Afterward, we will go to Hill City, SD at a park just up the road from where a lot of the others going that direction will be. Then we'll go back through MT and spend four nights in Gardiner just outside the north entrance of Yellowstone. On to Ceour D'Alene for a couple of days, down along the Columbia Gorge, over to Astoria, OR, and down to Lincoln City, OR. We'll finish the trip at Casey's RV Park and get home the first week in July. This will be the longest trip we have ever taken and good practice for when I get to retire in a few years.

Then, we need to be at the Pacific Region Rally in Canyonville, OR in August. Of course, my school district wants me to spend time there over the summer, so it's going to be really busy!

Kristy

rarnold
05-06-2012, 02:56 PM
Donna & I are setting out from Sacramento on Saturday, June 9th to Battle Mtn, Nv the first night. Then to Lyman, Wy the second (& longest) day. From there, we hit Casper for a stay-over and cruise into Gillette on Tuesday the 12th. After our first National Rally, we head straight down to Thornton, just north of Denver. After visiting my brother for a couple of days, we head to Las Vegas (family reunion) by way of Green River, Ut.

Does anyone know of a good place to stay with your rig in Vegas? Preferably close to the west side of town. I heard Circus Circus KOA area was pretty "IFFY". Any Ideas?

Safe travels to all. We'll see you in Gillette!

Rod

MaryandSteve
05-06-2012, 08:41 PM
Mary and I will be heading out from home(INDIANA) on our journey to Gillette on May 30th.We will be going to the TN/KY rally in Southaven MS. After that up to Mt Pleasant IA to see family for 3 Days then to Council Bluffs IA(Horseshoe Casino)for a one day stop. Then up I29 to I90 across to Custer SD to Beaver lake campground for 3 days to see Mt Rushmore. On the 10th we will head into Gillette. After that on to Millersburg OH to the Ohio Rally then home.

DW_Gray
05-06-2012, 09:39 PM
Does anyone know of a good place to stay with your rig in Vegas? Preferably close to the west side of town. I heard Circus Circus KOA area was pretty "IFFY". Any Ideas?

Rod


We stayed 1 night at Hitchin’ Post RV Park, Las Vegas, NV. (NE Side). Nothing fancy but nice.

tweber
05-06-2012, 09:59 PM
We were at Sams Town, 5225 Boulder Hwy, Las Vegas a week ago(4/27 - 5/01). It is a Good Sam park, $32, and it was quiet, clean, and cable worked well. It is also pet friendly. Was easy to get to.

wdk450
05-06-2012, 10:54 PM
I stayed at the Las Vegas RV resort (very near Sam's Town in the Boulder highway area) for a weekend in January. I was well satisfied.

Here is their link:
http://www.lasvegasrvresort.com/index.html

TandT
05-07-2012, 12:14 AM
Oasis RV Resort on I15 at Blue Diamond is good.
Bonus... there is a super Bass Pro Shop Across the fwy. Trace

rarnold
05-08-2012, 12:21 AM
Thanks Guys. We will try to query these sites and see how close to the family reunion they are. I appreciate your input and comments. See you folks next month!

Rod

navyAZ1
05-21-2012, 09:52 AM
Got a question for those of you who know the roads in WY? We will be coming up I-25 from I-80 and our GPS says to take Hwy 59 north out of Douglas, WY this leads right into Gillette. My question; is this a good road or would I be better off staying on I-25 north to I-90 and come back east to Gillette? Looks like 59 would be the best way to go but I don't want to get onto some "not so good" state hwy and it add time to the trip. Let me know what y'all think?

Thanks,

Ron

TXBobcat
05-21-2012, 10:24 PM
Ron

I use to live in a little town northeast of Casper Wyo called Midwest. It was on hwy 87 from Casper to Buffalo. A road from Midwest through Edgerton went to Gillette. The road north from Casper is now I-25 that goes directly to Buffalo, but the road from Midwest is now 387 and goes to Wright. This road from Wright to Gillette is 59 and was a good Hwy and I would have no problem taking it now. Going north on 59 from Douglas through Thunder Basin should be no problem. I wouldn't hesitate to take it either. However you should know Hwy 59 is a long drive and the only town I know of on that route is Wright and it is not on 59. It also is not a very big town. This is over 100 miles and not much between Douglas and Gillette. Be sure you have plenty of fuel.

We are going to come into Wyo from Sidney Nebraska on Hwy 85 from I-25 and stay at BJ's RV Park in Lusk on the weekend of the 8th then leave for Gillette on the 11th. We are going to go north from Lusk on 18 to Newcastle, 16 to Morcroft, I-90 to Gillette. If your intrested you could come by Lusk and travel in with us.

19392 19393

BC

squaredancers
05-21-2012, 11:32 PM
We will be leaving Montgomery, TX on June 1st making our way almost due north to Pierre, SD and from there.travel into southwest SD where we will stay onto June 10th when we will head into Gillette. Any suggestionns for a campground south of Rapd City? Thanks

DougAndJudy
05-22-2012, 06:50 AM
We will be leaving Montgomery, TX on June 1st making our way almost due north to Pierre, SD and from there.travel into southwest SD where we will stay onto June 10th when we will head into Gillette. Any suggestionns for a campground south of Rapd City? Thanks

Heartland Campground in Hermosa, SD is about 15 miles south of Rapid City. It's not fancy, but honors Passport America to provide good pricing. You might also look into Hart Ranch, if you have a discount plan like RPI. It's a little closer to Rapid City, and a much fancier campground. Both of these parks are located with easy and quick access to Mount Rushmore and Custer State Park.

MaryandSteve
05-22-2012, 08:39 AM
We will be leaving Montgomery, TX on June 1st making our way almost due north to Pierre, SD and from there.travel into southwest SD where we will stay onto June 10th when we will head into Gillette. Any suggestionns for a campground south of Rapd City? Thanks
We will be staying at Beaverlake Campground in Custer,SD.
http://www.beaverlakecampground.net/

navyAZ1
05-22-2012, 09:04 AM
There's also a very nice campground right in Custer, SD by the name of Broken Arrow Ranch, great folks running it and they honor all the major discounts. With our Escapees card we stayed there in 2008 for $16 per night all FHU, and a beautiful view of the Black Hills.

navyAZ1
05-22-2012, 09:22 AM
Ron

I use to live in a little town northeast of Casper Wyo called Midwest. It was on hwy 87 from Casper to Buffalo. A road from Midwest through Edgerton went to Gillette. The road north from Casper is now I-25 that goes directly to Buffalo, but the road from Midwest is now 387 and goes to Wright. This road from Wright to Gillette is 59 and was a good Hwy and I would have no problem taking it now. Going north on 59 from Douglas through Thunder Basin should be no problem. I wouldn't hesitate to take it either. However you should know Hwy 59 is a long drive and the only town I know of on that route is Wright and it is not on 59. It also is not a very big town. This is over 100 miles and not much between Douglas and Gillette. Be sure you have plenty of fuel.

We are going to come into Wyo from Sidney Nebraska on Hwy 85 from I-25 and stay at BJ's RV Park in Lusk on the weekend of the 8th then leave for Gillette on the 11th. We are going to go north from Lusk on 18 to Newcastle, 16 to Morcroft, I-90 to Gillette. If your intrested you could come by Lusk and travel in with us.

19392 19393

BC

That's exactly the time we would be in that area we plan to arrive at the rally on the 12th and wanted to stay somewhere on the 11th were it would not be a long drive on the 12th. Maybe we'll see you there in Lusk? Although the name "Thunder Basin" sounds like it might be something interesting to see on Hwy 59? If you see a Bighorn with "The Parrish's" lettered on the back at the CG in Lusk you'll know it's us.

See Ya,

Ron

jayc
05-22-2012, 01:16 PM
We'll be staying at the Custers Gulch campground (http://www.custersgulch.com/) from June 1-7th when we leave for Gillette. This park is in the exact nlocation where General Custer and his men camped on his expedition to the Black Hills.

TravelTiger
05-22-2012, 04:12 PM
We'll be headed to Rafter J Bar Ranch (http://www.rafterj.com/) near Hill City, SD before the Rally. Based on their website and recommendations here on the forum, it looks like a nice place.

Erika

TXBobcat
05-22-2012, 04:52 PM
We'll be staying at the Custers Gulch campground (http://www.custersgulch.com/) from June 1-7th when we leave for Gillette. This park is in the exact nlocation where General Custer and his men camped on his expedition to the Black Hills.

Hay Jay.. Custers Gulch is a nice campground. I hope you enjoy it, we did. It is close to the Crazy Horse monument. Go there later in the evening and park up front in the parking lot and stay to watch the Lazer Light show.
19408 19409
The first image is where I would stay if I were there again. It is to the left of the office and along the pond.
The second is our site which was nice and we had plenty of room. It is on the side of a slight hill.

Travel Tiger..
We have heard a lot of Rafter J Bar and I think we drove through the park. Let me know how you like it.

Have fun and drive through the area. One is close but you can make it, we did. Lots of Bison. Saw a Motorcycle stopped in the middle of a herd moving across the hwy.

BC

rjr6150
05-23-2012, 07:20 AM
We'll be headed to Rafter J Bar Ranch (http://www.rafterj.com/) near Hill City, SD before the Rally. Based on their website and recommendations here on the forum, it looks like a nice place.

Erika
Erika
Ask for the Island area large shaded sites.

TravelTiger
05-23-2012, 07:37 AM
Erika
Ask for the Island area large shaded sites.

We did! Thanks!


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back2nature
05-23-2012, 02:02 PM
Ron

I use to live in a little town northeast of Casper Wyo called Midwest. It was on hwy 87 from Casper to Buffalo. A road from Midwest through Edgerton went to Gillette. The road north from Casper is now I-25 that goes directly to Buffalo, but the road from Midwest is now 387 and goes to Wright. This road from Wright to Gillette is 59 and was a good Hwy and I would have no problem taking it now. Going north on 59 from Douglas through Thunder Basin should be no problem. I wouldn't hesitate to take it either. However you should know Hwy 59 is a long drive and the only town I know of on that route is Wright and it is not on 59. It also is not a very big town. This is over 100 miles and not much between Douglas and Gillette. Be sure you have plenty of fuel.

BC

Bob,

That's what we mapped out. Going from Rawlins-Casper-Midwest-Wright-Gillette on the 387. We wondered about that road and did notice there wasn't much out there. It sure seems shorter than taking the Rawlins-Casper-Buffalo-Gillette route. Hope we'll be okay. (This would be on June 12 - 246 miles)

MC9
05-23-2012, 03:03 PM
If you are just spending the night the parking lot at Wall Drugs is fine and the fresh donuts in the morning are heavenly.