Visitors continue to head to the campgrounds

The summer tourism season has come to an end, but visitors are still taking advantage of the weather and the outdoors.
Campers are taking advantage of the weather and enjoying the Black Hills.
Campers are taking advantage of the weather and enjoying the Black Hills.(KEVN)
Published: Oct. 13, 2020 at 4:29 PM MDT
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STURGIS, S.D. (KEVN) - It’s typical to see campgrounds full of people during the heart of tourism season, but this year has been far from normal, and visitors are still heading to the campgrounds and exploring the Black Hills.

“It’s been a very strange year as far as campers. I think that between having the virus, South Dakota being an open state, and a lot of children being homeschooled right now, because they can’t go to school or their parents don’t want to put them in school with a bunch of other kids. So we’ve had a lot of people here with their children, which is really rare for this late,” says the owner of Rush No More RV Resort and Campground, Edward Miller.

Miller says reservations are still coming in, and it’s something he wasn’t expecting.

“We’re open all year, so we’re happy to get reservations. The crisis we’re having right now with COVID seems to have made outdoor activities more popular than ever. And we’re happy that includes us,” says Miller.

Since South Dakota is open for business and provides ample space to social distance, it’s become a tourist destination for some people.

“We feel very comfortable here, and we don’t feel judged because we do wear our masks when we’re out in public, and others choose not to, and that’s fine. But there’s just so much to do here and so much to see,” says Scott Hakomaki from Oregon.

Jeff Akman, another camper, recently moved to South Dakota from California and wanted to camp before the colder weather.

“We decided to become full-time RVers and come out here to South Dakota to register. Partly because of the pandemic. And just because we felt like it was a great opportunity to just take this opportunity to kind of just experience life in a different way,” says Akman.

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