Fort Hays Chuckwagon Supper & Cowboy Music Show

The Black Hills are rich with authentic Cowboy history. This area has touted the name ‘Wild West’ for over a century and if you are looking to have yourself a rootin’ tootin’ old fashioned adventure you have come to the right place. The Fort Hays Chuckwagon is just up the road from Rushmore Shadows resort and is serving up cowboy cuisine and fun family entertainment. Ft Hayes Cowyboyshow

I had the chance to visit the Fort Hays Chuckwagon Supper & Cowboy Music Show this past week and was eager to see what all the excitement was about. As you drive up the hill and into the parking lot you will feel as if you have driven right into the Wild West of this region’s past. Fort Hays is home to many attractions including the movie set of, “Dances With Wolves.” Here you can visit an old west town, experience rope making, watch a unique penny press, and so much more. A & J Ft. hayes

Enjoy delectable cowboy fare up to three times daily. Choose from a delicious pancake breakfast, cowboy lunch, or a chuckwagon supper.

My husband and I, along with a group of our friends are from the Black Hills but had not had the chance to catch the Cowboy Music Show. So we saddled up for the Chuckwagon Dinner last week. Ft. Hayes Dinner Plate

As you enter the rustic building that houses the dinner and show, the aroma of traditional and delicious cowboy fare fills the air. We grabbed our tin plates and cups and headed through the line to be served by authentic cowboys and cowgirls.

You choose your meat options (BBQ beef or Chicken), then you are encouraged to hold on tight as the server smashes your baked potato down onto your tin plate. “It tastes better that way,” he laughs. As you make your way through the line you’re are given delicious homemade applesauce (my personal favorite), buttermilk biscuits, spice cake, coffee, and the best lemonade I’ve ever had served fresh into your tin cup. Ft. Hayes Emily & Angie

The dinner was delicious and followed by the Cowboy Music Show. We couldn’t keep our eyes off the incredibly talented musicians as they tackled artists from Johnny Cash to Mozart. We cheered for the fiddler as she took on, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” and won the competition against herself (Playing both Johnny & the Devil’s parts). The Oompah of the polka made us want to dance, and we laughed as Elvis entered the building. Ft Hayes Oommpah

If you are looking for a fun cowboy adventure for your entire family, you won’t want to miss The Fort Hays Chuckwagon Supper & Cowboy Music Show. We give it a big, “Yee Haw!”

And, it’s just a few miles up the Road on Hwy 16. Next time you stay at Rushmore Shadows make sure to visit Fort Hays!

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A note about Fall from Karen- Rushmore Shadows

Fall reminds me of ghosts and goblins, being thankful for friends and family, and crisp cool nights with warm blankets. My favorite fall things include hoodies, pumpkin spiced EVERYTHING, and of course FOOTBALL!!!

Living RoomFall is also the time of year in the Midwest where we start to put away our tents, RVs and motor homes, and start vacationing in different ways . One thing you may not know is five of our brand new Lodges are open at Rushmore Shadows until Decembcer 1st. This means that while you’re talking to member services about planning your winter condo vacations to Mexico or Florida, you can take a trip and stay in the newest and most stunning cabins we offer!

Nothing says autumn like the coziness of our beautiful Lodges and the smell of fresh, new pine. Although we have closed down our RV and tent sites for the winter, you can still stay in one of these new lodges, and feel some of that serenity for yourself.


If your membership includes cabins at Midwest Outdoor Resorts, LodgesI suggest you take the time to come down and see us one last time before winter starts. You and your family will not be disappointed in the accommodations. If you would like more information on how to make the lodges a permanent part of your family’s membership, please feel free to contact me. I would be happy to help! And I bet you didn’t know that the biggest, best and newest cabins aren’t the only benefits of having a Lodge Membership! Happy fall to all of our members! We look forward to seeing you soon!



Find Your Happy Place

CoffeePicture sitting outside your camper and the sun is just starting to burn off that morning mist, you feel a slight morning breeze as you take a sip of morning coffee and you say to yourself, “This is my Happy Place.”

Here at Midwest Outdoor Resorts we take pride in offering families a lifetime of vacation memories. Here are the top five reasons that you and your family should think about camping this season….


  1. Nature – Rushmore Shadows Resort in Rapid City, SD, Hidden Bluffs Resort in Spring Grove, MN. & Soo Line Trail Campground offers a world of beautiful natural scenery. Take a bike ride or hike on one of our trails, stepping outside of your comfort zone and embracing the natural beauty our wilderness has to offer will not only be rewarding, but create many memories.
  2. Star Gazing – Pull up a blanket and search for those stars that shoot across the sky and make a wish. Get away from those city lights and come on out to enjoy the crystal clear skies that Midwest Outdoor Resorts has to offer.
  3. Relaxation – Camping with you family will allow you to grow and bond with each other, take away all the little distractions and plan family time. You will be truly amazed what only a couple days of camping will do to decrease your stress level.
  4. Learning new skills – Camping offers a wide variety of skills, whether you are an avid camper or a beginning camper each experience if full of learning experiences.
  5. Camping is Affordable – Yes, camping is a family friendly activity that can be quite affordable. Don’t have a camper, bring a tent out and enjoy some family time.

If you are looking for a way to have a great summer vacation, let Midwest Outdoor Resorts help you plan it….you won’t be disappointed! It all starts by picking up the phone and giving us a call at 1-800-231-0425; see you soon!

Winter Camping with Midwest Outdoor Resorts

WinterThought about traveling with Midwest Outdoor Resorts’ condo and camping affiliate companies during the winter months? Need help planning a winter getaway in a cabin or condo? Here at Midwest Outdoor Resorts we have you covered; whether it’s visiting one of our rustic rentals at Soo Line Trail Campground, near Onamia MN, on the weekends, camping with our affiliates, or taking a relaxing 7 night condo vacation.


By taking advantage of your Midwest Outdoor Resorts Membership our affiliate companies; Coast to Coast, Good Sam Club, and Resorts of Distinction you and your family can plan a camping or cabin getaway throughout the United States for a discount rate. But wait….we can’t forget about those 7 night condo stays! Through Hopscotch Holiday Condo Vacations and Condominium Travel Club you can book a 7 night condo or cruise getaway almost anywhere in the world. Not sure if you have these memberships, not a problem just

call us at 800-231-0425 and we’ll be happy to discuss them with you.

Camp in the Black Hills and Take in Rush Hockey

Rush Winter is on the horizon folks but don’t let that discourage you from getting excited about camping in November! Even in the off-season, the Black Hills are still alive with great concerts and other live entertainment to see. Luckily for all MOR members, Rushmore Shadows Resort still has cabins available throughout November this year.

Starting out this month the Dahl Arts Center of Rapid City is hosting an Americana Music Festival featuring seven free local bands throughout the day and a ticketed evening concert. Other concerts coming to the Black Hills in November include Hairball at Deadwood Mountain Grand, Manheim Steamroller Christmas at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, and Rodney Carrington at Deadwood Mountain Grand.Concert

If you’re looking for a little competition, the Rapid City Rush hockey season is back in full swing with seven home games throughout the month. The Rush currently has an undefeated season. GO RUSH! The Black Hills will also be hosting the PRS Bull Riding World Finals on the third weekend of November. Both of these events are being held only eleven miles up the road from Rushmore Shadows Resort at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.

Book event tickets soon because they are going fast! Also don’t forget to make your camping reservations at Rushmore Shadows Resort so you can come out and enjoy all the area festivities!


Exciting Activities at Rushmore Shadows

It’s always a great day here at Rushmore Shadows. But this week has been especially great! On Tuesday June 25th, we had the privilege of getting to watch Troy Fairbanks and the Buffalo Dancers. Troy along with his son and grandson came to the resort to teach the members about the Lakota Sioux Tradition with dance and song. Want more information on the events happening at all your MOR locations? Check out the Calendar tab on each of the park’s pagesDancers