Custer, South Dakota
October 13-14, 2017
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is hosting Step Up in the Hills, October 13-14, in a place where there is so much to explore. Situated within a short distance of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Needles Highway, Crazy Horse Memorial and Wind Cave National Park, the State Game Lodge is a national historic gem.
We would like to personally invite you to join us for this special event based at what was once the summer White House for President Calvin Coolidge, the famed State Game Lodge, located within Custer State Park in South Dakota.
We’ll all meet at the State Game Lodge on Friday, October 13th, for our 3 p.m. departure in search of the abundant wildlife found within the 71,000-acres of Custer State Park. An off-roading adventure in specially designed open-air jeeps allows us to get up close and personal with the many buffalo, pronghorns and elk that roam the park. Our drivers are also our guides and will be with us for our Chuck Wagon Cookout near the Blue Bell Lodge that includes a mouth-watering choice sirloin steak with all of the fixin’s.
At 9 a.m. on Saturday, we’ll gather in the Coolidge Room at the Creekside Inn to share stories of the early years of RMEF, where we stand today and most importantly, discuss ways to address the conservation challenges facing our wildlife and wild places today.
After our morning meeting you’ll have a chance to explore the region. A drive you won’t want to miss is the Needles Highway. Once deemed impossible to build, this National Scenic Byway was actually completed in 1922. There are a series of sharp turns, low tunnels and granite spires on the 14-mile journey. Other options during your free time include a trip to Mount Rushmore, the Crazy Horse Memorial or a tour in the hidden world of the Wind Cave.
During the evening we’ll enjoy delightful cocktails, delicious hors d’oeuvres, and stories of the day’s adventures on the patio of the State Game Lodge before moving to the Glass Elk Room of the State Game Lodge Restaurant for a private dinner.
This unique and intimate experience affords you the opportunity to help RMEF in its efforts to secure the future of elk and elk country for those who follow in our footsteps by stepping up your financial support while having fun along the way with like-minded people. This setting is the perfect place to embrace the famous words of President Coolidge when he said, “No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.”
We hope to see you there! Together we can make a difference.