It may seem strange to review a rest area, but this one in particular saved me from plunging my SUV into the nearest ditch after 800 miles mostly across Montana.
See, we had a bright idea, my road trip companion and I. Drive straight through from the extreme northern border of Montana to Kansas City, MO.
We'd save time at night, we thought. What fools. How young and full of hope.
Montana is kind enough to post roads at 80mph. A good speed during the day, 80mph. The place is also—if you weren't aware—lousy with deer. Great big herds of 'em all milling about, with a real passion for standing in large groups across major US highways. You know what that country DOESN'T have? Street lights. Or any lights, for that matter, which would've been useful as we're barreling through the pitch black of Montana's vast eastern nothingness at 80mph and encounter the first of many herds of deer (all putting my brakes to the test). From there we dialed it back to 60, occasionally 50 as our eyes got heavy and the night wore us down. Each herd frayed our nerves further until we were hanging out the windows as we approached, screaming like banshees in the night to relieve stress and spook the little darlings toward safer pastures (exactly WHAT we screamed at them is the stuff that'd make your pastor drop his bible in church).
That's where this rest stop comes in. Sometime just after dawn, I roll into this thing after confessing I nearly killed us a few miles back. We slept for a good four hours here before finishing the journey to Missouri. I didn't end our lives that night. No, sir. We survived it.
So, ya know, five stars.
May 19, 4:26 PM
Mar 15, 11:40 PM
A bit "dusted" by the snowstorm, and the door was askew on the building, but there was a staff person cleaning who was your "Typical South Dakota Friendly" type. Nice Rest Area. Quiet Place To Stop & Rest! :-D
Mar 5, 6:09 AM
Nov 30, 8:20 PM
Wonderful rest area! Great place if you want to stop, have a rest, maybe even take a nap, but are plenty of tables and benches, there is video surveillance, I stopped here over night and I felt very safe. This place is very clean and very well maintained and taken care off