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Mount Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch

12620 Hwy 244, Hill City, South Dakota 57745 USA

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Welcome to a premier camping resort and lodge in the heart of the Black Hills. Enjoy a relaxing and fun camping adventure at the Mount Rushmore KOA Resort at Palmer Gulch, located near national memorials, breathtaking scenery, fun hiking trails, rodeos and museums. Relax and enjoy exciting activities without even leaving the campground with KOA's amenities and activities, or let KOA show you around the area via wagon rides, horseback adventures and UTV rentals.Let Us Be Your Black Hills Destination!Explore South Dakota at KOA for a fun and relaxing experience. Mount Rushmore KOA Resort at Palmer Gulch is in the heart of the Black Hills and right  the whole family can enjoy. Marvel at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial or the in-progress Crazy Horse Mountain Memorial. Learn about the history of American Democracy at the National Presidential Wax Museum or drive along the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway. Hike  and Harney Peak, or walk trails in Custer State Park and the Black Hills National Forest.Ways to Stay for All CampersWhether you enjoy traditional tent camping, popular RV travel or cozy cabin stays, KOA has a place for every type of camper to rest their head. Tent campers can  with or without electricity. To enjoy RV camping near Mount Rushmore, choose KOA's convenient . You can also enjoy the convenience and extra comfort of lodging options such as  near Mount Rushmore.Convenient and Fun AmenitiesThe Mount Rushmore KOA Resort at Palmer Gulch offers  to help you make the most of your stay. Have a blast at the Splash Park, dive into one of the swimming pools or glide down the water slide between Memorial Day and Labor Day. If you are craving some relaxation, enjoy a nice dip in the hot tub or unwind in the sauna.Challenge friends or family to a game of mini-golf, visit the Palmer Gulch Mining Company, traverse the exciting Climbing Wall and enjoy some fishing. Rent a bike or pick up a bike part for your own bike at the campground bike shop. Take your kids to jump on the Bounce Pillow and let your dog roam around KampK9®, a special dog park for your four-legged camping companions. When you get hungry, enjoy breakfast at the pancake tent, grab lunch at the snack bar and enjoy dinner or on-site catering from The Peak Grill and Tap Room.Mount Rushmore KOA Resort at Palmer Gulch also provides exciting ways to explore nearby attractions. Rent a car to explore the gorgeous Black Hills or roam the trails on a UTV. Embark on a horseback riding adventure from Palmer Gulch Stables or enjoy a  for a unique South Dakota experience. Dinner shows include a horse-drawn wagon ride or a horseback ride and a delicious cowboy meal with entertainment. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, guests can also ride a shuttle to view the Mount Rushmore night lighting ceremony.Recreation and Special EventsMount Rushmore KOA Resort at Palmer Gulch hosts activities for the whole family. Build, decorate and launch rockets toward the sky on certain dates between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Use fabric and colorful dyes to create custom designs on special tie-dye days.  for these activities as well as movies, wagon rides and live entertainment. You can also attend the exciting  to see some Wild West action on select dates. Book a Stay at Mount Rushmore KOA Resort?Explore the best of South Dakota at KOA. Mount Rushmore KOA Resort at Palmer Gulch offers convenient amenities, fun activities, special events and opportunities to visit local area attractions near Mount Rushmore. Whether you are looking for a relaxing weekend away or a fun adventure with the family, have an incredible time at the best camping vacation spot near Mount Rushmore. Book a Stay at KOA to begin your South Dakota adventure with your hosts, Recreational Adventures Co. or call  today!

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  • 1 Helpful
August 17, 2021
Rated 3.0

The campground is great, plenty to do. I know we are camping but the wifi sucks here. I’m on AT&T and don’t get any cell service so I’m relying on the wifi. It keeps disconnecting and it’s very slow. Please upgrade the wifi then this place would be perfect!

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  • 1 Helpful
June 25, 2021

Great place, close to everything! My kids had a blast. Only regret, we should have stayed longer.

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Jeff Irvine

  • 39 Reviews
  • 8 Helpful
September 25, 2022
Rated 2.0

I only gave them 2 points because their WiFi is pathetic, their cable/satelite doesn't exist and they are charging way too much. AT&T is No Service. We had to pay $72 per night during the week and couldn't get on the internet. They should take some of their exhorbitant fees and put in a WiFi that works. There are literally dozens of RV Parks in this area, do your research and pick another one.

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Gibbs T

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May 09, 2022
Rated 5.0

Excellent. One of the best KOA's I have ever been to.

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Helen Murphy

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September 18, 2021

Probably the worst campground I’ve ever stayed in. The spaces were so tight you couldn’t move. There was barely enough room for those towing a car or people with travel trailers to park both. The campfires rings are right by the road. One person accidentally ran over one and got it caught under his unit. Another camper got side swiped because of the tight spaces. They had a great store and activities for kids but we hated it.

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Mount Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch

12620 Hwy 244
Hill City, South Dakota
57745 USA


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  • Sun - Sat: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

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