3.9
21 votes

Mount Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch Resort

12620 Highway 244, Hill City, South Dakota 57745 USA

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  • Credit Cards
    Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms
  • Outdoor
    Seating
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Reviewed by
Dakota

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  • 131 Reviews
  • 29 Helpful
September 22, 2015

My fiancé and I are on a road trip from New York to California and stayed at the Mount Rushmore KOA during our time in the Black Hills. The bathrooms were some of the cleanest I've seen... anywhere, and it had one of the most well-stocked welcome centers I have ever come across. As we both work from the road the WiFi was not quite as strong as we needed it to be, but Hill City just up the road was a really cute town where we could plug in and connect. Check out more from our stay by checking out our blog.

4 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
katiedidit02

  • 2 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
July 25, 2015
Rated 5.0

We would defiantly stay again. 2 different pools to choose from, lots of play areas for the kids, and many places to eat and grab a snack. Don't miss out on the pancake breakfast! Wifi doesn't work very well and we did not have any cell service but that should not put you away as this is a great place to spend some quality family time without being glued to electronic devices.

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
SenseiAl

  • 1 Review
  • 2 Helpful
July 04, 2014

My family just returned from a two week roadtrip that included a three night stay at the Mount Rushmore KOA and we have nothing but good things to say about this place ! We had never stayed at a KOA before but because of the location we decided to try it out and we were very pleasantly surprised. The staff were all very friendly and helpful and there were so many things to do here that we never got to enjoy all of them. We did go on a trail ride ( AMAZING ), Chuck wagon dinner, and enjoyed the all you can eat pancake breakfast.

This campground is so conveniently located: just a few miles from Mt. Rushmore and so many small towns with tons of charm and activities to enjoy. We easily could have stayed a full week and still not had enough time to do everything we wanted !

This Kampground must certainly be the crown jewel for KOA.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Dakota

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  • 131 Reviews
  • 29 Helpful
November 23, 2016

We stayed here when we were checking out Mount Rushmore, Hill City and Crazy Horse. They might have the cleanest bathrooms and showers I have ever seen. The WiFi didn't work great for us, which was only a problem because we work on the road — however Hill City was only a short drive with some cool cafés to work from.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
dcb777

  • 31 Reviews
  • 15 Helpful
November 23, 2016
Rated 4.0

Holy cow... this KOA is in an area where there's a million sites to see BUT there's so much to do at the KOA you may not want to leave.

The negative side is there is ZERO 3g available and the wifi is barely available and only at 2 "hot spots"

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
DennisBiondo

  • 42 Reviews
  • 7 Helpful
November 23, 2016
Rated 2.0

Probably great if you have an RV/Trailer and kids. Extremely crowded and dirty bathrooms.
On a positive it is very close to Mt. Rushmore and $3 all you can eat pancakes in the morning.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Happytrails8

  • 5 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
August 08, 2019
Rated 5.0

If you are headed to Mount Rushmore this is the place to stay! Great spot for kids and adults! The grounds are very clean with so many activities for the kids and adults to do.. 2 pools, a small water slide, playground, bounce pillow, yard games and many more activities for the whole family. Instead of fighting crowds of parking to Mount Rushmore the KOA offers a shuttle for $7/person to go up to see the lighting! We loved this place so much that we extended our stay for one more day, we had 3 days of fun exploring the area and our last day of fun at the KOA! Funnest place we have stayed at in our travel trailer to date!

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Reviewed by
stacie.traube

  • 3 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 10, 2019
Rated 5.0

This place was awesome. We were on week 3 of a 4 week trip and stayed at many places already and this one one for the record books in regards to amenities. Went on a horse trail and caught the rodeo too!

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Reviewed by
Joe Huff

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
June 20, 2019
Rated 5.0

Best Campground we have ever stayed at. Tons to do and very convenient to MT Rushmore, Deadwood etc. the black Hills are amazing!

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Reviewed by
Keith Clark

  • 18 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
August 06, 2018
Rated 1.0

We stayed at this KOA for 4 nights. Definitely will never stay here again. First, we did not have any children with us. If you have kids you will probably like this place. It is like an amusement park and campground combined. It has nice facilities and is well maintained. We did not have any children with us, so for us it was very noisy, crowded (excited children running around and on bikes), ATV’s and cars constantly on the roads and smokey with all the campfires going every night (the campground is in a valley and the smoke has nowhere to go). The campground also advertised that it had WiFi and it does not. You can connect to their WiFi but it does not connect to the internet. We had to go into town to get an internet connection.

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Mount Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch Resort

12620 Highway 244
Hill City, South Dakota
57745 USA

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  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
  • No Wifi
  • Private Parking
  • RV Parking
  • Yes Parking
  • 463 Camp Sites
  • Pull Through
  • Full Hookup
  • 50 AMP
  • Big Rigs
  • Tent Sites
  • Dump Station
  • Sewer Hookup
  • Showers
  • Laundry
  • Swimming Pool
  • Koa Discounts

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