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Mount Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch

12620 Highway 244, Hill City, South Dakota 57745 USA

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  • Credit Cards
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair
  • Public

“Bigger is better!”

Bigger is better! Live large at this premier family campground in the heart of the Black Hills. Visit nearby majestic Mount Rushmore and impressive Crazy Horse Memorial. It's also close to Custer State Park and Harney Peak. KOA's Fun Zone (Memorial - Labor Day) entertains with two heated pools, two spas, waterslide, splash pad, Jumping Pillow and mini golf. Check out the 25-foot climbing wall! This campground also offers Wi-Fi Hotspots, bike rentals, golf cart/ATV rentals, guided horseback rides, gold panning, paddleboats and chuckwagon dinners. Enjoy horse-drawn hayrides, nightly movies and live entertainment three nights/week. Scavenger hunts, crafts and inflatables keep kids busy. Have breakfast at the pancake tent, lunch at the snack bar and dinner at KOA's full-service restaurant. Hop on KOA's nightly shuttle to the lighting ceremony at Mount Rushmore. Pool: Memorial Weekend - Labor Day Weekend. Max pull thru: 75 feet. Your hosts: Recreational Adventures Co.

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  • 131 Reviews
  • 22 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.

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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.

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  • 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.

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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.

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  • 31 Reviews
  • 12 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"

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  • 19 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
July 19, 2017
Rated 1.0

Not impressed - Considering the high daily cost, then add $10./day "resort fee" and $3./day pet fee - I just feel its ridiculous. Resort fee to use "their facilities" - showers, restrooms, pools etc - guess what - I have my own bathroom and shower and don't need a pool. I provide my own dog walking/care and poop bags - not sure why I need to pay $3.00. The most expensive, crowded, busy, loud KOA (or any RV park for that matter). Paid for a "deluxe patio" which was right across from the check-in lanes - traffic all day; right behind main building - garbage trucks, ATV/motorcycle rentals. Although wifi is stated at "limited" - they really mean non-exisitant.

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July 04, 2017
Rated 5.0

We had a very positive experience and would definitely stay here again. We stayed in cabin #4 which was adorable with a full kitchen, bedding provided, and just far enough away from the noisy fun zone. My only suggestion is to be sure you plan in advance any hiking or sightseeing or visit the national and state parks visitors centers for information. The KOA surprisingly had no brochures or maps for the parks. They verbally gave us hiking suggestions and scribbled down some directions. Since there is no wifi you can't google anything once you are there. As long as you know this ahead of time and plan your outings in advance you'll be fine. The hiking to Harney Peak aka Black Elk Peak was amazing. It's long (about 7 miles round trip) but so worth it. Our 9 year old complained but she was so proud of herself when she made it to the top!

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  • 2 Helpful
June 12, 2017
Rated 3.0

I have never stayed at a KOA by this is one must be the Disney of KOAs. We have the most basic cabin and it is adorable. We wish we could bring it home with us. And there is so much for the kids to do. Swimming pools, playgrounds, bouncy thing, putt putt, mining. And then there are activities all day. We ended up cutting down on some site seeing because the kids wanted to do activities here. My only complaint was that he previous campers where not leave no trace behind campers. I hate this. They dumped food outside and left wrappers and food all over outside. Come on fellow campers!!!

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  • 0 Helpful
November 23, 2016
Rated 2.0

This definitely a trailer / rv friendly KOA. It was miserable as a tent, at least on a busy weekend. Some of the staff made up for the lack of facility for our tent. But if you don't say anything... Nothing would have changed. The bathrooms were dirty and out of stock all throughout the day. The shining light were the other guests

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November 23, 2016
Rated 4.0

This KOA is just ok. Our patio site had cracked cement, the patio was dirty, our fire pit was apparently used as a ashtray because it was full of butts and there was almost non existent wifi. There were only two hot spots and they worked horribly. I think if they would use repeaters it might work better. The road is full of pot holes. We expected much more for the high price we paid but I guess that was because it was so close to mount rushmore.

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Mount Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch

12620 Highway 244
Hill City, South Dakota
57745 USA

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  • Chain
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
  • No Wifi
  • Private Parking
  • RV Parking
  • Yes Parking
  • 61 Rooms
  • Check-In
    • 3pm
  • Check-Out
    • 11am
  • 463 Camp Sites
  • Pull Through
  • Full Hookup
  • 50 AMP
  • Big Rigs
  • Tent Sites
  • Dump Station
  • Sewer Hookup
  • Showers
  • Laundry
  • Swimming Pool
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