Mount Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch

Open May 1 - October 1

Reserve: 800-562-8503

Info: 605-574-2525


12620 Highway 244

Hill City, SD 57745

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RV Sites, Tent Sites

Check-in: 1:00 pm, Check-out: 11:00 am


Check-in: 3:00 pm, Check-out: 11:00 am

Camper Rating 4 out of 5

Based on 1000 Reviews

General Campground Information

Mount Rushmore Shuttle

The night lightning ceremony at Mount Rushmore is a must see event. Every evening starting May 27th through September 4th we offer a quick and easy shuttle. The cost is $7.00 per person; kids 5 & under are free . Please sign up at the Concierge desk the morning you wish to go.

Palmer Gulch Pet Policy

Your animal friends are welcome at the Mt. Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch. We ask that you comply with the KOA official National Pet Policy. You may review the policy upon completion of your reservation. We ask that you not bring your Pit Bull, Doberman Pinscher, Rottweiler or any pet(s) or breeds that exhibit or have been known to exhibit aggressive or protective behavior. We ask that do not leave your pet(s) unattended at anytime and they are on a 6 foot lead whenever the animal is outside the owner’s trailer, vehicle, cabin or motorhome. Pet(s) that incessantly bark day or night are not permitted. You are required to pick up after your animal friends. Violators of any of these policies may be asked to exit our campground.

Site Occupancy Policy

Each RV site is designed for a maximum of 1 Recreational vehicle or trailer and 1 tent. Tent sites may have 2 tents but must stay within site boundaries.


One of the greatest attributes of the Mount Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch is that it is quiet and remote. This means that we have very limited internet and Wifi is only available in three areas. 1. Grapes and Grinds near the entrance 2. Fun Zone in the center of the campground 3. Mount Rushmore Lodge Hotel There is just enough bandwidth to check email or lookup a restaurant. Please do not upload/download photos, stream audio / video, download video, watch movies online or do any online gaming. Thank You for your cooperation and enjoy your stay.

Cellular Service

Cell phone service is hit and miss on the campground. You may find small pockets of Verizon service but it can be intermittent and unreliable. We tend to have good luck with service near the Palmer Gulch Lodge in the front of the Campground and near the water slide in the Fun Zone area.

Check-in and Check-out Times

Just in case you were wondering what time to check-in or what time you need to pack up and hit the road, here you go. Check-out time is 11:00 am Check-in time for RV and Tent sites is 1:00 pm. Check-in time for KOA Camping Cabins and Deluxe KOA Cabins is 3:00 pm.

Quiet Hours

Our Quiet Hours start at 10:00pm and go until 7:00am. This doesn't mean you have to go to bed at 10:00pm, but we want you to try to keep the noise down while our campers start to settle in for the night.


Campfires are part of camping but they can be dangerous. Please put all fires out before retiring for the evening and please follow all fire restriction if they are in effect.

Safety & Rules

We love having children with their bicycles. We do ask that parents supervise their young children and encourage them not to ride near the check-in area as RV traffic is the heaviest near the entrance. This is for their safety. We work very hard to maintain our campground landscaping; please follow all signs and stay on the designated walk-ways. Tents are not allowed in RV sites. Vehicle washing is not allowed in the park A 10 mph speed limit is enforced. Please don't be upset if an employee asks you slow down.

Meet Your Hosts

Recreational Adventures Co.

The Mt. Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch is the place where you can do as much or as little as you like.

Welcome to the newly branded KOA Resort, the Mt. Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch!  The 2015 camping season will be upon us soon, and we would like to help you experience the "Sites" and Sounds of our wonderful KOA Resort.  We want to help you make the 2015 camping season a memorable one!

We welcome Mike Atkinson as our new General Manager for 2015.  Mike comes to us from Billings, Montana, where he worked for 9 years at KOA Headquarters.  Mike has assembled a great supporting team to help 2015 run like clockwork.  Danielle Akey is our new Assistant Manager.  Danielle spent 6 years managing the Wilmington KOA in Wilmington, North Carolina.  Billie Getman returns for her 18th year in 2015.  Billie leads the way as the Manager of the Lodge at Palmer Gulch and the Groups Coordinator for the resort.   Another veteran this season is Retail Manager, Staci Anderson.    Staci handles all the buying, setup and operations of our GREAT retail outlets at the resort.  Last but not least Dean Karschnik.  Dean is our new Facilities Manager for the resort.  You will find Dean out on the resort making sure our beautiful resort is safe and working properly. 

Maintaining the rich heritage of Palmer Gulch, and providing first class experience to our guests is an enormous responsibility that the entire staff takes seriously.  If there is anything we can do to help make your stay more enjoyable, please don't hesitate to ask.  Travel safe and we can't wait to see you around the campfire!

Left to Right:  Dean, Billie, Danielle, Staci and Mike


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