Mount Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch

12620 Highway 244

Hill City, SD 57745

Reserve: 800-562-8503

Info: 605-574-2525

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Campground Reviews

Jul 11, 2015
If you have young children this is the only place you should stay. They will be so busy and happy here. The campground is a great location to Mount Rushmore. They offer shuttles, car rentals, horseback riding. Everything you can think of. The spaces are tight, it is more like a city and there is no cell service and really no wifi even though they say there is. There's not. It is great for a
Jul 11, 2015
It was a bit crowded but everything was great. Bathrooms were clean and I loved our camp sight. Staff was great!
Jul 11, 2015
Jul 10, 2015
No tv no wifi poorly maintained sights
Jul 10, 2015
Nice clean park. Lots to do and location is great for many of the local attractions.
Jul 10, 2015
it was eveerything a KOA should not be. very crowded, wifi was spotty at best and only at 2am
Jul 10, 2015
It really made me mad that you advertised free wifi when, over the course of a week, I was never able to connect. Would have been fine had we known previously, but I had planned for connection and no one could help. Change your website! There is no wifi!!!!!
Jul 10, 2015
We stayed with our daughter and 2 granddaughters and had a blast! The girls loved all of the activities and especially the horses! The bathrooms and grounds are very clean! Would definitely go back!
Jul 10, 2015
I am coming back. I didn't get to do everything and I really want to. Thank you so much.
Jul 10, 2015
Poor Customer Service
Jul 10, 2015
Enjoyed our stay here at KOA Mt Rushmore. The gent with the cowboy hat showed us our tent site which was muddy got us a dry one pronto. Thanks.
Jul 10, 2015
Most overpriced, overstated and under delivered mess of a site I have ever stayed in. I would maybe call this a patio site, but no way would I call it deluxe. Was really looking forward to this campground, but now would never stay again.
Jul 10, 2015
Had a wonderful time as always. When (Jack) took us to the campsite, as I was attempting to back in, the neighbor lady and kids came out and were extremely belligerent.Her son or grandson said to me,"Yea, I hope you like the looks of our back window". I asked to be moved to another site. Sara (front desk) and Jack worked it out and moved me away from them. Thank you
Jul 10, 2015
This campgrounds has a lot of activities and is in a great location. We loved the pool and splash pad and the breakfast. Other activities cost too much money. Our site had very little tree cover and so it got really hot. Would have been nice to have a better recommendation from the reservations line when I reserved the specific site (and paid extra for the site selection).
Jul 10, 2015
We are handicapped and put up on a hill that we could not walk back up so we stayed in the rv. We rented one of their cars by calling and I had asked for the car for 24 hours no problem the girl said on the phone. We were then charged for two days. We were charged for a service dog. And we were charged for an activity fee of $20 that we were neve told about
Jul 10, 2015
I loved the options of things to do, swimming, mini golfing, horse riding, utv trail riding and on and on, We'll definitely be coming back!
Jul 10, 2015
We had no idea this KOA was going to be the cluster of out of control kids that it was. I know they're just having fun but it was too much. Way, way to much activity. Wifi wasn't available and there was no willingness to compensate. Front desk help was pleasant but no organization in helping people. We won't go back.
Jul 10, 2015
Nice but we could not find a phone number to contact the campground directly with a question before the stay.
Jul 10, 2015
Standing water draws mosquitos
Jul 10, 2015
Noise partiers in the 2 sites behind ours until 2:00 am. Swearing drinking and playing loud ball games. No security to be found, believe they may have been seasonal employees. I also videoed some of their activities. But to what end?
Jul 10, 2015
pet park, inch of water to walk pets, wifi poor,no cable no cell service, muddy. To pricey for these inconveniences.
Jul 10, 2015
This is not a campground, it's a small city. Over priced, and not as advertised. Wifi did not function for two days. No cell service in the area either. Shuttle service only to Rushmore or Crazy Horse, nothing else. Pool was ok, hot tubs were nasty. Bathrooms were just ok. Mini golf was a complete joke, even my 6 yo said it was terrible. Pancakes tent was rip-off. Laundry dryers only 7 min not 11.
Jul 10, 2015
Huge site with tons of kids activities. But as with many mega destinations some details are neglected. Front desk was understaffed and impersonal, bathrooms are hall closet sized, driveways muddy and uneven, wifi was useless and no cell svc. That said, the scenery is gorgeous and the kids amenities extensive. If you don't expect to the VIP treatment and have kids this is a pretty awesome KOA.
Jul 09, 2015
This is the BEST KOA we have ever stayed at. Lots to do and great staff.
Jul 09, 2015
We booked a Deluxe Cabin but it was anything but deluxe. There were mice running around. Housekeeping did a terrible job cleaning it. There were open bags of doritos, pop tarts and fruit snacks on the beds and behind the doors. The pull out mattress had dried dog food on it and was eaten by mice. For $279 a night I would expect something much better.
Jul 09, 2015
Nice KOA. Very crowded,but plenty of bathrooms and showers. Alot of activities to do for kids. Pancake breakfast is a serious bargain and good to eat. Mt. Rushmore is 10 minutes away, tram available for $6 per person. Beats finding parking.
Jul 09, 2015
No pedle boats when web site said so
Jul 09, 2015
Considering the price to stay. I figured that you would provide the firewood.
Jul 09, 2015
The best thing is they had a lot of great activities for the kids. It's huge so we had to walk a ways or drive to the pool but it was a neat place for a walk or morning run. I only showered once and it was either scalding or freezing but I don't know of anyone else that had this issue. It's a great location if you're going to see all the sights.
Jul 09, 2015
Served its purpose. Breakfast was just ok
Jul 09, 2015
Great
Jul 09, 2015
My kids had a great time except for the day when there was no electricity-it was our last full day and they were not able to swim, jump, get ice cream or fudge...there was a lot closed, which is understandable but I kind of feel like I should get a partial reimbursement since we were not able to use all the facilities. The only thing we could do was a trail ride(expensive). Generators needed. Thx
Jul 09, 2015
Location was incredible and grounds were very well maintained. Staff was everywhere at all times. Enjoyed all amenities, including wine tasting, horseback riding, pool. Stayed in a camping cabin and it was sufficient. Was on a hill overlooking RV sites and would have liked for the outdoor area of the cabin to be more level. Was difficul to utilize picinic table and fire pit comfortably.
Jul 09, 2015
The campground is nice. The facilities are nice. The activities are good. BUT we were totally disconnected from our families because of the total lack of phone service and Internet. No texts, calls, messages, wifi.... Not even TV. We would likely stay elsewhere next time.
Jul 09, 2015
We enjoyed our stay so much that we stayed an extra day. Our son enjoyed the activities at the fun zone and the horseback riding. Hannah and Christina were our guides and did a fabulous job!!
Jul 09, 2015
We had an excellent time! You had everything there for parents and children to have a wonderful time! My children loved riding the horses.
Jul 09, 2015
Super loud all night long and early morning mowing of lawns and running their trucks around. First spot assigned took 15 min to find and it was taken. Second spot was not awesome. Would not camp here again
Jul 08, 2015
our family loved the "family" focus at your campgrounds. our younger campers were safe to go to the pool, jumping tent or anyplace on the grounds. We had grandchildren in their 20's down to 6 years old and they all loved our family reunion thanks in part to the wonderful facility. We plan to come back again in 2 years! Grandma Eliason
Jul 08, 2015
Huge campground, lots to do within while touring the area. Sites are large, great friendly staff
Jul 08, 2015
Very family friendly and had great service. Definitely will go back.
Jul 08, 2015
Would had been nice to have some cell service in case of emergencies. Other than that, it was the best koa we've stayed at yet.
Jul 08, 2015
The deluxe cabin was very clean. Everything that you need to make the stay comfortable was supplied.
Jul 08, 2015
Jul 08, 2015
Had a nice time. Our granddaughter loved it. So much for her to do.
Jul 08, 2015
This KOA is awesome! Great location to everything. There is no internet or phone service until you are in the next town but there is plenty to keep you busy. The pizza place is great and fudge shop fantastic! The all you can eat pancakes are good but the service is not that good- If you have any allergies they can't tell you what's in their food? Stay was great, I would return.
Jul 08, 2015
You need to have a better way so family's can have sites together. I included a note on my reservations that I wanted 2 sites together and when we checked in they said there were no sites together yet the site next to mine had new campers in it almost every day or was empty the time we were there. The check in person was not willing to move someone or help us in any other way. We camped for 5 days
Jul 08, 2015
Nice setting, loads of activities for families and kids!
Jul 08, 2015
Enjoyed our 2 overnight stay, very well organised for the size of the site Thank you
Jul 08, 2015
We really enjoyed our stay and will return. Could have done without the noisy neighbors up all night playing music though.
Jul 08, 2015
it was brief but this is a very cool koa. Maybe there could be a more direct path from the cabins to the bathroom, but I was just happy to be in a beautiful campground in the beautiful black hills.

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