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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Cabin Reviews

Aug 06, 2015
This is the most overpriced KOA in I have ever stayed at. I asked about a military discount vs KOA value card and was told the military was more. They gave me military discount of 10% and then added a $10.00 charge for the amenities they offered! The cabin did not have AC or a fan!!! I was extremely disappointed with my stay and will not return!
Aug 05, 2015
I noticed several things in the campground in disrepair. The fix was as simple as some new wood or fresh stain. Food quality in the Palmer Gulch restaurant was hit or miss. Overall the KOA staff was friendly and helpful
Aug 05, 2015
The deluxe cozy cabins are great comfortable roomy and the deck with the gas grill and fire pit are outstanding thank you
Aug 05, 2015
Very clean. Employees were very friendly and helpful. I would recommend this KOA to everyone.
Aug 04, 2015
This is the 4th time we have stayed at your campground over the past years. So much to do just at the campground. We had mechanical issues with our car, having the onsite car rentals were so helpful in getting our car to a mechanic and also to sight see while it was being repaired. The only negative we had was a small fury visitor (mouse) in our cabin one night, door sweeps would be helpful.
Aug 04, 2015
WOW, what a great stay!!There was almost too much to do!!! All the KOA staff was so friendly and helpful! Would definitely stay here again if we get back to SD.
Aug 04, 2015
Well-maintained with tons of activities for the whole family. Very helpful staff with finding destinations we were going to. Second year in a row we have stayed here and will be coming back again.
Aug 04, 2015
We really enjoyed our stay. We were not able to connect into the wifi at the coffee shop or the main office but that wasn't a big deal. Overall we had a great stay and the camping cabin was very nice.
Aug 04, 2015
It was close to Mt. Rushmore, so that was a big plus. On the downside, through no fault of campground, the storms that came through hindered some of the activities that they have to offer. Places are a little crowded to fit both your camper and vehicle in.
Aug 04, 2015
This is the Disney of all KOA's! Loved the campground, staff and managers. Truly a great experience!
Aug 04, 2015
The showers were very bad. Everything else was quite good.
Aug 04, 2015
We were amazed at the size of the facility, and the number of options available for guests. We were very happy with our stay. The only comment I might give someone is to clarify whether they are looking for a smaller, more exclusive, campsite, this might not be the right choice. Nevertheless, we had a great time.
Aug 04, 2015
This is a very nice campground. The bathroom needs to be remodeled, and cleaned. The other bathroom facility closer to the splash park, pools, etc. was very nice, and I think it would be wise to have the one closest to the registration area up to date as well. I would have liked to have the motorcycles all in one area as they came and went at all hours of night into the morning.
Aug 03, 2015
lot of things for families to do. not real motorcycle friendly. parking for motorcycle was not convenient.
Aug 03, 2015
Great location..lots of activities for the kids. Our favorite part was the pancake breakfast...and catching the pancakes :-) . The only negative was they were having women's rest room issues when we were there.
Aug 03, 2015
This KOA is amazing. The only thing I could say where it needs improvement is their cell phone reception. Other than that we enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend anyone to stay there.
Aug 03, 2015
We had the best time and the KOA was awesome!
Aug 03, 2015
one of the best KOA,plenty of things for kids, great staff, 2nd time here, gets better everytime
Aug 03, 2015
Rustic cabin was clean and shower/toilet facility was acceptable given the campground was packed. Staff was accomodating and pleasant. Convenient and scenic location.
Aug 03, 2015
It was a very nice campground, very quiet at night. Alot of stuff to do and close to the places that we wanted to go and see. Liked the shuttle to Mt Rushmore so much easier than driving there ourselves. Enjoyed watching the horses being taken to and from the riding stables it was really cool to watch.
Aug 03, 2015
What a lovely place. The staff is so friendly and respectful. We truly enjoyed the daily events centered around children's enjoyment. The bathrooms were clean including the entire campground. The fresh flowers are an added bonus. We would love to come back and our kids were sad to go. We will recommend this KOA to everyone who is looking for a fantastic family vacation. Thank you
Aug 03, 2015
Had a great time. Grateful for the roof over our heads when the cloud burst surprised us at 3 in the morning! Such a beautiful area.
Aug 02, 2015
This campground has a lot of activities, places to eat, drink. Everything was though so we could have a nice time. But it is very large and we prefer human size places. also may I suggest that the restrooms would be in an different place than the sink where we brush our teeth, I'm sure you understand why.
Aug 02, 2015
The staff are all wonderful. The kids had a ball. I didn't even mind being overrun with Harleys.
Aug 02, 2015
Everyone there was super nice, and, as always, we love eating at the Ponderosa. Thank you, everyone, for making our stay fun and memorable!
Aug 01, 2015
Loved this KOA. The only downs I saw were when we ordered a cheeseburger from the fast food place and it was missing cheese, the young man grabbed it and handed it to me without gloves or anything. Kind of gross. And while it advertised wifi, it did not work at all. (We were told that's the norm) With no cell reception there, this was a big down for us. Everything else was great. The kids loved it
Aug 01, 2015
This was a great stay, however I need to say that it is absolutely ridiculous that they advertise wifi. No cell signal and no wifi and we walked all over the resort. There were poor grandparents trying to find a place to skype and even at the coffee shop and main lodge we could not get anything. It was a great stay for families as there is a lot to do for kids. We enjoyed our cabin and the showers
Aug 01, 2015
Very nice camp ground. Well kept bathrooms! The grass needed to be cut and terrible problem with rodents around our cabin. Need to take care of the gopher problem!!!!
Jul 31, 2015
Outstanding. Awesome staff! Love the fresh flowers.
Jul 31, 2015
While this KOA is a resort, we were extremely disappointed with the number of cabins, tents and RV spots crammed into one space. We had NO privacy. The perception quickly becomes that of making money and less on camper satisfaction. Additionally, our cabin was an older unit in need of some repairs.
Jul 30, 2015
Did not like manure smell around food. Water pressure too low on bathroom. Would have liked to have known about exit at top of hill that was a short cut to Hill City. Bath houses good. Pancake breakfast good. Beautiful scenery .
Jul 30, 2015
Motorcycles were loud. Dirty water. No footpaths. Fun for families with kids! Lots of activities in the campground and close to Mt. Rushmore.
Jul 30, 2015
I'd stayed here several summers with my boys when they were young. They've grown & left, & now my sister & brother & I take a 'family' vaca ea. yr. The 3 of us have an absolutely WONDERFUL time @ your KOA, just like my sons & I always did for many summers! There's so much to do right @ the KOA that one almost forgets there's 4 presidents waiting for attention also. Thanks for amazing memories.
Jul 30, 2015
This was crowded and busy, hard to access facilities. The campground was too large and our cabin was too small - not as nice as the cabins in the other two KOAs we booked along the way on our recent trip. The one shining bit about this campground was the very receptive and friendly staff who tried to accommodate.
Jul 30, 2015
only wish that the parking spots for the cabins were designated on which side of cabin to park and more space for the table to set up on flat surface
Jul 30, 2015
Great for the family. It rained and some places were very muddy.
Jul 30, 2015
This was disappointing. While there were some fun activities like live music and panning for gold include in the rental, we felt like much was not-as-advertised. The cabin was dirty, facilities were FAR from our site and hard to access. Water went out. Wi-Fi was non existent even though it was promised. This campground was large and crowded, our cabin was cramped.
Jul 29, 2015
This was our 33rd stay in a camping cabin here. The grand kids love all the fun things there are for them to do. It is relaxing for us.
Jul 29, 2015
Jul 29, 2015
must drop resort fee
Jul 28, 2015
This campground is more of a RESORT! It is amazing - the facilities are fantastic and very clean, there is so much to do for the kids from the pool, splash area, jump pillow, water slide, panning for gold -- and 4 eateries ON SITE and the Horse Stables!! Beautiful, would recommend this KOA to everyone!!
Jul 28, 2015
My family and I really enjoyed our four days at KOA. There was so much to do to keep busy and cool off. We also enjoyed the restaurant we ate at. Thank you so much for the great stay.
Jul 28, 2015
This KOA is close to lots of great activities, and we made several day trips from here (Custer Gold Days, Custer State Park, Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse Mt., Badlands, Deadwood, Devil's Tower, Sturgis, Jewel Cave, Wind Cave). Tons of activities on site for young kids. Older kids liked the horseback riding and ATV. Cabins and parking a bit tight, but workable. We'll be back!
Jul 28, 2015
We stayed in the camping cabins. The bathrooms could have been cleaner. The workers were very helpful all the time.
Jul 28, 2015
Exactly what we needed after 5 weeks on the road.
Jul 28, 2015
Our children enjoyed the kids fun zone. One thing I wished was that the visitors staying with pets would respect when there is a sign "no pets allowed" they would respect that.
Jul 27, 2015
Great stay as always! Awesome activities and setting for the kids!
Jul 27, 2015
It has really grown in the last 10 years! The restrooms could have been cleaner. Our Kamping Kabin was wonderful! It was very clean and comfortable. The food at the Ponderosa restaurant on site was awful. We couldn't eat it and they took 25% off our bill.
Jul 27, 2015
Overheard at bike rental shack: Kid: can we still rent bikes? Grey-bearded KOA employee: you mean because of the lightning? YOU THINK I CARE? Go ahead! Rent one! We have been staying at the Palmer Gulch KOA for 5 years, and this was the worst group of employees we've seen. We were also disappointed that there were no longer paddle boats or movies shown at night. Boo.
Jul 27, 2015
So much to do for families with kids. Very clean and will organized. We checked out of our cabin a day early (though late afternoon), due to not feeling good and I wanted to get home and they credited my credit card for the night we didn't stay. I did not expect that and am truly grateful for that. I would stay again.

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