Mount Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch

Open April 29 - October 2

Reserve: 800-562-8503

Info: 605-574-2525


12620 Highway 244

Hill City, SD 57745

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Camper Rating 4.5 out of 5

Based on 1000 Reviews

Tent Reviews

Jun 22, 2016
Wonderful KOA! So many activities, restaurants and places to go, we wish we could have stayed longer to take advantage of everything there. Our tent campsite was great, reasonably secluded and very quiet. Bathrooms were updates and quite clean. Would definitely come back.
Jun 21, 2016
The only thing we didn't like was that there were nightly movies advertised on the website/brochure, but there were no movies during our stay. We were looking forward to having something to do after dark.
Jun 21, 2016
My family and I had a blast camping over father's day weekend
Jun 20, 2016
we had a blast! nice tent sites with shade, close to everything!
Jun 20, 2016
LOTS of fun for all! Bathrooms were CLEAN & impressive! Our tent site (310) was great! (The drinking water spigot needs to be fixed. It sprays water everywhere.) Thank you for a great experience!! We'll be back! Running the horses by our tent at 6:30 the 1st morning scared the crap out of us. Thought it was some guy yelling at his dog! But the next morning, it was like a natural alarm clock! :-)
Jun 20, 2016
What a great KOA! The nicest I have been in yet! So much to do in the area and in the campground.
Jun 20, 2016
I don't have enough time for all the issues I had here.
Jun 19, 2016
Stayed 3 nights. Was a good stay. Would do it again.
Jun 17, 2016
They were accommodating when it came to switching our site to another that we liked better. Beware of what your neighbors might be like though.... The staff is great!! you will probably enjoy it. We are of a different kind, so if we were still who we used to be, we probably would have had a ball... Very convienently located and lots to do. MOTORCYCLES Will love this area!!! It's very nice.
Jun 17, 2016
So much to do, kind helpful staff, relaxed atmosphere! Our kids favorite stop on a lengthy trip! Bathrooms were a bit messy at times, but with the number of people here it would be hard to keep up. Highly recommend requesting a tent site near the creek. Lots of fun!
Jun 14, 2016
We had an amazing time here! Campground employees were extremely informative, helpful, and kind. So much more to do here than we expected! Super fun family vacation!
Jun 14, 2016
We LOVE going to Palmers Gulch and have made it a family tradition every summer!! So much fun for the entire family! Also, it's awesome that we can see the wax museum and so the mini golf for free in Keystone as well! Thanks for keeping it clean and family friendly!!
Jun 13, 2016
Campground itself was nice. We had a tent site and everything was good until our neighbors showed up. They came in at 11 pm on Friday and set up very loudly and proceeded to party throughout the night with an adjacent cabin site. No security showed up and they were being very loud, rude, and disrespectful until 4 am. I would not recommend this KOA to anyone looking for a tent camping experience.
Jun 13, 2016
Jun 13, 2016
I wish that camp rangers patrolled at night. Our neighbors were very disrespectful of quiet hours.
Jun 13, 2016
the non power camping sites should really be placed around trees. they are completely exposed and the camper sites are provided trees and shade.
Jun 13, 2016
We had a really great time. Loved the pool, horseback riding and the rodeo was awesome. The location of the park was great too. We really enjoyed ourselves. Thank you.
Jun 13, 2016
Everyone had a great time! We will definitely be back!
Jun 13, 2016
This place was awesome so much to do the family loved it wish I could've stayed longer. The only Thing I didn't care for was a few campsites near us had way to many people and cars they are parking in my campsite and blocking my car and had their kids running through our site all day and night
Jun 09, 2016
Jun 07, 2016
The staff was great and the "fun zone" was great, but the tent sites were extremely small. They would pass as large parking spots but not a tent site. Definitely not a site size worth paying $170 for. The National forest camping has nicer(bigger) tent sizes and is a third of the price.
Jun 07, 2016
Enjoyable stay. Will tell my friends
Jun 07, 2016
Jun 06, 2016
We really enjoyed our stay. The only thing that was frustrating is that the site map is hard to read & it took us a while in the dark to find our campground. Other than that it was fun!
Jun 03, 2016
Great place. My kids and I loved it. The amenities were nice.
Jun 03, 2016
Jun 01, 2016
May 31, 2016
May 31, 2016
So much fun! Clean, safe, friendly, accommodating, too much to do and not enough time. Very affordable. Will be back soon. Best camping trip ever! Will be telling everyone! This KOA was the best one for our kids.
May 31, 2016
This is a beautiful KOA! Tons of activities, eateries, nice showers and restrooms, and two pools and hot tubs. It was our oasis in the Black Hills. We loved our stay.
May 31, 2016
Our tent was a little close to the next person, but other than that we had an amazing time. I will definitely be recommending your campground to friends.
May 31, 2016
This KOA is great for kids, lots to do to keep them busy. However our kids are grown and gone and for me it's too crowded and noisy to be a "camping" experience. We had two different neighbors that were noisy late into the night. We use them because my wife likes the bathrooms and showers, and these were clean and well maintained.
May 30, 2016
What a great spot! I heard it was the Disneyland of koa and it definitely was! Loved watching nba tournament at the bar!
May 30, 2016
LOVED the bartender Jim 😀 Great showers and space
May 29, 2016
An oasis with everything you need 😏
May 28, 2016
It was great!
May 27, 2016
Nicest KOA we've stayed at so far. We WILL be back again.
May 26, 2016
Staff goes out of their way to be helpful to guests. John helped me find a camp spot relatively out of the wind. Restrooms kept very clean. Great location.
May 09, 2016
May 07, 2016
The staff was amazing, especially Ben, and even though not everything was open it was our favorite spot on a cross country trek.
Apr 26, 2016
grate place to stay very clean
Oct 07, 2015
Great campground, beautiful views. A lot of amenities were closed because we went there after Labor Day. The bathrooms and showers were really nice.
Oct 03, 2015
Wifi did not work. Even when it does it's only available at the main bldg. no cell service. Store only open until 6. Tried to speak to a manager and he never returned my call. Unhelpful staff
Sep 28, 2015
The free wifi here is terrible. When we got to our site to set up, the site next to us had put their tent on our site so we were right next to them and there wasn't anything we could do because they close the desk at 6:00 pm which is really early for coming in on a Friday night.
Sep 28, 2015
We just needed somewhere to pitch a tent for one night. Very glad we found the KOA. The facilities were really nice and the campground was quiet.
Sep 26, 2015
Very large KOA. No generous camp space/privacy as adverstised. Lots of amenities for kids. Close to attractions. Would recommend other camp sites all within a few minutes of attractions.
Sep 26, 2015
The store needs to stay open later than 6 pm. Awesome KOA.
Sep 24, 2015
I wish some of the ammenities had still been open, but other than that it was very nice!
Sep 21, 2015
The campground was really nice with a view of the mountains and a small lake. The staff was very friendly. The store has every5hing you need from beer to water. The showers and restrooms are really clean. You can even rent special bikes that can fit up to 4 people. Great place to stay!


Thank you for your great review! We love that we exceeded your expectations and hope to see you again next camping season! Sincerely, Danielle Akey - Assistant Manager
Sep 15, 2015
We tented and arrived late at night the staff made sure we where able to find our location and the showers fantastic experience thanks again

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