Mount Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch

Where you can do as much, or as little as you please!

Let us be your Black Hills Destination!

Welcome to a premier camping resort and lodge in the heart of the Black Hills. Visit nearby majestic Mount Rushmore and impressive Crazy Horse Memorial. It's close to Custer State Park and Black Elk Peak. Attend one of the on-site rodeos during the summer (palmergulch.com for dates/times). KOA's Fun Zone entertains with heated pools, spas, a waterslide, a splash pad, a Jumping Pillow and mini golf (Due to Covid-19 check what's open currently at https://www.palmergulch.com/covid-19-updates/). This resort offers bike rentals, golf cart/ATV rentals, car rentals, guided horseback rides, gold panning and a world class chuckwagon dinner. Check the full activity schedule for wagon rides, movies, live entertainment, tie-dye crafts and inflatables. Have breakfast at the pancake tent, lunch at the snack bar and dinner at the on site restaurant. Pool: June 15 - Labor Day Weekend. Max pull thru: 75 feet. Your hosts: Recreational Adventures Co.

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Campground Amenities

  • 50 Max Amp
  • 90' Max Length
  • Wi-Fi
  • Cable TV
  • Pool (7/1 - 9/4)
  • Hot Tub/Sauna
  • Snack Bar ($)
  • Propane ($)
  • Kamping Kitchen
  • Fishing
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Ways to Stay

KOA Resorts

KOA Resort Campgrounds

KOA Resorts offer a carefree vacation in the great outdoors. Enjoy robust recreation and staff-led activities, kick back and relax by the resort-style pool, or grab a bite to eat, all while never leaving the campground. And with plenty of RV Sites with KOA Patios™ and Deluxe Cabins with full baths to meet your needs, it’s the ultimate camping getaway.

KOA Resorts Feature:

  • RV Sites with a KOA Patio™
  • Deluxe Cabins with full baths and linens
  • Premium Tent Sites
  • Resort-style pools
  • Indoor and outdoor group facilities

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Local Area

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Mount Rushmore is located just five miles east of the campground. Guests visit in the daytime for picture taking and to visit the sculptor's studio, new interpretive center and the concession. There is also the new Presidential Trail that allows visitors to walk along the base of the sculpture for striking views never before available. Visitors this year will also be the first to experience the new interpretive center with state of the art displays recreating the carving of the mountain and the history of the four presidents depicted. Completed just last year is the new Amphitheater. In the evening, there is a very patriotic and inspiring Lighting Ceremony in which the ranger gives a presentation, followed by a film about the four presidents, and then the monument is lighted. We offer shuttle service from the campground to the lighting service nightly. KOA guests sign up each morning for seats for that evening's program on a first-come first-served basis. This popular service allows our guests to leave their RVs hooked up and helps prevent parking congestion at the monument.

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National Presidential Wax Museum

Located in the shadow of Mount Rushmore in the historic town of Keystone, the National Presidential Wax Museum is an impressive highlight on any traveler's itinerary. Featuring the works of world-famous wax artist Katherine Stubergh, the National Presidential Wax Museum features over 100 lifesize wax sculptures of some of the most iconic figures in American history. We invite you to witness the history of American Democracy from its inception.

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Crazy Horse Mountain Memorial

The Crazy Horse Mountain Memorial is located 10 miles south of the KOA. Crazy Horse is a mountain carving in progress that dwarfs Mount Rushmore. This carving is in the round with the 90' high face dedicated in June 1998, which marked the mountain's 50th anniversary since the first carving began. In addition, there is an Indian Museum and a collection of the sculptor's other works.

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Custer State Park

One of the nation's largest state parks is just eight miles away. The parks 73,000 acres abound in scenic drives, buffalo, elk, deer, bighorn sheep, and sparkling lakes. Also nestled in Custer State Park is the Black Hills Playhouse famous for its Broadway caliber plays with a quaint "woods" setting.

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