General Campground Information
Drones and Unmanned Aircraft
Mount Rushmore Shuttle
Palmer Gulch Pet Policy
- Grapes and Grinds/Turtle Town
- Fun Zone in the center of the campground
- The Lodge at Palmer Gulch
- Rodeo Grounds
- Main KOA Registration Building
Site Occupancy Policy
Check-in and Check-out Times
Check-out time is before 11:00 am
Check-in time for RV and Tent sites is after 1:00 pm.
Check-in time for KOA Camping Cabins and Deluxe KOA Cabins is after 3:00 pm.
Safety, Bikes and other Policies
We work very hard to maintain our campground landscaping; please follow all signs and stay on the designated walk-ways.
10 MPH and your Vehicles
Meet Your Hosts
The Mt. Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch is the place where you can do as much or as little as you please.Welcome to the Mt. Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch! The 2020 camping season is here, and we would like to help you experience the "Sites" and Sounds of our wonderful KOA Resort. We want to help you make this camping season a memorable one!
The General Manager, Nathan Lail, would like to personally welcome you to one of the largest KOA campgrounds in the country. Nathan is from Rapid City, South Dakota, and he has assembled a great supporting team to help 2020 run like clockwork. Jordan Gardner is our Campground Operations Manager, overseeing our registration and recreation team members. Our Lodge Manager, Billie Getman, leads a great team at the Mt. Rushmore Lodge at Palmer Gulch. Jennifer Karschnik is in charge of group sales and coordination. Staci Anderson is our Retail Manager and handles all the buying, setup and operations of our GREAT retail outlets at the resort. Last but not least, Dean Karschnik is our 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, while providing a first class experience for our guests, is an enormous responsibility that Nathan and his staff take very 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!