Local Area Attractions Near Mount Rushmore KOA Resort at Palmer Gulch
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.
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.
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.
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.
Black Hills National Forest
The Black Hills National Forest surrounds the resort, which is located in the very heart of the Forest. Our trail rides go into the Black Elk Wilderness Area, just a mile from the campground. Hiking trails to Harney Peak, the highest point in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains, begin right at the KOA. The Centennial Trail and the Mickelson Rails to Trails are within four miles of the KOA. Imagine the pristine views and the quiet nature that you'll enjoy right from your campsite!
Local Area Recreation Near Mount Rushmore KOA Resort at Palmer Gulch
The area right around the KOA, including Mount Rushmore, is emerging as one of the premier climbing locales in the country. Lessons and gear are available locally. Sylvan Rocks Climbing School and Guide Service can get you climbing in no time.
Hiking and Walking
Trails to Harney Peak and Mount Rushmore begin at the KOA. There are several shorter loops in the National Forest adjacent to the camp.
Rush Mountain Adventure Park
Explore the beautiful stalactite-filled caverns on a Scenic Cave Tour in Rushmore Cave, ride the rails and carve the turns on the Rushmore Mountain Coaster, discover the sensation of flying over treetops on the Soaring Eagle Zipline Ride, and test your shooting skills at the Gunslinger 7-D Interactive Ride. For more extreme fun, go spelunking on our Xpedition Adventure Tour. If you love adventure and family fun, Rush Mountain Adventure Park is the attraction in Keystone, South Dakota that you really can't miss!
13622 Hwy 40
Keystone, SD 57751