Mt Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch Good Sam Verified Campground

12620 Hwy 244, Hill City, SD 57745

Good Sam Verified Campground
(8 reviews) 3.3 out of 5 stars from 8 reviews
Good Sam Rating
Good Sam Rating
Facility 8.5
Restrooms 9.5
Appeal 9.5
(8 reviews) 3.3 out of 5 stars from 8 reviews
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Address

12620 Hwy 244
Hill City, SD, 57745

Coordinates:
43.902620, -103.536050
Elevation:
5,000 ft (1,524 m)

Open May 1 - September 30

Contact

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Facility

Type: Campground
Partial Handicap Access
Laundry

 

Policies

Pets welcome
Some restrictions
Day Max Stay (14)
Tents Allowed
Big rig sites
Spaces available: 352
Site length: 62
Max length: 62
Paved sites: 2
Gravel sites: 350
Pull-thru size: 25 x 62
Pull-thrus: 158
Back-in size: 25 x 50
Room for slideouts: Yes
Number of full hookups: 225
Number of water: 125
Number of electric: 125
Amps: 30 Amp/50 Amp
Max Amps: 50

Restrooms
Laundry
Guest services
Dog park
Guest services
Dog park
ATM
Fire rings
Golf carts
Fire rings
Golf carts

Swimming
Hot tub
Playground
Horseshoes
Heated pool
Horseshoes
Heated pool
Fishing

(within 10 miles)

Hiking
Rock/mountain climbing
Fishing
Boating
ATV riding
Boating
ATV riding
Mountain biking
Road biking
Snow sports
Casino
Road biking
Snow sports
Casino

Military Discount

3.2 (8 reviews) 3.25 out of 5 stars from 8 reviews
Facility
3.5
Restroom
4
Appeal
3
What is being rated?
3 3 out of 5 stars 08/26/2021

The overall rating and appeal rating of 3 stars is for older adults contemplating a stay. As far as facility and restrooms they get 5 stars for WOW! No doubt this facility has just about everything you'd ever want for families with children and adults too. However, for older adults desiring simple, quiet and less dense, not so good. Unless you're into a small city within a city type campground. I selected the park because KOA's are usually dependable on their consistency and the website pictures... Read More

The overall rating and appeal rating of 3 stars is for older adults contemplating a stay. As far as facility and restrooms they get 5 stars for WOW! No doubt this facility has just about everything you'd ever want for families with children and adults too. However, for older adults desiring simple, quiet and less dense, not so good. Unless you're into a small city within a city type campground. I selected the park because KOA's are usually dependable on their consistency and the website pictures made is seem appealing. A google search kicked back few RV parks in the Mt. Rushmore area, and this park was the closest in proximity to the entrance of Mt. Rushmore National Park. This park is humongous in size, or as the staff who checked me in said they were KOA's largest nationwide park. When we arrived in the area we became aware that there are numerous RV parks in the area that don't advertise, obviously. Those other parks were not showing up on google, and I wish I would have waited until arriving in the area before selecting a park. I did observe that those other parks had several unoccupied RV spaces. There are many nice parks to choose from close to Mt. Rushmore that won't show up on a google search. We stayed in the park August of 2021 for 3 nights at a cost of $257.00. The road to the RV site was steep and downhill, and when we tried to pull into the site (a tiered level) from the steep downhill road, the travel trailer was leaning so much downhill, I was beginning to wonder if the RV was going to just tip all the way over. It was scary. The RV space was tight and narrow with water and electric only. No sewer and no cable. The site was very unlevel. Our neighbor above our site said the last people had to pull the trailer all the way forward, disconnect and park their car behind the trailer, just so that they could be on a somewhat level area. My wife and I had never had to use so many leveling blocks to level the RV. 5 blocks per tire (tandem) on one side just to level side to side. The hitch leveler was extended all the way out and it wasn't enough to level front to rear. The trailer started moving forward after being disconnected from the truck at that moment and I was like, "Whoa". Even though I had the tires blocked it wasn't enough. I had to buy 4 more tire blocks from the KOA store to jamb in the crevice between tires from the top. I also had to use 4 blocks on the front hitch for it to level the travel trailer front to rear, and worse the site tilted downhill from the rear of the RV to the front of the RV. The sites where they put us were all tiered (Westside of Park by the Rodeo complex). There are many RV sites on level ground in this park, and I would have requested another site, but the park was packed to the gills with no OTHER sites available. My wife was so worried the trailer was going to roll down the hill out into the street that she didn't want to sleep in the trailer for fear she'd wake up in our neighbors space the following morning. I blocked the tires well and we were fine, but I hated the site. The fire ring from our trailer door was approximately 4 1/2 feet from our door, and about 9 feet from our neighbor on the site below. I wouldn't use the fire ring because had I, my neighbor's RV would have been full of smoke since the fire ring was at the same level and near his dining room window. On top of all of that it rained during our stay and the streets and site were all muddy. There were huge pot holes in the road full of water near our site, some with a diameter as big as 5 feet. Cell phone service and wifi service don't exist. We were in space #543. As an older adult my thoughts were directed to the "What if" emergency, like a heart attack. You were unable to dial 911 with no cell service, and my wife (or vice versa) would have had to run to the office for someone to call 911 on a land line. The office was a long ways away from our campsite. The bottom line in that event is I would probably die. Our friends who were staying at the Best Western Hotel in town couldn't reach us via cell phone either and vice versa, so we would have to make definite plans of when and where to meet every day when we were together. I wouldn't stay at this KOA again as I was very disappointed with the campsite, the cost I paid for something I felt was inferior for the money, and no cell phone service or WIFI and the mud all over from the rain that had fallen. However, this park would be great for families with children. There is more than enough activities to keep your children happy, active, busy and out of your hair.
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3 3 out of 5 stars 07/16/2019

For older adults traveling without children this won't be a good stop during the summer. We were here in July and the place was full. You must be very careful driving as there are children everywhere. There is very little connectivity here. The WiFi is basically nonexistent and seldom worked even to check email. There is no cell phone service in the campground that we ever got. Yes, WiFi is advertised but why? If you want cable tv you must buy a deluxe site as no others have it. They sell a lot... Read More

For older adults traveling without children this won't be a good stop during the summer. We were here in July and the place was full. You must be very careful driving as there are children everywhere. There is very little connectivity here. The WiFi is basically nonexistent and seldom worked even to check email. There is no cell phone service in the campground that we ever got. Yes, WiFi is advertised but why? If you want cable tv you must buy a deluxe site as no others have it. They sell a lot of firewood and families love to burn wood even when it is hot creating a haze. Comical really. Good money maker for the park I guess. Everything smells of burning wood. So for older adults skip this park. On the other hand, if you have children this is the place to be. It's a real family resort. Restaurants,services, horses, games, activities, 2 pools. Just great for kids.
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3 3 out of 5 stars 09/07/2017

Stayed 6 nights, catered to kids. No cell service, no wifi except at ice cream shop, no tv at all with digital signal. Rental cars are old, dirty,nasty and too pricey for rental and this KOA is too high priced. There are nicer campgrounds closer we noticed only issue for us no toad this time so needed a rental.

5 5 out of 5 stars 07/17/2017

This was a the best KOA campground we have ever been to. It was our first KOA site, but it really set the bar high. This place is like a little city, with two pools, stores, ice cream shops, mini golf and many other activities. Even though this place was packed with people, it was very quiet and not congested. The best part was the all you can eat pancakes for breakfast.

4 4 out of 5 stars 08/24/2016

Stayed here due to the proximity to Mt Rushmore. There are a lot of activities for children. there is little or no internet available. The location is great to several other attractions. If you don't have children traveling there are considerably less expensive places to stay.

3 3 out of 5 stars 06/05/2016

Waaaay overpriced! Yes, it is a resort with an exceptional amount of amenities & activities - all at additional cost. The campground is huge so getting to even the swimming pool requires a hike. Our site was small but nice and very level! The major drawback: only wifi hotspots (not very good reception) at locations in store & ice cream shop at front of resort. Since there is no cell service anywhere in the resort this was huge issue! Also, no cable and same as for cell service, antennas got no... Read More

Waaaay overpriced! Yes, it is a resort with an exceptional amount of amenities & activities - all at additional cost. The campground is huge so getting to even the swimming pool requires a hike. Our site was small but nice and very level! The major drawback: only wifi hotspots (not very good reception) at locations in store & ice cream shop at front of resort. Since there is no cell service anywhere in the resort this was huge issue! Also, no cable and same as for cell service, antennas got no reception. There is so so much to do in this area and so many beautiful, far less expensive campgrounds, would strongly recommend checking those out first!!
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4 4 out of 5 stars 03/02/2016

We love this place. 2015 was out second year there and we are going back in 2016. It definitely is geared towards families with kids and it is huge. The size detracts from it a bit. But, the sites we have had have been decent and the restrooms are kept pretty clean considering the number of people using them. They have car rentals, off road vehicle rentals and horseback riding right there at the campground. They also have a shuttle bus to Mt Rushmore monument for the evening program. Lots... Read More

We love this place. 2015 was out second year there and we are going back in 2016. It definitely is geared towards families with kids and it is huge. The size detracts from it a bit. But, the sites we have had have been decent and the restrooms are kept pretty clean considering the number of people using them. They have car rentals, off road vehicle rentals and horseback riding right there at the campground. They also have a shuttle bus to Mt Rushmore monument for the evening program. Lots to do in the area if you are toting around kids, or in my case, grandkids.
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1 1 out of 5 stars 12/21/2015

This campground is specifically geared toward families with children. It is way to huge and most of the campsites are small and not level. We came back one evening and the site next to us had about 5 tents set up on it and one of them was actually under part of our awning. Plus they decided my clothesline was for their use.We visited over the 4th and were hugely disappointed in the campground. It is very expensive as well and everything costs extra. The water is brown there is no internet service... Read More

This campground is specifically geared toward families with children. It is way to huge and most of the campsites are small and not level. We came back one evening and the site next to us had about 5 tents set up on it and one of them was actually under part of our awning. Plus they decided my clothesline was for their use.We visited over the 4th and were hugely disappointed in the campground. It is very expensive as well and everything costs extra. The water is brown there is no internet service or cable either. If your site was lucky enough to have cable you only got 2 channels. If it rains, watch out the roads get washed out easily. I'm sure there are those that think this campground is wonderful, but it wasn't for us. I highly recommend staying elsewhere.
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3 3 out of 5 stars 08/26/2021

The overall rating and appeal rating of 3 stars is for older adults contemplating a stay. As far as facility and restrooms they get 5 stars for WOW! No doubt this facility has just about everything you'd ever want for families with children and adults too. However, for older adults desiring simple, quiet and less dense, not so good. Unless you're into a small city within a city type campground. I selected the park because KOA's are usually dependable on their consistency and the website pictures... Read More

The overall rating and appeal rating of 3 stars is for older adults contemplating a stay. As far as facility and restrooms they get 5 stars for WOW! No doubt this facility has just about everything you'd ever want for families with children and adults too. However, for older adults desiring simple, quiet and less dense, not so good. Unless you're into a small city within a city type campground. I selected the park because KOA's are usually dependable on their consistency and the website pictures made is seem appealing. A google search kicked back few RV parks in the Mt. Rushmore area, and this park was the closest in proximity to the entrance of Mt. Rushmore National Park. This park is humongous in size, or as the staff who checked me in said they were KOA's largest nationwide park. When we arrived in the area we became aware that there are numerous RV parks in the area that don't advertise, obviously. Those other parks were not showing up on google, and I wish I would have waited until arriving in the area before selecting a park. I did observe that those other parks had several unoccupied RV spaces. There are many nice parks to choose from close to Mt. Rushmore that won't show up on a google search. We stayed in the park August of 2021 for 3 nights at a cost of $257.00. The road to the RV site was steep and downhill, and when we tried to pull into the site (a tiered level) from the steep downhill road, the travel trailer was leaning so much downhill, I was beginning to wonder if the RV was going to just tip all the way over. It was scary. The RV space was tight and narrow with water and electric only. No sewer and no cable. The site was very unlevel. Our neighbor above our site said the last people had to pull the trailer all the way forward, disconnect and park their car behind the trailer, just so that they could be on a somewhat level area. My wife and I had never had to use so many leveling blocks to level the RV. 5 blocks per tire (tandem) on one side just to level side to side. The hitch leveler was extended all the way out and it wasn't enough to level front to rear. The trailer started moving forward after being disconnected from the truck at that moment and I was like, "Whoa". Even though I had the tires blocked it wasn't enough. I had to buy 4 more tire blocks from the KOA store to jamb in the crevice between tires from the top. I also had to use 4 blocks on the front hitch for it to level the travel trailer front to rear, and worse the site tilted downhill from the rear of the RV to the front of the RV. The sites where they put us were all tiered (Westside of Park by the Rodeo complex). There are many RV sites on level ground in this park, and I would have requested another site, but the park was packed to the gills with no OTHER sites available. My wife was so worried the trailer was going to roll down the hill out into the street that she didn't want to sleep in the trailer for fear she'd wake up in our neighbors space the following morning. I blocked the tires well and we were fine, but I hated the site. The fire ring from our trailer door was approximately 4 1/2 feet from our door, and about 9 feet from our neighbor on the site below. I wouldn't use the fire ring because had I, my neighbor's RV would have been full of smoke since the fire ring was at the same level and near his dining room window. On top of all of that it rained during our stay and the streets and site were all muddy. There were huge pot holes in the road full of water near our site, some with a diameter as big as 5 feet. Cell phone service and wifi service don't exist. We were in space #543. As an older adult my thoughts were directed to the "What if" emergency, like a heart attack. You were unable to dial 911 with no cell service, and my wife (or vice versa) would have had to run to the office for someone to call 911 on a land line. The office was a long ways away from our campsite. The bottom line in that event is I would probably die. Our friends who were staying at the Best Western Hotel in town couldn't reach us via cell phone either and vice versa, so we would have to make definite plans of when and where to meet every day when we were together. I wouldn't stay at this KOA again as I was very disappointed with the campsite, the cost I paid for something I felt was inferior for the money, and no cell phone service or WIFI and the mud all over from the rain that had fallen. However, this park would be great for families with children. There is more than enough activities to keep your children happy, active, busy and out of your hair.
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3 3 out of 5 stars 07/16/2019

For older adults traveling without children this won't be a good stop during the summer. We were here in July and the place was full. You must be very careful driving as there are children everywhere. There is very little connectivity here. The WiFi is basically nonexistent and seldom worked even to check email. There is no cell phone service in the campground that we ever got. Yes, WiFi is advertised but why? If you want cable tv you must buy a deluxe site as no others have it. They sell a lot... Read More

For older adults traveling without children this won't be a good stop during the summer. We were here in July and the place was full. You must be very careful driving as there are children everywhere. There is very little connectivity here. The WiFi is basically nonexistent and seldom worked even to check email. There is no cell phone service in the campground that we ever got. Yes, WiFi is advertised but why? If you want cable tv you must buy a deluxe site as no others have it. They sell a lot of firewood and families love to burn wood even when it is hot creating a haze. Comical really. Good money maker for the park I guess. Everything smells of burning wood. So for older adults skip this park. On the other hand, if you have children this is the place to be. It's a real family resort. Restaurants,services, horses, games, activities, 2 pools. Just great for kids.
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3 3 out of 5 stars 09/07/2017

Stayed 6 nights, catered to kids. No cell service, no wifi except at ice cream shop, no tv at all with digital signal. Rental cars are old, dirty,nasty and too pricey for rental and this KOA is too high priced. There are nicer campgrounds closer we noticed only issue for us no toad this time so needed a rental.

5 5 out of 5 stars 07/17/2017

This was a the best KOA campground we have ever been to. It was our first KOA site, but it really set the bar high. This place is like a little city, with two pools, stores, ice cream shops, mini golf and many other activities. Even though this place was packed with people, it was very quiet and not congested. The best part was the all you can eat pancakes for breakfast.

12620 Hwy 244, Hill City, SD 57745
Coordinates: 43.902620, -103.536050
Elevation: 5000

Directions
From south city limits of Hill City: Go 2 1/2 mi S on US-16/385, then 3 mi E on SR-244 (L)

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