Mount Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch

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12620 Hwy 244
Hill City, SD 57745
Reservations: 800-562-8503
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GPS: 43.9014, -103.5359

Last Price Paid: $115
Number of Sites: 463
Reservations: Yes
Elevation: 5001 ft
Tent Camping: Yes

2 people have reviewed this location.

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40 Blue Bird Wanderlodge
2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2 reviews
Nightly rate: $115
Days stayed: 3
Site Number: 143
“Okay - will not return though.”

Reviewed Aug 27, 2017

Overall Rating

Our site was right near the main lodge and collection of shops. The spot was level gravel with a concrete patio with a nice fire area and swing.

Unfortunately, being that close to the main building we got to experience lots of traffic, everyone checking into the campground had to drive past our site along with all the delivery trucks (some semis parked in front of our site).

That minor annoyance was compounded by lots of additional minor annoyances to the point that our stay was less satisfactory than we had hoped from the advertising.

Some examples: water slide is across the street from the pool and splash pad, meaning parents have to sit around at the bottom of the slide while the kids go - and if multiple kids, split up the group to go to splash pad/pool. The water in the water slide is very cold, along with with the splash pad water - a worker told us at the splash pad that the water was 55 degrees. And probably the biggest annoyance was that there was absolutely no connectivity of any kind anywhere near our campsite. No cell coverage and the "three wifi hotspots" around the campground never worked for anything - if any of devices would even connect.

Certainly, there were plenty of amenities that worked and convenient food options with the breakfast tent, the cafe and the restaurant on-site. The power, water, sewer and cable tv worked fine (although the cable was fairly limited - we didn't watch much). However, for the price and the little details, we did not feel that we got our money's worth and will not be returning.

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Box Elder, SD
30 Airstream Classic
2015 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali
147 reviews
“This is truly a KOA resort”

Reviewed Mar 07, 2016

Overall Rating

If you have family and want lots of activities this is a spectacular KOA. Immaculate grounds, good restaurant on site. Small set of shops including ice cream.

Downside is there is no cell coverage, at least for Verizon even with a booster. Sits in a bowl between the hills.

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  • 50 Amp
  • 30 Amp
  • 20 Amp
  • water
  • sewer
  • Full Hookups
  • wifi: yes
  • basketball court
  • game room
  • bike rental
  • fishing
  • horseshoes
  • hot tub
  • mini golf
  • picnic area
  • playground
  • swimming pool: onsite
  • volleyball
Site Amenities:
  • big rig
  • picnic table
  • pull thru
  • cabins
  • dump station
  • firewood
  • general store
  • hot tub
  • laundry
  • propane
  • restaurant
  • restrooms: flush
  • showers
  • swimming pool: onsite
  • trash
Discount Clubs:
  • KOA
  • pets


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