We stayed at the Palmer Gulch KOA for two nights during a 21 day epic road trip. The first part of our road trip was heavy in camping, and we were quite happy to be in a Camping Cabin. With the cabin, we were able to be comfortable when we slept, charge our laptop and phones, and yet still get the outdoor benefits of camping. The cabin had a fire ring we took advantage of for a cookout and a cozy porch swing for stargazing in the evening.
Palmer Gulch is located right down the road from Mount Rushmore, and you can see the back of the mountain from the resort.
The activity area included a bounce pillow, which our two teenage children had a blast bouncing on. We were concerned, however, about the green pools. Both pools in the campground were green, although we saw no algae to speak of. We aren't sure whether the green color was due to the chemicals or actual algae, but it was a bit of a turn off.
Wifi was spotty, but decent when it worked. For a campground, we didn't really expect much, technologically speaking.
The campground had a small counter service restaurant which was not very well staffed. The first evening we ordered a pizza. While my wife was happy with it, the rest of the family was unimpressed. I can't really describe it besides saying that the crust was more like a flatbread or possibly some type of cardboard. The second evening, we considered ice cream after our cookout, but found the restaurant closed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- From the convenience of KOA kamping kabins and deluxe, big-rig friendly RV campsites to secluded tent sites along a creek, the Mount Rushmore / Hill City KOA campground offers campers an exiting outdoor experience complete with picturesque granite mountain views and Ponderosa pine panoramas. Choose from:+ Kamping kabins+ RV campsites+ Tent sites ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mount Rushmore / Hill City Koa Hotel Hill City