Mount Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch

Mount Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch is a fantastic RV park close to Rapid City in western South Dakota. The KOA is outside of the city, located in the vicinity of Black Hills National Forest west of town. This world-class camping resort is the perfect place to stay when you book an RV in Pennington County, especially if you plan on touring the nearby parks and forests for exceptional hiking and camping.Mount Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch is located in Hill City, not far from many of the region’s best sights. Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial are just a few of the places you can see when you rent an RV near Mount Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch. Inside the park, you can find enough activities and features to keep you occupied for months, along with over five hundred camping sites to accommodate tent campers, group campers, and RV rentals. Even camping cottages can be rented in this easily accessible and well-laid out park.Staying busy in the park is a breeze for both children and adults, with a bevy of amenities to choose from during your stay. A rock-climbing wall, a jumping pillow, a mini-golf course, a pool, a hot tub, a rodeo, a splash pad, Kamping Kitchen, basketball and volleyball courts, bicycle rentals, and a riding stable for horses rank among the park’s best features, although there are many more reasons to stay. A few restaurants within the park give you options when you feel that rumble in your stomach and a camp store ensures you can pick up food, camping supplies, and other necessary goods without having to head into town.

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Camping with an RV

Have you ever wanted to sleep at the foot of a mountain or wake up to the sound of the ocean’s waves gently crashing on the shore? When on a road trip, do you like to stop at every weird and wonderful roadside attraction? Do you ever just want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and get out into the great outdoors? Then renting an RV is definitely for you.

Camping in an RV allows you to adventure on your terms. Whether you’re looking to bond over an open fire with family and friends or you just want to get away for a while, there’s no better way to do it than from behind the wheel of an RV.

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After your trip, return the RV to the host in the same condition you recieved it.

The Great Outdoors

Mount Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch has an impressive offering of fun features to make use of when you arrive in your campervan rental, but when it comes time to explore the area, you can head to the Black Hills. Nearby Custer State Park is the largest and first state park in the entire state. There are old historical sites and structures, majestic landscapes, a massive campground, and a wild herd of bison living in the park.Black Hills National Forest practically surrounds Hill City, and when you're camping at Mount Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch, you can explore over a million acres of stunning landscapes, rolling hills, and epic evergreen paradise. Cougars, wolves, black bears, ospreys, and eagles are among the creatures you’ll spot when camping or hiking in this lush forest. There are thousands of miles of dirt roads, hundreds of miles of hiking trails, 11 reservoirs, and over 30 campgrounds within the forest.As far as large parks go, South Dakota is pretty fortunate to have two exceptional national parks and one massive national monument all within driving distance. Jewel Cave National Monument and Wind Cave National Park feature some of the world’s largest cave systems, a truly exciting place to venture underground while taking notice of natural gems glimmering in the darkened caverns. Camping is allowed above ground so you can take a break in your camper rental in between subterranean expeditions.Badlands State Park welcomes over a million guests each year to see its spectacular mesas, badlands, canyons, and other rocky features. Sublime night skies and a bevy of historic sites held sacred by the local native people make this an extra special place to put on your itinerary when you rent an RV near Mount Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch.

City Sightseeing

When you're motorhome camping at Mount Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch, the nearby towns of Hill City and Rapid City are loaded with attractions and exciting adventures. The Museum at Black Hills Institute in Hill City is a lovely place to see lots of ancient dinosaur skeletons, showcasing the ancient predators so guests may get a feel for how large the creatures were. This converted high school gym has two giant T. rex skeletons among other species and a fantastic gift shop for souvenir purchases.The South Dakota Air and Space Museum has an epic collection of aviation artifacts and decommissioned planes used by the military throughout dozens of conflicts. Fighter jets and bombers used in WWII, the Vietnam War, and many other aerial battles can be seen at this large outdoor museum.They may not be in Hill City or Rapid City, but Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial are two of South Dakota’s most famous sightseeing opportunities, conveniently located within a half an hour's drive of Mount Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch. These stone monuments are chiseled into the mountainside, depicting four of the country’s most famous presidents, and a native chieftain who boldly lead the Lakota people with strength and dignity.

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What type of RV should I choose?


Start by determining how many people are planning to travel with you. Going on a solo-journey? Choose a camper van or a teardrop trailer. Bringing the whole family along for the ride? Consider a spacious Class A or five-wheel.

You’ll also want to consider amenities. For example, if you’re planning to cook on the road, you’ll want a kitchenette. If your campground doesn’t have public restrooms, you’ll want to search RVs with bathrooms. Check out full descriptions of our models to help you decide here.


Do the RVs have bathrooms?


Yes. Class A’s, Class B’s, and Class C’s and five-Wheels typically have bathrooms. Depending on where you plan on camping, you’ll want to double-check the availability of restrooms if selecting a rig without a bathroom. Nervous about renting an RV with a bathroom? Owners can help show you how to clean the tank or will offer to do it for you for a fee.


How does check-in work?


Once an Owner approves your RV reservation, you can coordinate a time to pick up your rig or have it delivered to your doorstep or campsite. At that point, the owner will do a key exchange with you and walk you through the RV and answer any questions you might have.