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Known for its vibrant Sioux quartzite formations, Palisades State Park is one of the most distinctive recreation areas in the state of South Dakota. Flowing through the 157-acre park is Split Rock Creek, which attracts thrill-seeking rafters as well as curious geologists. These rushing waters used to power a giant flour mill that was one of the main contributors to the development of the town of Palisades.

The park is a perfect getaway for anyone who loves RV camping, hiking, fishing, and kayaking, and its unique appeal is something photographers can’t hope to resist. The town of Garretson is a stone’s throw away, so there’s no need to worry if you need supplies, as you'll find grocery and convenience stores here. Any Garretson camper can confirm that the park has some of the most beautiful picnic areas and hiking trails in the entire state that wind through woodlands dotted with burr oak, silver maple, box elder, green ash, and red cedar.

Motorhome camping is one of the best ways to experience what park has to offer, so book an RV in Minnehaha County, or in one of the nearby towns like Brandon, located ten miles away from the park.

Getting Outdoors

Palisades State Park is among the favorite locations for mountaineers in South Dakota because of its amazing hiking and rock climbing routes. The trails provide a decent challenge, and guests are advised to be cautious and carry their cell phones in case they need assistance. As you traverse the park’s craggy pathways, take some time to admire the scenic views of Indian grass prairies, cottonwood trees, and even tiger lilies. You'll likely spot lots of critters on your hiking adventures, like raccoons, beaver, squirrel, and if you're lucky, even white-tailed deer.

You might also want to hit some of the hiking trails if you're keen on birdwatching. Within the park’s forests and thickets, you'll likely find starlings, hawks, flickers, meadowlarks, grackles, cardinals, owls, finches, and woodpeckers. Just listen to their songs, look for their nests among the tree branches, or try to spot them soaring across the clear skies.

Finally, let’s not forget Split Rock Creek, which is ideal for fishing and boating. If you want to row across the rapids, remember to wear your lifejacket and use a waterproof case for your phone. Anglers love to come here during the last weeks of spring as the waters are ideal for fly fishing. The water is home to a variety of species, and you might catch largemouth bass, northern pike, channel catfish, white crappie, and walleye.

Camping at Palisades State Park

There are over 30 motorhome camping sites at Palisades State Park's campground. Guests love RV camping here because the sites offer electric hookups, fire rings, and picnic tables. If you're not camping in an RV, you can rent a cabin, which is fully furnished to provide even more comfort.

The campground also has drinking water, flush toilets, and showers. If you're camping with your kids, you can visit the park’s playground. Those who are booking an RV rental for this trip should know that the park's RV length limit is 50 feet.

Exploring the Area

Once you've recharged your batteries and you're ready for a more urban environment, put that camper rental to good use and drive to the city of Sioux Falls, located around 20 miles away from Palisades State Park. The town is full of family-friendly attractions like amusement parks and escape room experiences. If you want to make sure this one of those unforgettable holidays for your kids, Sioux Falls is the place to go.

If you'd like to learn new things and see some exotic animals, the town has both a zoo and aquarium. The aquarium is also a butterfly house, and the sheer variety of insects, fish, and other underwater dwellers is sure to delight the kids in your crew. As for the zoo, you'll see over 100 animal species, both native and from different continents, some of which are endangered and a rare sight to behold.

History buffs will also find Sioux Falls enticing, as it's home to multiple museums. Particularly interesting exhibits are available at the Medical Museum, which is part of the Sanford Health Medical campus. The exhibits tell the tale of medical advancements starting from the early 1900s until today. Just remember to call in advance and book a tour.

When your Palisades State Park camping trip has come to an end, you won't leave on an empty stomach, thanks to the variety of dining options available in Sioux Falls. Vietnamese, Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, fast food, pizza: no matter what you're craving, Sioux Falls has something for even the pickiest eaters among you.

RV Rentals in Palisades State Park, SD

Palisades State Park, SD is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Palisades State Park. Outdoorsy's Palisades State Park RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

Frequently Asked Questions


What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

Why choose Outdoorsy vs Craigslist or Airbnb?

Security, for one. Outdoorsy helps protect RV owners and renters with excellent support and insurance options, and a secure platform for listings, communication, and payments. There are plenty of other reasons though, like roadside assistance, detailed listings, and a wide variety of RVs to choose from.

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What's around Palisades State Park, SD


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