Date of Stay:
May, 2018 -
We stayed one night on our way further South. Information was left at the office for late check in, and we were able to find our site and set up easily. Site was gravel and grass and was level. The hookups were within easy reach. Lots of trees and shade. Staff in the store and out in the park were very friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. Many of the sites are 'buddy' sites meaning that two RVs would face one another with a shared grassy area between with tables and fire pits. This is a great option for families or friends traveling together but wouldn't be so great with strangers. The campground was not at all full on our visit so there was plenty of space, and no sharing with a 'buddy' on this trip! Other facilities - pool, playground, jumping pillow, etc. looked well maintained although we did not have the opportunity to check these areas out in depth. Restrooms at the main office were very clean and looked renovated. A substantial number of cable channels were offered. We didn't have the need to use WiFi for our short stay. The store had limited grocery items but it was somewhat early in the season so there might be more later when visitation is higher. There is a narrow, steep road entering the campground but it was no trouble getting up and into the park. We camped at Renfro Valley KOA in a Travel Trailer.
Renfro Valley music performance area is maybe only a mile away from this campground. A bit further towards the freeway there are fast food places, gas stations, and a few other services.
Date of Stay:
June, 2017 -
We were excited to stay in this campground and reserved a spot early in 2017. We requested to be near the pool and restrooms with a pull through site. The site we got was a pull through but was far removed from the restrooms and the pool. It was located right in the middle of the densest area of the campground. We paid extra for a "deluxe" site but found that it was very narrow with a concrete patio, porch swing, and table. The site was so narrow that we couldn't open our awning due to the tree on the site. The firepit was located on a slope, right by the road, so it was impossible to sit by it. The site had not been cleaned so we faced an old marshmallow on a stick on the ground where we had to walk. The main sewer drop was broken so we had to rig our hose to run uphill to the second one. Our neighbors in the site above had to dump their tanks right above our patio and parked in the only space available which ended up being right by our firepit. Not their fault. The firewood purchased at the store was the most expensive we've ever seen. The pool was nice and indoors which is not common in the Yellowstone area but the dressing rooms were very small. The store is great with many Montana made items and a good grocery area. The staff was friendly. When we expressed dissatisfaction with our site and the overall conditions the owner/manager did give us a percentage refund which was appreciated. I don't know that we would stay here again although if we had been given a different site our experience probably would have been much better. We thought that our reserving far in advance would give us a better spot but it didn't work that way. We camped at Yellowstone Park / West Gate KOA in a Travel Trailer.
Don't stay in the middle of the campground. There is a companion KOA campground just down the road that doesn't have as many amenities but might have more level or spacious sites. I'd check it out.
Date of Stay:
June, 2017 -
This is a great campground for kids! The playground area has numerous activities plus they bring in things like a climbing wall. The water slide is short but fun. There are two swimming pools. We went one afternoon to the one near the front and we were the only people there! The shops, ice cream shop, fudge, gift shop, etc. are nice amenities. The ability to rent pedal cars, motorcycles, 4-wheelers, etc. is a nice option. The campground is very close to Mt. Rushmore and Custer State Park. Keystone is just a few miles away. Campsites are close but there is still room to sit outside and have a fire if you want. This is a large campground so lots of people but it didn't seem crowded or overly busy. It rained a lot when we were there so shade wasn't an issue but there aren't a lot of shade trees in the sites. The pancake breakfast is great! We camped at Mount Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch in a Travel Trailer.