This place is way too expensive! Stayed at a premium site but cannot see why they call it that. Concrete patio was missing pieces. no trees, water was so rusty we went through filters every two days and it was not clear ever. Most things were added costs. The $80 per night includes a $10/night resort fee - no choice in paying this. There is a "free" pancake breakfast but it does not include anything but pancakes. Maintenance staff is not friendly. Just not worth the cost. We will not return. We camped at Mount Rushmore KOA in a Fifth Wheel.
Surrounding view is lovely and lots of amenities available. RV sites are close with no trees and there are hundreds of campsites with rvs, tents, cabins and a hotel so there are people everywhere and it feels very crowded. The activities are geared for young kids. There is no cell service or wifi and the hot spots didn't work. Add that to water coming out of the faucet light brown, the pool dirty and filled with toddlers and my teenagers were not very happy. The campground is expensive if you aren't using the amenities. We left a day early. The staff was friendly and efficient. We camped at Mount Rushmore KOA in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $47.00
We have camped here twice, at the beginning of the Sturgis Bike Rally, and have enjoyed it both times. Very clean campground and friendly staff. The campground is really busy during Sturgis, but the staff does a great job in keeping the area clean. Workers come around every day to pick up your trash and are willing to help or answer questions. There are a lot of activities for families with children, so this is a nice place for them. The added $10 per night activity fee that is charged for every camper makes this campground a little more expensive, but they do have a lot of things to do. The campground does get a little crowded, but all sites are nice packed gravel pads and each site has it's own fire pit and picnic table. There are a variety of campsites to choose from, so there is something for everyone. I'm not sure if my Nightly Rate is correct, but it's close to the amount we paid. We camped at Mount Rushmore KOA in a Fifth Wheel.
We absolutely loved this resort campground! 2 pools, water slide, horses, paddle boats, free movies, kids parks, kids events, coffee shop, snack bar, and more. We stayed for a week and had the best time. Kids will always stay busy with things to do. The wifi really only worked near the coffee shop area; they could work on that. Mount Rushmore is just up the road a few miles. We came to the campground with high expectations, and they exceeded them with all the amenities. We camped at Mount Rushmore KOA in a Travel Trailer.
Tips for other Campers:
Be sure to go to Mount Rushmore for the evening lighting ceremony.
We just returned from our second stay here and we were really looking forward to it as it had been a few years since we were in the Mount Rushmore area. You must pay a mandatory $10 per day resort fee on top of the already expensive rates. This wouldn't have been as bad if we could get Wi-Fi. The park doesn't have Wi-Fi throughout; just a few hotspots and impossible to connect at these hotspots. My husband commented to the staff on this, and they really didn't care. Apparently it hasn't worked in years. The staff really wasn't helpful. In past KOAs, the staff has booked other KOAs for us when required. Here they wouldn't and due to lack of Wi-Fi or a phone (our cells wouldn't work in the area) we couldn't book ourselves. We eventually booked by going into town and getting in a Wi-Fi location. I found a lot of inconsiderate people. We were in a pull-through spot (no back in available) and people were using it as a through way many times throughout the day. We wouldn't have cared if if was children, but it was adults as well. We really didn't appreciate it. It isn't altogether the other campers fault. If the KOA took out a few sites and put in walkways people would have less further to walk and possibly could help eliminate some of the people cutting through sites. Walked past some sites and could smell weed. I believe this is illegal in South Dakota. Didn't see a lot of staff monitoring the park. Those are just a couple of things we were unhappy with. I should have been smart and read the reviews before booking this KOA but neglected to based on our excellent first visit. After a couple of days we tried to find another campground but being a popular tourist destination this was not possible. If we are in the area again, we will stay at the local competition that has Wi-Fi (found out when we tried to check in and could connect with my iPad) and no daily resort fees. We camped at Mount Rushmore KOA in a Travel Trailer.
If you have preteen children and a very healthy travel budget, this park could be for you. However, if you are desirous of a peaceful, spacious campsite with modern amenities (cable tv, wifi, 50 amp service), this may not be your best bet. On the positive side, we were able to procure a spot on a "same day" basis during a busy time of year. The restrooms and showers were clean and there was a nice open area to exercise the dog. The setting of the park is also quite lovely if one can ignore the hectic activities and crush of campers clustered very close together. We were charged $75 for a site that was supposed to be pull-thru, but we had to unhook to accommodate our 45' coach. The person who took our reservation did mention that the site was 60' long, but manuevering in such close quarters made unhooking mandatory to negotiate our departure. Further, we got 30 amp service rather than 50 amp. Fortunately, it was not terribly hot since our attempt to run 2 roof airs was unsuccessful. Our site did not have wifi or cable TV (which is only available in "deluxe" sites). Finally, our rate of $75 included a $10 "resort saver fee". I called to ask what that fee was for and was told it covered amenities primarily designed for children. When I explained we would not be using any of those amenities, I was told "everyone pays". I asked to speak to a manager and was transferred. I got voicemail and left a message, explaining my objection to the resort saver fee and the $3 fee tacked on because we were traveling with a dog. I left that message around 3pm and never got a call back. If you don't want a "Kamping Carnival" experience, there are other options in the area. We will never return to this campground. To add insult to injury, even though the manager never returned my call, we received a satisfaction survey shortly after our departure! We camped at Mount Rushmore KOA in a Motorhome.
Our recent stay at the Mount Rushmore KOA was excellent. We stayed for a single night in May so we could visit Mount Rushmore. There was a small snafu when we checked in, but it was dealt with. Our space was in the back of the campground where we enjoyed the silence and darkness at night and giving us a great night sleep. There was a great playground that our kids played in and really enjoyed, despite the colder temperatures. Most activities were closed; I wish they had been opened because there was so much for the family to do. Would I recommend this park? Yes. Would we come back? Yes. We camped at Mount Rushmore KOA in a Motorhome.
This appears to be a great experience for youngsters. Adults camp as well. This is a campground, not a resort. The price is too high for what this camp provides for adults. No Wi-Fi, no cell service, bad cable, poor water pressure, poor litter pick-up, inadequately trained office staff. One concierge did not know how to book a stay at another KOA. The restaurant and tavern were under-staffed and the service was awful. Almost everyone travels with pets. They have spent a vast amount of money on enticing families with children. There is only one place to exercise your pet and it is not fenced. Can you put up a simple fence for a dog park? They need to police the speeding carts and ATVs. The best thing about this park is the staff at the Stables. We will look elsewhere next time. We camped at Mount Rushmore KOA in a Motorhome.
Location is perfect for the Black Hills exploration. Lots of onsite activities are awesome for families: water slides, fishing pond, 2 pools & hot tubs, ice cream/pizza/fudge shop onsite, hiking/biking trails, horseback riding, basketball court, inflatable jumping pillow and more. Negatives: Basically NO access to wifi unless you sit right in front of the office building; 3 yrs we have been here, & I can't figure out why they will NOT fix this. Due to location, there is no or very little cell service for all carriers. May be able to text in special spots and an occasional phone call if you are standing in just the right spot. Hill City does have very good cell service for all carriers & is about 5 minutes away. Deluxe campsite bathrooms are run down and need remodel, but rest were pretty good in other areas. We camped at Mount Rushmore KOA in a Travel Trailer.
Great place to camp with kids as there are a lot of things for them to do, and most of it is included in the regular rate. If you're used to a "RV Park" type of place, where you don't have much space, then you'll be fine. I didn't expect the privacy of a state or provincial park as I chose the full hookups over the privacy since most of our days were spent checking out the Black Hills. Only gave it a 7 since I think they could knock about $10 off the nightly rate. We camped at Mount Rushmore KOA in a Travel Trailer.
Great for kids, otherwise, not so good. This is a campground not a resort. Little separation between sites, no trees, some grass, gravel and dirt. Very poorly managed, nice but untrained staff (many from out of state), lots to see in area. No, will not return to this park. We camped at Mount Rushmore KOA in a Travel Trailer.
Location, location, location! Perfect location for exploring Mt Rushmore, Needles Hwy, Iron Mtn Rd, Wildlife Loop, Custer and Crazy Horse. You can't beat the onsite restaurant and facilities for children. However, our complaints were several - after a heavy rain we saw many campsites flooded, but no apparent effort to move those people to another site. Set the temperature to Cold in the laundry and yet it washed with hot water (several others complained about this). We were in a deluxe site about 3 sites down from the office and the Wi-Fi was virtually non-existent. Since we have single parent daughters that we like to be able to be in touch with, this was extremely frustrating as AT&T cell service was not available either (obviously not the fault of the campground). Next door neighbor said she had the same Wi-Fi issues. We saw some really nice, modern bathrooms, but the one servicing the deluxe area really needed updating and repair. One time in there was enough. Yes, we would stay there again, simply because it is a perfect location for sightseeing in the Black Hills. If you have children, there are plenty of activities for them. But, I do think they need to address some of the issues that we were not happy about and I heard others complain about as well, so it wasn't just us. We camped at Mount Rushmore KOA in a Fifth Wheel.
We had a beautiful site in the tall pine trees, although 'unlevel'. Once more campers arrived in our area (it's a LARGE campground), we had to back out of our "pull through" site because of other campers vehicles parked partly in the roads. Since it is such a large campground, there were LOTS of people; lots of fires in the firepits in the evening/night and lots of smoke; making the evenings/nights very unpleasant because of all the smoke. We would only stay here again during 'off season'. First night was higher priced because it was a 'weekend'. Following nights were about $58: still pretty pricey, but it has lots of "family" amenities. We camped at Mount Rushmore KOA in a Motorhome.
This campground has many kid-friendly activities but feel extra "resort" fee per night is excessive. Sites very close together but level & easy access. Camp store well stocked. Staff friendly. Good location for exploring the area. We camped at Mount Rushmore KOA in a Motorhome.
The people are very nice, though a bit understaffed. The bathrooms leave something to be desired, but the views are beautiful. We had a space by the bathroom and dumpster, but all I smelled was pine needles. Beware the back in sites, they are very small and at the back of the park. We camped at Mount Rushmore KOA in a Fifth Wheel.