Hill City, South Dakota

Mount Rushmore KOA

Hill City, South Dakota



Hill City, South Dakota
Phone: (605) 574-2525

Sites: 500
Recent Rate: $89 8/2015

Latitude: 43.9003043983037
Longitude: -103.536937236786

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup yes
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room yes
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals yes
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit yes
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball yes
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment yes
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre yes
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf yes
  • Billiards Billiards yes
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong yes
  • Lake Lake yes
  • Pond Pond yes
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

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117 Reviews

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MarthaS

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $93.00
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A great park with so many amenities that we delayed our visit to Mount Rushmore in order to swim longer in one of the two pools, play on the basketball court and take in a quick round of mini golf. The only reason we didn't give it a 10 is because the WiFi never worked the entire time we were there, even in the recommended hot spot areas, and because the rate was so high. We realized that it was probably high because it was Sturgis week and sites were at a premium. Our site had a picnic table and gravel but if you reserve one of the premium sites, they look wonderful, with really nice outdoor metal furniture and concrete patios. We camped at Mount Rushmore KOA in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

Mount Rushmore is very close but there is so much to do at this campground you may not leave. A great place for families and groups with kids because there is so much for them to do.

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WI BASE

Review Count: 14
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $89.00
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Basically no wifi except up front (which works only sometimes) and no cell coverage. Have stayed before. Seems more run down than before. Example, a couple 100 dollars would turn the mini golf into a great one, instead it's basically broken. Charge for everything..pets, and a resort fee. Ok if you have kids, I guess, but what if you don't?? Close to Mt. Rushmore and the kids did have fun. Just not as nice as it was 6 years ago. We camped at Mount Rushmore KOA in a Motorhome.

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Maddoggy

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $91.00
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Very nice campground with a large amount of amenities, ie... Horseback riding, restaurants and coffee shops. Extremely clean facilities. Would definitely stay here again. We camped at Mount Rushmore KOA in a Cabin.

Tips for other Campers:

My. Rushmore is 6 miles away, what more could you possibly need!

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scott1k

Review Count: 22
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $70.00
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This place is hard to rate. They do some things very well, and fail in other areas. We knew this place had a reputation to be a zoo going in, but with 6 kids in our group we decided to go ahead and make reservations for a week. Reservations were made several months in advance for two sites. The reservations were made under one name and I was assured by the reservationist that the sites would be adjacent to each other. The first hint at what was to come was at check in. We were told we were not adjacent to each other. We were then told it was because we didn't pay a "site lock" fee. No amount of reasoning with the young and inexperienced check in person got anywhere and we were told a manager was not available. We were then led to our sites. One site was fine, but the other was completely saturated in mud. Apparently a wet summer had produced drainage issues but it appeared no efforts had been made to make the site habitable. We immediately demanded to talk to a manager who eventually did respond. A reasonable compromise was worked out, but the site should never have been rented and there is still no excuse for being told we would have adjacent sites and then it not being granted this because we never paid a hidden fee that was never revealed to us. This is a massive and busy campground. There are numerous activities for kids and ours were never bored. The facilities generally were clean and there was staff everywhere. However, it seems that recent capital improvements have been spent more on rental park models and patio sites. The basic campground itself needs some work. Most sites have not seen new gravel or any kind of basic landscaping in years. Our electrical post had the socket broken out but I was able to make it work. It appears this has been broken for a long time. I mentioned it to a passing worker but it didn't seem as if it would be acted upon. The wifi was unusable. Overall, the kids loved it but we would stay elsewhere next time. We camped at Mount Rushmore KOA in a Travel Trailer.

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Random Decoy

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $79.00
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This is a resort version of the KOA's; very large layout and activities. We were only passing through to get in Mount Rushmore and the town for a day as we were working our way home. The site was a pull-thru; however, it was not long enough for the tow vehicle and the travel trailer to be end-to-end as with most sites of this type. Instead, most campers were parking their tow vehicles in the grass of their campsite; the staff never complained.

This was a bit pricey; but, there were many features that we did not take advantage of that would have helped justify the cost. The campground, bathrooms and showers were clean and well-maintained. We would likely stay here again; it is a very short drive to Mount Rushmore and for shopping in town. We camped at Mount Rushmore KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Tips for other Campers:

The lighting ceremony is nice; they turn the lights off of Mount Rushmore promptly at 11:00 PM.

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pokeyt

Review Count: 23
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $85.00
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This is a gigantic KOA with all the activities and amenities you could want (or want to avoid...). We stayed in site 184 which would have been great if there weren't a car trailer parked on the lawn of our site. It was just before July 4th so all sites were filled, but the park staff did a good job of having plenty of activities for kids and kept the trash picked up well. Roads are gravel but expect mud if it rains, we had a pretty big storm come through and destroy some awnings. Park has a big pool, separate water slide, on site everything and lots of staff. Close to Mt Rushmore and you can take a shuttle for nightly lighting ceremony. We camped at Mount Rushmore KOA in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

Gassing a large rig in Hill City proved to be difficult. I recommend gassing on the highway.

The Alpine Inn in Hill City had a ~$13 filet dinner that was outstanding. Dinner seating starts at 5PM, it filled up immediately. Cash only.

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Dick Noble

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $80.00
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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.

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4zontheroad

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $94.00
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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.

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The Savages

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $47.00
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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.

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DonWest

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $60.00
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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.

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vickyfullen

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $75.00
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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.

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Always Glamping

Review Count: 24
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $72.00
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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.

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Dr. Moreau

Review Count: 48
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $46.00
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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.

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SRB2

Review Count: 5
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $85.00
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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.

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larriin

Review Count: 58
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $78.00
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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.

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