Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $35.00
Spent three nights here just before they closed for the season in an 'upgraded' site (212) which had full hook-ups minus cable (we had our DISH setup and open views, so that was fine). Barely had 1 bar on three different wifi signals (takes off two stars), but I had an AT&T wifi card which had five bars on 4G LTE. My Sprint phone roamed on Verizon Wireless the entire time, but I had 4+ bars almost everywhere we went.
The site was pretty level, but as noted before the sewer hookup was a stretch even with both my hoses and moving my RV all the way back to the edge. Water and power were fine (my site was 30A but didn't need 50A since it was perfect weather to open the windows). Everything else is KOA standard which is good, especially their pancake breakfast served from 0700-1000 every morning. The pool and hot-tub were closed down. Staff was very helpful on who, what, when, wheres and whys of what to see beyond the items we had planned.
One final thought, if you use the WAZE app for navigation on your smartphone, ignore the directions that try to take you through the back gate (Concourse Dr to Saint Patrick Bypass from Exit 61 on I-90). Instead, continue on SD 16 and exit onto East Hwy 44, turn left at the first light and right at the next one, which takes you into the campground main entrance off St. Patrick Street. (I alerted WAZE about this issue, so hopefully they've fixed the navigation - if not, you can turn around a 35ft Class A and toad in the church parking lot on St. Patrick Bypass.) We camped at Rapid City KOA in a Motorhome.
We booked this campground last minute so it was our own fault that we ended up paying $75/nt for a site. It was July 4th weekend and the campground was completely full. It was a lot like a parking lot, gravel roads but asphalt at our "deluxe" site, which included a 4' x 4' patio with a wrought iron patio table and 4 chairs, which almost touched the neighbor's slideout. The sites were tight but ironically, the "premium" sites that were a little cheaper (maybe $65?) located down the hill from the office, were much more spacious and shaded. The pool was wall-to-wall kids, which was to be expected on July 4th, but the bathrooms and showers were relatively clean, which I didn't expect on July 4th. All of the people who worked there were very nice and friendly. The breakfast that was available at the cafe was reasonable, especially if you wanted the all-you-can-eat pancakes. The Wi-Fi was very difficult to get on - not sure if that was because the campground was so crowded or if that's a usual thing, but it was frustrating. There were tent sites mixed in with RV sites and people were walking through the sites all over. I realize it was July 4th weekend but it was a zoo. All in all, I would not stay here again. We camped at Rapid City KOA in a Fifth Wheel.
Tips for other Campers:
Stay in one of the premium sites down the hill on the right side when you enter. They are numbered 120 - 135 on the campground map.
Quick and efficient check-in. Escort to site. Had a full hook-up "premium" site with a not very level gravel parking pad. Needed blocking to keep weight on the under the front tires. The premium and deluxe sites were roomy, but most of the regular sites were pretty tight. Nicely equipped little store. All staff member we had contact with were pleasant. Good reasonably priced cooked breakfast. Good central location for exploring the Black Hills and Badlands. We camped at Rapid City KOA in a Motorhome.
The part of the campground we stayed in had lots of grassy area between sites. Staff was very helpful setting us up with a tour of the Badlands and Mount Rushmore. One of the staff was very helpful in our decision whether or not to stay for the chuckwagon portion of the tour (we did). They also had rental cars on site. Wi-fi was spotty but usable during off hours. We camped at Rapid City KOA in a Motorhome.
Big rig friendly. They let me wash the bugs off front of RV. Site was almost level. We had premium site with no patio. Our site was asphalt, a must since some sites were muddy. Very quiet yet right off Hwy 44. Staff gave us a great map to all the sites. We camped at Rapid City KOA in a Motorhome.
Pull-thru site was level and except for cable TV all services were good. Cable TV was very snowy but viewable. When I questioned the office about reception the escorting gentleman who had an indifferent attitude, suggested that it was all a matter of setup of TV and since I could not get all the channels listed I needed to scan more than once to get the remainder, but this made no difference. Next KOA, cable was clear. Some staff were friendly and others not so. Might not return. We camped at Rapid City KOA in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $25.00
Rate reflects the discount we received because the campground was closing for the winter and had closed the restrooms and laundry. The park is located a few miles from I-90 on a bluff that overlooks the western edge of Rapid City. Sites were easy in out and well spaced. The utilities worked well and the park was well maintained and clean. We camped at Rapid City KOA in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $39.00
This KOA was close to everything, had a wonderful heated pool and hot tub (still open in late Sept!), very decent free wifi, several very nice kids playgrounds, and a nice dog run area. The staff was also very friendly. The only downside was that the sites were pretty close together, but definitely not the tightest we've ever encountered, I would say pretty typical of a private campground. The grounds were in good shape, it seemed to be recently renovated in many areas, and the pancake breakfast was a very nice treat. We would definitely stay here again. We camped at Rapid City KOA in a Motorhome.
This is a nice campground. We would have rated it a 9 or 10, but we were not put in a deluxe site we had reserved. The staff puts on a great pancake breakfast every morning and the pool is large and clean. This is a great location for sightseeing around the Black Hills/Mt. Rushmore area. The sites are large enough to park your tow vehicle with room to spare. The laundry facilities are clean. The showers/restrooms are clean as well. We camped at Rapid City KOA in a Travel Trailer.
This was my base camp for doing things around the area. First stay at a KOA. Was worried, as I have always heard bad things about KOA campgrounds. Restrooms and showers were clean. Pool and spa were clean. Spa was in good working order. Laundry room was clean and in good working order. It was a bit cool to enjoy the pool. Spa was nice though. Friendly staff that were eager to tell about local attractions and give directions to them. Interior roads were a bit narrow, but in good condition. My pull through was long enough that I had no trouble parking the camper and truck in it. I would stay here again if in the area. Price reflects extra guest. We camped at Rapid City KOA in a Travel Trailer.
Great campground in Rapid City. We've stayed here several other times and this is our place to stay while visiting here. Good location a bit away from all the attractions, but easy to access. Has a great pet run and Wi-Fi connections were good. Can't ask for much more. We camped at Rapid City KOA in a Motorhome.
Did not intend to stay here as we were supposed to be staying in Spearfish, SD. Unfortunately, tire trouble prevailed and we could not get into Rapid Tire Alignment until the next morning. In lieu of driving RV, with possibly bad tires and a bad alignment, to Spearfish only to turn around the next morning to return to Rapid City, we opted to find a campground in Rapid City. In a nutshell, staff was super friendly and accommodating. They had 2 sites left and we got one of them. The store is pretty awesome when it comes to souvenirs, indian artifacts, scrapbooking, food, amenities for camping, clothing, and wine. Lots of fun things for the whinos! Anyway, we used the pool and the hot tub. The kiddie pool was a distance away from the hot tub and we couldn't see our 4 & 5 year olds, so they were forced to go in the hot tub. Poor them! Large hot tub. Clean. Kiddie pool is 4" to 18". Large pool is 3' to 5'. Hot tub will fit about 10! Following this was an ice cream social. $1 was it. Now, I have complained in the past about how the KOA's will nickel and dime you. I was shocked when I checked in here. Our kids, ages 4 & 5, normally cost us $10 per day more. Not here! And the WiFi is free! They use Tengo internet where they charge you separately. Rapid City KOA gives you a coupon good for 1 week. The playground is awesome. The bathrooms and showers, in both places that I checked, were clean. The facility closest to us, we were in site 131, appeared to be fairly new. The roads entering campground are paved. Roads to sites are gravel. This being said, we hopped on our long boards and used our Kahuna Big Sticks and paddled around. We checked the rules ahead of time and saw nothing about roller blades or skateboards. We were approached by a KOA employee, who was genuinely interested in what we were doing. He advised us that we could go around the gate that they have if we wanted to paddle farther! Did I say the staff was friendly? We would definitely stay here again if in the area. We camped at Rapid City KOA in a Motorhome.