This is nothing more than a rest area with hookups. It is parallel parking that is like an RV park. Wi-Fi did not work and very mean manager said it was something I was doing wrong. Nothing to do here. Would not recommend it.
This campground is pretty good. It was clean, pool is nice and it is big, so there is a lot of area if you want to walk around. It is currently staffed by a group of Jamaicans who are very friendly, dedicated and helpful. It is extremely close to Glacier National Park. When you go into St. Mary there are really only 2 places to eat that we could see. There is the Snowgoose lodge which was very expensive and very "high pallet"... the food was terrible and we left full plates and still hungry. We went to the "Park Cafe" which is small and has a real "mountain ambiance" feel to it. The food and service are great, the place is clean. The prices are a bit steep for the tiny portions you get but we would still recommend it. We would really highly recommend trying the AOK Pizzeria which is a small pizza operation run by some very friendly and dedicated staff. Don't be fooled, it is NOT a frozen pizza being heated up. They are actually making FRESH Pizza! The little shed sized pizza shop where they make it was spotless and the pizza was REALLY good! One big problem here though is the WI-FI! They really need to get it straightened out. The claim they have wi-fi but of the countless guys like myself walking around, NOT EVEN ONE was able to get on. The desk staff reasoned that "because the park was so full, the wi-fi is overloaded". First of all, I tried at 3AM and still was not able to get on, secondly, your campground wi-fi should be designed for FULL capacity. With no AT&T signal for cell service, internet is our only means of communication.
We liked this campground. Other than the aphids (bugs) driving us nuts, but they did not seem to bother other people so maybe it is just us. (We hate ANY and ALL bugs that try and climb in your mouth nose and eyes!) It is a little (just a little, like 1/2 mile) out of the way which is a bonus. Who wants to camp by a highway??? The name is a little deceptive, it did not sound "campgroundy." We thought it might be in the parking lot of a gas station or something. This park would be 10 out of 10 if they made these updates: (1) Wi-Fi: everybody has it these days so why not get with the times. (2) CABLE TV: A lot of campers like to kick back and watch TV late at night when other camper-mates have gone to sleep. (3) A POOL: not really necessary but such a nice park would be AWESOME with a pool. (4) Open the store at 7 am instead of 8 am. A lot of old "fuddy-duddy" campers get up quite early, so a coffee from the store would be nice at 7 am instead of 8 am. On departure day, a lot of travelers are gone by 8 am. Nice park, keep up the good work.
About 20 mins to Mt. Rushmore. There is a closer KOA to Mt. Rushmore but don't bother to go there. IT IS HUGE and you get lost in the big shuffle. I will take this laid back KOA any day. The people here (most of them) are very nice and personable. The one guy was very nice and offered "anything you need, just ask me" service. There are some older folks working here, some are as nice as pie, others can be grumpy and down right confusing. I will take them any day over the youngins that work at most KOA's. Sites are good and are constantly maintained...A + all the way on that. There are a lot of rabbits running around the park...little ones, big ones, they do not let you pet them but they will get within an inch of you and let you feed them...very cute.
Well looked after park run by older folks. They take pride in their park. Even though it is not full of all the "fun and games" of the BIG TIME KOA's it is WAY better than most. They are polite people, park is clean as a whistle and they are constantly improving. Bikes by the field in the back are a nice scenic touch.
The park is too big if you ask me. It is very busy. When you get there it is a tight squeeze to park by the office. The front of the office can only accommodate one or 2 check-ins. They have a nice water park but my son wanted to play in a pool and not get splashed by a bunch of wild kids. NO POOL :-( . I give a good rating because it is all that KOA is about and the reason we go in the first place. They might want to watch who they rent sites to though. When we were there, some punks were renting a cabin and they kept tearing up and down the roads the wrong way in a beat up Honda Accord. The punk driving the car had a face that was just begging to be punched!