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The Mount Rushmore Lodge at Palmer Gulch is the area's most complete resort facility and is located 5 miles west of Mount Rushmore on Highway 244. The Resort features 62 rooms/suites, 35 mountain cabins, executive lodges, and 500 camping/RV sites within the Mount Rushmore/Hill City KOA Campground at Palmer Gulch. The Lodge is a smoke-free property which features a 2-story granite fireplace, constructed by rock from Crazy Horse Memorial. It is a seasonal property which is open late April - mid October. Lodge guests have full access to all of the resort amenities and activities. Accommodations include standard rooms, premier rooms with balconies/patios, and suites with fireplaces and kitchenettes. All rooms have AC, heat, private baths, and cable TV. Lodge amenities include a business center, hot tub, and sauna. A complimentary continental breakfast for lodge guests include items such as breads, cereals, juices, milk, tea, and coffee. The nonsmoking mountain cabins offer kitchenettes or full kitchens. All bedding and towels are provided. Unit types range from rustic cabins to executive lodges, which feature 1-3 bedrooms, designed for up to 8 people. Take advantage of horseback rides up Harney Peak, heated pools, spas, 180' waterslide, sauna, miniature golf, or bike rentals. The newest property attractions include Splash Park with water cannons, ground geysers, and cylinder sprays, the KOA Jumping Pillow, and a climbing wall. Other amenities include laundry facilities, sand volleyball, playgrounds, horseshoes, basketball courts, softball/soccer fields, hayrides, ATV/golf cart rentals, nightly movies, gold panning, hiking/biking trails, and a fishing pond. There is a general store and gift shop which features South Dakota Made Products. On-site dining options include the chuckwagon dinner, pancake tent, coffee/wine bar, snack bar, ice cream shop, and a full-service restaurant/pub. There is a shuttle service ($$) offered to the nightly lighting ceremony at Mount Rushmore, as well. These activities are offered from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Note: There is limited WiFi at this property. PET POLICY: Pet Friendly--Refer to the POLICIES section for more detailed information.


Business Services

Audio visual equipment, Copier, Data port, Fax machine, Internet access, Meeting/board rooms, Newspaper, Pens, Wireless internet connection

Property Amenities

Air conditioning, Complimentary continental breakfast, Hot Tub, Motorcycle Friendly, Motorcycle Rags, Motorcycle Wash, On-Site parking, Outdoor pool, Restaurant, Trailer Parking



Physical Location
12620 Highway 244 Hill City, SD 57745

Written Cancellation Policy

Need to Cancel? If you need to cancel your reservation, please call 800-562-8503 before the deadlines listed below to receive your deposit refund, minus a $10 cancellation fee. Text and email notifications of cancellations are not acceptable.

Reservations made after these deadlines require nonrefundable deposits. Cancellations made after deadlines will result in forfeiture of all deposits.

Cancellations for the lodge, mountain cabins or executive lodges must be received ten (10) days prior to arrival. Upon cancelling a reservation, a $10.00 cancellation fee will be charged to your credit card, and the remaining amounts will be credited to your credit card. Cancellation for the Sturgis Bike Rally is 10 days prior to arrival.

Written Deposit Policy

One night's deposit is required to guarantee your reservation at Palmer Gulch Lodge at the time of booking. Final payment is due upon checkin.

Check In

3:00 p.m. MT: A credit card is required at check-in to cover incidental charges. If checking in after 10pm, please call 605.574.2525 to arrange for self check in. Property amenities are subject to change. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Check Out

11:00 a.m. MT


This is a pet-friendly property which welcomes animals in select lodge rooms and rustic cabins. Animals must not be left alone, and owners are responsible for any damages. Animals must be kept on a leash when outside and cleaned up after. The nonrefundable fee is $10 per pet, per night. Aggressive breeds are not allowed.


Our Resort Fee Program:As part of your stay, a $10 nightly fee allows everyone registered in your party to enjoy the following activities (seasonal activities open Memorial day - Labor day): Free admission to the National Presidential Wax Museum and Holy Terror Mini-Golf in Keystone; and at the resort, our new climbing wall, the pool, waterslide, mini-golf, jumping pillow, inflatables, wine tastings and daily and nightly activities.

STURGIS RALLY POLICIES: One night deposit at the time of booking. Full payment due at check-in. No refund on deposit if cancelled inside 30 days. Outside 30 days $10 cancellation fee.

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