Drive straight past those other Mount Rushmore hotels, motels, campgrounds, etc., and head straight for Palmer Gulch!

Please note that GPS instructions for reaching our location are inaccurate. We encourage you to call our friendly resort staff for directions: Contact Us.


Palmer Gulch is located just up SD Highway 244 from the Mt. Rushmore National Memorial, halfway between Keystone and Hill City SD. You can reach the Black Hills via Interstate 90, US Highway 85, or US Highway 385. Once you get to the Black Hills, follow the Mt. Rushmore signs.

From I-90, Rapid City

Exit 61 will direct you to Elk Vale/Catron from I-90. Stay on Elk Vale/Catron for 8.5 miles. Turn left at the stop light directing traffic to Hwy 16 South. Continue travel on Hwy 16 South for approximately 10 miles. Take the right-hand lane to Hill City SD and continue through Hill City on Hwy 16. Travel 3 miles beyond Hill City SD and turn left on Hwy 244. Palmer Gulch/Mt Rushmore KOA is on the left side.

From Denver, CO

Travel I-25 North to Wyoming. Take Exit 17 east on US-85 to Torrington. After 100 miles, turn left on US-85/US-26 to keep following US-85. Turn right on US-18 and cross into South Dakota. Turn left on US-385. Follow signs for Hill City. Turn right onto Hwy 244 towards Mt. Rushmore. Palmer Gulch/Mt Rushmore KOA is on the left side.


The airport shuttle provides transportation from Rapid City Regional Airport to lodging in and near the Black Hills of SD. Fees are based on distance and occupancy. Call 800-357-9998 for details.

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Rapid City Regional Airport, just 35 miles from Palmer Gulch, has direct airline connections to Denver, Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Phoenix-Mesa, and Las Vegas.

United Airlines, Delta Airlines, Allegiant Air, and American Airlines all offer service to Rapid City. Black Hills Central Reservations - BlackHillsVacations.com or 800-529-0105 - can help you with Mount Rushmore hotels, airfare, and car rental packages - be sure to tell them you already have reservations with Palmer Gulch.