Meet our Team

We feel fortunate to belong to a great team that works hard to deliver great experiences to our guests at Mount Rushmore Resort at Palmer Gulch. In offering two great destinations for visitors – Mount Rushmore Lodge and Mount Rushmore KOA – we know you’ll find accommodations that meet your needs and fun activities to fill your days and nights. We can’t wait to meet you.

We Are Here to Serve You

We will do all we can to make your camping season one full of great memories to last a lifetime.
We like to say, “Palmer Gulch is the place where you can do as much or as little as you please.” Fill your days with fun activities – from horseback riding to splashing down our waterslide. Or you can just sit back, relax and soak up the stunning beauty of the Black Hills.

Mike Atkinson, our General Manager, would like to personally welcome you to the resort, which features one of the largest KOA campgrounds in the country. KOA recently awarded our campground “resort” status because of all the amenities and activities we offer. Mike is from Billings, Montana, where he worked for nine years at KOA Headquarters.

Mike has assembled a great team to help the resort run like clockwork. Ben Larsen is our new Guest Services Manager. He and his family have called the Black Hills home for nine years.

Shelby Thomas is in charge of group sales and coordination. Contact Shelby for information and to help plan your family gathering, group event or company retreat. She’s eager to work with you to make your special occasion truly memorable.

Billie Getman, Manager of Mount Rushmore Lodge at Palmer Gulch, returned for her 19th year in 2016. Another returning veteran is Retail Manager Staci Anderson. Staci handles all the buying, set up and operations of our GREAT retail outlets at the resort. Last but not least, Dean Karschnik. Dean is the Facilities Manager for our beautiful resort. With a resort of this size, Dean and his team are busy keeping everything running smoothly for our guests.

Maintaining the rich heritage of Palmer Gulch, and providing a first-class experience to our guests is an enormous responsibility that Mike and his staff take very seriously. During your visit, if there is anything we can do to help make your stay more enjoyable, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Have A Great Stay WITH Us!

We will do all we can to make your vacation one full of great memories to last a lifetime.

  • Mike Atkinson

    General Manager of Mount Rushmore Resort

    Mike

  • Billie Getman

    Manager of Mount Rushmore Lodge

    Billie

  • Stacie Anderson

    Retail Manager

    Stacie

  • Ben Larsen

    Guest Services Manager

    Ben

  • Shelby Thomas

    Group Coordinator

    Shelby

  • Dean Karschnik

    Facilities Manager

    Dean