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These Camping Recipes Can Turn Into Holiday Recipes Everyone Will Enjoy!

January 26, 2016

Camping doesn't mean you can't cook a great holiday dinner from your campsite. Visiting friends and relatives for the holidays also doesn’t mean that you can’t share some of your fabulous camping recipes with them. We’ve got a couple of holiday recipes that can double as camping recipes and can be made in the house, in the RV, or at the camp site. Get ready to pass the plates as your friends and family fall in love with these holiday recipes. With a little imagination and flexibility, who knows, this may become your favorite way to celebrate the holidays.

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Last Modified: 01/26/2016 12:00:58 pm MST


Our Mountain Cabins Keep the Best Outdoor Winter Activities at your Fingertips

January 26, 2016

The Black Hills of South Dakota are synonymous with the summer tourist season. It’s not surprising either. Families make their way to the Black Hills to visit places like Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, and Custer State Park. Every August, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally brings in thousands and thousands of bikers from all over the world. Even into the fall, people from all over the country come visit Custer State Park to watch the Annual Buffalo Roundup.   After the tourist season dies down, adults have gone back to their jobs, kids have gone back to school and the Black Hills shuts down until the next year, right? Not at all! Palmer Gulch is open all year long and welcomes our guests to stay in our amazing mountain cabins. Along with enjoying a toasty fire at night, there are plenty of outdoor winter activities to enjoy in the Black Hills.

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Last Modified: 01/26/2016 11:57:39 am MST


Black Hills Camping: What to do in a Mountain Lion Encounter

January 26, 2016

Black Hills camping gives you of the most beautiful scenery in the country. One of the best parts about a Black Hills camping trip is encountering the different types of wildlife in the area. While much of the wildlife in South Dakota is harmless, there are some types that could be dangerous to your Black Hills camping expedition, like rattlesnakes and mountain lions.

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Last Modified: 01/26/2016 11:54:30 am MST


Book Your Company’s Holiday Party at Palmer Gulch and our Convenient Mountain Cabins

November 12, 2015

With the holidays approaching, many businesses are beginning to plan their yearly holiday party. Palmer Gulch is the perfect option for your employees to enjoy the serene beauty of the Black Hills while enjoying their accomplishments over the past year. Our Elkhorn Conference Room and mountain cabins provide the perfect, intimate setting for your next holiday party.

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Last Modified: 11/12/2015 9:07:21 am MST


Easy Camping Recipes for Your Winter Camping Adventure

November 12, 2015

Winter is coming and with it comes a plethora of outdoor winter activities. From skiing to snowshoeing, winter hikes to ice fishing, there’s plenty to do in the Black Hills during the winter months. As with any good winter camping trip, you need to stay fueled and ready to go not just for your next adventure, but to replenish all of those precious calories you’ve burned to regulate your body temperature. Lucky for you, we’ve got some winter camping recipes that are sure to keep you firing on all cylinders while warming you down to the bone. Cooking during a winter camping trip, or even in a cabin can be a little tricky. Because the temperatures outside are lower, snow might falling, and wind might be blowing, we prefer to use our favorite winter camping cooking item: the dutch oven. These easy camping recipes will have you and your fellow campers fueled and ready to go.

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Last Modified: 11/12/2015 9:03:21 am MST


Holiday Travel Tips for Your Black Hills Family Vacation, Tropical Cruise, or Big City Adventure!

November 12, 2015

Winter is slowly approaching and that means traveling for the holidays. We’re approaching that time of year that we get to reconnect with our loved ones. Although we look and travel for this connection, often times the winter holidays can be a blur of decorations, cooking, shopping, and wrapping. The last thing you have time to worry about is your travel plans. Traveling during the winter, whether to a ski resort, a tropical island, the Black Hills, or back home to visit family, should be the perfect garnish on your winter drink of choice. It’s a well-deserved treat to top off the holiday hubbub. Palmer Gulch is the perfect spot for a winter Black Hills family vacation, with cabins open year-round.   To make sure your vacation runs as smoothly as new runners on Santa’s sleigh, here are five winter holiday travel tips.

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Last Modified: 11/12/2015 8:54:37 am MST


Fall Camping Recipes for your South Dakota Camping Adventure at Palmer Gulch

October 12, 2015

There’s something wonderful about fall camping. The crisp air, the cooler temperature, you’re surrounded by the colors on the changing leaves, there’s a smell of a campfire off in the distance, and your South Dakota camping adventure has just started. It’s really a beautiful time of year and a lot of people love fall camping. It’s a great time to get out into the wilderness and experience all of the things that the season has to offer. There’s nothing better than coming back from your fall camping adventures and fueling up with a hot, hearty meal. After all, one of the best parts of fall camping is the food. We’ve got two recipes that will fuel you up and provide just enough bite to warm you up on your South Dakota camping trip. Palmer Gulch is your fall camping destination and we’ve got cabins available in the winter for all of your South Dakota camping needs.

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Last Modified: 11/11/2015 3:18:53 pm MST


Camping and RV: Tips for Winterizing Your Motor Home

October 12, 2015

As the warmer months give way to fall and winter, the camping and RV season starts to wind down. While fall and winter camping are both fun activities, it’s essential that you take proper care of your motor home. Properly winterizing your motor home not only prolongs its longevity, it’s a necessary part of being a motor home owner and a camping and RV enthusiast. Winterizing your motor home will help for preparation in the spring when you’re ready for another season of camping and RV adventures. We’ve got some tips and tricks to help you with your motor home winterization process.

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Last Modified: 11/11/2015 3:19:16 pm MST


Black Hills Rental Cabins at Palmer Gulch Make Winter Camping Fun for the Whole Family

October 12, 2015

Did you know that Palmer Gulch has Black Hills rental cabins available during the winter? Winter camping can be a fun and truly breathtaking experience. We have executive Black Hills rental cabins that are open all year and provide you and your family with cozy amenities and comforts while taking in all of the beauty that the Black Hills has to offer on your winter camping trip. We also have space to accommodate larger family holiday gatherings and larger groups for nice, cozy corporate retreats or holiday parties.

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Last Modified: 10/12/2015 8:22:25 am MDT


Tips and Tricks for Fall Camping on your Black Hills Vacation

September 28, 2015

Summer’s winding to a close. The days are getting shorter, and the nights are getting longer. Many families plan their Black Hills vacations during the spring and summer because of nicer weather, easier planning with kids being out of school, and more daylight. That doesn’t mean that your time outdoors has to end however. Fall camping in the beautiful Black Hills can be a really great experience. With cooler nights, beautiful landscape, and the proper gear, fall camping at Palmer Gulch during your Black Hills vacation is a wonderful time! Whether you’re here for a Black Hills vacation or you just want to take in some of the wonderful fall scenery, we’ve got some tips and tricks to make your fall camping in the Black Hills an experience you won’t forget.

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Last Modified: 09/28/2015 8:40:29 am MDT


Enjoy These Great Fall Dutch Oven Camping Recipes on your Next South Dakota Camping Trip!

September 28, 2015

Sharing food around a campfire with friends and family is one of the best ways to create great memories and truly take in the surroundings of nature on your South Dakota camping trip. With fall approaching, cooking around the campsite can be a little tricky. Cooler temperatures often mean that it takes longer for the fire to get to the right temperature. Nothing’s more frustrating than cooking up a hearty meal after a long day hiking around the Black Hills or enjoying all of the activities at Palmer Gulch, only to have half of your meal burned to a crisp, while the other half is still cold. Seasoned campers have a secret weapon up their sleeves: the dutch oven. Dutch oven camping recipes can be a little more extravagant than typical pack and cook camping recipes, but the payoff is enormous. If you’re willing to put in a little extra preparation for you next South Dakota camping trip at Palmer Gulch, these dutch oven camping recipes are sure to keep everyone at your campsite satisfied. Who knows, these dutch oven camping recipes might even entice a few neighbors to come over and introduce themselves.
 

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Last Modified: 09/28/2015 8:31:06 am MDT


History of the Chuckwagon Dinner: Fun Family Vacation Dining

September 28, 2015

The Wild West was an exciting time in American History. Outlaws, the prospect of gold, the westward expansion toward California, and the promise of a new life are all aspects that comprise the time period. There are many different ways people still celebrate the Old West, from reenactments at the O.K. Corral to cowboy impersonators, there’s nothing quite like getting a taste of the Old West for a fun family vacation. One of the ways Palmer Gulch celebrates the Old West is through our chuckwagon dinner. Our chuckwagon dinner show is more authentic than most and makes for some great memories during your fun family vacation. But what is a chuckwagon dinner? Well, we’ve got a brief history of the chuckwagon dinner for all you eager cowpokes ready to have a good time on your fun family vacation.

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Last Modified: 09/28/2015 8:18:38 am MDT


Stay Fueled Up Exploring Black Hills Attractions with These Easy Camping Recipes

August 25, 2015

Making sure you and your family stay fueled up during your camping and hiking around the beautiful attractions in the Black Hills can be a bit of a struggle. Fortunately, we’ve got some quick and easy camping recipes to help you and your family get the fuel to take you through the day. Whether you’re out enjoying all of the wonderful Black Hills attractions, or you’re filling your day with fun things to do around Palmer Gulch, these easy camping recipes will keep you energy levels up and your stomach full while you explore various Black Hills attractions. Breakfast and lunch are important, but what about when the day winds down and you’re ready to feast like a king? We’ve got you covered. These two recipes cover lunch and dinner and will keep everyone in your camp coming back for more!

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Last Modified: 08/25/2015 1:49:05 pm MDT


With Mountain Cabins and Fun Activities, Palmer Gulch is a Great Family Reunion Location

August 25, 2015

Planning a family reunion can be tricky. Between getting everyone organized and making sure both kids and adults have plenty to do, it can seem overwhelming at times. Fortunately, Palmer Gulch can help you out! We’re the top choice when it comes to family reunion locations because we offer such a wide variety of things to do for all age groups. Not only that, but we offer a variety of lodging options from mountain cabins to RV and tent camping, and hotel suites.

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Last Modified: 08/25/2015 1:43:41 pm MDT


Keep your Family Vacation Fun by Following These RV Camping Tips

August 25, 2015

Camping in tents is not for everyone, but RV camping is a great way to combine a road trip with a relaxing, outdoor fun family vacation.  Water, electricity, and having a roof over your head is a benefit that most people enjoy and don’t want to sacrifice during their vacation. Keeping kids a bit cleaner, not having to worry about the weather as much as with tent camping, and having a “rally point” or “home base” during your fun family vacation for less than the cost of a standard hotel room is another RV camping benefit. However, if you’re new to the experience, RV camping can feel overwhelming. Palmer Gulch is a full resort offering tent camping, RV camping, and camping cabins in the Black Hills. We’ve got some tips to help your RV camping experience become one fun family vacation that you’ll remember for a long time.

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Last Modified: 08/25/2015 1:38:13 pm MDT


Motorcycle Safety Tips in the Black Hills during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally – Part 2

July 28, 2015

Every August bikers from around the world come to the Black Hills to celebrate the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. It’s arguably the biggest event in the area every year, and with it comes a substantial increase in road traffic. While motorcyclists do their part to maintain a safe ride, there are things that people in passenger cars can do to help decrease accidents and ensure that everyone has a safe and happy Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

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Last Modified: 07/28/2015 2:06:45 pm MDT


Motorcycle Safety tips for a Black Hills Vacation during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally – Part 1

July 28, 2015

The Black Hills and Badlands are known for their breathtaking beauty, rich historical background, and the home of the country’s biggest stone monuments, Mt. Rushmore National Monument and Crazy Horse Memorial. People vacation to the Black Hills to experience all of these things and more. Every summer, South Dakota is also home to another event which is little louder than the quiet brooks and creeks of the Black Hills. The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally happens every August and with it comes the tradition of loud pipes, great music, and a lot of fun. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and DOT officials are projecting upwards of 1.2 million people. Needless to say, that’s a lot of people for an area like the Black Hills. We want everyone to have a safe and happy time during their Black Hills vacation, and so we’ve provided a two-part blog highlighting safety tips for motorcyclists and passenger vehicles alike.

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Last Modified: 07/28/2015 2:00:08 pm MDT


Easy Camping Recipes for your Black Hills Vacation

July 28, 2015

Getting a good meal while you’re camping doesn’t have to be hard and it doesn’t have to be messy either. Thankfully, we’ve got some easy camping recipes for you and your family to give all the energy you’ll need for a busy day during your Black Hills vacation or while you’re enjoying all of the activities here at Palmer Gulch. There’s a reason breakfast is called the “most important meal of the day,” and this easy camping recipe provides all the nutrients your body needs to start the day off right. While breakfast is important, dessert is fun. We’ve picked two tasty, easy camping recipes: one to start your day with, and one to end your day with.

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Last Modified: 08/12/2015 9:04:14 am MDT


Camping Recipes to Keep Your 4th of July Tasty!

June 18, 2015

The 4th of July weekend is synonymous with celebrating and BBQs.  There’s nothing better than a backyard barbeque on the 4th of July.  Oh wait, yes there is.  Camping right next to Mount Rushmore during the 4th of July weekend is one of the most memorable ways to celebrate the holiday.  While you might be away from all the neighborhood festivities, there are still plenty of 4th of July food ideas for your trip.  Get some good grub with great camping recipes meant to make your meal easy and tasty.  

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Last Modified: 06/18/2015 4:23:25 pm MDT


Tips for Selecting the Right Insect Repellent & Protecting Yourself Against Mosquito Bites

June 18, 2015

The Black Hills, like many places in the Midwest this year, have experienced record rainfall. While all the moisture makes everything lush and green, there are some downsides to the excessive rain. The increased moisture means an increase in the insect everyone loves to hate: mosquitoes. Mosquito bites can be one of the most annoying things to happen while you’re camping. Here are some tips on picking out the right insect repellent, tips to keep mosquitoes away, and the best methods for treating mosquito bites.

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Last Modified: 06/18/2015 4:00:00 pm MDT