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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


Camping in the Black Hills and Being Healthy

June 18, 2015

Many families take a South Dakota vacation to view Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Custer State Park, and historical Deadwood. There are so many things to do when you go camping in the Black Hills, and Palmer Gulch is a place where you could spend an entire day full of outdoor actives. Aside from all of the cool places to see in the Black Hills, there are an endless amount of outdoor activities in the Black Hills and at Palmer Gulch that can keep you busy for your entire trip. Camping in the Black Hills is often a very fun experience for the whole family and hiking outdoors raises our endorphins, but did you know that camping is actually good way to be healthy? Here are a few reasons why camping is just as good for your body as it is your soul and why being healthy means more than just diet and exercise.

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Last Modified: 06/18/2015 3:55:27 pm MDT


Breathtaking Black Hills Attractions at the 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

May 28, 2015

For many, 2015 is going to be just like any other summer. However, summer 2015 marks a very special occasion. For seven days in August, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally takes over the southwestern part of South Dakota and occasionally spills over into Wyoming. Riders from across the country and around the world come to celebrate bikes, biker culture, and a love of the breathtaking rides offered by many of the Black Hills attractions.

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Last Modified: 05/28/2015 2:12:08 pm MDT


Top Black Hills Attractions for Your Family Vacation

May 28, 2015

You’ve finally made it to the Black Hills, and you’re ready to start your fun family vacation. There’s so much to see and do, you might not know where to start. Black Hills attractions offer so much to travelers, and one of the best ways to make memories while you’re here on vacation is to spend time with your family outside. Here’s a list of some of the best outdoor attractions you’ll see during your visit to the Black Hills.

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Last Modified: 05/28/2015 2:09:01 pm MDT


Tips for Your Black Hills Family Reunion

May 8, 2015

Summer is just around the corner, and maybe it’s time to start thinking about getting everyone together for a family reunion. These days, many families are spread out across the country, which means that getting everyone together for a weekend makes the time that much more precious. While technology can make it easier for all of us to stay in contact, reunions still require a lot of planning and can be very stressful. Family reunions can be a stressful event, but check out these following tips to make sure that everyone has a great, memorable time.

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Last Modified: 05/08/2015 3:50:36 pm MDT


Ten Things to Pack in Your Hiking Pack: Part 2

April 23, 2015

Most of us who go out hiking do it for the scenery, the exercise, and the fresh air. Unfortunately, things like bugs, unprotected exposure to the sun, and just plain accidents can hinder our experience. With the right hiking equipment, you’ll be able to enjoy your hike in less-than-desirable conditions. Keeping your hiking pack stocked with the right essentials is extremely important. So, here’s Part 2 of our list for your wonderful hikes in the Black Hills.

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Last Modified: 04/23/2015 9:29:13 am MDT


Ten Things to Pack in Your Hiking Pack: Part 1

April 23, 2015

You’ve finally made it to the Black Hills. You’re campsite is all set up. You’re ready to go exploring and immerse yourself in everything the area has to offer. Instead of taking a scenic drive, maybe you decide to go for a nice hike. Hiking can be a very fulfilling and rewarding experience, but your experience often depends on how prepared you are. Having plenty of water and only a 20 oz. bottle that you hastily grabbed at the general store before hitting the trail could be the difference between a breathtaking experience and a miserable one. Taking the right hiking equipment will vary on where you’re hiking, what your skill level is, what time of year you’re hiking, and even who’s hiking with you. Will you need extensive hiking equipment like a water filtration kit with you while you hike Harney Peak? No. There are certain, basic things you’ll need in your hiking pack for every trail around the Black Hills though. Make sure you and you’re family are prepared by having these items on your list.

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Last Modified: 04/23/2015 9:19:02 am MDT


Breakfast for Campers

April 23, 2015

Spring is such a wonderful time of the year. Snow is melting, birds start chirping again, the days get longer (and warmer!). It’s the time of year when we start thinking about all the things we plan to do over the summer. We all know that a camping and hiking can take up a lot of energy throughout the day, so why not start your days off right with some healthy campfire breakfasts? The best camping breakfast recipes are easy and require little cleanup, which is why we dug around and found these two. These easy camping recipes are packed with enough protein to get you through the all the hikes, sightseeing, shopping, and whatever else you have planned for your vacation days.


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Last Modified: 04/23/2015 9:10:23 am MDT


Spotting Black Hills Wild Life

March 12, 2015


As winter melts away, the early spring in South Dakota is a great time to enjoy the abundant emerging flora and fauna that the Black Hills has to offer. While it’s not hard to spot a group of larger animals from your car while enjoying a scenic byway, the best way to see Black Hills wild life is to explore one of the many trails and wild life loops throughout the Hills and Badlands.

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Last Modified: 03/12/2015 3:42:14 pm MDT


Christmas Camping Recipes

December 16, 2014

‘Tis the season to play in fresh snow until your cheeks are rosy and you can’t feel your toes. The only thing better is warming your hands with hot cocoa by the campfire and filling your belly with tasty holiday treats. We love the delicious flavors of Christmas as much as the next person! That’s why we did a little digging and found these special recipes, straight from the North Pole.

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Last Modified: 12/16/2014 11:35:20 am MST


Top 20 Things To Do at Palmer Gulch, Part 2

December 16, 2014

Planning a family fun vacation can be overwhelming – figuring out where you want to go, what you want to do, where everything is located, and on and on. We believe vacations should be fun, beginning to end, so at Palmer Gulch KOA Campground we’ve simplified things. We’ve packed in so many fun activities and games, the only problem you’ve have is deciding what do to first! That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the Top 20 Things To Do at Palmer Gulch, in two parts. If you missed it, make sure to check out Part 1 of our list. For the rest of you, here’s Part 2 rounding out our Top 20:

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Last Modified: 12/16/2014 11:20:43 am MST


Top 20 Things To Do at Palmer Gulch, part 1

December 16, 2014

Fun family vacations make for the best memories! At Palmer Gulch KOA Campground, we couldn’t agree more. That’s why our campground is jam-packed with things to do, places to see, and new experiences you won’t want to miss. We’ve got so much going on, we decided to make a list of the Top 20 Things to do at Palmer Gulch. The only problem you’ll have is deciding what to do first! Check it out:

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Last Modified: 12/16/2014 11:10:01 am MST


4th of July Food Favorites - Recipes

June 30, 2014

Make your camping trip festive with 4th of July foods!  Known for our presidential history, South Dakota knows all about celebrating patriot style and we’ve come up with our two favorite camping recipes in celebration of this national holiday.

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Last Modified: 06/25/2014 12:22:02 pm MDT


Wet Woes: A Guide to Camping in the Rain

June 25, 2014

Mother Nature can have a cruel sense of humor.  It never fails. The moment a camping trip is planned, the clouds migrate in.  Don’t be caught camping in the rain without a plan.

The Black Hills are known for their beautiful green scenery which is a result of quite a bit of rain throughout the spring and summer seasons. So how can you avert disaster and salvage your weekend of fun?  Check out our 10 tips for camping in the rain.

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Last Modified: 06/25/2014 12:22:02 pm MDT


Camping Tips

May 15, 2014

Camping can be enjoyed by the whole family, no matter what age group is tagging along. The larger the group, the more planning is involved. Before heading out on your fulfilled camping adventures, make sure you are ready for anything. Starting with these few helpful tips that will make any camping trip a success.

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Last Modified: 06/25/2014 12:22:02 pm MDT


Staycation in the Black Hills

May 15, 2014

With the summer months rolling into the Black Hills, many people are trying to decide what to do for a family vacation.  Instead of traveling elsewhere, why not enjoy a fun-filled staycation the Black Hills?  There are so many things to do in the Black Hills and our Black Hills mountain lodging resort, Palmer Gulch, is nestled at the foot of Harney Peak in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota.  Palmer Gulch not only has many different things to do in the Black Hills, but is surrounded by the beauty of the area which is filled with rich history and Wild West lore.  Need some ideas for a staycation in the Black Hills? Check out these top ideas.

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Last Modified: 06/25/2014 12:22:02 pm MDT


Black Hills Vacation: Traveling with Kids

April 28, 2014

Traveling with your family is a perfect way to bond, have fun, and experience adventure. Traveling gives your children an excellent opportunity for them to discover new, exciting places while you spend quality time together. Traveling with kids does not have to be a stressful ordeal – as long as you are organized and maybe a little innovative. A Black Hills vacation is perfect when traveling with kids because of all the outdoors activities and rich culture the Black Hills has to offer. Here are some top tips for traveling with kids:

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Last Modified: 06/25/2014 12:22:02 pm MDT


Preventing West Nile Virus during your Black Hills Vacation

April 28, 2014

West Nile Virus is a term we hear thrown around, especially during the sunny months when mosquitos are in their prime.  Unfortunately, many do not realize the severity West Nile Virus can have on a person infected. Last summer South Dakota had the highest rates of West Nile virus for humans in the United States.  Before summer strikes and is filled with mosquito bites it is time to take precautionary measures to ensure West Nile virus does not affect you and your family. 

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Last Modified: 06/25/2014 12:22:02 pm MDT


Traveling with Pets in your RV

March 28, 2014

Traveling with pets is a very important aspect to many, especially those who are traveling with a camper or RV.  Your RV is your home, so why would you not want your furry friend tagging along for the adventure?  Across the country, more pet friendly RV camping continues to pop up, including at our campground, Mount Rushmore KOA.  Follow these tips when you are planning on traveling with pets to make your trip or journey the best one for you and your pets. 

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Last Modified: 06/25/2014 12:22:02 pm MDT