Food and Shops

If there’s one thing to be said about our resort, you won’t go hungry – not with all the great places where you can enjoy a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner. If you are on the move, we’re ready to serve up a tasty snack or refreshing drink to pick you up and get you on your way. And we offer great shopping experiences – for supplies, gifts, clothing, souvenirs and much more.

Many DINING CHOICES

  • Ponderosa Restaurant
  • Chuck Wagon Dinner Show
  • Mountain Canyon Pub
  • Pappa’s Pancake Tent
  • Grapes & Grinds
  • Turtle Town

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SIT-down DINING to Fast-food Fare

For a truly Old West experience, ride in a horse-drawn covered wagon to a traditional chuck wagon camp in a remote mountain meadow. You’ll be served delicious Dakota-grown beef steaks grilled over an aspen-wood campfire and side dishes cooked in a Dutch oven. Cowboy musicians will serenade you with Western music while you enjoy an authentic chuck wagon dinner, good company, and the great outdoors. The Chuck Wagon Dinner Show is a don’t-miss experience.

Back at the resort, Pappa’s Pancake Tent is a popular spot, serving up all-you-can eat breakfast pancakes from Memorial Day to Labor Day at a great price. Juice, coffee, milk, bacon, pork sausage, cinnamon rolls, caramel rolls and muffins are available for purchase, too.

For a variety of domestic and import beers and an excellent selection of wines, visit the Mountain Canyon Pub adjacent to the Ponderosa Restaurant. You can try one of our specialty drinks or your favorite cocktail in the pub, the restaurant or on the outdoor deck.

Many guests make Grapes & Grinds a daily part of their resort vacation. For early risers and end-of-day guests, we serve up wonderful lattes, espressos and Rushmore Roast specialty coffee freshly brewed from locally roasted coffee beans. We serve wonderful local and specialty wines, too. Join us for an evening wine tasting with live music. If your sweet tooth is acting up, try one (or more) of our gourmet chocolates, a homemade wafer or designer fudge made daily at the resort.

Where’s the ice cream, you ask? Well, there’s ice cream and much more at Turtle Town, our poolside restaurant. Our fast-food menu includes fried chicken, buffalo wings, gourmet pizzas, nachos, homemade desserts and many other tasty food and drink items. And, of course, we serve several different flavors of ice cream and low-fat sherbet.

SHOPPING CHOICES Abound

  • General Store
  • Outpost Store
  • Outpost Bike Shop
  • Grapes & Grinds

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There’s Always TIME To Shop

The General Store, in the campground registration building, stocks groceries, RV/camping supplies, jewelry, clothing and more. Get a Palmer Gulch sweatshirt or a Western necklace to remember your visit.

In the Fun Zone, the Outpost Store has games, pool toys, cowboy accessories, clothing and our Stuffin’ Party Machine, where you can build yourself a camping buddy. We also offer a long menu of snacks – from ice cream to nachos. If you need camping supplies or food, we’ve got it.

We sell Strider bikes for the littlest riders at the Outpost Bike Shop. These pedal-free bikes are built in Rapid City and help kids learn to ride. We also sell helmets, lights and other bike accessories.

In addition to great coffee and fine regional wines at Grapes & Grinds, we stock wine gadgets, coffee mugs and other specialty items, including Dakota-made products.

TIME for FINE food and DRINK

  • Rustic Dining

    Get your fill of great food at the Ponderosa Restaurant.

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  • Pancake Parade

    The hotcakes are a hot commodity at Pappa’s Pancake Tent.

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  • Big Breakfast

    Pancakes are a big hit with the family at Pappa’s Pancake Tent.

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  • We Love Ice Cream

    We serve ice cream and big smiles at Turtle Town.

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  • Fruit of the Vine

    Take a break for fine local or specialty wine at Grapes & Grinds.

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  • Coffee Time

    Enjoy a delightful latte or espresso at Grapes & Grinds.

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  • Extensive Menu

    Find a delicious meal that hits the spot at our Ponderosa Restaurant.

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  • Chuck Wagon Dinner Show

    Don’t miss an authentic and tasty chuck wagon dinner experience.

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  • Treats Galore

    Find a quick meal and refreshing drinks at Grapes & Grinds and Turtle Town.

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  • First-Stop Shop

    Our General Store, in the KOA registration building, has a variety of essentials.

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  • At the Outpost

    You can find clothing, souvenirs, games, toys and snacks at the Outpost Store.

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  • Regional Wine To Go

    Grapes & Grinds stocks regional wines, gadgets, mugs, candies, and gift items.

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  • Ready To Ride

    At the Outpost Bike Shop, you can rent or buy bikes, helmets and accessories

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