There is so much to do around our resort, you may never want to leave! Outside of the Fun Zone at Mount Rushmore KOA (open to all resort guests), there are more activities that will keep you and your family wondering how you will fit in all the fun. We recommend you design a vacation itinerary for your stay and make memories all across our amazing resort.  Please keep in mind, our Activities are available Memorial Day thru Labor Day!

The ACTIVITIES Are Everywhere

  • Create and launch your own rockets.
  • Movies! Check our activities schedule for titles and times.
  • Our Kamp K-9 park is your dog’s best friend.
  • Stay connected with one of our three Wi-Fi hotspots.
  • Saddle up for a great horseback trail ride.


Our Campground Is Your Playground

All around the Mount Rushmore Resort at Palmer Gulch – which encompasses the Mount Rushmore KOA and Mount Rushmore Lodge – you will find activities that will make the days as fun-filled as you can imagine.

Rent a bike from the Outpost Bike Shop and take a leisurely cruise around the resort. We have many models available, including Fun Cycles, Striders and Fat Bikes. We even have helmets for purchase to keep you safe. If you are looking for a little less active ride, you can hitch a ride with Ole Alice as she hauls a load of straw through the campground. The horse-drawn wagon provides a relaxing journey.

The SummerShiners, the Christian college students who work at the resort over the summer, put on a wonderful skit show that you won’t want to miss. They will help you assemble and fire off your own rocket high over Palmer Gulch. These busy students also help campers create some colorful tie-dye T-shirts to take home as unforgettable souvenirs.

Kids (and even their grownups) can create their own cuddly companion in our Build a Buddy activity. These colorful camping friends will become keepsakes long after the vacation has ended.

Explore the area on horseback. The Stables at Palmer Gulch provide great horses for tremendous trail rides through the Black Hills National Forest that surrounds us. And you can ride a horse or jump aboard a covered wagon for a journey to a mountain meadow and an authentic Chuck Wagon Dinner Show.

You can enjoy live music from the Hill City Slickers during your stay and listen to musical performers at our Grapes & Grinds wine and coffee shop. If you are in the mood to be amazed, magician Duane Laflin’s Grand Magic Show is a must-see.

After a full day of Frisbee, kickball, water balloon wars and other field games, it will be time to catch a movie under the stars or gather around a roaring campfire for good conversation and reflection.

Fun from Dawn To Dusk

The activities around the resort deliver smiles, laughter and a lot of enjoyment to thousands of travelers every year. Don’t miss out on all the fun waiting for you at Palmer Gulch. Activities run Memorial Day through Labor Day.

  • Riding Time

    Rent one of our many cool bikes and go explore our great resort.


  • End of The Day

    Gather around a roaring campfire and reflect on another fun day.


  • Catch A Big One!

    Why not try your luck at our fishing pond – and reel in a big fish.


  • Colorful Class

    Make a groovy tie-dye T-shirt for a new vacation souvenir.


  • Easy Riders

    Take a leisurely resort ride on our horse-drawn hay wagon.


  • Music Makers

    Enjoy sweet harmonies from the talented Hill City Slickers band.