Funtasic Times

If you are looking for the time of your life in the Black Hills, we’ve got just the place for you. Guests to our Black Hills resort head for the Fun Zone, which is smack dab in the middle of our expansive resort. You can spend days in the Fun Zone and never get enough. The excitement is everywhere!

Get IN the Zone

  • Conquer the climbing wall
  • Whoosh down the waterslide
  • Strike it rich panning for gold
  • Two pools for twice the fun
  • Show your stroke in mini golf
  • Soar high above the jumping pillow
  • Show your skills at GIANT chess and checkers
  • Spike a volleyball
  • Swish a basketball
  • Rock the dance party
  • Be entertained with movies 6 nights per week
  • Win at GaGa ball
  • Toss a beanbag in corn hole
  • Wrap a ladder ball
  • Get aired up on one of the inflatables

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A visit to the Fun Zone prompts another, then another. There’s so much to enjoy, you can’t do it all in one afternoon. With two pools, two heated spas, a waterslide and splash pad, you’ll get drenched – and love every minute of it! If the water cannons and ground geysers at the splash pad aren’t enough, you can find more pool toys and games at the Outpost Store in the Fun Zone.
Our 26-foot climbing tower provides four distinct routes. You can master them all – if you can navigate the challenging handholds. Dry clothing and tennis shoes are required for this outdoor adventure. Climbers under 18 must have adult consent and be at least 42 inches tall.

At the Palmer Gulch Mining Co. near the waterslide, the SummerShiners help our guests try their luck panning for gold. Panning kits are available at the Mining Co. store or the Outpost Store. If you don’t strike it rich there, you can feel like a million bucks on the links – at our nine-hole miniature golf course that has an Old West theme.

Still have energy? See how high you can soar on the giant jumping pillow. Then tackle the giant inflatables and have some jumping, sliding and bouncing fun.

If you are up for some competition, try out your best moves on the basketball court, then make your best chess and checkers moves on our giant chessboard. If volleyball is your sport, show your stuff on our sandy court.

The Mount Rushmore Rodeo at Palmer Gulch has five big dates for 2021 – June 12th & 26th, August 12th & 21th, and September 5th. Live music follows each wild performance at our rodeo grounds.

The 2021 Black Hills Polkapalooza at Palmer Gulch is Sept. 10th & 11th.  It is a two-day festival featuring German food, great beverages and, of course, polka dancing and other fun.

Save Up TIME for Fun!

There are so many fun things to do in the Fun Zone, you may lose track of time. No problem. The days are long so you can explore as many activities as possible. Just save time for ice cream!

  • Lots of Room

    No shortage of great activities in the bustling Fun Zone.

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  • Flying High

    How high can you go at KOA’s giant jumping pillow?

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  • Tandem Trip

    This duo has a need for downhill speed on the waterslide.

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  • Riding Time

    Rent a cool bike at the Outpost Bike Store and explore the resort.

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  • Making a Move

    Employ your winning chess strategy on our giant chessboard.

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  • Striking It Rich

    Try your gold-panning luck at the Palmer Gulch Mining Co.

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  • Hooping It Up

    Take your best shots on our outdoor basketball court.

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  • To the Top

    Rope up and tackle four routes on our challenging climbing wall.

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