Lodge at Palmer Gulch

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Lodge at Palmer Gulch

2.0 star property
Family-friendly hotel in Hill City with 2 outdoor pools and free water park

8.4/10 Very good

561 verified Hotels.com guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Pet-friendly
  • Air conditioning
  • Bathtub
The price is AU$198
Price available on 14/9/2022
12620 HWY 244, Hill City, SD, 57745
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • 2 outdoor pools
  • Free water park
  • Sauna
  • Seasonal outdoor pool
  • Children's pool
  • Spa tub
  • Waterslide
  • Business center
  • Terrace
  • Lobby fireplace
For families
  • Children stay free
  • Free cribs/infant beds
  • Children's pool
  • Playground on site
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
Cleaning & safety
  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Hand sanitiser provided
  • Social distancing
  • Individually-wrapped food options

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About this area

What's nearby

  • In a national park
  • Black Hills National Forest - 7 min drive
  • Mount Rushmore National Memorial - 7 min drive
  • Mount Rushmore - 8 min drive
  • Sylvan Lake - 15 min drive
  • Custer State Park - 18 min drive
  • Crazy Horse Memorial - 78 min drive

Getting around

  • Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP) - 45 min drive

About this property

Lodge at Palmer Gulch

Lodge at Palmer Gulch features a free water park and puts you within a 10-minute drive of Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Mount Rushmore. After taking a dip in one of the 2 outdoor pools, you can grab a bite to eat at the restaurant or unwind with a drink at the bar/lounge. Other highlights include a spa tub, a sauna, and a seasonal outdoor pool. Fellow travelers say good things about the pool and helpful staff.



Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected

Social distancing

Contactless check-out
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Hand sanitizer provided
Individually-wrapped food options available for breakfast
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 61 rooms
  • Arranged over 3 floors


  • Check-in time from 3 PM - midnight
  • Minimum check-in age - 18
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • The front desk is open daily from 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Up to 3 children (1 year old and younger) stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding


  • Pets allowed (dogs only)*
  • Specific rooms only, restrictions apply*


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free onsite self parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking and van parking on site

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free continental breakfast
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Barbecue grills

Traveling with children

  • Children stay free
  • Free water park access
  • Children's pool
  • Mini golf
  • Playground
  • Grocery/convenience store
  • Pool gate

What to do

  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Mini golf
  • Horse riding/rentals
  • Shopping
  • Fishing
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby

Working away

  • Business center


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Concierge services
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities


  • 1 building/tower
  • ATM/banking
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • 2 outdoor pools
  • Free water park
  • Spa tub
  • Sauna
  • Waterslide


  • Elevator
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible van parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible path to elevator
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible restaurant
  • Wheelchair-accessible lounge
  • Well-lit path to entrance
  • Stair-free path to entrance
  • Pool hoist on site


  • English

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • Flat-screen television
  • Cable TV channels

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning (climate-controlled)
  • Iron/ironing board

Sleep well

  • Free crib/infant bed
  • Bed sheets provided

Freshen up

  • Bathtub or shower
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi
  • Free local calls


  • Daily housekeeping

Fees & policies

Mandatory fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at check-in or check-out:
  • Resort fee (May 22 - September 06): USD 12.00 per accommodation, per night
  • Resort fee inclusions:
    • Pool access
    • Spa tub access
    • Sporting facilities or equipment
    • Partner property pool access
    • Partner property access
    • Business center/computer access
    • Internet access (may be limited)
    • Newspaper
    • Concierge service
    • Parking
    • Laundry facilities
    • Housekeeping
    • Additional inclusions

Children & extra beds

  • Rollaway beds are available for USD 10.00 per day


  • Pets are allowed for an extra charge of USD 10.00 per pet, per day

Pool, spa, & gym (if applicable)

  • The seasonal pool is open from May to September

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property, and commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays.

Social distancing measures are in place; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

Contactless check-out is available.

Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast.


This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Also known as

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Frequently asked questions

What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Lodge at Palmer Gulch?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, and social distancing measures are in place. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
How much does it cost to stay at Lodge at Palmer Gulch?
As of 17 Aug. 2022, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Lodge at Palmer Gulch on 14 Sep. 2022 start from AU$198, including taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
Is there a pool at Lodge at Palmer Gulch?
Yes, there are 2 outdoor pools and a children's pool.
Are pets allowed at Lodge at Palmer Gulch?
Yes, dogs are welcome. There's a charge of USD 10.00 per pet, per day.
Is parking offered on site at Lodge at Palmer Gulch?
Yes, there's free self parking.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Lodge at Palmer Gulch?
You can check in from 3 PM - midnight. Check-out time is 11 AM. Contactless check-out is available.
What is there to do at Lodge at Palmer Gulch and nearby?
Have fun with onsite activities like horseback riding and fishing. Additional recreation onsite includes basketball and volleyball. Relax in the spa tub or enjoy the use of other amenities, which include 2 outdoor pools and a sauna. Lodge at Palmer Gulch also has a picnic area.
Are there restaurants at or near Lodge at Palmer Gulch?
Yes, there's an onsite restaurant. Nearby restaurants include Dairy Twist (4.2 mi), Silver Dollar Saloon (4.7 mi), and Annie Lode Coffee Cabin (4.8 mi).

Overall score and ratings


Very good




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities



8/10 Very good

Great family getaway!
Great experience, close to everything we wanted to see and do. Love all the activities for kids, already planning for next year!
Tuyet, 3-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Lucas, 3-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Shirley, 1-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Great spot for family vacation
Every interaction with staff was friendly and welcoming. Onsite amenities and daily activities schedule were amazing. Onsite food was good and decently priced for those meals we didn't feel like going off site for. The kids loved our stay. Our 9 year old is already talking about coming back here with his wife and kids someday! Our 5 year old had a minor injury while playing and staff were quick to help with a readily available aid kit. We would highly recommend a family vacation here!
Danielle, 4-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

The hotel was very clean and did not have the "hotel" smell you usually have at them.
Julie, 1-night business trip
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8/10 Very good

Chifeng, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Amazing place close to Mount Rushmore
We had the best time!! There is sooooo much to do at this KOA! It is amazing. My kids were never bored! The pools, waterslide, jumpy pad, outdoor movies, crafts, and sports were great. We will definitely be back. The only thing that the lodge could have done better is step up the continental breakfast options!
Traci, 5-night family trip
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6/10 Good

Description inaccurate
Description of this place inaccurate as it is attached to the Mount Rushmore KOA, a huge camping area for tents, RVs and cabins. There were just too many people which we had not expected. The room was clean but the shower dripped non-stop for our full stay. We had a difficult time getting the door to the deck to stay locked and upon re-entry into the room it would be ajar. That did not make us feel very safe or the belongings we thought were locked in the room.
Dawn, 4-night family trip
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4/10 Fair

Room was in the basement and was cold all the time. Toilet leaked all over. Shower dripped all the time. No hair dryer in the room. Couldnt get into the fitness center even though it was open hours and we had our card reset.
4-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Diana, 1-night trip
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