This place is a zoo. Seems like there are 500+ sites and they are all packed pretty close together. Your best bet is to try to get a place in the “woods” (west?) area as opposed to the flat parking lot areas where most of the big RV rigs are located. The woods can accommodate smaller RVs, tent trailers, tents, and have a fair number of Kamper Kabins. There is also a secluded area on the far (east?) side of the small creek that provides more remote sites, but which is still accessible to all the perks. We had the small Kamper Kabin, which is really too small for a family of four and their gear. There are larger two-room Kamper Kabins that would have been better for 4+ people, but we changed from a tent to a Kabin at the last minute when we saw the forecast called for thunderstorms. There was a major storm event while we were there (marble sized hail, 4 inches of rain) and the Kabin held up but many people’s tents did not.
This is a very popular place for families and family reunions. Many “free” things for the kids to do (pools, jumping pillow, miniature golf, splash pad, small water slide, giant chess/checkers board, horseshoes). The Ponderosa restaurant is on site, and has excellent food at reasonable prices, and it wasn’t that heavily used since I think most people eat in their RVs. The All you can eat pancakes tent for $2.50 is a good deal. Very nice staff.
If you are an RVer and a social person, go here. If you are a tenter, or prefer peace and quiet, I think you would have a much nicer time at one of the Forest Service or Custer State Park campgrounds. Sites are bigger and much more private at those locations, and about a third of the cost.
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- Whether exploring the spectacular views of Mount Rushmore National Park, hiking through Custer State Park, climbing Harney Peak, or enjoying the day at Sylvan Lake, the Lodge at Palmer Gulch mixes the adventure and relaxation of the outdoors with the convenience of resort style accommodations:∙ 62 lodge rooms∙ 20 full-service private cabins∙ 10 row cabin duplex rooms∙ 6 executive lodges∙ 3 meeting facilities. We also offer fine dining, shopping, and family friendly itineraries! ... more less
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