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Lodge at Palmer Gulch

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Front of property
2 outdoor pools
Executive Cabin, 4 Bedrooms, Hot Tub, Mountain View | Terrace/patio

Overview of Lodge at Palmer Gulch

Lodge at Palmer Gulch

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

8.4/10 Very good

596 verified guest reviews

Popular amenities

  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Pet-friendly
  • Gym
  • Air conditioning
12620 HWY 244, Hill City, SD, 57745

Room options

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
  • Custer State Park - 18 min drive

Getting around

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


  • Silver Dollar Saloon - 7 min drive
  • Hubcap Diner - 9 min drive
  • Mountain Treats - 9 min drive
  • Bumpin Buffalo Bar and Grill - 9 min drive
  • Hill City Cafe - 9 min drive

About this property

Lodge at Palmer Gulch

Featuring a free water park, Lodge at Palmer Gulch puts you within a 10-minute drive of Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Guests can take a dip in one of 2 outdoor pools or grab a bite to eat at The Peak Grill & Tap Room, which is one of 2 restaurants and serves lunch and dinner. A bar/lounge, a fitness center, and a spa tub are other highlights. The pool and helpful staff get good marks from fellow travelers.



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)*
  • Service animals welcome
  • 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
  • 2 restaurants
  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee shop
  • Barbecue grills

Traveling with children

  • Children stay free (see details)
  • Free water park access
  • Children's pool
  • Mini golf
  • Playground
  • Grocery/convenience store
  • Children's menu
  • 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
  • 4 meeting rooms
  • Conference space (500 square feet)


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


  • 1 building/tower
  • ATM/banking
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Fitness center
  • 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

Special features


The Peak Grill & Tap Room - This restaurant serves lunch and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. A children's menu is available.
Turtle Town - This restaurant serves lunch and dinner. A children's menu is available. Open daily.

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 13.00 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
    • Newspaper
    • Concierge service
    • 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 is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession
<p>This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.</p>

Also known as

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Palmer Gulch Hill City
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At Palmer Gulch Hotel
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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 3 Feb 2023, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Lodge at Palmer Gulch on 4 Feb 2023 start from CA $374, excluding 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 fitness center and a picnic area.
Are there restaurants at or near Lodge at Palmer Gulch?
Yes, there are 2 onsite restaurants. Nearby restaurants include Dairy Twist (4.2 mi), Silver Dollar Saloon (4.7 mi), and Annie Lode Coffee Cabin (4.8 mi).



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10/10 Exceptional

Very clean and friendly staff.
Carol, 1-night family trip
Verified Expedia guest review

4/10 Fair

not sure about using in future
when we got to hotel we were told that showed us checking in a day later. Thank goodness I had the print out showing that I had booked that night. They found us a room. The air didn't work, but when we told them about it they immediately got a new unit installed. also they told me that I paid more going through then I would have paid with them. Not happy about that.
Vicky, 6-night family trip
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8/10 Very good

Kevin, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Beautiful property close to Mount Rushmore. Enjoy the stay!!
Kathy, 2-night romance trip
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8/10 Very good

Lisa, 1-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Judy, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Everything was clean, arranged & organized grounds. The dining area is in need of renavation,
marilyn, 2-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Jerry, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

this place was located about 5-10 min past Rushmore monument. kinda out of the way from keystone food, but still a great central location for Rushmore, Custer state park, and hill city. we had a hard time finding it because we did not realize it was part of a KOA campground and the name was different. you check in at the lodge which is around the back of campground check in and up the hill. very quiet for a RV and tent area. It was a little chilly when we were there. we were not able to use the pools which I had been looking forward to. grounds looked well kept and maintained. our room was on the main level and had a view of the pool with a balcony. the breakfast was small just cereal, bagels, fruit, and muffins. but fine for us. our fridge did not work and we asked the front desk to fix it and maintenance came with a replacement in about 30 min. the shower head did not work great and dripped. other than that everything seemed ok.
Shannon, 2-night romance trip
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6/10 Good

Errors made by staff at time of reservation cost us the room we thought we had reserved, they had the wrong dates...yet we had a confirmation letter/email with the cirrect dates. Free breakfast was pathetic and worse than inner city school government subsidized breakfast. Poor housekeeping overall...found long hairs in the bathroom and dirty grout.. linens were questionable..seemed quite old. No daily refresh of room available...
Elana, 3-night family trip
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