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The family that runs it are very friendly. It’s a crowded place by virtue of the land. It’s in a canyon behind Mt. Rushmore. A creek and a scenic railroad run past it. All the RV spaces require you to back in, so you’d better be good at it. We had a tent site amongst others in a side canyon surrounded on three sides by very steep hills and rocks. Rather pretty. Did not get to see the cabins, but they are uphill, away from the camp sites. The showers are cramped but clean and there is a heated pool as well. Nearby is the tourist town of Keystone. Also in a canyon, the stores are on top of each other. The best place to eat is the Powder Lodge up the road. All in all, a good place to explore from, but not necessarily to hang out.
Great views all around with a pleasant stream running through, BLM road behind the site for a stroll/potential free camping. The BLM road was not passable mid-october due to flooding. The site has some evidence of local kids using it as a target range (holes in sign, trash cans, and fence posts). Overall, pretty nice in the off-season -- access roads were all flat and passable w a good amount of snow cover.
One of the nicest KOA's we have stayed at with SO many amenities! However, it was VERY crowded and almost felt like we were stacked on top of each other (reason for 4 stars). We were so tight in our RV site we barely had room for one tent and we really needed space for two…..but next time we would reserve a bigger site earlier in the season.
But the bathrooms were nice and clean, there was plenty to do like a pool, nice store, breakfast, horseback riding, games and movies and even a chuck wagon dinner (reserve in advance). It also was is the best location to visit a variety of historical and nature sites like Mount Rushmore, Black Elk Peak Trail, the Needles drive in Custer SP along with various caverns, the 1886 train and nearby Wall Drug & Badlands NP. By far my favorite thing every morning was the "cowgirl wake up call" when they rounded up the horses and herded them to the front of the campground along a channel near our campsite.