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Lodge at Palmer Gulch

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Front of property
2 outdoor pools

Overview of Lodge at Palmer Gulch

Lodge at Palmer Gulch

2.0 star property

4.2/5 Very Good

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Breakfast included
  • Parking included
  • Pet friendly
  • Air conditioning
12620 HWY 244, Hill City, SD, 57745

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationNeedles Highway5 min drive
  • Popular LocationHorse Thief Lake5 min drive
  • Popular LocationSouth Dakota State Railroad Museum9 min drive
  • AirportRapid City, SD (RAP-Rapid City Regional)45 min drive

Room options

About this area

Hill City

Located in Hill City, Lodge at Palmer Gulch is in the mountains and in a national park. The area's natural beauty can be seen at Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Mount Rushmore. Traveling with kids? Consider Needles Highway and Granite Sports. Be sure not to miss outdoor adventures like hiking/biking trails and mountain biking. Guests appreciate the hotel's location for the sightseeing.

What's nearby

  • Needles Highway - 5 min drive
  • Horse Thief Lake - 5 min drive
  • South Dakota State Railroad Museum - 9 min drive
  • Twisted Pine Winery - 9 min drive
  • Granite Sports - 9 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

Family-friendly hotel in the mountains
You can look forward to free continental breakfast, free water park access, and a grocery/convenience store at Lodge at Palmer Gulch. For some rest and relaxation, visit the sauna or the hot tub. Enjoy a meal at the two onsite restaurants. Enjoy the gym, as well as activities like basketball, volleyball, and fishing. Free in-room WiFi is available to all guests, along with a terrace and shopping on site.
Additional perks include:
  • 2 outdoor pools and a children's pool, with a waterslide
  • Free self parking
  • A gift shop, an elevator, and a vending machine
  • Barbecue grills, ATM/banking services, and concierge services
  • Guest reviews say good things about the pool, helpful staff, and location
Room features
All 61 rooms include comforts such as air conditioning, in addition to amenities like free WiFi. Guests reviews speak well of the clean rooms at the property.
More conveniences in all rooms include:
  • Tubs or showers and hair dryers
  • Flat-screen TVs with cable channels
  • Free infant beds, daily housekeeping, and phones



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.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and transportation

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

Food and drink

  • Free continental breakfast
  • 2 restaurants and 1 coffee shop/cafe
  • 1 bar

Restaurants on site

  • The Peak Grill & Tap Room
  • Turtle Town

Things to do

  • 2 outdoor pools
  • Basketball
  • Children's pool
  • Fishing
  • Fitness center
  • Free water park access
  • Horse riding/rentals
  • Mini golf
  • Playground
  • Sauna
  • Shopping
  • Spa tub
  • Volleyball

Family friendly

  • 2 outdoor pools
  • Children's pool
  • Free cribs/infant beds
  • Free water park access
  • Grocery/convenience store
  • Laundry facilities
  • Mini golf
  • Playground
  • Pool gate
  • Waterslide


  • ATM/banking services
  • Elevator
  • Gift shop/newsstand
  • Grocery/convenience store
  • Vending machine

Guest services

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

Business services

  • Business center
  • Conference space (500 square feet)
  • Meeting rooms - 4


  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace


  • If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Pool hoist on site
  • Stair-free path to entrance
  • Well-lit path to entrance
  • Wheelchair-accessible lounge
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible path to elevator
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible restaurant
  • Wheelchair-accessible van parking


  • Fireplace in lobby

Room amenities


  • Air conditioning (climate-controlled)
  • Bed sheets
  • Free cribs/infant beds


  • Bathtub or shower
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels


  • Cable channels
  • Flat-screen TV


  • Free local calls
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Phone

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Check-in from 3 PM - midnight
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 11 AM

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

Access methods

Staffed front desk, key retrieval


Pets allowed for an extra charge of USD 10.00 per pet, per day
Service animals are welcome
Welcoming dogs only
Specific rooms only, restrictions apply; pet-friendly rooms can be requested by contacting the property at the number on the booking confirmation

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
3 children, up to the age of 1, can stay for free if using existing beds when occupying the parent or guardian's room
Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 10.00 per day
Free cribs are available on request at the property

Property payment types

Important information


You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Resort fee (May 22 - September 06): USD 12.00 per accommodation, per night
The resort fee includes:
  • Pool access
  • Spa tub access
  • Sporting facilities or equipment
  • Partner property pool access
  • Partner property access
  • Business center/computer access
  • Internet access
  • Newspaper
  • Concierge service
  • Parking
  • Laundry facilities
  • Housekeeping
  • Additional inclusions

We have included all charges provided to us by the property.

Optional extras

  • Pet fee: USD 10.00 per pet, per day
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 10.00 per day

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
Be prepared: check the latest COVID-19 travel requirements and measures in place for this destination before you travel.

We should mention

The seasonal pool will be open from May to September

Property is also known as

Lodge Palmer Gulch Hill City
Lodge Palmer Gulch
Palmer Gulch Hill City
Palmer Gulch
The Lodge At Palmer Gulch Hotel Hill City
Hotel At Palmer Gulch
At Palmer Gulch Hotel
Lodge at Palmer Gulch Hotel
Lodge at Palmer Gulch Hill City
Lodge at Palmer Gulch Hotel Hill City

Frequently asked questions

Does Lodge at Palmer Gulch have a pool?

Yes, this property has 2 outdoor pools and a children's pool.

How much does it cost to stay at Lodge at Palmer Gulch?

As of Nov 26, 2022, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Lodge at Palmer Gulch on Nov 27, 2022 start from $281.0, 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 Lodge at Palmer Gulch pet-friendly?

Yes, dogs are allowed at this property. There's a fee of USD 10.00 per pet, per day.

How much is parking at Lodge at Palmer Gulch?

Self parking is free at this property.

What time is check-in at Lodge at Palmer Gulch?

Check-in is from 3 PM - midnight.

What time is check-out at Lodge at Palmer Gulch?

Check-out is at 11 AM.

Where is Lodge at Palmer Gulch located?

Located in a national park, this family-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Needles Highway, Mount Rushmore, and Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Horse Thief Lake and Black Hills National Forest are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Overall score and ratings


Very Good

Rating 5 - Excellent. 298 out of 595 reviews" "
" "5 - Excellent 50%
Rating 4 - Good. 187 out of 595 reviews" "
" "4 - Good 31%
Rating 3 - Okay. 71 out of 595 reviews" "
" "3 - Okay 12%
Rating 2 - Poor. 25 out of 595 reviews" "
" "2 - Poor 4%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 14 out of 595 reviews" "
" "1 - Terrible 2%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities



5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities
Very clean and quiet everything was closed because of winter but was very comfortable and no one bothered you
Stayed 3 nights in Nov 2022

5/5 Excellent

Traveled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service
Very clean and friendly staff.
Stayed 1 night in Oct 2022

5/5 Excellent

Traveled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Beautiful property close to Mount Rushmore. Enjoy the stay!!
Stayed 2 nights in Sep 2022

4/5 Good

Traveled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service
Disliked: Amenities
Everything was clean, arranged & organized grounds. The dining area is in need of renavation,
Stayed 2 nights in Sep 2022

3/5 Okay

Traveled with family
Disliked: Amenities
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...
Stayed 3 nights in Sep 2022

4/5 Good

Traveled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
We had a great stay, only negative is that the restaurant and little shops were closed for the season.
Stayed 2 nights in Sep 2022

3/5 Okay

Traveled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, property conditions & facilities
The quality of the water
Stayed 5 nights in Sep 2022

4/5 Good

Traveled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
I didn't like that the restaurant was already closed for the season
Stayed 7 nights in Sep 2022

5/5 Excellent

Traveled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, amenities, property conditions & facilities
The polka music, beer there
Stayed 1 night in Sep 2022

5/5 Excellent

Traveled with family and small children
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
We were pleasantly surprised by the Lodge at Palmer Gulch. The amenities were great - seemingly new. Everything was so CLEAN. It's like there were elves that just spruced everything up overnight. We will definitely be back!
Stayed 4 nights in Aug 2022