The Stables at Palmer Gulch operates with a USFS special use permit.

Take a guided horseback trail ride into the Norbeck Wildlife Preserve

Centrally located in the Black Hills National Forest, just minutes from Rapid City, Deadwood, and Custer State Park!

Join us for a customized hour or hour and a half horseback tour of the renowned Norbeck Wildlife Preserve. Established by Congress in 1920 the Preserve and Wilderness area provides spectacular scenery that no other trail ride barn can match. Why ride anywhere else?

Each ride is personalized for your group and takes place entirely in the Black Hills National Forest.


Experience an award-winning old west chuck wagon dinner show in the fresh mountain air of the Black Hills.

  • Horses
  • Covered wagons
  • Live western music
  • Wood-fire grilled beef steaks, Dutch oven sides, and dessert

For a genuine cowboy experience, be sure to register for this one-of-a-kind-chuck wagon dinner show rated “The Best of the Best” by TripAdvisor for 3 years running!


Start your day with a remarkable breakfast in a remote mountain meadow!

  • Load up the family in a horse-drawn covered wagon for a leisurely ride into the misty morning air.
  • Chuck Wagon Breakfasts feature fresh scrambled eggs peppered to perfection, Bronc Buster hash, Bacon and beef, chopped potatoes, onions, peppers, and tart apple oatmeal with cinnamon and sugar
  • New in 2023” Kids 3-7 will have the option to partake in a free pony ride while at the breakfast site.

Enjoy an impressive breakfast cooked over a wood fire surrounded by the early morning sights and sounds of the Black Hills National Forest. Two-time winner of the Restaurant Guru Award for Outstanding Dining Experience.

A Breath of the Wild

…the cause for all the happy reviews

Find Us At:

The Mt. Rushmore Resort & KOA,
12620 Hwy 244,
Hill City, SD 57745

The Stables at Palmer Gulch is centrally located, just 5 miles west of Mt. Rushmore on Hwy. 244.