When we are traveling a bit of distance, we try to break up our drive as best we can. Most of the time we like to leave in the afternoon or after work and get a few hours into the trip and then stop for a night. It helps break up the long drive the next day. In the past it has worked well for us and this trip was no exception.
We debated between stopping at the Sioux Falls KOA or the Mitchell KOA and in the end during the planning process we decided to drive a bit further and stop in Mitchell, SD. I had made reservations ahead of time so we would just need to pull in, look on the list for what site was ours and pull in. It was a no brainer that we wanted to stay at a KOA because we love how they make it so convenient for those checking in later in the night. In our original plan, we had thought we would be arriving after 10PM and put this in our reservation notes. This particular KOA is a KOA Journey which means it is ideal of those traveling through and pulling in for a night.
We ended up arriving just before 8pm because we got a little bit of an early start because we were trying to beat some storms. When I was checked in I was greeted by a pleasant gentleman who remarked he wasn’t expecting us until late tonight but welcome! Then another gentleman escorted us to our site and within minutes we were all set up. The first thing Elsie did was jump out and play in the grass with her toys while we were getting the jacks down and the slides out.
The site was level and John ended up just staying hitched up to the truck since we knew we would have an early morning departure as we continued to make our way out west. The sites weren’t huge but they were adequate knowing we weren’t spending too much time here. They had a picnic table and a fire ring-neither of which we used. There was great shade with all of the sites which is important for those hot South Dakota days. The campground also has a cabin if you are passing through and don’t have a camper.
One of the things I love about campgrounds is that we can pull in, set up and then there are things for the kids to do to burn off energy. First we headed to the playground. This playground wasn’t too big but was sufficient for our two young girls. Then we hit up the mini-golf for a few rounds. Had the weather been nice we would have let the girls swim a bit but it had dropped into the 60’s by the time we had arrived. The pool looked pretty nice though.
The campground facilities were clean and inviting. The bathrooms were uniquely decorated and added a little personalized touch to the campground. Had we not had our camper I would have had no issues using the showerhouse at all.
Bottom Line-if you are traveling through on I-90 this is a GREAT place to overnight! With our without camper this place has you covered. Most of the sites were filled by the end of the night and almost half the sites were empty by the time we departed around 8:30AM. There is enough to keep the kids busy and burn off energy before hitting the road again.