14 Coolest Cabin Rentals in the Black Hills, South Dakota
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The Black Hills aren’t a familiar destination for many living outside of the region, but that just makes this area even better for those looking for a tranquil escape. This isolated mountain range can be found in western South Dakota, extending into Wyoming, and features such dense forest that from a distance, it appears black. Incredibly lush, it’s home to many lakes, waterfalls, and streams, along with abundant wildlife. When it comes to vacation rentals, these cabins are particularly ideal.
The Cornerstone is a two-bedroom cabin accommodating up to four. It sits on four acres in a remote area, ensuring plenty of privacy, while Deadwood is just 13 miles away. It’s the perfect place to de-stress, enjoying the sounds of the creek while watching for wild turkey and deer. If you want to get active, there are trails for hiking, four-wheeling, and snowmobiling nearby. Plus, the Terry Peak Ski Area is nearby. After all the fun, there’s a hot tub to soak in. Inside, you’ll have a full kitchen with all the appliances, including a dishwasher, laundry facilities, TV, and even a treadmill if you want to keep up with your regular workout routine.
This cabin is ideal for animal lovers, as you’ve probably already gathered from the title. It sits on a 20-acre horse ranch surrounded by national forest on three sides, with a seasonal pond right outside your door. Horses, a mini donkey, and mini goats are all here, while the owners are a quarter-mile away. During the warmer months, you can use the two inflatable paddle boards and complimentary bikes for exploring the Mickelson Trail. Perhaps enjoy some friendly cornhole competition afterward. There are Adirondack chairs on the deck for relaxing, and in the winter, sleds are provided for sledding, and hockey sticks for ice hockey on the frozen pond. It includes two bedrooms and a loft, sleeping up to six, a full kitchen, cable TV, and a washer/dryer.
Enjoy the best of both worlds, with the Deer Woods Cabin just outside the Rapid City city limits, four minutes from I-90, while tucked into a secluded, wooded area. You’ll be close to many attractions, shopping, and dining while enjoying a cabin for up to five, and your dog is welcome too. It offers two bedrooms, a full kitchen, a/c, a 60″ TV with Hulu and Netflix, a washer/dryer, and much more. The outdoor living space is furnished with a dining area, and you’ll have a BBQ grill too. Those with electric vehicles will be happy to learn there’s a charger as well.
This studio cabin is ideal for a romantic couples’ getaway, sleeping up to two in a California King bed. It offers an ideal location close to Deadwood, Custer, Mount Rushmore, and Crazy Horse, which means you can easily explore it all and then come back to a setting that’s surrounded by ponderosa pines and sheer rock cliffs while eagles frequently soar above. It has a surprising number of features, including a full kitchen, satellite TV with premium cable, Fire TV, and Amazon Prime, plus Internet, Pandora, a fireplace, and a washer/dryer. You’ll have a BBQ grill for cookouts too.
The Horse Lovers Black Hills Bunkhouse sits on a working quarter horse ranch near the town of Hot Springs, where you’ll find one of the most popular and oldest attractions, Evans Plunge, an indoor water park. It’s also close to the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, making it especially ideal for horse lovers, as the name suggests. If you have your own horses, you can bring them. The cabin accommodates up to four and its surroundings look as if it should be in a Western film. It includes access to an outdoor grilling area and inside, you’ll have a kitchenette with a coffeemaker, microwave, and minifridge, along with a bathroom that has a shower.
If you’re looking for a cabin that can host a very large group, you may not find a better option than this. Hosted by Custer State Park Resort, Tatanka Cabin is located at The State Game Lodge and can sleep up to 24. Ideal for family reunions, it has 3,150 square feet of living space and sits along Coolidge Creek. There are four bedrooms, all of which are en-suite, plus an oversized loft that serves as a fifth. Not only does it boast gorgeous views, but as you’re right in the park, there’s a ton of wildlife that’s likely to wander by, from buffalo and deer to wild turkey and perhaps even the famously friendly resident burros. It has a full kitchen with a dishwasher, washer/dryer, TV, and pretty much all you’ll need for a fun and comfortable stay. The outdoor living space has a BBQ grill for cookouts, a fire pit, and furnishings for relaxing and alfresco dining.
Located on a cliff wall in the heart of Spearfish Canyon, this is a rare vacation rental that will put you close to famous Spearfish and Roughlock Falls, which can be accessed by scenic hiking trails just a mile away. Outstanding trout fishing, biking, and rock climbing can all be enjoyed. The views are breathtaking and can include sightings of deer., elk, eagles, peregrine falcons, and more. It includes a private entrance and a full kitchen well-stocked with a grinder, coffee beans, and condiments. Laundry facilities, a small library, Roku streaming TV, and Wi-Fi are all included. Plus, you’ll have a large south-facing window for a fabulous view while relaxing indoors.
Nestled between Rapid City, Deadwood, Sturgis, and Hill City close to the tiny town of Nemo in the valley of Boxelder Creek, the Cabin at Green Mountain offers a central location for exploring just about everything the Black Hills has to offer. You’ll be surrounded by peace, quiet, and picturesque views that include the mountain peaks soaring in the background and horses grazing in the foreground. There’s a TV included with two channels, along with Satellite Internet while cell service is 1.5 miles up the road. You’ll have a full kitchen and a fireplace to relax by while reading a good book too.
Nestled in the woods close to Custer, the Deer Woods Cabin sits on five acres, filled with pine trees with deer and wild turkeys often wandering through. Enjoy spectacular views by day and night, with brilliant star-studded skies after dark. You’ll have a fenced-in yard, a deck, a propane fire pit, a propane grill, and even insulated dog kennels if you want to bring your dogs. Inside, the cabin has all the essentials, like a full kitchen, living and dining area, laundry facilities, and a gas fireplace.
This peaceful cabin sits along a creek in the heart of the Black Hills. It has an open floor plan and sleeps up to four with one bedroom that has a queen bed plus a small double bed in the living area, which also includes a TV with a DVD player. A fully-equipped kitchen and a propane grill are included too. Within a few miles, there are many trails for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking, plus you’ll find many opportunities for great trout fishing.
Located in the northern part of the Black Hills, this secluded cabin sits on 10 acres of Ponderosa pine forest, accommodating up to six guests in two bedrooms. Naturally weathered, built in the 1970s using locally harvested rough lumber, it’s particularly cozy while offering all the comforts of home. You’ll love the gorgeous walnut flooring and the spacious deck that’s ideal for sipping your morning coffee while watching for the wild turkey and turkey that frequently roam by. Look forward to picnics by the creek, fabulous stargazing, and cozying up to a wood fire too. If you want to go exploring, Deadwood with its many attractions, is just a 20-minute drive away, and the town of Spearfish, with lots of great eateries, can be reached in less than 15.
This studio cabin rental offers a loft for two, located just minutes from downtown Lead in a secluded location close to hiking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. If you come in the winter, you’ll want to have an all-wheel or 4-wheel drive to reach it. The space includes a kitchenette with a coffeemaker, toaster, small fridge, and microwave, along with a portable air conditioner and electric heat. Wi-Fi and a TV are included, but most of the time, you’ll want to enjoy the mountain views.
Located in the tiny community of Silver City on Rapid Creek, this Boxcar Cabin is surrounded by Black Hills National Forest and ideal for those who want to get away from it all, including electronics, as there’s no Wi-Fi or TV, although your host has a cell amplifier for connecting and lives just a block away. It has a full kitchen with all the pots, pans, and dishes you’ll need, along with a/c and heating. Beautiful Lake Pactola and miles and miles of hiking trails are nearby. As it’s so peaceful here, you can expect to see wildlife like deer and turkey too.
This secluded studio cabin is close to the town of Custer and the Crazy Horse Memorial, bordering Black Hills National Forest on three sides. It’s in a remote location while being within a short drive of many top attractions and a short hike up the hill right out the door brings a Crazy Horse view. Sleeping up to two, it includes a full kitchen and a grill for cookouts, an enticing living space with a comfortable reclining couch, satellite TV, Internet, and air conditioning.