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11 Best Cabin Rentals in South Dakota

If you’re planning a trip to South Dakota, you probably already know that it’s got lots to offer, with everything from wildlife-filled Custer State Park with its glistening lakes and stunning “Needles” rock formations to Mount Rushmore, a taste of the Wild West in Deadwood, and the incredible Badlands. The question isn’t whether to go, but where to stay and a cabin rental provides a more tranquil atmosphere that will immerse you in some spectacular landscapes.

Upscale Home Overlooking Bear Country - Rapid City This upscale home overlooks Bear Country USA
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Upscale Home Overlooking Bear Country - Rapid City

Just 15 miles from Mount Rushmore and a short drive from downtown Rapid City overlooking one of the area’s most popular attractions, Bear Country USA, this luxurious cabin sits on a private 3-acre lot and boasts spectacular views from inside and out, including the wrap-around deck. In the great room, there’s a fireplace perfect for cozying up next to with a glass of wine, while the gourmet kitchen features professional stainless appliances.

Two-Bedroom Cabin - Custer Two-Bedroom Cabin - Custer
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Two-Bedroom Cabin - Custer

Located at Red Canyon Ranch, surrounded by abundant wildlife like elk, antelope, mule deer, mountain lions, bobcats, wild turkey, and eagles, this gorgeous lodge-pole pine cabin boasts full views of Red Canyon from three sides. The scenery is stunning and the amenities are impressive too, with an outdoor hot tub that seems to float above the canyon’s age for an especially memorable soak. Inside you’ll have a full kitchen with a dishwasher, a washer/dryer, and a slate fireplace in the living room, with accommodation for up to six in three bedrooms.

Spacious Cabin on Two Acres - Aberdeen Spacious Cabin on 3 Acres
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Spacious Cabin on Two Acres - Aberdeen

Located just a few miles from the Richmond Lake Area and 10 miles from Mina Lake State Park, with the town of Aberdeen 15 miles away, this cabin offers plenty of privacy while still being convenient to amenities. It sits on three acres, providing plenty of room for a fun family gathering, accommodating six comfortably but it can sleep up to nine guests. it’s pet-friendly and has an attached sunroom where your dogs can hang out while you’re away and when you’re there they’ll be able to run around and have fun too. You’ll have a RokuTV with access to Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming services via your accounts, along with a full kitchen and washer/dryer.

The Cornerstone Cabin - Deadwood The Cornerstone Cabin, Deadwood
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The Cornerstone Cabin - Deadwood

This beautiful two-bedroom cabin for up to four sits on four acres in a remote area of the Black Hills, yet Deadwood is just a 13-mile drive away if you want to mix relaxation with a little action. Enjoy gorgeous views, watching for wildlife like deer and wild turkey,  the peaceful sounds of a creek and access to trails nearby for four-wheeling, hiking, and snowmobiling. Skiing at Terry Peak is close by too. It includes all the essentials and a hot tub, perfect for a soak after a day of play.

Secluded Pines Cabin in the Black Hills - Nemo Secluded Pines Cabin in the Black Hills, Nemo, South Dakota
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Secluded Pines Cabin in the Black Hills - Nemo

This cabin between Deadwood and Nemo is an ideal option year-round, as you’ll be within a 40-minute drive of two ski areas while snowshoeing and cross-country skiing can be enjoyed just steps from your door. During the warmer months, there are lakes to fish, scenic trails to hike or mountain bike, and much more. Surrounded by pine trees and wildlife, you’ll enjoy plenty of tranquility in a secluded spot with accommodation for up to seven in two bedrooms, plus a loft bed, with the highlight a hot tub for soaking under the stars.

Rustic Log Cabin Overlooking the Missouri River - Pierre Rustic Log Cabin Overlooking the Missouri River
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Rustic Log Cabin Overlooking the Missouri River - Pierre

This four-bedroom log cabin accommodates up to 10, ideal for a large family or even a small family reunion. It sits along the Little Bend on Lake Oahe which provides an incredible panoramic view of the Missouri River. You’ll be close to a public access boat land, public land for hunting, and a fish cleaning station, while the city of Pierre is 35 miles away. It includes a custom kitchen spacious great room and dining area, as well as a mudroom that’s just off the expansive wrap-around deck, ideal for fishing and hunting gear.

Horse Lovers Black Hills Bunkhouse - Hot Springs Horse Lovers Black Hills Bunkhouse
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Horse Lovers Black Hills Bunkhouse - Hot Springs

This cabin is located on a working quarter horse ranch near the popular town of Hot Springs, aptly named for its many hot springs. It’s home to one of the oldest attractions in the Black Hills, Evans Plunge. It’s also an ideal base for visiting the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, the perfect complement – in fact, if you have your own horses, they can be accommodated too. The cabin itself sleeps up to four and enjoys a setting that feels like it’s part of a western film. You’ll have a kitchenette with a mini-fridge, microwave, and coffeemaker as well as a bathroom with a shower, and access to an outdoor grilling area.

Beautiful Timber Frame Canyon With Spring Creek Canyon Views - Rapid City Beautiful Timber Frame Canyon With Spring Creek Canyon Views, Rapid City
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Beautiful Timber Frame Canyon With Spring Creek Canyon Views - Rapid City

While this cabin is just 10 minutes from downtown Rapid City and 15 minutes from Mount Rushmore, it offers a serene setting with breathtaking views of Spring Creek Canyon. It includes a custom stone wood-burning fireplace built with the stones from Spring Canyon, along with a large deck, hot tub and fire pit. While enjoying the picturesque outdoor space, keep an eye out for all the wildlife like bighorn sheep, deer, and wild turkeys. You’ll have a full kitchen, washer/dryer, satellite TV, and Wi-Fi, and there’s no need to leave Fido at home as it’s pet-friendly too.

Badlands 1880 Homestead Cabin - Scenic Badlands 1880 Original Homestead Cabin, Scenic South Dakota Airbnb
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Badlands 1880 Homestead Cabin - Scenic

If you ever wanted to experience what it might have been like to be an early homesteader like Laura Ingalls Wilder and family, this cabin is ideal. It offers a primitive experience out on the prairie near the banks of the White River in the Badlands. You’ll need to bring basic camping supplies, bedding, water, and firewood, but it’s the perfect place to disconnect from those electronic gadgets and escape the modern world for a while taking advantage of easy access to the trails in the national park.

Cozy Custer Cabin - Custer Cozy Custer Cabin
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Cozy Custer Cabin - Custer

If you’re planning on spending time in Custer State Park, this cabin is only an 8-minute drive away, providing easy access to hiking, swimming in the lakes, and viewing wildlife like buffalo, elk, deer, and the very friendly wild burros. Chief Crazy Horse Memorial, the Badlands, cave tours, and much more are all nearby too. The cabin accommodates five in two bedrooms plus a twin sofa bed and includes a full kitchen with a dining area with a washer/dryer available.

Secluded Cabin at Coyote Ridge Lodge - Spearfish Secluded Cabin Coyote Ridge
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Secluded Cabin at Coyote Ridge Lodge - Spearfish

This secluded cabin sits on 10 acres of Ponderosa pines. Unique and rustic, it was handbuilt in the 1970s and naturally weathered over time. it includes a spacious deck that’s perfect for sipping your morning coffee and a picnic table by the creek for enjoying afternoon picnics. Look forward to evenings by the cozy wood-burning fire under a brilliant night’s sky too. While you’ll have total tranquility here, Spearfish can be reached in 12 minutes and Deadwood is just 20 minutes away. All the comforts of home are included, with a 55″ TV providing free access to Netflix, HBO, and Amazon Prime.

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