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Black Hills and Badlands

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The Black Hills and Badlands region of South Dakota is a lovely jewel set between the rolling grasslands of western South Dakota and eastern Wyoming. The Badlands are a geological wonder, a place to see deep gorges and grassy plateaus. Stand in the breeze of the Badlands and you will see ancient history unfolded, with the remnants of wind and water erosion and the fossils of prehistoric seas. Everyone knows about dinosaurs and mammoths, but in the Black Hills and Badlands of South Dakota, you can view the fossils that were unearthed in this very region.

The Black Hills and Badlands region is host to several national park properties, including the Badlands, National Grasslands, Mount Rushmore, Jewel Cave, Wind Cave, and the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site. Visit the Black Hills and discover its amazing geology, its beautiful byways, and the oasis of pine-clad mountains that is sacred to Native Americans. If you enjoy hiking and biking, the Black Hills and Badlands are hosts to hundreds of miles of recreational trails. To experience history, pay a visit to Deadwood and Wounded Knee. Visit this sportsman's paradise and hunt deer, antelope, elk, mountain lions, and turkeys, or experience the wonder of fly-fishing for trout in a cold mountain stream. To view the world's largest sculpture, visit the Crazy Horse Memorial. The region enjoys an unmatched brand of Old West history, with legendary names like Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, Red Cloud, General George A. Custer, Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Jim Bridger and Jedediah Smith.

Borglum Inn Exterior

Borglum Inn Bed and Breakfast

Keystone, South Dakota

Welcome to Borglum Inn Bed and Breakfast. This property was newly built in 2020 with your comfort and privacy in mind. (Please excuse the landscaping which is being completed this spring). We are located near Custer State Park and Keystone. The proprietors Grant and Sandra were born and raised in South Dakota and reside in the upper level of the home. Located in the walkout lower level, the B&B has three separate bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and a sitting area. In addition the common area has a full kitchen, dining and living area with a fireplace and pool table and includes a covered porch and patio for your outdoor relaxing pleasure. The bedrooms will be rented as single units for 2 people which will include a full breakfast. Rent the entire B&B for family and friends and do your own cooking. Breathtaking sunrises and sunsets are common place along with views of the National Monument Mount Rushmore, Black Elk Peak, (formerly known as Harney Peak) and the Needles. On most days some kind of wildlife will pass through the yard.

Log cabin on hilltop amongst trees

Buffalo Rock Lodge Bed and Breakfast

Keystone, South Dakota

Buffalo Rock Lodge is a Log Lodge located with a view of Mt. Rushmore, in the Black Hills of South Dakota. It has been in service since 1999 and has had the distinction of being selected as "Best in the West" by Mid West Magazine, featured in Fodor's and awarded 5 stars by Trip Adviser. The lodge is open year around and features 3 family sized rooms. Children 8 and above are welcome, but sorry, no pets. There is a smoking area outside. Full western style breakfasts are served on the deck looking out across the pine tree tops and rock outcrops to Mt. Rushmore, weather permitting. Evening dessert is served as guests arrive after a full day of sight seeing, aided by the printed driving directions and maps that are provided by the hostess. Art's bacon is very popular among the guests. For the months of June, July, August and September there is a three night minimum stay in order to ensure that guests have the opportunity to fully enjoy the area. Off-season discounts are offered and we accept most credit cards. Please click to view our website for more information.

Log frame beds in bedroom

Circle View Guest Ranch Bed and Breakfast

Interior, South Dakota
Building in middle of grassy field and trees

Emerald Hills Bed and Breakfast

Rapid City, South Dakota

Emerald Hills is a very quiet and private two suite bed & breakfast located on the edge of Rapid City as you head into the Black Hills. We sit on several acres atop a hill with amazing views, spectacular sunsets and local wildlife.

Our delicious breakfasts are served on a covered deck facing the beautiful Black Hills. When the weather doesn't cooperate, you can either eat in our octagon shaped breakfast room with the same views or on your private table and chairs located right outside your room. We have a two hour window for serving breakfast in case you are an early riser or wish to sleep in. With advanced noticed, we can be prepared for most food allergies or issues. For those wishing to leave early, a to-go breakfast can be prepared (two day advance notice needed).

Each room has a king bed, 2 comfy chairs, satellite TV, refrigerator, coffee pot, private bathroom. Outside your room is another private area for you which includes a dinette, love seat and a few other amenities. These areas are then separated by a floor to ceiling fireplace and common area if you wish to visit with other guests. In addition, the B&B rooms are located on a separate level from the innkeepers for additional privacy. You even have your own door from the common area to the outside for ease in coming and going as you wish without the worry of disturbing anyone or being disturbed. Common area is set up like a living room and includes a small library, games and a few amenities. Snacks available upon arrival and wi-fi is free.

Since this is our private home, we do not allow smoking inside, pets of any kind, nor young children. With prior approval, we may allow one older child and can set up an extra bed in your room ($35 extra). We want to do everything we can to ensure everyone's tranquility.

We have a two night minimum during most of the summer but will rent single nights when in between reservations. We are open year round, closing only during trips, B&B updates and when family visits.

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Holly House Bed and Breakfast

Hill City, South Dakota

Historic Inn built in 1894 use to sit in the middle of Sheridan Lake when Sheridan Lake was a town. In 1944 it was moved by a tractor down highway 385 to its current spot. In 1994 it was gutted and redone and added a great room and a suite upstairs. In 2003 Dawna and Dave bought it and added two more bathrooms and opened up the Holly House Bed and Breakfast. Located just 2 miles north of Hill City in a beautiful setting by the stream, the historic home has 5 themed rooms and a house-keeping cabin in the back yard. Jacuzzis in most rooms, satellite TV. Family reunions or honeymoon getaway. Enjoy sitting out on the deck or down by the stream. Open all year.

Last year we were in a Best Selling Novel - The Road to Grace - by Richard Paul Evans - Alan the character in the book stayed in our Wildlife/Indian room. In 2012 Holly House was awarded Flipkey Best of Property.

Building with raised porch

Knotty Pine Cabin

Hill City, South Dakota

Unique log home built with ponderosa pine. Quiet and secluded. 1/2 mile off of Hwy 16/385. 3 bedrooms/baths, one on each floor.

23836 Emerald Pines Dr., Hill City, SD 57745. 605-574-4462

Wood cabin with large dirt parking lot

McDonald Mountain Ranch

Keytone, South Dakota

Richard and Carol McDonald came back to the Black Hills in 1990, after a long hiatus living in Utah, Idaho, and Arizona. Richard grew up with grandparents C. C. Gideon and Elma Mary Gideon, builders, and long time leasees of the State Game Lodge in Custer State park, just a few miles from McDonald Mountain Ranch. He is passionate about the historical value of this beautiful area. He has spent over 30 years working to restore the historic cabins at the Ranch, building and developing in Keystone and Custer County, and striving to pass on the legacy of the Black Hills to future generations.

Richard and Carol were married in 1951 and have five daughters. Richard is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served in Korea. They are excited to be your hosts!

The Ranch has 2 stand alone cabins and the larger carriage house. All accommodations include kitchen amenities and a grill for outdoor cooking. We offer a supply of seasonal light breakfast items in each cabin including fruits, cereals, pastries, milk and juices.

McDonald Mountain Ranch's season runs from April 15th- early October (last day of Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup).

For more information and photos of the cabins please see our website.

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Mountains to Prairies Bed and Breakfast

Hill City, South Dakota

Mountains To Prairies Bed and Breakfast is in Hill City, central Black Hills, near many major attractions, including Mount Rushmore, Needles Highway, Custer State Park, caves, mountain lakes and pine-scented forest wilderness. Three comfortable suites are available. Flower Girl has an airjet tub and log accents, with a log loft "bear den" for up to three little kid campers. Chessie Lee's Peas has a woodsy cabin-feel, wrapped in knotty pine, with an optional loft and sleeps up to five, bay-view pellet stove, love seat, personal entrance. Prairie Homestead (also known as Little Prairie Cabin) is a cabin-style accommodation and sleeps three, or four if one is a small child, love seat, personal entrance, deck, grill. All suites have queen pillowtop beds, satellite HD TV/DVD/VCR, wireless internet, refrigerator, microwave, 4-cup coffee pot, AC, cove heat. Non-smoking only and no pets/animals. Children are welcome. Walk to historic downtown, Mickelson Trail, 1880 Train. In-house we have Smiling Bear Antiques Shop and Espresso Bar. Make M2P your venturing off point, and your relaxing place. Discounts are available for lingering longer. Please visit our website.

And now, a note from the Innkeepers..."We love that our property is in the middle of this quaint mountain town, especially since Hill City is so friendly and homey, with easy access to the Mickelson Trail, as well as brimming with history. And we love the central location in the beautiful Black Hills National Forest. Hill City truly is the HEART of the Hills! From our corner we have so many delightful choices for recreational direction that we often park at the stop sign and inquire of each other, 'Which way should we go?' One of our favorite things to do is to take the scenic drive to Sylvan Lake and hike around the lake, soaking in the beauty from granite vantage points along the way. Another favorite is to take the scenic drive along Mount Rushmore Road and park at Horsethief Lake, where we can begin at the boardwalk for a hike around the lake. Serene and beautiful! Often on Sunday afternoons, we will pick a way to go to Custer State Park, where we may begin our adventure with a nap...then view buffalo and other wildlife, and go for a nature walk."

Wood cabin with long balcony above patio

Normarke Farm Bed and Breakfast

Nemo, South Dakota

Your hostess is Swedish and Norwegian by heritage and practices Scandinavian hospitality in this large log home set on 87 forested acres just 20 minutes from Historic Deadwood. We have five Scandinavian themed rooms with private baths, TV/DVD. Our full hot breakfast served in our dining room each day is an event in itself. For your use and enjoyment we also have a guest kitchen and laundry, 80 feet of deck for wildlife viewing, fishing and hiking on site, and are on a paved road.

Dirt path leading to house behind trees

Peregrine Pointe Bed and Breakfast

Rapid City, South Dakota

Peregrine Pointe Bed and Breakfast is a contemporary getaway for those looking for simple relaxation and quiet pleasures. The lodge is located in the middle of 15 acres of pristine forest which is available to all guests for hiking, bird watching, and enjoying the outdoors. Peregrine Pointe is also centrally located to all forms of Black Hills recreational activities, touring, and shopping.

The lodge has an open, casual atmosphere and is decorated with unpretentious mission furnishings which invite you to leave all cares at the gate, put your feet up, and relax. The rooms are decorated from Eileen's travels all over the world complete with explanations of many of the artifacts.

The extensive library in the lower lever, which is available to all, reflects Eileen's avid love of both reading and travel.

Sidewalk through yard between house and trees

Sweetgrass Inn Bed and Breakfast

Rapid City, South Dakota

Your wonderful memories of the Black Hills should also include where you stay. Let your Sweetgrass experience be part of those memories. Enjoy the beautifully appointed rooms and a variety of amenities to make you feel at home. There are 8 rooms to choose from and offer flatscreen TV/DVD combos, coffee/tea trays, your own AC/heat controls, WiFi and some rooms have jetted spa tubs. Our location is the perfect base when exploring this area, we are within 1 - 55 minutes of all the major attractions in the Black Hills. We're south of Rapid City by 6 miles in a little valley as you head towards Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse. Listen to the birds and watch the rabbits as you enjoy breakfast on the porch. Breakfast is served over the course of a few hours and I will prepare one of several hot breakfast choices for you as you relax and enjoy the goodies on the porch. Make your stay even more special by adding a romantic package or take advantage of our popular dinner/snack tray delivered to your room - a favorite of those arriving late or just wanting to relax and watch TV after a long day of sightseeing. We are also within walking distance of the local neighborhood grill/bar.

Multi-floor victorian building with large bushes

Triangle Ranch Bed and Breakfast

Philip, South Dakota

Near the Badlands on I-90, historic Sears, Roebuck & Co. mission-revival home on century cattle ranch. Four private light-filled guest rooms and Carriage House - private baths, AC. Additional 3 bedroom Log Ranch House. Peaceful mornings - elegant breakfasts - glorious sunsets - campfires. Featured - Midwest Living, American Cowboy and Country Magazine - RFDTV.