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Black Hills Great Central Location Away from the Crowds

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Sleeps 8

The Black Hills are often under estimated because of the word “hills”. This fact becomes apparent as you wind your way up hairpin turns high up on Edelweiss Mountain. The 1500 sq. ft. 3 bedroom mountain cabin is located at 5600 ft. above sea level in the heart of the Black Hills and surrounded by National Forest. Located within minutes of Pactola Lake, Sheridan Lake, and the Mickelson & Centennial Trails.

The perfect area for boating, hunting, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, golfing, skiing, snowmobiling, mountain biking, off-roading and sightseeing - Minutes from Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse Monument and Custer State Park. This mountain retreat is truly in the heart of the Hills, hidden away from, but easily accessible to all Black Hills attractions.

Approximately 25 miles west of Rapid City, SD. (Airport 14 miles east of Rapid City)

Please note that there are no lake-front properties in the Black Hills. The picture provided shows Pactola Reservoir which is close by but not visible from the cabin.

More Details

Dean and Patricia Farr
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2018

About Dean and Patricia Farr

My wife and I both grew up in South Dakota near Sioux Falls. We attended college at Augustana College. I have a business degree and my wife an education degree. We spent time in Germany while I was in the Army. Following that time my wife taught school and I worked for General Mills in Minneapolis and then in West Chicago IL. We raised our two daughters in IL. We also started our own business there. We are now retired and recently moved to northern Wisconsin where we are full time caretakers for daughter's family lake home. We are again South Dakota residents and rent our Black Hills House while we are care-taking in Wisconsin. We feel fortunate to have 2 beautiful places to spend our retirement.

Dean and Patricia Farr purchased this cabin in 2000

Why Dean and Patricia Farr chose Mount Rushmore

This property was built by my uncle and his wife as a vacation home. Our family often visited and loved the Black Hills. We told Uncle Harvey that if and when he was ready to sell the property to keep us in mind. He did so and we are now the proud owners of his cabin in the Black Hills. Harvey and his wife Mildred are gone now but we keep a picture of him to remind us of the great experiences and scenery he provided our family.

What makes this cabin unique

We love the Black Hills. Our home gives us a peaceful get-a-way and is located centrally to all the attractions the Black Hills has to offer. We never run out of things to do or see. When we get tired from all the activity we come back and enjoy pleasant quite times resting and relaxing on the deck or next to the fireplace. Because we are built into the side of the mountain the tall pines that surround us makes one feel like they are living in tree house. We often see deer, wild turkeys, and numerous varieties of birds. We have seen cougars, bobcats, coyotes and mountain sheep nearby (not too close - just nearby). We love going to Custer State Park and driving the wildlife loop where you see buffalo, pronghorn, prairie dogs, deer, wild burros and more.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The home was beautiful.

It was a prefect getaway from the craziness of the bike rally. Really appreciated you letting the house to us. It really worked out well. It was great home away from home!

Merry Christmas,
Aug 2014
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Mount Rushmore Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • We love pets but allergies and previous bad experiences prevent us from allowing pets. Pet penalty is $25 per night plus pet cleaning fee of $75.
  • Sounds carry very well through the mountains. Please be respectful of the peace & quiet of the mountain. (One of our neighbors is a deputy sheriff).
  • As Smokey says, "Only you can prevent forest fires." No charcoal grills, no outside fires. If smoking, do so outside only and police your butts please
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Up stairs bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Lower level bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    In lower level family room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen sofa bed located in lower family room
    In lower level family room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , This is a single roll-a-way located in closet
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • caves
  • festivals
  • forests
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • spelunking
  • swimming
Fully furnished, 1500 Sq. Ft. 3 bedroom home nestled on the side of a Mountain (can sleep up to 8) * Large wrap-around deck surrounded by beautiful ponderosa pines, blissful quiet & spectacular views * Fireplace, full kitchen, washer and dryer, 2 full baths, telephone, TV, & AC * Wildlife – Elk, Deer, Turkeys, Big Horn Sheep, Cougar, & More * 20 minute drive to Mount Rushmore & Crazy Horse Monuments * 3 miles above Lake Pactola Reservoir - Pictured * Learn about rarely visited scenic areas from the owners - fantastic mountain vistas and deep canyons with crystal clear rapid flowing creeks.


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Black Hills Great Central Location Away from the Crowds
average rating of 4.647059 based on 20 reviews

Quite comfortable lodging, but a bit off the beaten path

  • 3 of 5

We spent a week in the Black Hills area in conjunction with a trip to see the eclipse in late August. The cabin has all the essentials and a very nice deck to have breakfast on and to relax on in the evening. We arrived late on a Saturday evening to find no sheets on the beds, which was rather disappointing, although the owner states this was an anomaly.

Although the cabin was comfortable, it is several miles from the main road down a gravel road which is bumpy and dusty. It is also a bit of a hike to go out for dinner and you are half an hour or more north of most of the places you will want to visit. On the plus side, most of the rentals that are closer to the action are considerably more expensive. Dining in the area is pretty basic. An exception are the restaurants in the Lodges in Custer State Park which serve very nice meals.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Secluded yet close to all the Black Hills has to offer

  • 5 of 5

This great cabin was perfect for our family of five. The house was very clean and stocked with all the essentials. The layout worked really well with one bedroom downstairs (my daughter loved the Native American Princess room) and two upstairs. Relaxing on the deck after a day jam-packed with activities was a highlight for the parents. The location was convenient to Mount Rushmore, Custer State Park, Hot Springs, Rapid City and only 1.5 hours from Badlands. The kids loved the drive each day back to the cabin as we saw loads of whitetail and mule deer and counted free-ranging cattle (#109 was our favorite). This home was our third time renting through HomeAway and each time our expectations have been exceeded. The owners are extremely easy to communicate with and provided tons of great suggestions on things to see & do. I highly recommend this home.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Great Place to Stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time staying at this property. It was well maintained and clean. We very much enjoyed coming back to the home after a long day of visiting the attractions in the area. It was nice to relax on the wonderful deck and enjoy the scenery and wildlife. It's very quiet and peaceful at this property. WE would highly recommend this home for those looking for a nice quiet place in the mountains that is still close to all of the local attractions.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Very clean and comfortable. A little far from attractions but worth it.

  • 4 of 5

They do monitor your usage of wifi and water. Good area for the kids to explore while dinner was cooking. A bit off the beaten path, that we liked. Peaceful place

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful homestead in the Black Hills

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the Black Hills for the Sturgis Rally. It was a nice place and peaceful getaway. The only complaint we have is the 3 mile gravel road with tight turns getting to the home. Overall great place making memories with friends!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Great get away!! Had family of 8 and were glad to have comfortable place to come to after long day!

  • 4 of 5

Was a very nice property. Needed a little updating but clean and comfortable. Near to a lot of vacation spots. Not many places for kids to play on property but we didn't spend any days just at the property so didn't effect us that much! Well stocked cabin and found everything very accessible. We love the Black Hills and really enjoyed the Badlands!!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Rapid City
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Horse Creek Inn
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Several Courses
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
State 385
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Horse Creek Inn
Nearest Ski
39 Miles
Terry Peak
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Pactola Resevoir Recreational Area
Car: necessary
Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* Mountain Rushmore National Monument.

* Crazy Horse Monument & Native American Museum.

* Jewel &/or Wind Caves National Monuments.

* Wildlife Loop in Custer State Park.

* Sylvan Lake & Lodge.

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* Hike or bike the trails.

* Mount Rushmore & Crazy Horse.

* Hike up to Little Devils Tower-great view.

* Badlands National Park.

* Custer State Park.

Top Thing to do in Family:

* Swiming, boating, fishing, skiing.

* Horseback Riding.

* Hiking & biking the trails.

* Pan for Gold.

* Reptile Gardens & Bear Country.

* Mount Rushmore

* Mickelson Bike Trail (runs full length of the Hills) & Centennial Hiking Trails

* Trout & other Fishing at Lakes & Rapid Creek

* Sue the dinosaur was discovered nearby

* Chuck wagon supper and shows

* Crazy Horse Monument

* Custer State Park with Buffalo herds, Wild Burros, Big Horn Sheep, Prong Horns & Prairie Dogs

* Historic cities of Deadwood, Lead, Sturgis, Custer & Hill City

* Hill City is nearby with Black Hills gold, Beautiful Galleries and Restaurants

* Black Hills Institute of Geographical Research In Hill City

* Badlands National Park (2 hours east of Black Hills)

* Devils Tower National Monument (Across the border into Wyoming)

* Jewel Cave National Monument, Wind Cave National Monument, Rushmore Cave

* Journey Museum in Rapid City (Native American & Western Expansion Museum)

* Mammoth Site Archeological Dig & Museum

* Many other tourist attactions


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 6.0%

A rental agreement will be included with response to your inquiry. This must be signed and returned by e-mail, fax or mail.
This home rents below market value of comparable properties.
Normally guests book directly on line and payments are made through HomeAway payment service. The security deposit is held by and refunded by HomeAway. The booking fee is paid to HomeAway and not to the property owner.
Deposits & Payments:
Receipt of a 50% Deposit (50% of rental rate) reserves your dates. The rental agreement must be returned to have the dates confirmed.
Final payment is due before access is granted. Payment reminder is provided by HomeAway 2 weeks before arrival date. When payment is received you will receive confirmation of your dates and instructions for access to the cabin.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.