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Beautiful Black Hills Cabin, Minutes to Mt Rushmore, Centrally Located, Peaceful

Bedrooms 2
Space 640 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 1 - 5 nights


About the property

2 bedroom, sleeps 6, rustic charm, amenities, cozy, clean, 10 acres, wildlife

Yak Ridge cabins were newly completed in Fall 2015. Our deluxe cabins are nestled in the heart of the Black Hills and offer rustic charm as well as modern amenities. Cabin #1 offers a 2-Bedroom design with a full kitchen and bath and a covered porch. The cabins sleeps up to 6 guests (bedroom #1 queen bed, bedroom #2 two twins, and living/dining with a queen sofa sleeper). If cabin #1 is already booked for your travel dates, please check out cabin #3 (vrbo property - 741538) it is virtually identical to cabin #1)

Our cabins feature the work of local craftsmen and artisans. Many local and sustainable materials were used in the construction of the cabins. Vintage decor and quality furnishings provide rustic charm and comfortable surroundings for your stay in the Black Hills.

Centrally located in the Black Hills just 3/4 mile from Highway 16 we offer the best of both worlds – easy access as well as peace and tranquility. Yak Ridge is only a short drive from Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Custer State Park, Sheridan Lake, Pactola Reservoir, Mickelson Trail, 1880 Train, Bear Country, Reptile Gardens, caves, museums, and many other area attractions.

Enjoy beautiful mountain and meadow views. Wildlife abounds on our ten acre property. Frequent guests include deer, song birds, turkeys, hawks, and chipmunks. Occasionally bald eagles, elk, coyotes, owls, marmots, and fox also visit the property. Yak Ridge is located at an elevation of 5,000 feet providing for cool evenings and star studded skies.

We acquired the property in 2014 and named it Yak Ridge in honor of our small yak herd and for the hillside's resemblance to the ridge on the back of a yak. The farmstead is home to honey bees, chickens, and even a small herd of Himalayan yaks.

Yak Ridge is located on the west central edge of Eagle Mountain Ranch established by early settlers. Eagle Mountain, elevation 5,267 is located to the east of Yak Ridge and recognizable by its rock outcrop peak. Bald Eagles have historically nested in the area and are often seen soaring the skies.

During Prohibition, our corner of the Ranch was known as Whiskey Gulch. Remnants of old bootlegger roads and the spring that cooled the whiskey still can be found on Forest Service property adjacent to Yak Ridge.

Looking for additional space? Yak Ridge also offer another 2-bedroom cabin, which sleeps up to 6, and a studio cabin which sleeps up to 4 and allows Yak Ridge to accommodate a total of 16 guests. Visit properties 713096 and 741538 for details.

More Details

Julie Smoragiewicz
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

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

Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 July, 2018

About Julie Smoragiewicz

Jim and Julie are you hosts. We are blessed to have lived in the Black Hills for more than 20 years. We raised our two sons (now grown) in the the area and together have enjoyed hiking, biking, swimming, boating, camping, fishing, hunting, rock climbing, skiing, snowshoeing, exploring, and so much more of what the Black Hills have to offer.

Julie Smoragiewicz purchased this cabin in 2014

Why Julie Smoragiewicz chose Mount Rushmore

Yak Ridge is a unique property in regard to its proximity to many major attractions:

- Keystone and Mount Rushmore (5 minutes),

- Hill City (10 minutes),

- Sheridan Lake (10 minutes),

- Pactola Lake (20 minutes),

- Rapid City (20 minutes),

- Crazy Horse Mountain (20 minutes),

- Custer and Custer State Park (30 minutes),

- Black Hills Playhouse (30 minutes)

- Sturgis (35 minutes)

Yak Ridge is located less than a mile off Highway 16, but provides a peaceful mountain setting. Our four cabins are nestled into their natural setting. Inside the rustic exterior, you will find all modern conveniences including: full bathrooms with tub/showers, fully equipped kitchens with new appliances; covered porches with gas grills; and campfire rings. Amenities include comfy quilts, soft blankets, plush towels, natural wood, vintage decor, Tiffany lighting, and quality construction.

What makes this cabin unique

The property is adjacent to thousands of acres of Forest Service land that provides hiking, biking, and climbing opportunities. Access to the Mickelson Trail is only a few miles away. Yak Ridge is the perfect location for a family vacation, reunion, or a romantic getaway.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Mount Rushmore in Pennington County

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 640 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Yak Ridge doesn't add cleaning fees. Guests are required to leave their cabin essentially as they found it, empty trash, wash dishes, and hang towels.
  • By accepting this reservation, it is agreed that all guests are expressly assuming the risk of any harm arising from their use of the premises.
  • Guests assume responsibility for charges to repair any damages made by guests to the property.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Lift
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , sink
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Living/Dining Room - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Queen Sleeper Sofa in Living/Dining Room
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • Rock Climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • Snowmobiling
  • caving
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
This deluxe two-bedroom cabin was completed in August 2015. The cabin is nestled into a peaceful mountain setting with views of pines, aspens, oaks, and wildflower meadows. Wildlife abounds. Turkey, deer, song birds, raptors, and chipmunks are regular visitors. Elk, fox, coyote, marmots, and other local wildlife are also seen on occasion. Our small herd of Himalayan yak can often be seen on Yak Ridge.


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Beautiful Black Hills Cabin, Minutes to Mt Rushmore, Centrally Located, Peaceful
average rating of 4.9534883 based on 43 reviews

A magical getaway

  • 5 of 5

We spontaneously decided to take a few days during spring break to visit the Black Hills. Cabin 1 at Yak Ridge was the perfect location for our first visit! The cabin was thoughtfully laid out - with two bedrooms, a full bath, fully equipped kitchen, and living/dining room area - and was beautifully appointed. Julie has decorated in a way that make the cabin feel both rustic and cozy and elegant with special touches such as stained glass light fixtures and lovely wood furniture and countertops. The cabin had everything we needed from the welcome basket of eggs, coffee, cheese, and fruit to dishware, condiments, coffee maker, blankets, games, movies, books, guides to the surrounding area, etc. We felt we were alone in the woods and enjoyed the magical quiet and peace of a snow day when it snowed 8-12 inches. We sled, hiked, watched movies, played games, and made smores in the fire pit. At the same time it feels remote, the cabin is perfectly centrally located - only about 4 miles from Mt. Rushmore, and very close to other attractions in the area such as the Cosmos Mystery area (across the street), Bear Country USA, Reptile Gardens, etc. and Hill City, Rapid City, and Keystone are all very accessible. We enjoyed the sites and cannot wait to visit the cabins at Yak Ridge again. Julie and Jim took great care of us! I cannot recommend this place enough.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jody for choosing Yak Ridge for your getaway and we look forward having you back in the summer!
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Fantastic little cabin in the mountains!!

  • 5 of 5

By far THE BEST cabin rental in the Black Hills and that is no exaggeration! From the picturesque setting atop Yak Ridge to the quaint accommodations and the welcoming hospitality by Julie and her family, you won’t find a better home away from home for your next trip to SD. The cabin was perfectly appointed with everything you would need, just bring your own food and sit back and enjoy it. So comfortable and perfectly sized to give you that cozy cabin feel with plenty of elbow room for the family. The private fire pit was a great amenity to stoke up a campfire for those cool mountain nights and the covered patio was the perfect setting for your morning coffee as you listen to the roosters crow and welcome in the new day. Farm fresh eggs, locally made cheese and fresh ground coffee were here to greet us upon arrival showing us just how much Julie and her family put into making us feel welcome. Nestled in the mountains just outside Keystone, it’s the perfect spot to take in all the attractions that the Black Hills has to offer. Just minutes from Mt. Rushmore, Bear County, Sylvan Lake, Custer and Crazy Horse Memorial to name only a few. Don’t waste your time booking a cabin anywhere else....this is the place to be! I would not hesitate to recommend this to ANYONE looking for that perfect mountain experience in the Black Hills! Don’t wait to schedule your next trip to Yak Ridge!!!

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy cabin

  • 5 of 5

We love our stay in the cabin. It has everything you need for a home away from home. My daughter loves to drink her hot cocoa every morning in the outdoor dining area and listen to cockadoodle doo's of hens/chickens . It's very close to Mt Rushmore and Rapid City is 30 minutes drive away. Cosmos Mystery area is walking distance with $2 discount coupon we found by the fridge door. Thank you Julie for the surprise welcome treats ! We will be back.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great little cabin with all the amenities

  • 5 of 5

We spent 2 nights recently on a trip to see Mt Rushmore & Crazy Horse and really enjoyed our stay. The cabin is a short 10 minute drive to Rushmore, 5 minutes to Keystone and really centrally located. What we enjoyed them most was after all the hustle and bustle of sightseeing and tourists we were able to "escape" to our cabin in the woods for some peace and quiet and relaxation. Sitting out on the front porch after dark with a full moon, cool breeze and a beverage was a little slice of heaven. Would definitely go back!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic cabin in perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic and inviting cabin tucked into the Black Hills. Central location, easy drive to many attractions. The kitchen was equipped with all basic necessities and more! My family enjoyed the board games, bonfire and climbing in the hills behind the cabin after our days adventures😊. Krulls grocery store in Hills City had everything we needed and was within 10-15 minutes from the cabin. We were pleasantly surprised with the fresh eggs, fruit and mints when we arrived. Only down side was my kids didn’t like the firmness of the twin beds in the second bedroom☹️. Main bedroom and pull out couch were very comfy😊. Highly recommend cabin for family vacations and getaways!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The perfect place exactly as described if not better.

  • 5 of 5

We would highly recommend this place. The ...everything was great. Our kids, 10, 12, 14, played for hours on end on the rock hill/mountain behind our cabin. Location is close to the activities in Keystone yet remote enough to disconnect and relax. By far a great choice to go. Thanks for sharing your home/space with us.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Rapid City Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Gas Light Saloon
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Hart Ranch
Nearest Train
5 Miles
1880 Train
Nearest Motorway
0.75 Miles
Highway 16
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Powder House
Nearest Ski
50 Miles
Terry Peak
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Sheridan Lake
Car: necessary

Yak Ridge is located in the heart of the legendary Black Hills of South Dakota. Our cabins are adjacent to the Black Hills National Forest and conveniently located to dozens of activities and attractions for visitors of all ages.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Rates are subject to change until reservations are confirmed. Cancellations received 30 or more days prior to check-in date will receive a deposit refund less one night's stay. Cancellations received less than 30 days prior to check-in are not eligible for a refund.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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