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Little Elk Cottage in Scenic Vanocker Canyon Near Nemo - Starting at $205/night

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 6 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6) with stunning Meadow Views

At Little Elk Cottage, we offer you a memorable place to stay during your visit to the Black Hills. Our cottage is an ideal destination for your vacation, honeymoon, anniversary, long weekend, or any time you want to get away from it all. We are conveniently located near the small picturesque town of Nemo with dining at the historic Brandin' Iron Cafe and horseback riding. Wonderland Cave and Dalton Lake (great fishing!) are 15 minutes away. We are within 30 minutes of both Deadwood and Rapid City, centrally located to all Black Hills attractions, both north and south, including Mt. Rushmore, Deadwood, Devil's Tower, Hill City, Custer State Park, Sturgis, Spearfish Canyon, Crazy Horse, and the Badlands. We are approximately 35-40 minutes from Hill City and Mt. Rushmore via the cut across south of Nemo connecting to Hwy. #385.

No cleaning fees, insurance fees or security deposits required on our end.

Amenities include the following:

Fully paved asphalt driveway with Private Entrance

Fenced and gated property that borders Forest Service land

2 Bedrooms on main floor - Pillowtop Queen Beds

Sofa bed in Living Room

Leather couch and Loveseat; Persian Rugs

Flat screen 32" Sony TV with many satellite channels

DVD and CD player

Private phone; Cell coverage at the top of the hill, less than one mile away

***Free Wi-Fi in the Cottage***

Air conditioned for warmer days

Fully equipped kitchen with Whirlpool appliances (dishwasher and microwave)

All paper products and linens provided

Washer and Dryer in Cottage for your convenience

Picnic Table and Gas Grill on outside Patio

Property is not suitable for weddings, parties or family reunions.

Fine dining 30 minutes away (Rapid City, Deadwood or Spearfish) as well as several places to eat within about a 15-minute drive.

Please check out our 5-star reviews below.

Belle Joli' Winery (made in South Dakota) has a tasting room in Vanocker Canyon--up the road from here, about 15 minutes away. Their Sparkling House has an outside patio where you can enjoy their red, white and sparkling wine selections.

We also have a renovated, historic log cabin, sitting on another five acres, which may be viewed on our website by clicking 'more information' at the bottom of this page or by checking VRBO listing #351778. Rates at our log cabin begin at $175/night. Children love the loft there.

Our private cottage, sitting on five acres, offers all of the comforts of home, with a small stream meandering through the property and surrounded by beautiful hills, trees and wildlife. After spending your days seeing all of the sights that the Black Hills have to offer, you will enjoy returning to this tranquil setting and relaxing on the patio or the front porch. Our property was recently chosen as part of an Arctic Cat promotional DVD and brochure.

We have a lodging license through the State of South Dakota #3569 and have been listed in the 'Insider's Guide' since 1997.

The scenic ride thru Vanocker Canyon is one of the most beautiful areas in the Black Hills.

We have a 4-night minimum, however, if we have less than 4 nights open between 2 bookings, you are welcome to rent those nights.

Keywords: Cottage, Black Hills, Cabin

More Details

Wolfgang & Kathleen Schmidt
Member since: 2008
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
15 June, 2018

About Wolfgang & Kathleen Schmidt

We have lived and worked in the Black Hills for over 35 years, where we have built our own home as well as two vacation homes--a log cabin and our new cottage. Each place sits on its own five acre parcel. Wolfgang has constructed many trails and bridges in the Black Hills (eight on the Mickelson Trail) while he contracted with the State of South Dakota and the U.S. Forest Service. .

Wolfgang & Kathleen Schmidt purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Wolfgang & Kathleen Schmidt chose Nemo

We chose the beautiful Nemo area after spending many hours looking for an ideal place to live in the Black Hills--it reminds Wolfgang of the Black Forest in Germany. We love the privacy in Vanocker Canyon as well as the convenience to everything in the Black Hills.

What makes this cottage unique

Our properties are centrally located to all attractions--northern and southern hills as well as the major cities. You will enjoy the solitude of being bordered by National Forest land as well as all of the wildlife that lives on and around our property. Vanocker Canyon area was also chosen by Game, Fish & Parks to bring in elk to this area. The unique benefit of choosing either our log cabin or new cottage is the privacy--each place sits on its own five acres and there are no other cabins around; we are not within a development.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Nemo, South Dakota

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Large tiled bathroom with glass walk-in shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1) available upon request, Sleep Sofa Bed (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • churches
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • ski
  • snowmobiling
  • caving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Our private cottage is surrounded by the Black Hills National Forest and abundant wildlife. We are within three miles of Dalton Lake and superb hiking in Little Elk Canyon. The Custer Expedition camped near our property in 1872 and glory holes from early settlers can be found as you hike the area surrounding the cottage. Wolfgang has constructed many hiking trails in the Black Hills as well as 16 bridges in various locations. We are very familiar with areas to hike and bicycle to help you plan your vacation. Also, our website has many more photos and detailed information. We also have a log cabin with rates that begin at $165/night on our property. Each place is a very unique spot to stay.


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Little Elk Cottage in Scenic Vanocker Canyon Near Nemo - Starting at $205/night
average rating of 4.9607844 based on 51 reviews

A Little Piece of Heaven!!

  • 5 of 5

This cottage was a true paradise to stay in! The home itself is beautifully built and decorated, spacious and comfortable. The mattresses on the bed were comfortable to sleep on. The concrete patio in the back is perfect for grilling and socializing. The front porch provides a heavenly view!! We spent hours one afternoon just listening to the birds and watching the deer, turkey (and even a little marmot) feeding in the large and luscious meadow that spreads out before you. The owners are awesome people! Wolfgang has left his mark all over the Black Hills by the trails, fences and bridges he's built. They have thought of every comfort their guests would need. This property is private and quiet and a great place to come to if you want to get away from it all....yet still close to things to do in the Black Hills. We will definitely be back....maybe in the autumn when the birch and aspen trees surrounding the property have their gold on! A real pleasure to stay here!

  • Review Submitted: 18/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very private and cozy.

  • 4 of 5

The wildlife was beautiful to watch. Beautiful and relaxing.

  • Review Submitted: 08/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A piece of heaven in the canyon

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we saw this cottage from the road we knew it was the right place for us. We spent a week fishing and hiking while our friends rode their motorcycle to all the beautiful places the Black Hills had to offer. We had everything we needed from pots and pans to a BBQ grill. The everyday items (toilet paper, paper towels, dishwashing soap and foil) were provided along with great appliances and comfortable beds. You will see wildlife everyday and watch them feed in the meadow. We had no complaints. If you are looking for a place to get away and relax this is it.

  • Review Submitted: 18/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful cottage in the hills

  • 5 of 5

Lovely property with an off the beaten path, non-touristy feel. This cottage was very comfortable for our family of 4. We particularly enjoyed the visiting wildlife daily and the brilliance of the night sky. Owners were very responsive to requests without being intrusive.

  • Review Submitted: 03/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful and Perfect

  • 5 of 5

Wolfgang and Kathleen were wonderful hosts. They made sure we arrived safely and checked in to ensure things were going well. We were fortunate to have been able to enjoy this little piece of heaven. I highly recommend staying at the Little Elk Cottage.

  • Review Submitted: 23/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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great week

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I just spent a week at the cabin and it was perfect from beginning to end. This is the second time we have been there in two years and I guess that tells the story. We will be looking forward to returning next year.

  • Review Submitted: 16/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Rapid City Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Brandin' Iron in Nemo
Nearest Golf
18 Miles
Tomahawk Country Club
Nearest Train
32 Miles
1880 Train from Hill City to Keystone
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
Interstate 90
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Brandin' Iron Cafe in Nemo
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Terry Peak Ski Resort
Car: necessary

Nearby Dalton Lake is stocked with trout every Spring. It is a great spot to fish or take a leasurely hike in adjacent Little Elk Canyon. Wonderland Cave is just up the road and is one of the most beautiful crystal caves in the Black Hills. They have hourly tours, as well as a nice gift shop, where you will be sure to find a souvenir to take home as a reminder of your visit to this area.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in Nemo, South Dakota

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
June/July 2018
29 Jun 2018 - 2 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$20 per night, per additional guest
July 2018
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Jul 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$20 per night, per additional guest
July End 2018
22 Jul 2018 - 23 Jul 2018
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$20 per night, per additional guest
Sturgis 2018
2 Aug 2018 - 5 Aug 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$40 per night, per additional guest
Off Season
1 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$20 per night, per additional guest
Winter 2018
1 Nov 2018 - 1 May 2019
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$20 per night, per additional guest
Sturgis 2019
1 Aug 2019 - 11 Aug 2019
6 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$67 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

No cleaning fees or damage deposits are required. However, guests are responsible for any damage to the premises. We operate under a South Dakota lodging License #3569.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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