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Little Elk Cabin in Beautiful Vanocker Canyon Near Nemo!

Bedrooms 2
Space 750 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 1 - 6 nights


About the property

Cabin, 2 Bedrooms w/ Loft, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-5) - Mountain and Meadow Views

Enjoy your visit to the Black Hills and stay in this historic log cabin in scenic Vanocker Canyon! We are located about 30 minutes from Rapid City and Deadwood, 5 minutes from Nemo and about 20 minutes south of Sturgis in one of the most beautiful areas in the Black Hills. This spectacular canyon road was FULLY paved from Nemo all the way thru Vanocker Canyon a few years ago. This cabin has one bedroom on the main floor, sofa bed in living room, and two twins in the one-half story loft (please see photos of loft on this page). If you hike and love the outdoors, we also have a photo book of the many trails Wolfgang has constructed in the Black Hills.

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

Our log cabin was originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s when they were working in the Black Hills during the depression era. It was constructed at a nearby lake, completely disassembled by Wolfgang, and moved onto our property in the 1980s. It has been completely renovated and restored to provide the perfect lodging choice for your family vacation, honeymoon or weekend getaway.

Activities within 15 minutes nearby include: Nearby Dalton Lake is stocked with trout every spring and Little Elk Canyon is perfect for a short hike. Access to the motorized portion of the Centennial Trail is right next to Dalton Lake. The tasting room at Belle Jolie Winery is just a few miles to the north. Wonderland Cave is within minutes and is an interesting stop for all ages. The picturesque town of Nemo offers horseback riding and the historic Brandin' Iron Cafe. The Nemo area is a gorgeous part of the Black Hills as well as scenic Vanocker Canyon. We are within an hour of all major attractions, both north and south, in the Black Hills.

Amenities include the following:

Newly Paved asphalt 75' driveway and no gravel roads to reach the cabin.

Fenced and gated property; Borders National Forest land

Main floor bedroom has a Queen Pillowtop Bed

Queen Sofa Bed in the Living Room

Two small twins in the one-half story loft (4' high to center beam)

Cabin is perfect for one couple or a family of five. For more than two adults, please see our 2nd VRBO listing #167320.

New flat-screen TV with many Satellite and music channels (no DVD player); CD player in cabin

***Free Wi-Fi available in the Cabin***

Private Phone in cabin; Cell coverage up the road at the top of the hill, less than one mile away

Air Conditioned for warmer days; ceiling fan

Fully equipped Kitchen with microwave, range, and full size fridge

All paper products, linens and towels provided--see amenities below for more details.

Open view Blaze King electric log fireplace

Washer and Dryer in Cabin

Picnic Table and Gas Grill outside

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

Smoking on porch

Belle Jolie Winery is located in Vanocker Canyon directly north of us--15 minutes away.

Please check out our many reviews below from our previous guests.

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.

This charming cabin sits on a five-acre parcel where you will enjoy plenty of privacy without any other structures around, and it is not within a development. We have been listed in the Insider's Guide since 1997 and operate under South Dakota lodging license #3569. We also have a cottage on the east end of our property (on another five acres) that you can find under VRBO listing #167320. Our cabin and cottage are both completely fenced and have metal entrance gates. We answer every request we receive.

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More Details

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

About Wolfgang & Kathleen Schmidt

We have lived in the Black Hills for over 30 years where we have built our own home, our log cabin and new cottage. Wolfgang has created many hiking trails, as well as 16 bridges in the Black Hills, several on the Mickelson Trail as well as Spearfish Canyon.

Wolfgang & Kathleen Schmidt purchased this cabin in 1987

Why Wolfgang & Kathleen Schmidt chose Nemo

We fell in love with the Vanocker Canyon area when we moved here from California in the late Seventies. We especially enjoy the small town of Nemo 3 miles to the south of us. We built these two vacation rentals so visitors may share this pretty and historical area with the people who live here.

What makes this cabin unique

Our property is very private and you will enjoy all the wildlife that make this area their home. You will hear the bull elk in the fall and see the turkeys nesting in the tall pines nearby.


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

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 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 ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • 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 ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Bathtub with shower over tub.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Grayco Baby Crib is available (1), Queen Sofa Sleeper (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • snowmobiling
  • caving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Our log cabin is very unique in that it sits on its own five acres and is very private. There is a new paved driveway (metal entrance gate) with plenty of parking for motorcycle trailers, as well as RVs.


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Little Elk Cabin in Beautiful Vanocker Canyon Near Nemo!
average rating of 4.875 based on 40 reviews
Parkerfield, KS

Perfect Get-Away!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had the pleasure of staying in the cabin for 4 days. When we arrived the cabin was all ready for us. We were pleased with how clean it was and how inviting! We were new to the area, and anxious to visit all that the Black Hills has to offer. The cabin was centrally located, so we could head a different direction each day and not have long drives to get where we wanted to go. The kitchen was fully equipped and clean, and the rest of the cabin was extremely comfortable. Our purpose of this trip was to rest, relax and enjoy the sights. We loved the wooded setting and the peace and quiet.Lots of wildlife in our yard, which was fun. We have no complaints and would highly recommend this to anyone! Kathleen and Wolfgang are excellent hosts, and we enjoyed visiting with them! We hope to come back next year.

  • Review Submitted: 05/11/2015
  • Date of Stay: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to stay.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at Little elk cabin. we saw lots of wildlife there , deer , a baby fawn, a jack a rabbit, turkeys chipmunks and squirrels.

  • Review Submitted: 05/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful and Quiet

  • 5 of 5

I am from the area originally, have driven by this cabin often, thinking it would be fun to stay there sometime. The no- cell service is hard with our business to not have any contact with our employees. But we decided to make it work for this stay and was GLAD we did. Was so quiet and peaceful. Clean cabin, and everything and more we needed for our stay. We only talked on the phone with owners, but friendly and prompt on questions. Thank you for sharing a little piece of Heaven..

  • Review Submitted: 04/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy and rustic

  • 5 of 5

Kathleen and Wolfgang are exceptional host. The cabin was as expected. Cozy and rustic. Morning coffee on the porch and the wildlife is abundant. Turkey, chipmunks and deer everywhere. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: 26/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy little cabin

  • 4 of 5

Roomy cabin. Easy to get to and get around the area from its location

  • Review Submitted: 07/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cute little cabin in the heart of the hills

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Kathleen and Wolfgang for the quiet and clean stay at this adorable little cabin! We loved it and my girls loved the loft. Everything you need it right there. Quiet and clean. 5 minutes from Nemo if you need anything they have a cute store and restaurant. We really enjoyed are stay but it was much too short. We loved all the info you left on the table to plan our trip.

Tanya and Kelly

  • Review Submitted: 24/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 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
Historic 1880 train from Keystone to Hill City
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Brandin' Iron in Nemo
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Terry Peak Ski Resort
Car: necessary

Our log cabin is bordered on the south by U.S. Forest Service land and overlooks a meadow to the north. We are close to Wonderland Cave as well as Dalton Lake for fishing and Little Elk Canyon for hiking. The Belle Jolie Winery has just opened their new tasting room in Vanocker Canyon as well.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cabin in Nemo, South Dakota

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
July 2018
11 Jul 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$20 per night, per additional guest
Mid July 2018
18 Jul 2018 - 19 Jul 2018
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$20 per night, per additional guest
August 2018
18 Aug 2018 - 21 Aug 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$20 per night, per additional guest
Off Season
1 Oct 2018 - 30 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$20 per night, per additional guest
Winter 2018
1 Dec 2018 - 30 Apr 2019
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$20 per night, per additional guest
Sturgis 2019
1 Aug 2019 - 12 Aug 2019
6 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$34 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 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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