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Best View in Hills! 6,000 Feet! See Harney Peak, The Needles from deck!

Bedrooms 2
Space 900 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

1879 Minimg Camp -The Bonanza- on a mountain top in middle of National forest

First time ever offered to the public! We would like to share with you this breathtaking view and quaint cozy cabin. The Bonanza has views of Harney Peak, The Needles, back side of Mt. Rushmore, Mt Coolidge and Custer State Park. You are in total isolation and only two miles from Custer. Either in the home, on the deck or just on the property, you will not be able to take your eyes off this beautiful view. This truly is a place you will not want to leave. It is rustic, yet elegant! We envision this to be a place to go on your honeymoon, to write a book or a song or just relax. You can take day hikes in any direction and discover the same places Native Americans, General Custer and the settlers discovered.

The Recently remodeled cabin was been done so to keep the rustic feel of an 1880s mining camp and today's modern amenities for your comfort.

The cabin offers a Master bedroom with a queen bed, bathroom has a claw foot tub/shower.

Kitchen/living room has large windows for panoramic view of the Black Hills. The open floor plan of kitchen and living area include a ladder going up to an 18x 13 loft (also with amazing views) with 4 twin beds.

You step out of the living room onto a deck that has r views of the beautiful Black Hills.

The guest cabin has a queen size bed, small refrigerator, table and two chairs, (roll away cot is available upon request). It has a private porch with the same stunning view.

Carzy Horse Memorial is just 20 minutes away and they have a beautiful light show in the evening.

Mt. Rushmore is only 30 minutes away and is a must see! Nice shopping and good ice cream availabel there too!

Hill City is approximately 25 minutes away and has the 1880's Train which goes from there to Keystone. Hill City is known for their German Restaurant, The Alpine Inn, a great place to eat lunch and they have delicious home made desserts!

Keystone which is at the base of Mt.Rushmore, is an old historic minning town, lots of history. In their downtown they have nice shopping and you can watch taffy being made in the Taffy shop.

There is fishing, swimming and boating available at four area lakes: Sylvan, Bismark, Legion and Stockade, these are all within 1-25 miles from the cabin.

Custer State Park is just a few (12) miles down the road. This park is one of the largest State Parks in the United States. It has one of the largest free roaming buffalo herds in the U.S., Big Horm sheep, elk, deer, turkeys and the famous friendly burros can also be seen in the park.

There are two world class caves in the area which offer cave and spelunking tours. Wind Cave National Park is approximately 15 miles away and Jewel Cave National Monument is approximately 12 miles away.

There is a local golf course in Custer, just 5 minutes away! There is also a golf course in Hot Springs which is only a 30 minute drive through Wind Cave National Park (where the buffalo roam and the prairie doge play!)

Historic Deadwood is approximately one hour away and has a wide variety of casinos and entertainment available daily. Mt. Moriah is the resting place of the famous Clamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickock, also in Deadwood.

The home is approximately an hour drive to Sturgis.

This property is on a mile long gravel road with a steep incline, SUV's preferred, please call with any questions.

Due to the terrain steepness, we ask that a liability release be signed upon arrival.

Kitchen is fully stocked, we provide linens, towels and only start up paper products, not enough for your whole stay.

Stackable washer and dryer and laundry tub in laundry room.

Table and chiars on front deck and gas gril.

Check in time is 4:00 pm and check out time is 10:00 am.

PLEASE scroll through listing to see all that is included with rental!

We also have three other homes on theVRBO web-site, below are the listing numbers for Custer South Dakota:

New home in Custer #513325

Cozy Creek Side Cabin #479952

Hill Side New Construction Log Home #654056

More Details

Tim Holland/Dawn Holland
Member since: 2013
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
18 June, 2018

About Tim Holland/Dawn Holland

Tim and I have been married for 35 years! We grew up in Grand Haven, Michigan. We have two grown children and one granddaughter. Tim is a retired Executive from Cabelas and we moved to the beautiful Black Hills permanently in 2008. We have a ranch in Custer and enjoy our cows and chickens! We are very active in our community.. We have four vacation homes in Custer and we strive to bring customer service to a higher level. We enjoy our guests and our vacation rental business

Tim Holland/Dawn Holland purchased this cabin in 2014

Why Tim Holland/Dawn Holland chose Custer

This is one of the highest, privately owned homes (if not the highest home) in South Dakota!

This truly is one of the most spectacular places in the world!

It is very secluded, very beautiful and peaceful! The front porch has an breathtaking view! The bunkhouse is quaint and comfortable and also has a beautiful view from its own deck!

The shower house is roomy and comfortable.

What makes this cabin unique

Tranquility, privacy and nature all wrapped up in one beautiful location. Two miles from town, but in total isolation. You have a view of every southern mountain range in the Black Hills. Sunrises are a life time memory.


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

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure , There is a newly remodeled bath house on property
  • Cabin has one full bathroom. There is also a private bath house with full facilities on property.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 large double bed , This is a guest cabin, one queen bed. Cot available.
    Bedroom 2 - 4 single bed , Loft has ladder and four twin beds-two can make into a king
  • Cabin has Master bedroom with queen size bed. Loft has four twin sized beds. In loft the trundle bed can be made into a king size bed if notified before stay. Guest cabin has one queen size bed.
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • ski
  • snowboarding
  • caving
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Check out time is 10:00 am. Please strip beds and leave on floor in rooms. Please run dishwasher.


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Best View in Hills! 6,000 Feet! See Harney Peak, The Needles from deck!
average rating of 5.0 based on 42 reviews

Amazing view from cabin. Owners very helpful.

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a wonderful time at this cabin. Everything was very clean and in good order. What makes this cabin unique is the unparalleled view from the patio.

  • Review Submitted: 27/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the wonderful review, we greatly appreciate it! So glad you enjoyed your stay and the beautiful view! Please come back again! Tim and Dawn
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Great location!

  • 5 of 5

Our family enjoyed staying in this cabin and the extras like the board games available. Easy check in and everything was fabulous!

  • Review Submitted: 06/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the nice review! So glad you enjoyed the cabin and your stay, please come back again! Tim and Dawn
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Highlight from our first visit to the Black Hills!

  • 5 of 5

This property was perfect as a base for our stay in the Black Hills (4 adults, 1 toddler). A unique set of circumstances led us to stay here, and it ended up being a highlight of our 2-week trip through Minnesota and the Dakotas. The property is beautifully maintained and well-stocked with everything you need both inside and out. Eating breakfast and watching sunrise with views of the Black Hills and the valley below was breathtaking. Evenings roasting marshmallows around the campfire watching the Milky Way above and thunderstorms in the distance didn't get old. We had deer and turkeys wandering about most mornings. Custer is just down the hill and most points within the Black Hills are less than an hour away. The owners called the night we arrived to make sure we were settled and didn't have any issues - I really thought this was a nice touch. The only bad thing during our stay was when we had to pack up and leave - 1 week was great, but 2 would have been better!

  • Review Submitted: 19/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic stay!

  • 5 of 5

We loved this property! The driveway is steep and gravel, we had no problem in a Suburban, but cars with low clearance should beware. It got you to an amazing view and cute cabin. Basic cooking ingredients were available with is always nice. Beds were comfy and everything was clean. Great home base to see all the nearby sights. Then drive up and hear not another soul. Gorgeous rock formations just a couple feet from the cabin. We were on the road for 7000 miles over 33 days, this cabin was a highlight!

  • Review Submitted: 24/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing cabin with spectacular view!

  • 5 of 5

Our family loved staying at Mountain Top. It was a perfect "home base" to explore the Black Hills, with all sights/activities very accessible from this location, yet with peace and serenity surrounding you. Plus, as stated in previous reviews, the view from the property is truly amazing and hard to describe in words or pictures. The cabin has all amenities you would want, and Dawn and Tim are great and attentive owners. We hope to be back!

  • Review Submitted: 20/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the wonderful review! It was nice to meet you and your family and visit with you during your stay! We enjoyed having you, please come back again! Tim and Dawn
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The property was charming and pristine! What a view!

  • 5 of 5

Everyone in our family loved the cabin. The property was extremely well cared for and had all the amenities we needed. It was also rustic and let you feel like you were in a world all your own.

  • Review Submitted: 12/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the nice review, we greatly appreciate it! It's nice to hear that our guests enjoyed their stay and the beautiful view! Thanks for staying with us and come back again! Tim and Dawn
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Rapid City
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Us Highway 16a
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Bugling Bull/downtown Custer
Nearest Ski
55 Miles
Terry Peak
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Stockade lake
Car: necessary

This property sits on 10 Acres of private land surrounded by National forest, on a mountain top! It is still only two miles from downtown Custer, four miles to Sylvan Lake and the entrance to Custer State park. You are just minutes from, Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse

Memorial, Custer Stste Park entrances and Black Hills Playhouse. We are one hour from famous Deadwood, known for Wild Bill Hickock, Calamity Jane, gold mining and many casinos and nice restaurants. The Rapid City airport is about 50 minutes away.

Custer is a short distance from Mt. Rushmore, Wind Cave National Park and Jewel Cave National Park.


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$135.45

Travelers will have to go through a National Forest gate, road is a single lane gravel with steep grades. Travelers need to be aware of Forest fire and weather conditions, also lightning. No outside fires permitted. A propane outside fire place will be offered, one propane tank supplied-additional tanks will be at renters expense. Please strip beds and run dishwasher. Check in 4:00pm/out 10:00am

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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