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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

Yak Ridge Cabins, offer rustic charm and modern amenities.

Yak Ridge custom cabins were completed in Fall 2015 and are nestled in the heart of the Black Hills and offer rustic charm as well as modern amenities. Cabin #3 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 #3 is already booked for your travel dates, please check out cabin #1 (vrbo property - 741537) it is virtually identical to cabin #3.

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 741537 for details.

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Julie Smoragiewicz
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
18 April, 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 that it offers serenity and privacy but also easy access regard 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 three 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 rental in Mount Rushmore

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 640 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Quiet Hours from 10PM to 8AM
  • All visits and tours on our adjacent farm must be scheduled in advance.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • 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
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sofa bed/futon , Queen Sleeper Sofa in Livig/Dining Room
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • 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 climbing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snowmobiling
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
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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average rating of 4.852941 based on 34 reviews

Fantastic cabin experience for the whole family

  • 5 of 5

Julie and Jim did a wonderful job making us feel welcome right when we got there. The cabins are so clean and well suited for everyone. They've got everything you need, and a lot more. Every night the family hung out by the fire pit, and every morning we got to cook up the freshest eggs we've ever tasted.

The location is absolutely perfect - felt like 15 minutes you could get to just about anywhere important in the Black Hills, and then suddenly completely secluded back in the cabin nestled into a hillside. We saw deer, turkeys, marmots, Yaks...yes Yaks every day. Couldn't have been a better spot for 3 generations coming together.

  • Review Submitted: 04/04/2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was wonderful to have you stay at Yak Ridge! So glad that all three generations enjoyed the Black Hills and the cabins.
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Great cabin tucked away in the woods and convenient to everything in the black hills!

  • 5 of 5

We were so pleasantly surprised by this little cabin that was perfect size for our family of four! The kids had a blast climbing the nearby rocky ridge, and we met the Yak neighbors! Built a fire in the fire pit enjoyed the cool evenings outside. Mount Rushmore is 15 minutes away, town of keystone 10 min, Custer State Park is 15 min. And if you fly into Rapid city it's just a 25 min drive to the cabin from the airport. Cabin had everything we needed to cook meals, and the owner left us a few sundries when we arrived to get us started. There are several cabins on property, so it's a great spot for a few families to vacation together. Lots of rental cabins in the black hills are either right off the busy highway or so far back in the woods that they are inconvinient...this one is a perfect mix between the two...tucked away but still very convenient to the main roads. Highly recommend!

  • Review Submitted: 26/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad that you enjoyed the cabin and your stay in the Black Hills! We hope you will return.
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  • 5 of 5

We really loved staying at Yak Ridge Cabins! It was perfect for our family of 5. Everything was very clean and felt like home from the moment we stepped in the door. Julie, the owner, was very kind and stocked our fridge with some fresh eggs and a few other yummy goodies. The kitchen was well stocked with everything for cooking and even had some pantry items too. We cooked breakfast every morning and dinner every evening. It was very cozy and enjoyable to relax with the beautiful scenery around the cabin.

I really loved that the location of the cabin was pretty central for day trips/outing to all of the things we wanted to see and do in the Black HIlls. We stayed for an entire week mid-March. Many of the "tourist traps" were not yet open, which was fine with us. The things we wanted to actually see and do were open and really had very few people there so it was very enjoyable not having any big crowds.

The week we went, it was mostly warm during the days-upper 40's-50's. Perfect cabin weather! We used the fire pit and the kids loved exploring right around the cabin. The last day we were there it snowed 8-10 inches! It was my children's highlight of the trip. We just hung out in the cabin and played in the snow. Julie and Jim did make sure to plow the road so we could get out if we felt like venturing out, but snuggling up at the cabin seemed just the right way to end our stay.

We will definitely be recommending Yak Ridge Cabins to anyone wanting to visit the Black Hills!!

  • Review Submitted: 23/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you and your family enjoyed your stay and the late snow! We look forward to having you return!
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Wonderful getaway for the family!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our three-night stay in cabin 3! It was myself, my husband, our 11-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son. The cabin was the perfect size for spending quality time together playing games, completing a puzzle, making meals together, watching a movie or just relaxing. It's also spacious enough that we could have quiet time to ourselves if needed/wanted. The cabin is beautifully decorated and many thoughtful touches added to make it very comfortable and homey. We enjoyed the fresh eggs, cheese, and fruit Julie had in the fridge for us. Most condiments are in the fridge and there are plenty of pots, pans, and utensils, as well as wine glasses, coffee mugs, etc.

We took a tour of the farmstead and enjoyed learning about (and meeting) the chickens, yaks, dog and hearing more about the operation. Julie and Jim are so welcoming and friendly and also gave us plenty of space and privacy.

The location is perfect for exploring the Hills. It's far enough off the Highway that you really feel like you're deep in the forest but it's close to the Highway so you can get out and explore.

We highly recommend staying at Yak Ridge and hope to be back for a stay soon!

  • Review Submitted: 01/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent and will do this again.

  • 5 of 5

Stayed two nights at the cabin at Yak Ranch. Very comfortable and had everything we needed. Nice location and quiet, but still close to all the activities we wanted to do.

  • Review Submitted: 30/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, clean, loved!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic stay at Yak Ridge. My husband and I, and our 4 young children felt very comfortable and at home in cabin #3. We would go back in a heartbeat.

  • Review Submitted: 18/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Rapid City Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Bar Lee's
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Hart Ranch
Nearest Train
5 Miles
1880 Train
Nearest Motorway
0.75 Miles
Highway 16
Nearest Restaurant
3 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.


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

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 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.