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Custom Black Hills Cabin - minutes to Mt Rushmore, mountain setting, new in 2015

Bedrooms 1
Space 38 m²
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 1 - 5 nights


About the property

Modern amenities, rustic charm, and convenient to major attractions

Custom built in 2015, our deluxe cabins are nestled in the heart of the Black Hills and offer rustic charm as well as modern amenities. Cabin #2 offers a studio design with a full kitchen and bath and a covered porch. The cabin sleeps up to 3 guests (queen bed and full sofa sleeper). Great option for two or three adults, or two adults and a child.

Before booking, please contact Julie regarding available discounts and special rates.

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 on a property adjacent to the 10 acre cabin property and 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 offers two 2-bedroom cabins, each sleeps up to 6 which allows Yak Ridge to accommodate a total of 16 guests. Visit properties 741537 and 741538 for details.

Please call or email for more information. We look forward to having you stay At Yak Ridge!

More Details

Julie Smoragiewicz
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 24, 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), and

- 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 woodwork, 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 Amenities for this vacation cabin rental in Mount Rushmore

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 38 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 3
  • 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 to the property.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • 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 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , sink
  • Full bath offer tub/shower, toilet, and sink
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Studio - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Studio cabin offers a queen bed and a full size sleeper sofa
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • 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
  • sailing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
This custom cabin was completed in Fall 2015 and 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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Custom Black Hills Cabin - minutes to Mt Rushmore, mountain setting, new in 2015
average rating of 4.818182 based on 33 reviews

What a stay!

  • 5 of 5

This was my first time visiting South Dakota, and I’m glad I found Yak Ridge to help with my experience. The landscape was beautiful and the cabin was very homey. Everything was provided for and the cabin was located central to any of the main attractions. If I were to return to the Black Hills, I would definitely book Yak Ridge again!

  • Submitted: 11-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome cabin!

  • 5 of 5

Great place to go unwind and relax!! Loved our visit!!

  • Submitted: 3-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean, beautiful view, private and quiet cabin

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely time. No one bothered us, we got to sit peacefully. The cabin was equipped with everything you need. I highly recommend it!! Julie is the nicest and most helpful person you'll ever meet.

We will be back.

  • Submitted: 5-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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very neat & clean, decorated very cute

  • 5 of 5

Loved this place! It was quiet and peaceful, very neat and clean and decorated very cute. Loved the extra little touches like the little tree lit up outside the cabin, the porch light on for us when we arrived, and a bowl of fruit, cheese and fresh eggs in the fridge. Great hospitality! We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: 29-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Super Charming

  • 5 of 5

Cabin #2 was super cute, charming, and cozy. The kitchen was well stocked with utensils, that made cooking-in easy. The water was HOT, which was nice after a long day in the cold January outdoors. Good size bathroom and shower, and comfortable bed. It was fun reading the guest book in the cabin; this helped us with ideas of where to eat-out and what to see (e.g., Mt. Rushmore illumination). Also, the "welcome basket" of fresh eggs, fruit, coffee, and chocolate was a nice touch!

  • Submitted: 19-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Husband & I stayed over Christmas holiday, and had the best quiet, relaxing time we've had in a while! Cabin was very clean, with all the comforts of home! The owners really go above and beyond to make sure you are happy! We will definitely go back and would recommend to our friends and family. If you're looking for a wonderful, quiet, and relaxing stay, look no further!!

Cole and Valerie Smith

  • Submitted: 30-Dec-2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • 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
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

Rental Rates for this vacation cabin rental in Mount Rushmore

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Winter Holiday
Nov 1 2017 - Apr 30 2018
2 night minimum stay
Early Seaon
May 1 2018 - May 24 2018
2 night minimum stay
Sturgis Rally 2018
Aug 3 2018 - Aug 12 2018
5 night minimum stay
Fall 2018
Sep 3 2018 - Oct 31 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 6.0%

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