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Log Cabin

This modern square log cabin with front deck located at Spring Creek Inn has a kitchen dining and living room area. It provides a private bath with stand up shower with on demand heated water. The main floor provides a queen sized bed and sleeper sofa. An additional loft space provides a full sized bed that sleeps two as well.

$165 per night
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Grandma's House in the Heart of the Black Hills

Grandma's House is in the heart of the Black Hills, located 1 mile from Hill City, it is minutes away from Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Custer State Park and more. It sits alone on the edge of a meadow with hills directly behind it and a small, bubbly creek in front of the house. It has plenty of room for kids to run and play outside, and a cozy, quaint inside for families to enjoy each other's company.

$216 per night
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Elk Creek Cabin

This modern square log cabin with front deck located at Spring Creek Inn has a kitchen dining and living room area. It provides a private bath with stand up shower with on demand heated water. The main floor provides a queen sized bed and sleeper sofa. An additional loft space provides a full sized bed that sleeps two as well.

$173 per night

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Hill City Hideaway on the Mickelson Trail
$175 per night
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Pine Mountain Rest
$210 per night
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Pine Ave. Bunkhouse - Black Hills
$200 per night
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Town View Villa walking distance to downtown!
$186 per night
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The Stam Family Lodge on Tin Mill Hill
$225 per night
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The Trailside
$192 per night
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Heart of Black Hills Home by Mickelson Trail!
$237 per night
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L1 Two Bedroom with Sofa Sleeper
$182 per night
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Dakota Cabin near Mt. Rushmore at Pine Rest Cabins
$212 per night
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Trails End Cabin #2
$115 per night
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House on the Hill
$200 per night
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Barnestone....luxury in the Heart of the Hills
$199 per night

Your guide to Hill City

Welcome to Hill City

Parks and outdoor adventures surround the Black Hills’ second-oldest town. Its South Dakota showstoppers include the Crazy Horse Memorial, the planet’s largest mountain carving, to the southwest, and Mount Rushmore to the southeast: both within a 20-minute drive. Hill City also makes a good base for exploring Devils Tower, the spires of Custer State Park, and the otherworldly Badlands. And don’t forget the pristine prairie at Wind Cave National Park, blanketing one of the world’s longest, most complex cavern systems.

Hiking, cycling, horseback riding, and off-roading trails wind through the rocky slopes and gnarled ponderosa pines. For kid-friendly options, you can go boat or ice fishing on Sheridan Lake, or browse dinosaur bones at the Museum @ Black Hills Institute. Meanwhile adults can soak up the art galleries, local wineries, and craft beer that bring cosmopolitan charm to this laid-back tourist hub.


How do I get around Hill City?

Fly into Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP), 45 minutes northeast, and be sure to rent a car. Wheels will help you soak up the sights and scenic drives, including the sharp turns and craggy landscapes of the Needles Highway. The Iron Mountain Road — connecting Mount Rushmore and Custer State Park — also wins rave reviews, especially for its 314 curves and pigtail bridges that change elevation quickly. Just watch out for free-roaming buffalo crossing the road. And stay alert for motorcycles in early August, when the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally brings 500,000-plus bikers to the area. You can also hike, drive an all-terrain vehicle, or hop on horseback for a callback to the region’s Wild West history.


When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Hill City?

Outdoor adventurers should look to summer for the most consistently warm temperatures. That said, fall offers smaller crowds and less rain, beating out spring on the shoulder-season front. Culture kicks off in May with the Black Hills Film Festival, followed by scrap metal and chainsaw creations at June’s Sculpture in the Hills Art Show. Treat your taste buds to local food and drinks with a side of live music at the Wine, Brew & BBQ festival in August. September brings the Quilt Show and Sale, great for original souvenirs. A holiday parade marks the start of Old Tyme Christmas in late November, and Holiday Express trains run on weekends throughout December.


What are the top things to do in Hill City?

1880 Train

The scenic, 3-hour round-trip journey runs between Hill City and Keystone from May to October. Replica steam locomotives pull visitors past old mines and Gold Rush hot spots within the forest landscape. Serious rail buffs should also make tracks for the South Dakota State Railroad Museum flanking the Hill City depot.

George S. Mickelson Trail

Hill City sits near the center of this 109-mile route connecting Deadwood in the northern Black Hills and Edgemont in the south. This gently sloping trail — usually less than a 4 percent grade — passes over old railroad bridges and through rock tunnels. Rent a bicycle, hop on horseback, or lace up your hiking boots to head in either direction. Summer trolley rides also open up this experience for visitors of all abilities.

Hill City Galleries

Experience the area’s natural beauty with a self-guided tour of Main Street’s creative side. Many of the galleries and boutiques feature Native and contemporary pieces made by locals. Think watercolor farm scenes and chainsaw carvings, not to mention a scrap-metal stallion made from farm and ranch tools. Its sculptor reports that flesh-and-blood horses occasionally whinny at it when they’re being trailered through town.