Kiddville Ranch and Historical Gold Mining Camp.

The HomeKitchen-stockedDining areaMaster Bedroom-queenDouble roomliving roomtwo twins roomGazebo/abandoned cabinold mining buildingsJohn and Kay-your hostsThe dam near the propetyEntrance to the propertyThis was the caretaker's home in gold camp daysThe original barnThe assay office from gold camp daysThe assay office from gold camp days
“ Excellent ”
15 Reviews


Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1
Sleeps: 6
Type: Home
Per night: $145
Pets allowed: Yes
Internet: Yes
Description of the Custer vacation home rental
Originally an 1895 boarding house in the mining camp of Kiddville (long ago abandoned), the house was remodeled and turned into a private home/ranch in the 1930's. In 2007, the home was again remodeled and modernized. The original assay office, caretakers quarters, barn/corral, and cabins are yet on the 38 privately owned acres, 8 miles NW of Custer, SD on six miles of well maintained gravel road.

Visitors have unlimited access to 5 of the 38 private acres, and the house yard adjoins the public Black Hills National Forest. The area abounds with deer, elk, turkeys, squirrels, birds,... The setting is very private for there are no other inhabited dwellings on the 38 acres!

Rates are for two guests $145/night during high season May 16-October 5. Three or four guests is $165/night. Additional charge of $15 per person per night. Lodging tax is 5.5%
Pets are $5/night. Pet owner is responsible for any damages.

The three bedrooms are on the second floor with the full bath. The main floor hosts the living room, kitchen, dining room, laundry area, porch, and small sun room. Upon request, a queen air bed can be provided on the main floor near the dining room.
Two of the bedrooms have queen beds, the third bedroom has two twin beds.

The Vacation Home is a modest, clean, friendly, down to earth ranch house, in an unbelievably beautiful, remote location. Enjoy the clean smell of pine, absence of human noises, and the sight of the stars with no street lights!
Area Information
The home is 8 miles from Custer, 11 miles from Crazy Horse Memorial, 20 miles from Mount Rushmore, 10 miles from Custer State Park, 20 miles from Jewel Cave Park, and 25 miles from Wind Cave National Park. There is six miles of well-maintained gravel road as access to the home.

Nearby entertainment includes hiking, biking, boating, fishing, golf, horseback riding, and gambling in historic Deadwood.

Sorry, no horses, please.

Availability Calendar


Begins Ends Week
Weekly Monthly Min
May 21 2015 Oct 05 2015 $145 $145 - - 2 Nights
Check In: 3 p.m. Check Out: 11 a.m.
Lodging tax: 5.5%
Deposits: $100 deposit, refundable if cancel more than 60 days in advance Stated prices are for two guests ($145/night) Three or Four guests is $165. Additional guests are $15/night. Pets are $5/night
Payment Options: Cashier's Check, Money Order, PayPal, Personal Check
Other Fees: *$145/Night for 2 people *$165/Night for 3-4 people ($15 per person per night for additional guests, *Pets are $5/night CLOSED OCTOBER 6 THROUGH MAY 15 Extra bedding/linens/cleaning supplies provided. Damages to the property will be the responsiblity of the visitor to rectify/reimburse. Pets allowed for $5/night. Sorry, no horses please


  • Beds

  • 2 Queen Beds
  • 2 Twin Beds
  • Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Pet Friendly
  • Full Kitchen
  • High Speed Internet
  • Parking Included
  • View (Mountains)
  • Garage
  • Appliances

  • Alarm Clock
  • Ice Maker
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Coffee Maker
  • Microwave
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)
  • VCR
  • DVD Player
  • Oven
  • Telephone
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Gas Grill
  • Refrigerator (Full)
  • Activities

  • Hiking
  • Miniature Golf
    (8 miles)
  • Shopping Area
    (8 miles)
  • Lake
    (20 miles)
  • Hunting
  • Playground
    (8 miles)
  • Winery
    (12 miles)
  • Amusement Park
    (25 miles)
  • Bicycling
    (8 miles)
  • Pool
    (8 miles)
  • Boating
    (20 miles)
  • Casino
    (25 miles)
  • Grocery Store
    (8 miles)
  • Restaurant
    (8 miles)
  • Fishing
    (20 miles)
  • Water Park
    (25 miles)
Other Vacation Rental Amenities
Gazebo with propane BBQ and picnic table

Altitude of the property is 6000' in the Southern Black Hills. The weather is the best you can find in this area, and there are no poisonous snakes/plants within walking distance!
There are two window AC's upstairs, and one in the living room in case of unseasonably warm weather.

Reviews for this vacation home rental in Custer, South Dakota

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Mike Yashus

Mike Yashus

Ironwood, MI


August 28, 2014

This private ranch was a great place to stay and unwind away from all of the tourists. There were many deer on the property and llamas as well on the front entrance area. We explored the back of the property that was nestled up to the Black Hills Forest and the greatest aspect was that it was so close to all the attractions but yet away from everything for peace & quiet. The owners of the property were all wonderful and one stopped by just to say hello while we were on our stay. The price to stay there was comparable to staying in area hotels not of the greatest quality except we had acres all to ourselves and an entire home to enjoy, which is well kept and maintained. We highly recommend this property to anyone traveling to the area. We will definitely stay there again when we go back to do all of the other things we did not get to do this time.

Tiff Beatty

Tiff Beatty

Boise, Idaho

favorite vacation!

July 9, 2014

We absolutely loved this rental. The property is beautiful and saw wildlife EVERYDAY. It's close to so many different places of interest and there is a lot to see. It was pet and kid friendly. Rustic and private is what we really loved. The owners are awesome! Would defiantly stay here again.

Nick De Louise

Nick De Louise

Denver, CO USA

2014 Memorial weekend getaway

May 28, 2014

This location was an incredible place to stay. It was tucked out of the way for plenty of privacy and quiet evenings, had plenty of open space for our dogs to run around, and allowed for easy access to all the activities in nearby areas (e.g. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Wind Caverns, Mammoth Site, etc.). There is plenty of history about the place. You can read about it and see how it connects to the history of the surrounding areas.

Debra Connolly

Debra Connolly


Great quiet place to stay centrally located

May 26, 2014

This place was a great place to stay. The house has alot of history to it. We enjoyed staying here and walking the property and learning about the house and it's surrounding. It is conveniently located to Crazy Horse Memorial and Mt Rushmore. If you want to see all the nearby sites and then turn in to a quiet relaxing place this is it.

Wendy Angel

Wendy Angel

Chicago, IL

Best vacation home!!!

July 13, 2013

This has been by far the best vacation home we have ever stayed at. It is very private with great views. During our stay, we were able to see deer, wild turkeys, and even caught a glimpse of a wild cat. We will definitely be returning here for our nest vacation to Custer.

Lynda Jochens

Lynda Jochens

Blue Springs, MO

Wonderful place to stay

June 8, 2013

We stayed at the Kiddville home for 4 nights. Our biggest regret is that we didn't make our reservation for a full week. Close to attractions and a private setting with hiking right outside your door. The historical buildings on the property are in remarkably good condition. The views were incredible while relaxing outside after a day of sightseeing. I rarely write a review for the places we have stayed, but I felt this one was special.

Sharon Henriksen

Sharon Henriksen

Indianapolis, IN

Lovely setting in a lively area

June 26, 2012

My parents, two sons, husband, dog and I had a lovely stay at this historic property. It was close to Crazy Horse, Custer, Custer State Park, and many other places we enjoyed visiting.

Anne Mohaupt

Anne Mohaupt


Kiddville Ranch

June 12, 2012

We loved it. Very quiet. No Neighbors. Could only hear the wind in the trees and the birds. Could only see "good views". Would go again.

patricia lundin

patricia lundin

bloomington, indiana usa

Kiddville Ranch - Custer SD

June 24, 2011

Very pleasant stay - the house was cozy and had everything to meet our needs - would have been nice to have a second bathroom, but we managed - the owners were gracious, helpful and accomodating - there was wildlife on the grounds every day - we enjoyed hiking the hills and exploring the grounds - somewhat remote, but we liked that aspect - would stay again.

Jerry Kellner

Jerry Kellner


Peace and Quiet in the hills

May 31, 2011

Kiddville Was Fantastic We Loved It. Just A Short Hike Up The Hill To The Blackhill National Wildlife Area. This Location Is Perfect For Seeing The Sites It Is Within 20 To 30 Miles Of Just About Anything You Would Want To Do In The Hills. Scenary Was Great There Were Deer In The Yard Everyday In The Moring And Then Again In The Evening. If You Want The Black Hills Experience Then Rent This House. Jerry,maryann,dale & Niki

Susan Mitchell

Susan Mitchell

Eau Claire, WI USA

Great place to stay!

August 31, 2010

This is the second year in a row that we rented this home. It is the best place in all of the Black Hills to stay as far as I am concerned. Great location, cozy home supplied with everything you could possibly need. We will be going out again next year. Cannot wait!

April Shrader

April Shrader

Madison, WI

Relaxation and quiet

August 15, 2010

We had such a nice time during our stay at Kiddville Ranch. The quiet and relaxation we experienced there was such a nice change from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Even though the days were a bit warm for sightseeing, the weather "back at the ranch" was perfect!! We will definitely be back, but will stay longer next time!!

Maria Barratt-Riley

Maria Barratt-Riley

Boise, Idaho

Perfect for kids and pets

July 29, 2010

This was exactly what we needed. Quiet, peaceful, and just absolutely beautiful. I can't express how grateful we are that Kay and her family were willing to convert their family homestead into a rental...and allow us to bring our dogs with us. Deer, bunnies, coyotes, and even a tough kitty came down every evening to say hi. We will definately be back (even though it is a 14 hour drive), but will stay longer next time. Can't say enough good things about the place and caretakers.

Deb Schretenthaler

Deb Schretenthaler

Eau Claire, WI USA

Great Place To Stay!!!

October 18, 2009

We stayed for one week in August. There were nine people in our party. The house was exactly what we were looking for: privacy, space, amenities. The kitchen is fully eqquiped, which allowed us to cook many meals. We were able to hike and explore without having to drive.





May 15, 2009

I am a granddaughter who came from MN every year to stay in this beautiful piece of property while my grandparents were still living. I am so appreciative of the fact that my wonderful relatives have taken on renting this beautiful place so that you too can enjoy the solitude this place has to offer besides all of the history on this piece of land and surrounding area. The abundance of deer and other wildlife roaming is awesome and a definite perk!! I highly recommend you stay at this 1895 Historic Charm.

Owner Supplied Testimonials

My grandparents homesteaded this property in the 1920's. It is a cherished piece of our family that we wish to share. The history is fantastic, the house comfy, and the area beautiful! Though the home is completely modernized, it carries a rare peice of history with it! Tricia-owner

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is this home available for motorcycle guests?
A: Yes, we have biker guests each year during the Sturgis Rally.
Free Bike parking is available near the highway at a safe location, if guests have a car to then travel to the Vacation Home from there, as there is 6 miles of well maintained gravel to get to the vacation home.
The vacation home rents for $165 for two people, $205 for four people, and $295 for six during the Rally.
Q: What makes your vacation home special?
A: Guests are usually enamored with the large private yard which is often visited by wildlife at dusk or dawn.
The yard has a tiny spring fed creek running through it. The altitude is 6000 feet, so it is generally cooler than the surrounding area.
Though the home is not fancy, it has a friendly, down to earth, "grandparents at the ranch" feel to it.
The home was originally a boarding house for gold miners in the late 1800's.
My grandparents turned it into their family home in the 1930's.
Many of the old mining buildings are yet on the property (assay office, caretaker's home, barn,...)

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Patricia Baumann

Patricia Baumann

605 673-4873

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    John and Kay are Patricia's parents who manage the property.
    John is retired US Forest Service. Kay grew up at the vacation rental property which was homesteaded by her parents.
    They live on a property 5 miles from the vacation home, where they grow a huge garden....
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