The SpaceThis is not your typical modern vacation home. The naturally weathered cabin was hand built in the 1970's using locally harvested rough lumber, homemade windows and one-of-a-kind walnut flooring. The main house has all the comforts of home: sleeps 6 with an upstairs loft with queen bed plus an open-design downstairs sleeping/TV room with a queen bed and futon (this room is a common space and has limited privacy; see "back bedroom" photos). The “bunkhouse," a small second cabin just steps from the main house, has two sleeping rooms with a full-size futon bed downstairs and bunk bed (2 twins) upstairs. The great room in the big house has a fully equipped corner kitchen and large bay windows for beautiful, wide-angle views of the woods and the canyon. The dining table expands to seat ten and guests can enjoy outdoor meals on the spacious deck.
The cabin sits on a sunny, south-facing, wooded hillside at the end of a quarter-mile gravel driveway. There's not another house in sight. But you are likely to see deer, turkey and other wildlife, and coyotes often sing their wild, unforgettable song on the ridge at night. Guest AccessGuests have access to the entire main house, the bunkhouse, and ten acres of oak, aspen and ponderosa pine woods. Property also includes a large grassy meadow and a picnic table beside the creek (seasonal; the creek usually dries up in August). Interaction with GuestsOwner lives off site, but is always available by phone or email. Friendly caretakers also live nearby. The NeighborhoodGuests, especially kids, love the views from the loft and the deck, the woods, the creek and nearby hiking. Black Hills National Forest boundary is 1/4 mile away. The woods are populated with deer, wild turkey, raccoons, foxes, porcupines, red squirrels, many kinds of birds and, of course, coyotes. The creek is a rushing torrent in June, a placid brook in July and usually dried up in August (although in 2015 it ran all summer). Spearfish (5 miles) and Deadwood (8 miles) both feature excellent coffee shops, restaurants, grocery stores, shopping and lots of entertainment. Spearfish Canyon, 2 miles away, is often described as the most "breathtakingly beautiful canyon" in the world. Spectacular outings, including the Badlands, Mt. Rushmore, Custer State Park, and Devil's Tower, are easy day trips. A nearly endless number of fun outdoor recreational activities - hiking, biking, swimming, golf, fishing, rock climbing, creek tubing and many more - are nearby. An extensive things-to-do guide is available in the cabin. Getting AroundGuest parking is right next to the house. Spearfish is 5 miles away and Deadwood about 8 miles on the Maitland road. I-90 is 4 miles north. Fabulous sights, including Mt. Rushmore, Custer State Park and Devil's Tower in Wyoming, are easy day trips. Other Things to NoteCoyote Ridge Lodge is nestled in beautiful Maitland canyon, which unfortunately interferes with internet wireless signals. Cell phone service is good (we have a signal booster) but with occasional interruptions. There is a land-line phone and cable TV. Several coffee shops in town offer fast, free wireless connections.
The cabin has an "open" design. There are no bedrooms with doors, although the loft and the bunkhouse rooms are relatively private. Multiple families or groups wanting privacy should look at the bedroom photos carefully.
The spring creek usually (not always) dries up in July.