About Yak Ridge Cabins & Farmstead
Our cabins near Mount Rushmore are an authentic taste of midwestern farmstead country life. Guests can schedule a tour of our farmstead located on acreage adjacent to the cabins. The farmstead is home to our chickens, honey bees, and a small herd of Himalayan yaks!
In addition to sightseeing and other adventures in the Black Hills, cabin guests can enjoy peace and tranquility right from their cabin’s front porch. Enjoy beautiful mountain and meadow views, and even observe the region’s wildlife throughout the ten-acre property. Frequent guests include deer, songbirds, turkeys, hawks, marmots, and chipmunks. Occasionally, bald eagles, elk, coyotes, owls, 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.
Welcome to Yak Ridge Cabins, your ideal family vacation, weekend getaway, or retreat destination! Our fully-furnished cabins are nestled in the heart of the Black Hills. Custom built-in 2015, each cabin offers rustic charm and modern amenities for your home away from home. Yak Ridge cabins feature the work of local craftsmen and artisans. Many local and sustainable materials were used in the construction of the cabins. Our guests enjoy:
- Heating and air-conditioning
- Custom finished interior with artisan and vintage fixtures and furnishings
- Quality shower, bath, sink, and toilet in each cabin (hairdryer, soap, and shampoo)
- All linens for the beds, baths, and kitchen
- Living/dining area seating and table
- A flat-screen television with DVD player, movies, games, and books
- Full kitchen with dishware, glassware, cookware, and utensils
- Refrigerator, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, and electric range
- Comfortable beds with cozy blankets and quilts
- Covered porch with seating and a gas grill
- 10 acres of peace and tranquility
The farmstead is also rich in history, located on the west-central edge of Eagle Mountain Ranch. The original Ranch was established by early settlers and includes Eagle Mountain, elevation 5,267, located to the east of Yak Ridge and recognizable by its rocky outcropping peak. Bald Eagles have historically nested in the area and are often seen soaring the skies. During Prohibition, Yak Ridge’s 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.
The second component of Yak Ridge is the trio of guest cabins open year-round for visitors to the area. Each cabin has its own unique appeal and is situated in the heart of the Hills, perfect for visiting local attractions. Guests can take short day trips to 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 must-see locations.
Yak Ridge farmstead is a unique collection of agricultural activities that utilize and complement the natural landscape. Home to honey bees, chickens, and even a small herd of Himalayan yaks, the farmstead is brimming with life. Visitors can see firsthand how the plants, animals, and human activity form a symbiotic relationship and lend themselves to a sustainable way of life.
"We just returned from a 3-night stay (wish it were MORE). Yak Ridge was amazing. The cabins were very nice with a lot of little extras. When we arrived there were fresh eggs from the chickens and cheese in the fridge, s'more supplies ready to go and coffee ready to be brewed. Our kids also loved the hike up the rocks and hill. If we ever find ourselves in the Blackhills again we will for sure stay here."
Cincinnati, OH, July 2017