Destination guide

Experience Deadwood in vacation home rentals

Not everyone leaves Deadwood the way they came in—just think of Wild Bill Hickock, whose gun-slinging ways came to a notorious end in one of the town's saloons. But today's visitors will check out of their Deadwood vacation rentals knowing they've done the Wild West true justice. This town is the real deal when it comes to those lawless days. Its Main Street is lined with gambling halls and saloon bars, and there are still gold mines here and a gunslingers' cemetery. Play your cards right and you might just survive Deadwood to tell the tale.

Things to do

Tourist attractions near Deadwood vacation rentals

With the whole of Deadwood classed as a National Historic Landmark, you'll be tripping over its historic attractions. Most visitors opt for the Hickock hat-trick once they've settled into their Deadwood vacation rentals: touring the "Original Site of the Killing of Wild Bill Hickok"; the Days of '76 Museum; and lastly Mount Moriah Cemetery, where Wild Bill was buried. The Adams Museum is also a great place to dig deeper into Deadwood's notorious past. The kids will love the Broken Boot Gold Mine as they leave clutching their own little nugget of gold!

Activities

What to do near Deadwood vacation homes

If you're coming to Deadwood to relive the "days of '76"—the year Wild Bill arrived in town—you're in luck. Start with the gambling halls that are still Deadwood's big earner. From roulette to craps to slots, you can stack those chips just like the old-time prospectors who gambled their gold away. Then there are the history tours and live displays that vividly bring home how miners mined, bar hands poured, and gunslingers fought. You can even head out of town on horseback—saddle slung cowboy-style—to explore the Black Hills. Or you could just go with the times, and hire an ATV.

Day trips

Best excursions near Deadwood vacation homes

Deadwood is the perfect base camp to see the sights of Rapid City. Vacation homes are just a short distance from places like Mount Rushmore National Memorial, an iconic presidential sculpture on a massive peak, and Reptiles Gardens, a zoo with reptile exhibits, bird shows, giant tortoises, and a greenhouse. You'll also like Dinosaur Park, a hilltop park with cement dinosaurs, and Custer State Park, a huge nature preserve with scenic trails teeming with native wildlife.

Weather

Climate during your stay in Deadwood vacation homes

South Dakota might be more north than west, but summers here are gloriously warm and decidedly on the long side. Temperatures often top 70°F from May through September. Although Deadwood isn't as dry as much of South Dakota, most of that rain and snow comes in a short spring-time flurry, meaning plenty of blue skies at high noon. Winters can also be on the benign side, with snows being quickly wafted away by warm chinook winds. So, even in winter, your plans for Deadwood vacation rentals don't have to include a snow shovel!

Natural features

Deadwood's Black Hills bursting with beauty

Deadwood, now as then, is squeezed along the creeks and gulches winding through the northern Black Hills. In fact, the town gets its name from a gulch filled with dead trees where prospectors struck gold in the 1870s. Book a Deadwood lodge and you'll find it isn't just the town that's a little wild. The surrounding hills remain a largely untouched frontier, crisscrossed by hiking and biking trails. Head out along these and you might have a few close brushes with animals as cute as chipmunks and as fierce as mountain lions.

How to get there

How to get to and around Deadwood

The nearest airport is in Rapid City, SD (RAP-Rapid City Regional), located 40.7 mi (65.6 km) from the city center.

Family friendly

Family fun near Deadwood vacation homes

Families with children will have endless opportunities for fun and adventure in Deadwood. Vacation rentals can be found near places like Broken Boot Gold Mine, a rustic former gold mine with guided tours of underground mines, and Tatanka Story of Bison, a unique attraction with bison and Native American history exhibits. Kids will also like Homestake Mine, a deep gold mine with a museum and tours.

Can I find a vacation rental around Deadwood?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 654 vacation rentals near Deadwood. From 365 Cabins to 221 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Deadwood for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Deadwood?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Deadwood. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Mount Moriah Cemetery: 585 vacation rentals
  • Adams Museum: 585 vacation rentals
  • Broken Boot Gold Mine: 585 vacation rentals
  • Days of '76 Museum: 584 vacation rentals
  • The Depot Motherlode Gaming Saloon: 586 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Deadwood listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Deadwood?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 365 Cabins in Deadwood. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Deadwood include:

  • Houses: 221 rentals available
  • Cottages: 365 rentals available
  • Lodges: 14 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Deadwood?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 92 vacation rentals with pool available in Deadwood. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.