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Cory Tomovick

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

Secluded Lodging in the Heart of the Black Hills

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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House, 2 Bedrooms + Sleeping loft, 1.5 Baths

Sleeps 4 adults, plus children. This home was built into the landscape of a rugged canyon. The location is very isolated, yet convenient to Rapid City and attractions. Large windows provide incredible wilderness view up Spring Creek. Surrounded by hiking and Forest Service land. A bighorn sheep area borders the property. The master bedroom has a king size bed and a sleeping loft with a queen size bed. A second bedroom has a queen size bed. Both bedrooms have private decks overlooking the creek. There is a well equipped kitchen and a very comfortable living room and a dining area. There is an entertainment center with a video library and local television channels (eight). There is a wraparound deck with seating and relaxing areas. The master bath has both a shower and a claw foot tub. The home is a one-of-a-kind, in a very unique and beautiful setting. It is about 20 minutes to Rapid City and 20 minutes to Mount Rushmore. Check in time is 3:00 PM and check out is 11:00 AM.

  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Cory Tomovick (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

About Cory Tomovick

We live in the Black Hills of South Dakota in a place known as the Stratobowl. This geological wonder is carved from the combined effects of water erosion and the uplift of a fault line in the rugged Spring Creek canyon. Secluded and idyllic, the property is reminiscent of another era. Maybe it is the silence, the old limestone cliffs, or the song of the creek meandering through the seasons. As these ancient voices surround us, we breathe in all the natural beauty. Peace melts into our being and comes out as creative expressions. When the moon is full, the canyon becomes an illuminated, mystical experience. That is why, at one time, this place was named 'Moon Valley'. Then, in 1934 and 1935, the Army Air corps and National Geographic Society launched manned balloon flights into the stratosphere from here. It was then, that the family field aquired its new name of 'The Stratobowl' while becoming the birth place for the space age.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(28 traveler reviews)
Secluded Lodging in the Heart of the Black Hills
average rating of 4.928571 based on 28 reviews

Wonderful place to spend a vacation

  • 5 of 5

We so enjoyed our vacation. We felt welcome the moment we drove up. We highly recommend this vacation spot.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A true South Dakota vacation

  • 5 of 5

I took the family on our first South Dakota trip, and wanted to make it extra special.

I wanted to find lodging that would be a part of the vacation and not just a place to sleep, and I found exactly that in this vacation home. A lot of the fun of this vacation was just being at this home. The kids loved the exploration of the land. The wild life that encompassed the property was so nice The peaceful mornings on the patio and quiet nights back in the home, just made every day a non-stop joy, and when we did go out and see the sites, you were already well on your way in this location. You were close to all the main roads that lead to the main destinations of the Black Hill. I couldn’t imagine staying anywhere else

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A great place for a great family vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Ken and Cory are fortunate to be able to share such a beautiful piece of land with guests from all around. Not only was the location of the house so unique and peaceful but it was very clean and well maintained. We had nothing but a great experience using this property as a home base while exploring a lot of what the Black Hills has to offer. The professionalism and warm hospitality of the hosts was a bonus on top of what we found to be a the perfect vacation home for our family!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Vacation Escape in South Dakota

  • 5 of 5

Excellent vacation home. Everything you need plus more. Comfortable, inviting and peaceful. The home is close to all the tour attractions, places to eat and shopping. Ken and Cory greeted us upon our arrival. They shared information on the property and surroundings. Very nice people.

The location of this property is in a canyon with a creek running through it. Wild life surrounds you. Beautiful. We loved sitting out on the decks and watching the wildlife and listening to the babbling of the creek.

Beds very comfortable. Air conditioning worked great. Bathtub is the best! Our 8 year daughter slept in the loft and made it her "girl cave". She loved it up there especially at night gazing at the night sky through the skylight.

Swimming hole assisted in keeping us cooled and entertained.

I would highly recommend this place to everyone. It is private, relaxing, clean and close to all the activities. Thank you Ken and Cory for allowing us to stay at the "BE house". It was the best week ever:)

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best Vacation Home in South Dakota

  • 5 of 5

This was our first experience using VRBO and we hit the jackpot with this beautiful home. The owners communicated promptly and very helpful at check in. Our family of (4 adults and 2 kids) fit perfect in this home. The location of this house was perfect for all the tourism places. The surrounding wilderness was breathe taking beautiful. Just opening the windows and hearing the roaring of the creek and being surrounded by nature puts you immediately on vacation. Our family enjoyed fishing in the creek and hiking along the trails. The only recommendation we have is to pick the bedroom with the loft. The bed is the better choice for sleeping and the other bed should be replaced. We would definitely recommend this home. Thank you for allowing us to use your home to experience the best vacation in South Dakota.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best Kept Secret To A PEACEFUL Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Greeted by Ken and Cory and experiencing their property filled with animal life and nature, was an amazing beginning. They shared the history of the 80 acres surrounding the properties and gave a personal tour. The vacation rental is right in the middle of the most peaceful and tranquil setting and totally private. No matter what your needs or wants are, you will be pleased you chose this location. The house is roomy, comfortable beds, equipped kitchen, games to play, and moves to watch at the end of your day.The girls, 9 year old twins, loved the surrounding nature and near by creek for play. The location was perfect for us to drive up and down the road between all the sites of Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Custer State Park, Jewel Cave, Badlands, and Rapid City. Nothing was too far away. Our entire trip was outstanding and having such a wonderful place to stay just added to all the fabulous memories.

The only "heads-up" I would give is; if your cell service is NOT AT&T then you will have no cell service until you get back to the main road. We were able to receive text messages periodically.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Rapid City Reginal Airport
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Rapid City
Nearest Motorway
1.1 Miles
Highway 16
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Gaslight Resaurant
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Terry Peak Ski Resort

Surrounded by rugged terrain. Twenty minutes from Mount Rushmore, 40 minutes to Crazy Horse Memorial.


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Rapid City House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $95 + Tax
Tax Rate 5.5%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Rapid City House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1.5
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
Address for the house is 23639 Strato Bowl Road/Rapid City, SD. Check-in is 4 P.M. or later. The owner/manager lives within 300 feet of property and will meet you at the office/their home, then follow you to your rental property. Check-in is a brief tour to let you know about the surrounding property, garbage, and to answer any questions.

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