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Borders National Forest/Sleeps 8-Close to Town/Privacy Yes!

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom / 2 Bath / 7 acres surrounded by National Forest Service

Golden Valley Ranch is a wonderful single story 3 bedroom, 2 bath log cabin sitting at the back of 7.02 acres surrounded by National Forest Service on 3 sides . The inside of the home is open and light plus there are views from just about every direction you look. There are two king sized beds, a smaller bedroom with a trundle (two singles) along with a queen sized sofa sleeper in the living room. There are two small ponds on the property fed by a natural spring that bubbles out next to the deck. The National Forest is out the back gate for those of you who want to ride four wheelers. A nice large deck with table and chairs is accessed from the kitchen door and has a gas grill for those cooking adventures! There is a wooden bridge that crosses the small creek at the upper pond so you can walk to enjoy the outdoors in the meadow. Enjoy the variety of wildlife and view from the front deck. Deer, fox, turkey and marmots are common sights. The veranda (all glass windows) front porch is a wonderful place to sit and enjoy the scenic beauty for morning coffee or evening beverages. It is 1-1/2 miles to the entrance of Custer State Park and Stockade Lake. The tall pine trees, the wildlife, the seclusion, bordering National Forest and being close to the town of Custer make this the ideal place to stay. Come see for yourself.

Elaine and Kirby Mellegard
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
January 16, 2018

About Elaine and Kirby Mellegard

We have lived 30+ years in the Black Hills. We recently retired and live in Rapid City. We enjoy outdoor activities of fishing, hiking, four wheeling, boating. This property offers easy access to those and all the attractions of the Hills.

Elaine and Kirby Mellegard purchased this cabin in 2013

Why Elaine and Kirby Mellegard chose Custer

It was a rare opportunity to get an authentic log cabin that offers privacy yet easy access to town. It also has the historical note of being in the valley where General George Armstrong Custer camped in 1874 and near where gold was discovered on French Creek.

What makes this cabin unique

It has modern amenities in a rustic log cabin offering a very private setting, yet only 3 miles to town.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you, thank you, thank you for this very special cabin in the woods. We have had such a wonderful time and made many memories.

We love your very homey and very tastefully decorated home. We so appreciate your attention to every detail and for all the extra niceties.

We absolutely look forward to returning.
Jul 2014
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Custer Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • There are two bathrooms. One has toilet and stand alone shower. The second has a tub/shower/toilet combination and an outside door to back yard.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 king , The 'guest' bedroom is a king sized with shaded French Doors
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master bedroom has king size, outside entrance to parking
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Trundle bed with two singles
  • Each bedroom has ceiling fans.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • skiing
  • spelunking
  • swimming


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Borders National Forest/Sleeps 8-Close to Town/Privacy Yes!
average rating of 4.9583335 based on 31 reviews
Jacksonville, Florida

What a peaceful retreat!

  • 5 of 5

You're only about 3 miles from the town of Custer but you feel like you're in the middle of the woods - which you are. The home - it doesn't do it justice to call it a cabin - sits on on about 7 acres at the edge of a national forest. Deer were daily visitors, as well as wild turkeys less frequently.

Inside, the home is spacious, with plenty of room and privacy for our two couples. The living/dining/kitchen area was large and the kitchen was well equipped. Previous guests had even left it well stocked with coffee and other staples. As Elaine advised us, check to see what's already there before you go grocery shopping.

The bedrooms were large and the beds were comfortable. We had a little trouble picturing the bathroom arrangement before we arrived, but both baths are separate from the bedrooms. One is accessed through the sleeping room with a daybed and the other is off the living area past the laundry area. The layout wasn't a problem for us and the baths were very good. The glassed-in front porch was a great place to watch for wildlife, as was the deck on the side.

The location is great. Custer is centrally located for Custer State Park, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, Wind Cave, Jewel Cave and the rest of the Black Hills. We did tend to get a late start because the home was so comfortable it was easy to linger for the extra cup of coffee and more conversation.

Don't miss Custer Wolf restaurant and the Purple Pie Place in Custer (we bought a whole bumbleberry pie and didn't regret it at all!) Baker's Bakery and Cafe had great breakfast (and pastries.)

Elaine and Kirby were great hosts. We were glad we got a chance to meet them. They have a great home and we were happy they let us borrow it.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful home fit for a family vacation

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying here as 3 adults on vacation. Plenty of room to spread out and enjoy. Beds were comfy and everything was clean. We loved having a fire in the chilly mornings and grilling out. We were able to get to all attractions and national parks easily. You can also pick up the Michelson trail if you just walk down the little entrance road.

There is plenty of spices and kitchen basics to cook a real meal. That is all we did while there. I would recommend booking for a week as there is so much to do in the area and you will want a day or two just lazing at this home. Would rebook in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Bloomer, Wi

This is a beautiful place to stay. It was so serene and peaceful.

  • 5 of 5

A lovely home away from home with all of the amenities you could ever need. There are so many attractions to see in the Custer area. I hope we are able to come stay again!!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Perfect for our Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We loved the house and the location. The property is well kept and the house is very comfortable and well-stocked. The location is perfect as it is 5 minutes to Custer (for shopping and supplies) and less than 5 minutes to Custer State Park (Stockade Lake) but the property feels like a remote forest retreat. We loved our first visit to the Black Hills and plan to return and we'll rent this house again if it's available.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Great Cabin!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at this cabin. The location was great with easy access to Custer for anything we needed, but still secluded to be able to watch the deer roam through the yard in the evenings and mornings. It was an easy drive to Sylvan Lake for the wedding we were attending as well as hiking and lake activities. The size and amenities in the cabin were perfect for our small group.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Hull iowa

Peaceful stay with all the comforts of home!

  • 5 of 5

This is a very quiet relaxing place to stay! Cupboards were stocked with essentials which was a big help! Beds were comfortable! Over all there were no disappointments!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Rapid City Regional (RAP)
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Custer Munincipal
Nearest Motorway
0.7 Miles
Highway 16A
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Ski
55 Miles
Terry Peak
Car: necessary

There are so many things to see and do in the Black Hills, but tops on our list include Mt. Rushmore, the Needles Highway, Wind Cave, Custer State Park, Deadwood, and Crazy Horse. All these are within about an hour's drive or closer. Of course, you can also just sit on the veranda in the evening, read a book, and enjoy the view.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning Fee $85
Tax Rate 6.0%

Property located 3/4 mile on well graveled road from main highway.

Damage deposit and one half rent are due to confirm reservation. Other half of rent is due one month before arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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