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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:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 17, 2017

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 Black Hills

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 4.9411764 based on 24 reviews

Perfect fit for our group of 7

  • 5 of 5

This one level house was perfect for my family of five and parents. The owner even purchased a pack and play and a highchair for the home for us. The home is private enough yet at the bottom of the hill we were able to rent ATVs from a campsite for Father's Day and we could go up the hill behind the house into the national Park forestry roads! The location was perfect for Custer, Rapid City, Mount Rushmore, bear country, and a couple scenic routes. The house was more than well stocked with everything that you would need, with one grocery store close by. We eat healthy and we were very happy with the local restaurants options kee The house was more than well stocked with everything that you would need, with one grocery store close by. We eat healthy and we were very happy with the local restaurants options. The only disappointment is that the room with the trundle bed has no door on it and you have to walk through that ring to get to one of the main bedrooms. We would go back again in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful family times!

  • 5 of 5

This place is wonderful. The cabin is well stocked, the beds are comfortable, and an overall cozy place to stay. Working with the owners was smooth and hassle free. There is a large front grass area great for playing games with the kids. To the north, there are the classic black hills rocks that are fun to explore (found a mountain goat den and some pretty amazing rocks). To the south, there is a small spring and pond that makes staying at this place picturesque. The forest all around is lush and beautiful. Custer is only a few miles away from this place with great places to eat and a fun historic downtime for window shopping. Further, there are so many neat places to see within an hour drive (Mt. Rushmore, Custer State park, Jewel cave, etc.). You do get some ATV/UTV traffic with the rental place just down the road, but the gates keep their speed to a minimum as they pass the cabin.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The BEST Place to stay near Mt. Rushmore

  • 5 of 5

Our family had the pleasure of staying at this house for 8 nights in early June. Imagine walking out the back door and right into the National Forest....Very close to Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Wind Cave and Jewel Cave. We also visited Badlands National Park and Devil's Tower. The house was perfect. Could not have asked for a better location or more user friendly House. Anyone wanting to visit Mt. Rushmore should use this house, you will not find a better one.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Secluded paradise for horseback riders, hikers and ATV users.

  • 5 of 5

My sisters and I get together every year for a week long horseback riding trip. When we saw the listing, we contacted Elaine about bringing our own horses and she said yes and we are glad she did! The cabin in warm and comfortable and the horse accommodations were awesome. We had a corral and a 6 acre pasture with knee deep grass. (There is also a barn which we didn't use except for storing fee and using the hydrant) The enclosed porch faces the horse pasture and we enjoyed watching the horses and the several deer that wandered into the pasture each morning and night. The deck on the side of the house is great too and we used the grill and ate most of our meals on the deck at night. The beds are comfy and the bathrooms are spacious. The kitchen is well equipped. (Great wine glasses!) The cabin is rustic with all the modern conveniences.The location is secluded but you are minutes from Custer, the Michelson Trail, Custer State Park and all the other sites. There are trails right out the back of the property that offer stunning views and it was also easy to load up and go into the park and the national forest to ride additional trails. Elaine and Kirby are awesome owners and they were very helpful and easy to work with. We don't usually go back to the same place but we would definitely consider returning here in the future.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This cabin is wonderful

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a wonderful stay at the cabin and wished we could have stayed longer. It is very cozy and comfortable and worked well for our three generation group. Enjoyed sitting on the veranda in the morning and relaxing. Every evening a deer came through the yard and we saw a family of turkeys. The cabin is well stocked and very spacious. We would love to come back again. Thank you very much for sharing this cabin.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing getaway location

  • 5 of 5

Home was well maintained and had all the amenities for cooking and relaxing. National forest access and hiking just outside the door we enjoyed the area a great deal and would stay here again when we get a chance to return.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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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

Custer Cabin Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning Fee $75
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.