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High Country Guest Ranch

12138 Ray Smith Dr, Hill City, SD 57745-8802
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#9 of 11 hotels in Hill City
High Country Guest Ranch offers a variety of lodging from a fully furnished vacation home to authentic log cabins and camper cabins. Our place will make you feel right at home while allowing you to experience the excitement of the outdoors. If you are looking to get closer to nature, we also have a number of tent and RV sites that include full hook-ups. And best of all - there is no nightly minimum when you stay! High Country Guest Ranch is a great place for your next family vacation or corporate event. We welcome groups of all sizes. Create memories that will last a lifetime, we've got something for everyone. All cabins are non-smoking.
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Free parking
Public wifi
Bicycle rental
Horseback riding
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Outdoor pool
BBQ facilities
Non-smoking hotel
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Air conditioning
Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
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roastbeefalo wrote a review Apr 13
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Great location, and could be good accommodations but a disappointing experience for our family. Their Airbnb description was not updated as all activities were closed for the season and Covid policies were not followed, none of that listed or communicated on Airbnb. There was not an option to check in without using the lodge and employees were not masked and a large party/fundraiser was going on without masks. No WiFi at cabins which we knew but we were unable to used in the lodge for WiFi because of lack of Covid policy. We went right to the host after checking in knowing that we could not stay comfortably with the situation. We asked about leaving early and she said she would process the refund but since we used Airbnb we had to go through them. We understood that Airbnb would just ask her so we could figure out. So we requested through Airbnb and then Deb changed her position and said no partial refund days later after we left. Cabin was okay, two beds ok, one bed was uncomfortable and bunks really hard (even for kids). Shower broken and empty trash under bed and missing many common kitchen items.
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Date of stay: April 2021
sarahsQ8941TD wrote a review Jan 2021
Falls City24 contributions2 helpful votes
We have stayed here several times and really enjoyed it. Our last trip was in the first part of January as the weather forecast was good and we hadn't been up there in January so we booked it spur of the moment. We had a wonderful time and the staff there is so helpful and very friendly. The horses were in the pasture where we could walk over to pet them and feed them carrots which they loved. That made it even better. It is out in a country setting which makes it so relaxing yet doesn't take that long to get into Hill City stores and other tourist sites. We have stayed in 2 different cabins and the McGinnis house which is our favorite. It may not be for everybody but it is definitely for us. Thank you staff, especially Donna!
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Date of stay: January 2021
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Room Tip: our favorite is the McGinnis house and 2nd is Mountain View #10
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dsummer20 wrote a review Nov 2020
salem, va391 contributions106 helpful votes
Needed a place central to all the activities, Rushmore, Custer SP, Crazy Horse. Deb, Mike and all thee staff were very cordial, helpful and knowledgeable. Our cabin was exactly what we needed for 2 nights. It was so good we stayed a 3rd night. Yes it was near the end of the season but our entire stay was perfect, quiet and comfortable. High country ranch was the perfect place for us. Our grandson had a great time visiting, playing horseshoes and volleyball. Would return in a heartbeat!
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Kevin W wrote a review Oct 2020
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I'm not usually one to write reviews but this airbnb was probably the absolute worst stay I have ever had. First, their website description is completely inaccurate regarding pets. So if you are planning on bringing your four legged friends keep on looking. Their is no mention of a pet fee or deposit what-so-ever, and I assumed that since the place was relatively pricey to begin with it was probably included. Still I made sure when booking the property that I left a message for them indicating that we would be bringing our dogs in case there were any changes or additional information. So imagine my surprise when I show up and there is a $60 dollar pet fee... PER NIGHT... PLUS A $200 DEPOSIT. Now considering there is no cell service or internet nearby I couldn't exactly contact airbnb to ask what to do. And being cornered I begrudgingly coughed up the money not knowing where else to stay for the 2 nights. Before moving on I'd like to mention that we were not in fact refunded all of the $200 deposit. I cannot imagine why because our dogs were crated at all times whenever inside the property so how they are able to justify deducting an extra $60 is beyond me. Another issue was the flies, they do have a note upon arrival that it was fly season and a couple might get in the property. A couple was an extreme under statement, there were dozens of flies buzzing around the house at all times. And if they weren't flying around they were dead in the sinks and counter tops. The worst part of the entire stay was the cabin they rented next door to us. The 2nd night of our stay the cabin next to us held a party consisting of 25+ people (nice social distancing by the way). Their party raged outside until past 1AM keeping us up for the majority of the night. We had planned a hike in the morning to see some more of the beautiful black hills but having got little sleep we had to cancel it. What was meant to be a quiet relaxing getaway away from any risk of COVID-19 turned into a veritable hell and quite frankly we wish we had just stayed home. (If yo do book this place DO NOT pay their pet fee upon arrival. It is against airbnb's TOS for them to enforce this and they cannot deny you stay without paying for this. Had I known I would have never coughed up the money) (The host NEVER responded to any airbnb messages and I left several) (Don't be fooled by the pictures indicating that this place is secluded there are cabins very close on either side)
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Date of stay: September 2020
quilterforlife wrote a review Aug 2020
Omaha, Nebraska54 contributions6 helpful votes
We had stayed here before and fell in love with the ranch and its amenities. Unfortunately we were disappointed this time around. Quite a few of the amenities were no longer available which in some cases were understandable due to COVID-19. The pool was in a state of complete disrepair and looks to be in need of a total gut job/replacement. Lots of unsightly junk piled around areas of the ranch. Our cabin was run down with hit and miss bandaid repairs. I would suggest the cleaning crew vacuum out the sofas nooks and crannies - rather disgusting. Will most likely look for another place for our next trip to the Black Hills☹️.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Frequently Asked Questions about High Country Guest Ranch
Which popular attractions are close to High Country Guest Ranch?
Nearby attractions include Wades Gold Mill (2.7 miles), The Museum @ Black Hills Institute (3.4 miles), and Brule (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at High Country Guest Ranch?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at High Country Guest Ranch?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at High Country Guest Ranch?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at High Country Guest Ranch?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to High Country Guest Ranch?
Conveniently located restaurants include Alpine Inn, Desperados Cowboy Restaurant, and Bumpin Buffalo Bar & Grill.
Are there opportunities to exercise at High Country Guest Ranch?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are pets allowed at High Country Guest Ranch?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.