We have spent a full week at the Newton Fork Ranch for each of the past four summers after another resort operator recommended it for us when I emphasized our interest in a quiet, private place to stay in the Black Hills. The proximity to the Mickelson Trail was an unexpected bonus because the trail is our main reason for coming to the Black Hills in the first place. Even after four annual visits, we haven't tired of the place and will be back.
Relaxation is what's for sale here. While Marianne, the owner, is available just down the road from the cabins, and is extremely happy to help when needed, the ranch does not provide housekeeping service so you are unlikely to see the staff unless you actively seek them out. The cabins are far enough apart to assure a strong sense of privacy. A very large lawn in the center of the ranch serves as a wildlife magnet during the early morning and twilight hours, with deer and turkeys an almost sure bet as visitors.
The six small cabins are just that, small. They are advertised as sleeping four, which is technically correct, but a group of four adults would feel very "close," particularly at night when the extended downstairs sleeper sofa blocks the way to the kitchen and bathroom for those sleeping upstairs in the open loft "bedroom." Getting four adults around the kitchen table would also be a bit tight. From my perspective, the six smaller cabins are great for an adult couple, or perhaps a family with one smaller child who might feel comfortable sleeping on a sofa. It is important to note that the steps up to the 2nd floor loft are very steep with narrow treads; persons with mobility issues might find them treacherous to negotiate, particularly with a suitcase in tow.
The larger cabin, Harney View, is all on one level and considerably more spacious, but by no means palatial. I've never seen the inside of Grandma's House, so can offer no impression of it.
Downtown Hill City is about a half-mile drive from Newton Fork, or a very pleasant one mile walk or bike along the Mickelson Trail. Hill City is packed with tourists during the summer months and offers many services, including a small but excellent full service grocery store. My advice is to cook many of your meals in the fully stocked kitchens you'll find in the cabins. (Full sized refrigerators, but no dish washers.)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Although Newton Fork Ranch is very close to town our real log cabin rentals are both quiet and secluded. Our well-appointed accommodations will await you after a day of hiking and biking on the 109-mile Mickelson Trail, which runs through our property. We have a private access gate that opens directly onto the trail. If you are looking forward to some of that famous Black Hills fishing, Deerfield Lake is just up the road. And Hill City, with its many art galleries, restaurants, award-winning wineries, and gift shops is only a ten minute walk into town. But we are also known for our quiet and solitude so before your day of sightseeing begins, picture yourself lingering over a cup of coffee in the morning as whitetail deer graze in the meadow beyond. And after a day of touring, imagine curling up by a fireplace in the afternoon reading a book or enjoying a glass of wine on the deck. A truly magical experience! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Newton Fork Ranch Hotel Hill City