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Gorgeous, Private Cottage in Vanocker Canyon!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6) with stunning Meadow Views

At Little Elk Cottage, we offer you a memorable place to stay during your visit to the Black Hills. Our cottage is an ideal destination for your vacation, honeymoon, anniversary, long weekend, or any time you want to get away from it all. We are conveniently located near the small picturesque town of Nemo with dining at the historic Brandin' Iron Cafe and horseback riding. Wonderland Cave and Dalton Lake (great fishing!) are 15 minutes away. We are within 30 minutes of both Deadwood and Rapid City, centrally located to all Black Hills attractions, both north and south, including Mt. Rushmore, Deadwood, Devil's Tower, Hill City, Custer State Park, Sturgis, Spearfish Canyon, Crazy Horse, and the Badlands. We are approximately 35-40 minutes from Hill City and Mt. Rushmore via the cut across south of Nemo connecting to Hwy. #385.

No cleaning fees, insurance fees or security deposits required on our end.

Amenities include the following:

Fully paved asphalt driveway with Private Entrance

Fenced and gated property that borders Forest Service land

2 Bedrooms on main floor - Pillowtop Queen Beds

Sofa bed in Living Room

Leather couch and Loveseat; Persian Rugs

Flat screen 32" Sony TV with many satellite channels

DVD and CD player

Private phone; Cell coverage at the top of the hill, less than one mile away

***Free Wi-Fi in the Cottage***

Air conditioned for warmer days

Fully equipped kitchen with Whirlpool appliances (dishwasher and microwave)

All paper products and linens provided

Washer and Dryer in Cottage for your convenience

Picnic Table and Gas Grill on outside Patio

Property is not suitable for weddings, parties or family reunions.

Fine dining 30 minutes away (Rapid City, Deadwood or Spearfish) as well as several places to eat within about a 15-minute drive.

Please check out our 5-star reviews below.

Belle Joli' Winery (made in South Dakota) has a tasting room in Vanocker Canyon--up the road from here, about 15 minutes away. Their Sparkling House has an outside patio where you can enjoy their red, white and sparkling wine selections.

We also have a renovated, historic log cabin, sitting on another five acres, which may be viewed on our website by clicking 'more information' at the bottom of this page or by checking VRBO listing #351778. Rates at our log cabin begin at $175/night. Children love the loft there.

Our private cottage, sitting on five acres, offers all of the comforts of home, with a small stream meandering through the property and surrounded by beautiful hills, trees and wildlife. After spending your days seeing all of the sights that the Black Hills have to offer, you will enjoy returning to this tranquil setting and relaxing on the patio or the front porch. Our property was recently chosen as part of an Arctic Cat promotional DVD and brochure.

We have a lodging license through the State of South Dakota #3569 and have been listed in the 'Insider's Guide' since 1997. For more detailed information and additional photos, please visit our website located at the bottom of this page or search 'Little Elk Cabin & Cottage' in any search engine. There is a slideshow on the first page of our website showing the beautiful five acres where our cottage sits, along with many inside photos of both of our vacation rentals. We also have a 'reviews' page on our website, as well as many reviews below. You may call us directly for any questions you may have at 605-578-2012. We respond to all e-mails and phone calls as soon as they are received.

The scenic ride thru Vanocker Canyon is one of the most beautiful areas in the Black Hills.

We have a 4-night minimum, however, if we have less than 4 nights open between 2 bookings, you are welcome to rent those nights.

Keywords: Cottage, Black Hills, Cabin

More Details

Wolfgang & Kathleen Schmidt
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 8, 2017

About Wolfgang & Kathleen Schmidt

We have lived and worked in the Black Hills for over 35 years, where we have built our own home as well as two vacation homes--a log cabin and our new cottage. Each place sits on its own five acre parcel. Wolfgang has constructed many trails and bridges in the Black Hills (eight on the Mickelson Trail) while he contracted with the State of South Dakota and the U.S. Forest Service. There is a link on our personal website titled "Wolfgang's Trails" where you can view a slideshow of the projects Wolfgang has done.

Wolfgang & Kathleen Schmidt purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Wolfgang & Kathleen Schmidt chose Black Hills

We chose the beautiful Nemo area after spending many hours looking for an ideal place to live in the Black Hills--it reminds Wolfgang of the Black Forest in Germany. We love the privacy in Vanocker Canyon as well as the convenience to everything in the Black Hills.

What makes this cottage unique

Our properties are centrally located to all attractions--northern and southern hills as well as the major cities. You will enjoy the solitude of being bordered by National Forest land as well as all of the wildlife that lives on and around our property. Vanocker Canyon area was also chosen by Game, Fish & Parks to bring in elk to this area. The unique benefit of choosing either our log cabin or new cottage is the privacy--each place sits on its own five acres and there are no other cabins around; we are not within a development.

Please don't forget to view the slideshow on the 'Home' page of our website, which can be accessed if you scroll down about 5-6 lines where it says 'Links to More Information: Click Here - Little Elk Cabin & Cottage'.


Nemo Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Large tiled bathroom with glass walk-in shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1) available upon request, Sleep Sofa Bed (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • churches
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Our private cottage is surrounded by the Black Hills National Forest and abundant wildlife. We are within three miles of Dalton Lake and superb hiking in Little Elk Canyon. The Custer Expedition camped near our property in 1872 and glory holes from early settlers can be found as you hike the area surrounding the cottage. Wolfgang has constructed many hiking trails in the Black Hills as well as 16 bridges in various locations. We are very familiar with areas to hike and bicycle to help you plan your vacation. Also, our website has many more photos and detailed information. We also have a log cabin with rates that begin at $165/night on our property. Each place is a very unique spot to stay.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(46 traveler reviews)

Gorgeous, Private Cottage in Vanocker Canyon!
average rating of 4.978261 based on 46 reviews

A Little Piece of Heaven!!

  • 5 of 5

This cottage was a true paradise to stay in! The home itself is beautifully built and decorated, spacious and comfortable. The mattresses on the bed were comfortable to sleep on. The concrete patio in the back is perfect for grilling and socializing. The front porch provides a heavenly view!! We spent hours one afternoon just listening to the birds and watching the deer, turkey (and even a little marmot) feeding in the large and luscious meadow that spreads out before you. The owners are awesome people! Wolfgang has left his mark all over the Black Hills by the trails, fences and bridges he's built. They have thought of every comfort their guests would need. This property is private and quiet and a great place to come to if you want to get away from it all....yet still close to things to do in the Black Hills. We will definitely be back....maybe in the autumn when the birch and aspen trees surrounding the property have their gold on! A real pleasure to stay here!

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location and cabin were perfect

  • 5 of 5

If you looking for a home base to experience the Black Hills, look no further.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful cottage in quiet setting

  • 5 of 5

This is our second trip to Little Elk Cottage and we would love to return again. The cottage is spacious and beautifully done. We treasure the peace and beauty of the setting. We watched a flock of 12 turkeys stroll by and deer grazed on the meadow frequently. We had good access to all the attractions of the Black Hills area and were delighted to be away from crowds at the end of the day.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It was great

  • 5 of 5

We were a party of 4 adults. This was a great location and the cottage was everything we had hoped it would be. We would stay there again.beautiful inside and outside. This was our first experience with VRBO and it was all good!

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The cottage was beautiful! So quiet and peaceful, just what we were looking for.

  • 5 of 5

We loved the cottage and being in the black hills, what a wonderful setting. The cottage was clean and had everything we needed for our stay.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We enjoyed our stay!

  • 5 of 5

We are glad we chose Little Elk Cottage for our brief stay in the Black Hills. We enjoyed the comfort and quality of the Cottage and its nice furnishings. At the last minute we had some old friends accept our invitation to join us in the Cottage. What a very nice place to enjoy conversation and old memories with special friends. The 5 acre setting is excellent and very well maintained, perfect for relaxing in a very clean and well-kept Cottage. We enjoyed watching the turkeys and deer wonder through. We appreciated the welcoming and follow through of Kathleen and Wolfgang to make sure we had everything we needed for our stay.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Rapid City Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Brandin' Iron in Nemo
Nearest Golf
18 Miles
Tomahawk Country Club
Nearest Train
32 Miles
1880 Train from Hill City to Keystone
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
Interstate 90
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Brandin' Iron Cafe in Nemo
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Terry Peak Ski Resort
Car: necessary

Nearby Dalton Lake is stocked with trout every Spring. It is a great spot to fish or take a leasurely hike in adjacent Little Elk Canyon. Wonderland Cave is just up the road and is one of the most beautiful crystal caves in the Black Hills. They have hourly tours, as well as a nice gift shop, where you will be sure to find a souvenir to take home as a reminder of your visit to this area.


Rates & Availability

Nemo Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mid August 2017
Aug 20 2017 - Aug 22 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Late Summer 2017
Aug 27 2017 - Aug 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
September 2017
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Fall 2017
Oct 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Sturgis Rally 2018
Aug 1 2018 - Aug 13 2018
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 6.0%

No cleaning fees or damage deposits are required. However, guests are responsible for any damage to the premises. We operate under a South Dakota lodging License #3569.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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