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Mountain Crest, Deadwood, Auth/Hand-Hewn, Secluded, Free WiFi, Skiing,100mi View

Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms + Other (see description), 1 Bath (usually sleeps up 1-5)

Beyond the 'usual' cabin experience... Mountain Crest is a beautifully hand-hewn, non-smoking, authentic log cabin located 6 miles from Deadwood and 7 miles from Lead. From its mountaintop perch you can see as far as 100 miles. (See the video.)

This cabin occupies five acres on a mountaintop northwest of Deadwood, off county-maintained, Maitland road, the 'backdoor’ road to Spearfish, SD. Only a short drive to skiing at Terry Peak or scenic Spearfish Canyon. While wonderfully secluded and private, you still can enjoy free WiFi.

This unique log cabin makes for a delightful romantic getaway. The trees that grew on my mountaintop are still there. They repose as a part of this handmade log cabin. There is something about the massive logs, the warm, cozy setting and natural serenity, the evening’s celestial beauty, and the amazing views. All of these combine to set human nature at ease and conjure up a special feeling of closeness.

Mountain Crest is well suited for gatherings. The acreage provides a large adjacent parking area that can accommodate multiple vehicles. It is a great location to come together with friends, entertain visitors, conduct family reunions, etc.

It is very clean and well maintained and provides guests complete privacy from the hustle of the outside world. A recent guest and his family have the cabin featured on the tube website as Mountain Crest.mp4.

Secluded, with dual access, well-maintained roads, this cabin works well to enjoy winter sports, delightful spring and summer activities, or to just escape and re-charge oneself.

Snow Mobilers: Mountain Crest enjoys abundant snow fall. Given its relatively secluded location and being adjacent to national forest land and trails, it is ideally suited to have fun playing in the snow. Where else can one drive their snow mobile up to their front door?

The cabin provides excellent support to its guests. While delightfully secluded, there will always be guest support available to assist and answer area questions.

The special appeal of this cabin... I bought 'Mountain Crest' in 2005, a dream come true. I accidentally stumbled upon this unadvertised/unlisted property when I encountered its owner while off-roading in my jeep exploring old settlements and mines. Watching eagles soar, deer graze, chipmunks play, or turkeys strut and simply enjoying nature, is something I always yearned to be able to do. By sitting on the veranda or looking out of the kitchen windows, you can, too. I love having the freedom to adventure out and not come across barbed wire limitations.

More Details

Tom McCord
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 17, 2018

Why Tom McCord chose Lead

And why the Deadwood area.... Since the Air Force assigned me to South Dakota in the late 80's, I have loved the Black Hills. They are always open and accessible (public land), safe (no bears), and the people here are so very friendly and welcoming. They genuinely do appreciate visitors and enjoy mingling with those from out of the area.

The northern 'hills' are especially beautiful and have so much history and fun things to do. I very much enjoy my stays at Mountain Crest. I take great interest in making sure my visitors are able to enjoy and appreciate it as much as I do.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hey Debbie, Pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Mountain Crest and that it was especially meaningful for you. In addition to its natural beauty and ambiance, I strive to provide guests a lasting, memorable experience. Maybe we 'hit the mark' during your stay. Unique to Mountain Crest, Bob & Lynn are more than cabin greeters or maintainers; they genuinely do set the tone for our visitors to enjoy a delightful experience in the hills.
Jun 2012
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Lead Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5 ...
  • Max. adults: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • Sturgis reservations require a larger deposit, cancellations are different, and final payment is due 90 days prior. See 'Note' on the Rates page.
  • Reservation requests are normally dollar quoted for about one year out. Further extended dates/rates will need to be discussed unless already shown.
  • If you are staying with a pet, please inform the owner. If more than one pet is staying, additional fees and deposits may apply.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Here, there is also a full sized washer & dryer.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 double , In addition to the queen bed, there is a double bed fouton
    Other options - The cabin also has a queen size blow up bed and a couch.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Comfortable, friendly, and easy to use, one can enjoy: a fully furnished kitchen with native wood handcrafted cabinetry, full sized washer and dryer, expansive, rocked, Forest Service approved fire pit and outdoor dining area, a covered veranda wrapping around three sides or the view from the balcony off the master bedroom. There is plenty of wildlife to see, including deer, turkeys, chipmunks, and eagles. VISA, Master Card, and Discovery credit cards may now be used.


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Mountain Crest, Deadwood, Auth/Hand-Hewn, Secluded, Free WiFi, Skiing,100mi View
average rating of 4.8636365 based on 67 reviews
Matthews, NV

Peaceful Mountain Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Great mountain cabin! My wife and I stayed at Mountain Crest for 6 nights. The log cabin is in a very quiet and peaceful setting. We saw deer on the property almost every morning and night. Our dogs loved their walks and were very happy at the house. The interior of the home is very comfortable and clean and has everything you'll for your stay. The home is located about 25 minutes from either Deadwood or Lead (mostly travel up/down the mountain). We will definitely stay here again on future trips.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Rick, Appreciate you taking the time to share your Mountain Crest stay experience. As a vacation property owner, I routinely use the word 'guest' in correspondence. We genuinely do strive to provide a quality, fun, and unique experience to our customers. However, you, your family, and the others, are truly my 'guests'. You will always be treated that way. I am very pleased to know that you enjoyed your stay. Would love to welcome you back.
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Cozy hideaway in the beautiful Black Hills

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Mountain Crest! We were looking for a relaxing winter getaway, and we found just that in this private cozy hideaway. The drive up was absolutely beautiful...4 wheel drive is definitely required in the snowy winter! We were easily able to get there with 4 wheel drive. The driveway was plowed and ready for our arrival, and the cabin felt clean and welcoming. The owner was an excellent communicator in providing us with all the information we needed to make our visit seamless. It was a cozy enjoyable weekend! We highly recommend this place, and are likely going to plan a trip back in the summer months to experience the beauty it has to offer in that season.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cabin in the woods

  • 5 of 5

Very nice cabin, had a great time.

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Cabin with Incredible View

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Mountain Crest. The location felt secluded yet conveniently located to Lead, Deadwood, Terry Peak and Speafish Canyon. The wood burning fireplace and log interior was warm and inviting. The view from the property was unbelievable. The furnishings were also well thought out. The only small issue we had was pet hair from previous renter was not vacuumed up. Otherwise, we absolutely loved the property.

Jena & Kory

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jena and Kory, thank you for your feedback. I am pleased to know that Mountain Crest worked well for your trip plans and that you felt that the cabin’s ambiance was warm and inviting. I sincerely regret that you encountered some pet hair on the carpet. Knowing how dogs can mean a lot to my guests, I try to accommodate well-groomed, well-behaved, and well-tended canine family members. My housekeepers are very exacting in doing their duties. Perhaps the vacuum needed a new bag and they thought they had got it or the lighting was off and they missed it. Should you have a chance to make a return visit, please remind of this and I will extend to you a discount for this inconvenience.
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Quiet peaceful quaint and cozy

  • 5 of 5

"The solitude and peaceful setting this property offers is priceless. Our four night stay in this quaint and cozy cabin reassured my wife and I why we absolutely love the Black Hills.

I highly recommend a stay at this property."

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Peter, Thank you your positive recommendation. Yes, sometimes, it can feel pretty good having a little serenity to just ‘stop and smell the coffee’, quietly observe and reflect on one’s surroundings, or to simply appreciate uninterrupted quality time with a loved one. Pleased to know that you valued your four nights on the mountain.
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We Loved Staying at This Cabin

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying at your cabin. It had snowed one of the days we were there, and it looked like a winter wonderland. It was so nice and relaxing. The deer we saw around the cabin was fun to see.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Brynne, pleased to know that you loved the cabin. I always enjoy being snug and warm inside while watching the snow come down. Afterwards it is fun to venture out, play in the snow or to take some pictures. Sometimes the scene one finds is like a Thomas Kinkade (the artist) picture. Thanks sharing your experience on the mountain.
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Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Rapid City Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Deadwood, SD
Nearest Golf
17 Miles
Spearfsh, SD
Nearest Motorway
13 Miles
Interstate 90 (I90)
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Central City; Deadwood
Nearest Ski
9 Miles
Terry Peak
Car: necessary

Nearby, one can hike, fish, bike, explore, 4WD/off road, snow shoe, cross country or down hill ski, or snow mobile. It is only a short drive to ski at Terry Peak or Deer Mountain or to hike/bike the Mickelson Trail. It is adjacent to forest service/public land, trails, and nearby rustic, Carbonate Road (back way to Terry Peak skiing).

Mountain Crest is located close to the fun, historic, and exciting communities of Deadwood, Lead, Spearfish, and Sturgis in the 'northern hills' (arguably, the most beautiful area of 'the Hills').

These communities also offer the traditional services one might expect, including parks, recreation centers, libraries, restaurants, grocery stores, etc.

One can easily drive to Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, scenic Spearfish Canyon, or other hills destinations.

Other activities available: Cross country skiing, snowmobiling, snowboarding, wildlife viewing, rock climbing.

Ski: Mountain Crest is a great location from which to enjoy snow mobiling or riding one's ATV. The area is relatively secluded, borders forest service land, and there is very little traffic on nearby roads and trails. One can actually drive their snow mobile up to the cabin's veranda and steps.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Housekeeping $130
Pet Fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 6.0%

(1 or 4) Sturgis Rally Stays - As mentioned in the Rental Agreement and here, Due to the amount of inquiry turmoil and increased demand, Rally stays are handled slightly differently from the standard site rate notes. There is a $400 refundable reservation/security deposit for this period. Should a cancellation occur, this is fully refundable if this takes place at least four months prior, otherwise, there is a $100 cancellation fee and the HomeAway/VRBO standard stated agreement applies. For this period, the final payment is due 90 days prior to arrival.
(2 of 4) Winter Special (11/1 - 3/20) Receive a 10% discount off of the already reduced winter rate when staying 5 or more nights. The can be added to any repeat guest discount you may have.
(3 of 4) Any isolated, single, 'open' dates available may be rented. Please inquire.
(4 of 4) Double weekend premium - Guests often prefer a stay that includes a
Fri & Sat/Sun or a Sat and Sun. Stays beginning on a Sat or Sun and
ending on the following Sat or Sun limit other guest’s travel opportunities.
There is a $150 double weekend charge for such stays. (Double weekend stays are generally not avail Jun, July, and Aug)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.