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Stratobowl Creekside Retreat

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 6 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 6 nights

About the property

3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 4 - Creekside Retreat borders Bighorn Sheep Area

Sleeps 4 adults, plus children 5 and under. This home was built into the landscape of a rugged canyon in the historic Stratobowl. The location is isolated, yet convenient to Rapid City and attractions. Windows provide incredible view of idyllic Spring Creek. Surrounded by hiking and Forest Service land. A bighorn sheep area borders the property. The master bedroom has a king size bed with large windows looking down to the creek. A second bedroom has a queen size bed also with views of the creek. The third bedroom is the heritage room with the king bed built into the room. The home has a deck on the creek side where guests can enjoy their morning coffee. There is a well equipped kitchen and a very comfortable living room with a 42' television. The bathroom has a comfortable shower. The home is ranch style, and boasts an attached garage. Peace and quiet nestled into the heart of the Black Hills.The home is located in a very unique and historic place, the Strato Bowl - birthplace of the Space Age. It is about 20 minutes to Rapid City and 20 minutes to Mount Rushmore. Check in time is 4:00 PM and check out is 11:00 AM.

Cory Tomovick
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
January 9, 2017

About Cory Tomovick

About the owner: We live in the Black Hills of South Dakota in a place known as the Stratobowl. This geological wonder is carved from the combined effects of water erosion and the uplift of a fault line in the rugged Spring Creek canyon. Secluded and idyllic, the property is reminiscent of another era. Maybe it is the silence, the old limestone cliffs, or the song of the creek meandering through the seasons. As these ancient voices surround us, we breathe in all the natural beauty. Peace melts into our being and comes out as creative expressions. When the moon is full, the canyon becomes an illuminated, mystical experience. That is why, at one time, this place was named 'Moon Valley'. Then, in 1934 and 1935, the Army Air corps and National Geographic Society launched manned balloon flights into the stratosphere from here. It was then, that the family field acquired its new name of 'The Stratobowl' while becoming the birth place for the space age.

Cory Tomovick purchased this house in 2014

Why Cory Tomovick chose Black Hills

This specific home was built by our grandparents, Lawrence and Betty Jacobson in 1950. It has recently been renovated. With great pleasure, we share this property with guests from around the world.

What makes this house unique

This home is one level. It has an attached garage to protect your vehicle, and the swimming hole in the backyard is one of a kind. This is truly THE Black Hills experience.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(19 traveler reviews)

Stratobowl Creekside Retreat
average rating of 4.9473686 based on 19 reviews

Secluded and Great for Children

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at the Stratobowl Creekside Retreat. This property was perfect for our kids who are 5 and 8. We would spend the day exploring the black hills and the afternoon floating in the creek, catching crickets in the field, playing Frisbee in the backyard, or going for a short hikes along the creek. At night we would stare and the stars and enjoy the sound of the creek flowing over the rocks. One afternoon we saw wild turkey. The house was clean and spacious. Ken and Cory were very gracious hosts. We couldn't have asked for a better stay.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The setting of this property is amazing. Make sure when you are planning your trip to save a whole day just to hang out at this property and explore the hiking trails and creek bed right in your back yard.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very impressive and secluded

  • 5 of 5

only negative on the place was that it made it hard to leave and see the other local sights. It is secluded and set up perfect for my family which consist of Husband and wife with two kids 7 and 8. There was trails for hikes, swimming holes for swims and wildlife that comes to the back door. Inside there is wireless internet and a smart tv with cable also. We would highly recommend it to anyone.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Place!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time and the Creekside Retreat is a treasure. Upon returning home I told several people about the place and provided them with an internet link for more information.

The place was clean and well maintained. Given the summer time crowds at many of the Black Hills destinations it was nice to spend some quiet time at Stratobowl.

The next time we get back to the Black Hills, I hope we can rent the Stratobowl Creekside Retreat again!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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The property and the views were absolutely stunning!

  • 5 of 5

Our family had the best vacation in the black hills and being able to stay in such a charming home only made it that much better. The views from both sides of the home were breathtaking, and seeing all of the different wildlife was awesome. I think the amazing hiking trails were the best part of our vacation. We can not wait to visit again!!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Hidden Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Rode my motorcycle 4000 miles, from Panama City, FL to Seattle, by way of Rapid City/Sturgis, among other places. Stopped for a few days here, was a perfect location to rest and recharge while taking in the local scenery. Deer and geese playing in the pond, watching me from 20 feet away as the sun rose to greet the new day. Ken and Cory are awesome people, the house is beautiful and full of history, the area is so quiet it's like the world has gone away.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Nearest Airport
16 Miles
Rapid City Regional Airport
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 16
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Shipwreck Lee
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Terry Peak
Car: necessary

The home is located at the historic Stratobowl. It is within 15 minutes from Mount Rushmore and Reptile Gardens.


Rates & Availability

Rapid City House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
2017 Sturgis Rally
Aug 7 2017 - Aug 13 2017
6 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $95 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Rapid City House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • One bathroom with a shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • 3 Private bedrooms. King Beds (2). Queen bed (1). Two bedrooms overlook backyard and Spring Creek.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
The home is one level with an attached garage. Everything you need in one sweet package.

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