Classic Southern Black Hills -Winding Roads, Wildlife, Open Vistas, Star-Gazing

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View of valley and Thunder Mountain


Last updated: 09/03/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

For an especially memorable Black Hills experience, stay at Thunder Mountain Vista. This two-bedroom retreat is just a 7.5 mile drive west of Custer, three miles off the highway on a well-maintained gravel road. It is a uniquely constructed single story, bank-style home perched on a south-facing knoll overlooking the stream and hay meadows of a lovey valley bordered by Ponderosa Pine-covered hills. Situated on 10 acres of mixed grassland and forest, the home offers an atmosphere of serenity and solitude. Large windows in the living room and both bedrooms offer broad views of the pastoral valley and surrounding hills. The deck is situated perfectly for watching the rising and setting of both the sun and the moon over the hills. On clear nights, when the moon is up the valley is bathed in moonlight and when the moon is not, the star-gazing is incredible. Be sure to bring your telescope. Wildlife is plentiful around the property, especially white tail deer, turkeys, and cotton tail rabbits. Elk make rare appearances and occasionally coyotes yap as they traverse the valley at night. You are welcome to walk the property and adjoining forest service land behind the house as long as you are mindful to leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but photos.

Just west of Custer, Thunder Mountain Vista offers an excellent vantage point from which to explore the sights and beauty of the Black Hills. Our national treasures include Jewel Cave National Monument, 11 miles to the west, Wind Cave National Park 26 miles to the south, and Mount Rushmore National Memorial, 27 miles to the north. Custer State Park, the second largest state park in the U. S., with its fabulous wildlife loop, is only a few miles east of Custer. Crazy Horse Memorial, the world's largest mountain carving, is four miles north of Custer. The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, home to the greatest concentration of mammoth remains in the world, is another 14 miles south of Wind Cave. Discover the shops, museums, and eateries of the nearby towns of Custer, Hill City, Keystone, and Hot Springs; each town has a variety of unique experiences to offer. Terrific hiking trails abound in Custer State Park, the Harney Range and Black Elk Wilderness, and Wind Cave National Park, while the George Mickelson trail, which winds through the heart of the Hills, appeals to bicyclists and those desiring less strenuous adventure. Enjoy driving the spectacular paved scenic byways of the Black Hills, especially the historic Iron Mountain Road and the Needles Highway which have interesting hairpin turns, tunnels and pig-tail bridges. For the more adventuresome drawn to the unpaved byways, there are miles of forest service roads to explore throughout the Hills. Day trips to attractions near Rapid City, such as Bear Country, USA and Reptile Gardens, and those of the northern Hills, such as Sturgis and Deadwood, are very doable from the Custer area.

After a day of exploring, relax in the 'natural quiet' of Thunder Mountain Vista, smell the fragrance of the pines, hear a nightly chorus of frogs in the creek, listen for owls and coyotes, and recharge for the next day's adventures. Whatever your particular interests may be, we will be happy to assist your with planning your visit to the Hills.

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Property Type

  • House
  • 1500 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Guest must be 21 years of age to rent the property...moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    Due to rural location, property is non-smoking inside and outside...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Dogs only (two maximum) with written approval from owner; dogs must be crated if left alone in home; guest license agreement and pet addendum provide additional information on pet policy...moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    ceiling fan, built-in cabinets, walk-in closet with shelves...moreless

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    ceiling fan, walk-in closet with built-in shelves ...moreless

  • Both bedrooms command expansive views of the broad valley and hills beyond; both bedrooms are equipped with alarm clocks, accent lamps, and luggage racks; bedroom 2 has a private bathroom...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    accessed from hall, services bedroom 1...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, tub

    private, accessed through bedroom 2, claw tub without shower...moreless


  • DVD Player:

    24-inch flat screen TV with built-in DVD player; no satellite/cable TV service; no local TV reception; bring your own DVD movies...moreless

  • Television:

    24-inch flat screen TV with built-in DVD player; no satellite/cable TV service; no local TV reception; bring your own DVD movies...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Miniature Golf
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Property overlooks the stream and hay meadows of a lovely valley bordered by Ponderosa-covered hills typical of the southern Black Hills....moreless

  • Rural:

    Property is surrounded by a mix of grassland and forest. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rock Climbing


  • Dining:

    Dining area is located in large eat-in kitchen; table seats four...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Window unit in bedroom 1; vaulted ceilings and ceiling fans take the place of air conditioning throughout house...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Absolutely no drying of caving clothes or gear...moreless

  • Garage:

    Detached two-car garage available for guest use...moreless

  • Heating:

    Cove heating units in each room...moreless

  • Internet:

    Free internet access with Wi-Fi; must bring own computer, tablet or smart phone; must agree to Golden West Internet Solutions Acceptable Use Policy...moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    Beds made with sheets, blanket, pillows and pillow cases; in keeping with practice of other area VRBOs, no spare sheet sets provided...moreless

  • Living Room:

    One three-cushion sofa; one two-cushion love seat; one corner table; flat screen TV with DVD player...moreless

  • Parking:

    Outdoor parking for two vehicles...moreless

  • Telephone:

    Local calls only with land line; area has cell phone reception with Verizon; reception is best outside house on deck...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Kitchen dish clothes and towels; bath towels: one set per guest plus two spare sets, in keeping with practice of other area VRBOs...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    For water conservation, no more than two loads of wash per day; absolutely no washing of caving clothes or gear ...moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Full service for four with eight place settings; variety of cooking utensils and cookware; counter-top electric grill; Brita water pitcher and filter...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Large comfortable eat-in kitchen with table for four; equipped with all the basics; double stainless steel sink...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:


  • Pantry Items:

    Paper towels; hand towels; dish towels; dish soap; hand soap; dishwasher detergent; for public health reasons, please bring your own condiments...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Standard size with freezer; ice cube trays...moreless

  • Stove:

    Electric four burner...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    Large wooden deck with wooden love seat positioned for viewing valley and surrounding hills...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Lawn immediately surrounding house; pasture and woods on property open for walking as long as you take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints; no off-road vehicle use permitted...moreless



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My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Pet Fee $15 + tax
  • cleaning fee $104 + tax
  • Tax Rate 6%


Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Confirmation of reservation includes guest agreeing to the rental agreement, and pet addendum, as applicable, and making the first of two payments. Applicable taxable pet fee is $15 per dog per day. Cancellations made more than 60 days prior to check-in date are subject to a fee, 5% of the rental rate or $50, whichever is greater.

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Last updated: 09/03/2016
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    "This is my number one favorite place for wildlife viewing, scenic drives, exploring, and hik..."

  • sylvan lake

    "Part of Custer State Park...lovely setting for picnics and hiking...a trail head to climb Ha..."

  • Sage Creek Grille

    "Great place for elegant dining in western surroundings... food has always been great."

  • Buglin' Bull Restaurant and Sports Bar

    "Good food...casual dining..gets a lot of business"

  • Jewel Cave National Monument

    "A must see very special cave!"

  • Wind Cave National Park

    "A must-see cave.... also miles of roads to explore ...park also has its own buffalo herd."

  • Black Hills Burger and Bun Co.

    "Great burgers...but get there early!"

  • Hill City

    "Lots of character...places to shop and to eat...access point for scenic train ride to Keystone."

  • Alpine Inn

    "A great place to eat in Hill City!"

  • Mount Rushmore National Memorial

    "If you have never been there...."

50 Miles
Nearest Airport
Rapid City
7.5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Custer area bars
7.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
U. S. Highway 16
7.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Custer area restaurants

Car: Necessary


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2010

About the owner: We bought this place from dear friends when it became available because we love the ambiance of the Black Hills and the variety of outdoor activities the Hills have to offer.

Why the Owner Chose Custer, SD, USA:
The Black Hills, a small mountainous 'island' in the plains, is a fascinating area, geographically, biologically, geologically, and historically. The Custer area is centrally located in the southern Hills and allows for day trips anywhere in the Hills and even beyond to the Badlands, Bear Butte, Devil's Tower, and Fort Robinson. Geologically, the Hills are a granite and metamorphic-cored mountain range with an apron of sedimentary rock layers. One of these is a prominent limestone containing numerous caves. The Black Hills offer a variety of outdoor activities for young and old, alike.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Thunder Mountain Vista is set in a beautiful, quiet valley with broad views of the surrounding hills covered with Ponderosa Pines. The air is fresh and filled with the scent of pine. Wildlife roam across the property day and night, song birds change with the seasons, and frogs croak in the evening in the nearby stream. It is a great place to get away from it all or to unwind and relax at the end of an adventuresome day.

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  • View of valley and Thunder Mountain

    View of valley and Thunder Mountain

  • Morning light in valley with deer

    Morning light in valley with deer

  • Living room

    Living room

  • Bedroom 1

    Bedroom 1

  • Bedroom 1 showing vaulted ceiling with ceiling fan

    Bedroom 1 showing vaulted ceiling with ceiling fan

  • Bathroom 1 shower stall

    Bathroom 1 shower stall

  • Bedroom 2 with view of valley

    Bedroom 2 with view of valley

  • Morning light

    Morning light

  • One of our precious friends

    One of our precious friends

  • View down the valley

    View down the valley

  • View of house nestled into hill side

    View of house nestled into hill side

  • Living room showing view of valley

    Living room showing view of valley

  • Eat-in kitchen showing vaulted ceiling

    Eat-in kitchen showing vaulted ceiling

  • Bedroom 1

    Bedroom 1

  • Bathroom 1

    Bathroom 1

  • Bedroom 2 with view of valley

    Bedroom 2 with view of valley

  • Bathroom 2

    Bathroom 2

  • Sunset color over valley

    Sunset color over valley

  • Incoming storm

    Incoming storm

VRBO #667427

This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Friday, October 21, 2016

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Classic Southern Black Hills -Winding Roads, Wildlife, Open Vistas, Star-Gazing

Custer, SD, USA #667427

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