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

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Two Bedroom, Two Bathroom Rural Retreat Overlooking Open Valley And Hills

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. The garage is available to protect your vehicle should a severe thunder or hail storm threaten.

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.

More Details

Susan Davis
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

About Susan Davis

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.

Susan Davis purchased this house in 2010

Why Susan Davis chose Custer

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.

What makes this house unique

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.


Custer House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • All house rules are included in the rental agreement and pet addendum.
  • Rental agreement requires names and ages of all members of rental party. Please provide this information when requesting a booking.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , accessed from hall, services bedroom 1
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , private, accessed through bedroom 2, claw tub without shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , ceiling fan, built-in cabinets, walk-in closet with shelves
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , ceiling fan, walk-in closet with built-in shelves
  • 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
  • DVD Player ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing


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Classic Southern Black Hills -Winding Roads, Wildlife, Open Vistas, Star-Gazing
average rating of 4.4666667 based on 15 reviews

Absolutely breathtaking!!

  • 5 of 5

Amazing views, quiet atmosphere and clean,

Quiet house. Stargazing was great.

Close proximity to shopping however, that didn't interfere with the quiet wilderness!! Wonderful view of the esclipse. Sue Davis was a great host!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful Place

  • 5 of 5

The house is clean and comfortable in a very nice location, great views of Thunder Mountain and the valley. Nearest neighbors are a half mile away, little traffic on the road. More towels and a blu-ray DVD player would be nice. Within an hour's drive of Rushmore, Rapid City, Wind and Jewel Caves, Hot Springs, Custer State Park so plenty of things to do.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lubbock, Texas, USA

Very nice property with gorgeous views and quiet solitude!

  • 5 of 5

This property was very nice. Could use a little updating was comfortable and very relaxing! We loved getting up early and sitting on the front deck to drink our coffee and watch the deer in the meadow across the drive and the rabbits right off the deck. Very nice and relaxing!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great view!

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed watching wildlife out front. Loved being out in the country. Nice place!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Good size, wonderfully peaceful location. Incredible views!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed the peace and quiet of being away from civilization, but found it a comfortable drive in to Custer and very central for all we did: Crazy Horse, Mt. Rushmore, needles Hwy, Custer State Park, wind Cave and day trips to Devils Tower and Badlands. We were sorry to miss Jewel Cave which was also quite close. It's amazing we could tear ourselves away from deck to leave each day. Scenic from misty sunrises with moon still out til late sunsets! House is spacious with lots of shelf and cabinet and drawer space available to completely unpack. Enjoyed selection of National Park and Native American books. We had a very good meal at Sage Creek Grill in town.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A lovely spot in the Black Hills

  • 4 of 5

the homeowner sent out an intimidating list of rules, but we found the property in good and very clean condition. We had a few start-up issues (we may have been the first guests of the season), but Susan was very responsive to our concerns and even had her housekeeper deliver the requested lightbulbs. We really enjoyed the views and watching the bluebirds and deer from the patio. Very convenient location to the numerous attractions of the Black Hills.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We do encourage guests to touch base with us whenever they have a question or concern, as we desire to help make their stay at Thunder Mountain Vista as pleasant and enjoyable as possible. To explain our guest agreement, yes it is comprehensive, for the benefit of both guest and homeowner. It is patterned after sample documents available through the Homeaway Community.
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Rapid City
Nearest Barpub
7.5 Miles
Custer area bars
Nearest Golf
7.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
U. S. Highway 16
Nearest Restaurant
7.5 Miles
Custer area restaurants
Car: necessary




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Pet Fee $15 + Tax
cleaning fee $105 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

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 day for first dog and $10.00 per day for second dog. 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. The general cancellation policy does not apply for Sturgis Rally week and Holidays; during these periods reservation deposits are non-refundable and reservations may not be rescheduled.

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.

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