Discover a selection of 500 vacation rentals in Lead, SD that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including kitchens and WiFi. Prices start at $109 per night, and lodges and cabins are popular options for a stay in Lead. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
Destination guide

A peaceful escape in Lead

Tucked into a corner of the Black Hills Mountains in South Dakota is the scenic town of Lead. Once a mining town, the city of Lead is better known today for its small-town vibe and vibrant natural features. Visitors interested in history can peruse the old Homestake Mine, while guests interested in science visit the Sanford Underground Research Facility. Those looking for Lead vacation rentals will find a peaceful atmosphere perfect for a weekend getaway with your friends, a romantic escape with your partner, or a family-friendly vacation.

Things to do

Mine history and cultural attractions in Lead

Gather your family and take a trip back in time by heading to the Black Hills Mining Museum. Here, you’ll be able to explore the old Homestake Mine and see the history of gold mining in the region. The kids can even pan for their own gold to take home as a souvenir. The Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center is just down the street and lets you glance down at the original deep ‘open cut’ area of the old mine. End the day with a concert at the Historic Homestake Opera House, which was originally built by the Homestake Gold Mine for entertainment.


Outdoor fun for the family in Lead

There are plenty of things to do in Lead, especially if you’re a fan of the outdoors. Visitors have a variety of hiking, biking, horseback riding, and walking opportunities thanks to the proximity of the George S. Mickelson Trail. At 109 miles long, this trail will ensure you never run out of scenery to admire. If you’re looking for Lead vacation rentals in the winter, you’ll have just as much fun strapping on your skis or hopping on your snowmobile and checking out one of the various resorts and lodges in the area.


Snowy winters make for outdoor fun in Lead

As one of the snowiest places in the United States, Lead lets you get your fill of winter sports. Lead snowfall rates reach an average of 158 inches each season, making it the perfect place to go snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, snowboarding, or snowmobiling. December through April are when the big snow starts falling. If warm and balmy weather is more your style, you’ll be pleased to know that June and July are also good times to look for Lead vacation rentals, as average temperatures make it up to 71 and 79 respectively.

Natural features

Lead has natural beauty and rocky features

The biggest defining feature of Lead is the large open cut area left behind from the city’s mining days. The regional terrain also features a number of meadows, granite landings, streams, and alpine forests. Beyond the limits of town is the lush and tranquil beauty of the Black Hills National Forest. Inside this vast expanse, you might spot elk, bison, pronghorn, marmots, and other wild creatures frolicking through the prairies. You can also get from Lead to Mt. Rushmore in just over an hour.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Lead

Fly into Rapid City, SD (RAP-Rapid City Regional), the closest airport, located 43.3 mi (69.6 km) from the city center.

How many vacation rentals are available around Lead, SD?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 601 vacation rentals around Lead. From 13 vacation lodge rentals to 379 cabin rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

Can I rent a mountain-view property in Lead?

Would you get a load of that view?! That's what you'll be exclaiming when you head for the hills and treat yourself to a spectacular high-altitude escape. Vrbo has no less than 279 mountain rental options available. Of course, that might not work for the whole group. Luckily, Vrbo has oodles more options, including:

  • 51 rural vacation rentals.
  • 39 mountainside vacation rentals.
  • 27 city-center vacation rentals.

Can I stay in Lead in a large group?

Getaways with your loved ones can be tons of fun, especially when you're under the same roof in a fantastic new place! If you'll be visiting with a big group, Vrbo can help. House vacation homes are the leading choice for large groups of visitors, with 35 listed here. Rental accommodations around the area that are suitable for large groups include:

  • If yours is a group of 8, we've got 126 vacation homes perfectly suited for that size. Stay a night for as little as $135.
  • Looking for a vacation rental for 12 people? We have 104 that will serve you well. You can book one for as little as $224 a night.
  • On a trip away with a group of 6? We've got 104 vacation homes that match your requirements. Prices start from $80 per night.

You and your crew will be well looked after when you book your Lead adventure with us!

Where are the cheapest rentals in Lead?

Forget those samey hotel chains! Bask in the charm of living like a local in a value-packed rental instead. Check out all the wonderful options available now on Vrbo. Deer Mountain Ski Resort is a fantastic area to check out if you want to keep your budget under control. Vrbo has 50 rentals, and the average price is a modest $279 per night. Boulder Canyon Country Club is another good option. We've got 4 rentals here, and the average price is around $428 a night.