Welcome to Yak Ridge a peaceful and picturesque getaway

in the heart of the Black Hills of South Dakota!

In addition to sightseeing and other adventures in the Black Hills, you can enjoy peace and tranquility right from your cabin’s front porch. Enjoy beautiful mountain and meadow views, and even observe the region’s wildlife from your cabin. Frequent guests include deer, songbirds, turkeys, hawks, and chipmunks. Occasionally, bald eagles, elk, coyotes, owls, marmots, and fox also visit the property. Yak Ridge is located at an elevation of nearly 5,000 feet, providing for cool evenings and star-studded skies.

About Yak Ridge

The Yak Ridge property is rich in history, located on the west central edge of Eagle Mountain Ranch. The original Ranch was established by early settlers and includes Eagle Mountain, elevation 5,267, located to the east of Yak Ridge and recognizable by its rocky outcropping peak. Bald Eagles have historically nested in the area and are often seen soaring the skies. During Prohibition, the Yak Ridge corner of the Ranch was known as Whiskey Gulch. Remnants of old bootlegger roads and the spring that cooled the whiskey still can be found on Forest Service property adjacent to Yak Ridge.

The cabins are situated in the heart of the Hills, perfect for visiting local attractions. Guests can take short day trips to Mount Rushmore, Badlands National Park, Crazy Horse, Custer State Park, Sheridan Lake, Pactola Reservoir, Mickelson Trail, 1880 Train, Bear Country, Reptile Gardens, caves, museums, micro breweries, wineries, and many other area must-see attractions.

For the health and safety or all guests, neither smoking nor pets are permitted in the cabins or on the property at any time.

Your Hosts

Yak Ridge owners Todd and Cathy acquired the property April 10, 2024. Todd is a retired Navy veteran having served 22 years in uniformed service. Following the years in service, he worked an additional 14 years in civil service. He and his Canadian wife Cathy enjoyed living in and out of country experiencing both the regional and international cultures each duty station had to offer.

Regardless of where they lived, their best memories revolved around outdoor scenic beauty. Whether it be hiking in the hills of Germany or visiting the glorious wonders of Yellowstone National Park, the allure of nature’s wonders has always been a constant.

Todd and Cathy have one son who is an IT specialist. He aspires to hike the Pacific Crest Trail and enjoys camping, hiking and being outdoors.

It has always been their dream to live in an area of profound peace and beauty. As John Muir said, “The Mountains Are Calling” and they are so happy they took the call!


Q: Is Yak Ridge open for visitors year-round?

A: Yes! We encourage families, couples, and individuals to visit all seasons of the year. Our unique location and natural landscape allow for different experiences each time you visit; enjoy the quiet and peaceful winter snows, breathtaking fall foliage, vibrant summer wildflowers, and abundant new life in the springtime.

Q: My family has small children. Is Yak Ridge enjoyable for all ages?

A: Yes, our cabin facilities are perfect for young children, teens, and adults. Families can enjoy an array of games, books, and movies right inside the cabins, or venture outside to explore the beautiful property.

Q: Our family just wants to relax and be comfortable during our vacation. Do your cabins include all the modern amenities we would find in a typical hotel experience?

A: Yes, and more! You will have a cabin completely furnished and stocked with the dishes, cooking utensils, towels, linens, and other items you need. We take great care in providing an environment that is tranquil and private while also offering opportunities and experiences that traditional accommodations cannot.

Q: My family plans on visiting multiple attractions throughout the Black Hills during our stay. Is Yak Ridge a good central location for visiting the area attractions?

A: Yes! Yak Ridge located just five miles from Keystone, home to Mount Rushmore and a wide range of dining, shopping, museums, and other attractions.  Hill City is only a 10-minute drive with its vibrant arts culture, dining, microbreweries, wineries, museums, and shopping. Rapid City is only a 20-minute drive to downtown restaurants, shopping and additional sites. Custer and Custer State Park are within a half hour’s drive. Spearfish, Deadwood, the Badlands, and Hot Springs are all within an hour’s drive. Yak Ridge is centrally located to all the major attractions in the Black Hills and your perfect home away from home.

Q: Can we bring our family dog to Yak Ridge?

A: Unfortunately, no. We love dogs (and cats) but Yak Ridge is designated a pet free property. With wildlife in the area, Yak Ridge is not a good match for guests traveling with pets. Feel free to contact us for referrals that are pet-friendly.

Q: We are looking for an off season get away. Is Yak Ridge accessible in the winter months?

A: Yes, Winter, as well Spring and Fall, are great times to visit the Black Hills. You will find fewer visitors and enjoy discounted rates in the off season.  Winter is a magical season in the Black Hills offering a range of outdoor activities summer visitors never experience. Cross country, ice fishing,  Yak Ridge is open year-round and offers a peaceful and relaxing getaway any time of year.

Q: What do we need to bring to Yak Ridge?

A: Just your clothes and food. Each cabin is fully furnished. The kitchens have dishware, glassware, cookware, and even a supply of spices.  All your bed, bath, and kitchen linens are also provided.

Arrival and Departure through

Rapid City Regional Airport

Travel times to / from Yak Ridge: 30 min. (driving)

Guests arriving at and departing from Rapid City Regional Airport will appreciate the convenience of the short thirty-minute commute. Rental vehicles are available in the airport terminal and shuttles regularly travel between the airport and Rapid City. If you have any questions about arriving at or departing from Yak Ridge, please contact us and we will be happy to answer your questions.

Healthcare –

Monument Health Rapid City Hospital

Travel time to/from Yak Ridge: 21 min (driving)

Guests requiring emergency medical services while visiting the Black Hills have access to Monument Health in Rapid City. Acute care services are available in Hill City and other communities throughout the Black Hills. These clinics are operated by Monument Health and other providers.


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