Little Elk Cottage in Vanocker Canyon in the Black Hills (See Video)

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2 bedrooms, iron/ironing board, free WiFi, bed sheets
TV, DVD player, books, music library
TV, DVD player, books, music library
TV, DVD player, books, music library
Fridge, microwave, oven, stovetop

Overview of Little Elk Cottage in Vanocker Canyon in the Black Hills (See Video)

Entire home

Little Elk Cottage in Vanocker Canyon in the Black Hills (See Video)

5.0/5 Exceptional

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Kitchen
  • Air conditioning
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Outdoor Space

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Contactless check-in
  • Sheets and towels washed at 140°F
  • Contactless check-out
Nemo, SD

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationWonderland Caves8 min drive
  • Popular LocationSturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame28 min drive
  • Popular LocationPetrified Forest of the Black Hills42 min drive
  • AirportRapid City, SD (RAP-Rapid City Regional)58 min drive

Space details

2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 4
1200 sq ft
Bedroom 1
    1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
    1 queen bed
Common area
    1 double bed
Bathroom 1

Choose dates to view prices

About this area


Located in Nemo, this cottage is in a rural area. While the natural beauty of Black Hills National Forest and Petrified Forest of the Black Hills can be enjoyed by anyone, those looking for an activity can check out Pactola Pines Marina. Be sure to check out the area's animals with activities such as game walks and birdwatching. Guests love the property's central location.

What's nearby

  • Wonderland Caves - 8 min drive
  • Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame - 28 min drive
  • Pactola Pines Marina - 41 min drive
  • The Depot Motherlode Gaming Saloon - 42 min drive
  • Petrified Forest of the Black Hills - 42 min drive

Getting around

  • Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP) - 58 min drive

About this property

Entire place

You'll have the entire home to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

Little Elk Cottage in Vanocker Canyon in the Black Hills (See Video)

Family-friendly cottage in Nemo
As you can see from the photos, this beautiful cottage is a great spot to spend a few days! Our cottage sleeps a maximum of 4 people and our rates begin at $235/night for 1-2 guests. Any additional guests after 2 are charged $25/person/night. So, two guests pay a lower rate than 4 guests since they use only one sleeping area.

At Little Elk Cottage Near Nemo, we offer you a memorable place to stay during your visit to the Black Hills. *****Check out the video when you scroll thru the photos.***** This peaceful and sophisticated cottage is a one-of-a-kind oasis in the heart of Vanocker Canyon. Our cottage is an ideal destination for your vacation, honeymoon, anniversary, long weekend, or any time you want to get away from it all. We are conveniently located near the small picturesque town of Nemo with dining at the historic Brandin' Iron Cafe and horseback riding. Wonderland Cave and Dalton Lake (great fishing!) are 15 minutes away. We are within 30 minutes of both Deadwood and Rapid City, centrally located to all Black Hills attractions, both north and south, including Mt. Rushmore, Deadwood, Devil's Tower, Hill City, Custer State Park, Sturgis, Spearfish Canyon, Crazy Horse, and the Badlands. We are approximately 35-40 minutes from Hill City and Mt. Rushmore via the cut across #208 south of Nemo connecting to Hwy. #385, which is the main artery through the Black Hills..

Amenities include the following:
Fully paved asphalt driveway with Private Entrance
Fenced and gated 5-acre property that borders Forest Service land
2 Bedrooms on main floor - Pillowtop Queen Beds
Sofa Bed in Living Room
Leather couch and Loveseat; Persian Rugs
32" Sony TV with many satellite channels
DVD and CD player
Cell coverage at the top of the hill, less than one mile away. If your carrier is AT&T or T-Mobile, you should get cell phone coverage thru the Wi-Fi.
Complimentary Wi-Fi in the Cottage
See 3-minute video in our photo gallery of the cottage interior as well as the the 5 private acres where our cottage is located.
Air conditioned for warmer days
Fully equipped kitchen with Whirlpool appliances (dishwasher and microwave)
All paper products and linens provided
Washer and Dryer in Cottage for your convenience
Picnic Table and Gas Grill on outside Patio
Property is not suitable for weddings, parties or family reunions.
Fine dining 30 minutes away (Rapid City, Deadwood or Spearfish) as well as several places to eat within about a 15-minute drive.
Please check out our 5-star reviews below.
Belle Joli' Winery (grapes grown in South Dakota) has a tasting room in Vanocker Canyon--up the road from here, about 15 minutes away. Their Sparkling House has an outside patio where you can enjoy appetizers with their red, white and sparkling wine selections, as well as Sunday Brunch.

We also have a renovated, historic log cabin, sitting on another five acres, which may be viewed by checking VRBO listing #351778. Rates at our log cabin are $185/night for one or two guests.

Our private cottage, sitting on five acres, offers all of the comforts of home, with a small stream meandering through the property and surrounded by beautiful hills, trees and wildlife. After spending your days sightseeing, you will enjoy returning to this tranquil setting and relaxing on the patio or the front porch. Our property was once chosen as part of an Arctic Cat promotional DVD and brochure.

We have a lodging license through the State of South Dakota #3569 and have been listed in the 'Insider's Guide' since 1997.

The scenic ride thru Vanocker Canyon is one of the most beautiful areas in the Black Hills.

Keywords: Cottage, Black Hills, Cabin
Air-conditioned accommodations at this cottage offer DVD players and coffee/tea makers. Rooms open to patios. Kitchens offer refrigerators, stovetops, microwaves, and cookware/dishes/utensils.

Bathrooms include showers. This Nemo cottage provides complimentary wireless Internet access.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

Property manager

Wolfgang and Kathleen Schmidt

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter

Social distancing

Contactless check-in and check-out
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Free WiFi

Parking and transportation

  • Car required


  • Refrigerator
  • Stovetop
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Toaster
  • Spices


  • Dining table


  • 2 bedrooms
  • Bed sheets provided


  • 1 bathroom
  • Shower
  • Soap
  • Towels provided
  • Toilet paper


  • TV with cable/satellite service
  • DVD player
  • Music library
  • Books
  • Stereo
  • Games

Outdoor areas

  • Patio
  • Barbecue grill
  • Garden
  • Outdoor furniture


  • Washing machine and dryer


  • Air conditioning
  • Heating


  • No pets allowed


  • Smoke-free property

Services and conveniences

  • Iron/ironing board

Location highlights

  • In a rural location

Things to do

  • Bicycling on site
  • Fishing nearby
  • Cave exploring nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Horse riding nearby
  • Swimming nearby
  • Birdwatching nearby
  • Power boating nearby
  • Rock climbing nearby

Safety features

  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Smoke detector


  • Sleeps 4
  • Unit size: 1200 sq ft (111 sq m)

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Check-in time starts at 3:00 PM
Minimum check-in age - 21


Check-out before 10:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Important information

You need to know

This property is managed by a private host, not a professional engaged in trade or business
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
Onsite parties or group events are strictly prohibited
Long-term renters welcome
Safety features at this property include a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, and a smoke detector
This property is managed through our partner, Vrbo. You will receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account, where you can change or cancel your reservation
Property Registration Number #3569

We should mention

A car is required for transportation to and from this property

Property is also known as

Little Elk Cottage Scenic Vanocker Canyon Meadow Views
Little Elk Scenic Vanocker Canyon Nemo--gorgeous Meadow Views
Little Elk Scenic Vanocker Canyon Meadow Views
Little Elk Cottage Scenic Vanocker Canyon Black Hills Nemo
Little Elk Cottage Scenic Vanocker Canyon Black Hills
Little Elk Scenic Vanocker Canyon Black Hills Nemo
Little Elk Cottage Scenic Vanocker Canyon Black Hills Nemo
Little Elk Scenic Vanocker Canyon Black Hills Nemo
Little Elk Scenic Vanocker Canyon Black Hills
Little Elk Cottage in Scenic Vanocker Canyon in the Black Hills!

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Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 47 out of 48 reviews
5 - Excellent 98%
Rating 4 - Good. 1 out of 48 reviews
4 - Good 2%
Rating 3 - Okay. 0 out of 48 reviews
3 - Okay 0%
Rating 2 - Poor. 0 out of 48 reviews
2 - Poor 0%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 0 out of 48 reviews
1 - Terrible 0%

5/5 Excellent

Dream vacation
From the moment we entered the property, to the cleanliness and details to information and design of cabin we were in awe. The owners left detailed notes so you didn’t have to wonder about anything. Then came a snow storm for 2 days and we literally felt as if we were in a beautiful snow globe. It was wonderful. The owners even braved the weather to walk over and check on us. Wolfgang and Kathleen are the ideal host, attentive and caring. Wolfgang even cleared the drive for us to get out. This is a wonderful location to everything and we already plan to return next year.

5/5 Excellent

Secluded Get-Away
We loved the quiet and solitude of this cabin location. Rustic in appearance, yet modern comforts. Wolfgang and Kathleen have provided a truly authentic Black Hills experience for their guests!

5/5 Excellent

Anniversary vacation
Loved loved this property. So peaceful and relaxing. Pictures don't do it justice. It's a beautiful area we rented an ATV which was a first for us and would definately do it again. The rental place in Nemo is easy to work with. There is alot of wildlife. Deer, coyote, turkeys alot of different species of birds. Overall we would stay here again and again. A great property and Kathleen was wonderful to work with.

5/5 Excellent

Lovely spot
Our stay here was wonderful. The cottage and surroundings were just as described, and the owners were very kind and responsive if we needed to relay a message to them. The location was a very good spot to take off and see what the Black Hills had to offer, and very nice to come back to for its beautiful, serene location. Thank you, Wolfgang and Kathleen, for the use of your delightful cottage.
Stayed 6 nights in Sep 2021

5/5 Excellent

Very relaxing beautiful property. Will stay here again!