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4.9/5 Exceptional

Guests rated this property 5.0/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Outdoor Space

Explore the area

    Popular LocationRushmore Cave13 min drive
    Popular LocationNational Presidential Wax Museum14 min drive
    Popular LocationRushmore Tramway Adventures14 min drive
    AirportRapid City, SD (RAP-Rapid City Regional)44 min drive

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    About this property

    Entire place

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

    The Calamity Jane Cabin - Historic Mcdonald Mountain Ranch

    Cabin in Hermosa, near Black Hills National Forest
    Just a stone's throw from Custer State Park! Three guest cabins, a suite in upper level of main house and one pull through RV space are located on 6 beautiful, serene, and quiet acres in Custer County, SD.The Calamity Jane cabin is an authentic, historic log home with original rock fireplace. The cabin got its name because Calamity Jane herself spent an evening in the cabin while traveling through the hills back in the day. All cabins include wifi, air conditioning, heating and outdoor dining facilities with access to a barbecue grill. There is no cable TV in any of our cabins but upon request, a 32”Roku TV can be provided during your stay. The Calamity Jane sleeps three, or possibly 4. It has a king size bed and also a single bed. A roll away may be provided if you have a 4th person. Accommodations include a kitchenette (with a sink, microwave, small fridge, and a single burner to cook on (w/pots and pans), a petite bath, a large bedroom with a dining table, fireplace, and a dresser drawer. Outside there is an all cedar deck with a table and barbeque grill for outdoor enjoyment.There is a 1 day minimum for the month of September 2020. There is a three day minimum to rent the Calamity Jane for the 2021 season. The ranch also has a swing set and other outdoor equipment on the property for children to use. There is a large meadow on the property and if you walk to the end of it you can see Mt. Rushmore through the trees. McDonald Mountain Ranch is in a very convenient location. Beautiful Lakota Lake, which is a fishing lake, is within walking distance (.8 mile) behind the ranch along with a creek and a waterfall to add to the beauty. Another popular and beautiful lake, Center Lake, which is a swimming/fishing lake with picnic tables, barbeque grills, showers and restrooms is 2 miles away from the ranch. The Black Hills Historic Playhouse is also within a few miles. The beautiful Iron Mountain Hiking Trail is right around the corner. The Wolf Camp outdoor restaurant which serves barbeque ribs, burgers, pizza, etc is 1/2 mile away. The entrance to Custer State Park is also right around the corner. In our opinion we have the best and most beautiful property and location in the hills!Minimum age requirement on Calamity Jane is age 3Unfortunately due to many considerations and despite the fact that we are huge animal lovers, we do not allow pets in our cabins. Check in is at 4:00pm. Because we have a full house and are small staffed please do not arrive early. Late check in is fine of course but please notify us so we can make sure cabin lights are turned on and door unlocked. Thanks!! Ps. The owners of the ranch are Richard and Carol McDonald. Richard, an architect/builder, grew up in the hills. His grandfather, Cecil Gideon, was the architect/builder of the famous Pigtail Bridges on Iron Mountain Rd and also the Custer State Game Lodge. Gideon also provided help on Mt Rushmore and was a personal guide to President Coolidge. Richard has a rich history in the Black Hills and is willing to provide information to any who desire it.
    Air-conditioned accommodations at this cabin offer hair dryers and irons/ironing boards. Refrigerators, microwaves, and coffee/tea makers are provided.

    Property amenities

    Parking and transportation

    • Onsite parking

    Food and drink

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


    • 1 bedroom
    • Bed sheets provided


    • 1 bathroom
    • Hair dryer
    • Towels provided


    • TV
    • Games

    Outdoor areas

    • Garden


    • Washing machine and dryer


    • Air conditioning
    • Heating


    • No pets allowed


    • Smoke-free property

    Services and conveniences

    • Iron/ironing board


    • Sleeps 4
    • Unit size: 330 sq ft (31 sq m)



    Check-in time starts at 4:00 PM


    Check-out before 11:00 AM

    Special check-in instructions

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


    Pets not allowed

    Children and extra beds

    Children are welcome

    Property payment types

    Important information

    You need to know

    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

    Property is also known as

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    About this area


    This cabin is located in Hermosa. The area's natural beauty can be seen at Custer State Park and Black Hills National Forest. National Presidential Wax Museum and Rushmore Tramway Adventures are also worth visiting.
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    Popular Location

    What's nearby

    • Center Lake - 9 min drive
    • Rushmore Cave - 13 min drive
    • National Presidential Wax Museum - 14 min drive
    • Rushmore Tramway Adventures - 14 min drive
    • Holy Terror Mini Golf - 14 min drive

    Getting around

    • AirportRapid City Regional Airport (RAP) - 44 min drive


    • BrGr 61 — 12 min drive
    • Boss Pizza + Chicken — 13 min drive
    • Keystone House Resturant — 13 min drive
    • Red's BBQ — 13 min drive
    • Grapes & Grinds — 14 min drive

    Frequently asked questions

    Is The Calamity Jane Cabin - Historic Mcdonald Mountain Ranch pet-friendly?
    No, pets are not allowed at this property.
    What time is check-in at The Calamity Jane Cabin - Historic Mcdonald Mountain Ranch?
    Check-in begins at 4:00 PM.
    What time is check-out at The Calamity Jane Cabin - Historic Mcdonald Mountain Ranch?
    Check-out is at 11:00 AM.
    Where is The Calamity Jane Cabin - Historic Mcdonald Mountain Ranch located?
    Situated in Hermosa, this cabin is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Black Hills National Forest and 2 mi (3.1 km) from Custer State Park. Black Hills Playhouse and Center Lake are also within 6 mi (10 km).
    33 reviews
    5 - Excellent
    4 - Good
    3 - Okay
    2 - Poor
    1 - Terrible




    Staff & service




    Property conditions & facilities

    5/5 Excellent

    Traveled with partner
    Happy face iconLiked: Cleanliness, amenities
    We had a great stay and would highly recommend to anyone who wants to get away from the fast paced lifestyle and modern technology. We look forward to going back again soon
    Stayed 3 nights in Sep 2020

    5/5 Excellent

    Peaceful and Beautiful
    We spent 4 days here and it was peaceful, clean and easy to get around. The cabin is small but the outside deck made it a perfect vacation. Richard was wonderful and very accommodating! Thank you

    5/5 Excellent

    Almost Heaven
    We enjoyed our stay at this beautiful cabin. Everything was perfect. Richard and Carol’s historic cabin is nice and their accommodations were just what we needed.

    5/5 Excellent

    Amazing, relaxing stay
    Richard and his family were so accommodating and friendly. We couldn't have asked for better hosts. Calamity Jane was perfect for the 3 of us. We would recommend the McDonald Ranch to everyone. The views, wildlife and serenity were just what we all needed. Thank you so much Richard and family!!

    4/5 Good

    Very cool cabin
    The owners have put a lot of effort into preserving the original feel of the cabin. We had fun!

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