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High Country Guest Ranch
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Reviewed 2 August 2014

just returned from a stay at high country guest ranch. we stayed in the 4 bedroom saddle ridge. was a very nice property. Great location, very clean, hot tub, fire pit and gas grill, full kitchen all in great condition.only suggestion would be to provide kleenex in bathrooms and provide more trash facilities. for a cabin that holds 10 people, we had to provide trash bags and there was not a close trash receptacle to place trash. tv/cable did not work, management's only response was service has been requested with no further concern. other than that i would recommend staying here on our next visit to hills.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Thank gary h
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

We stayed in the Trailside Cabin over a course of four nights. Overall, I would describe the cabin as adequate, but not luxurious or "nice" in any way. We enjoyed our stay.

Pros:
-The fire ring was nice to have an evening camp fire. You can get firewood at the front entrance for 10 pieces for $5.
-It was clean upon arrival. The cabin had a coffeemaker and filters. It had the basics. The gas grill worked well. (It could use a serrated knife and some mixing bowls.)
-The location is pretty central to see many of the sites in the black hills with minimal driving.

Cons:
-The beds in this cabin were old and hard. They seemed to be the cheapest models available and had not aged well.
-The sheets were clean, but thin. Pretty much the same for the towels.
-Bugs: I imagine this is problem of being in the area without air conditioning and wanting to have open windows to the fresh air. However, each evening, the cabin became overwhelmed with gnats attracted to the lights. This made it difficult to have the windows open at night. Additionally, the cabin had obviously been sprayed with bug killer as each day we returned to a bunch of dead flies on the floor and windowsill. That's fine - but since there is no maid service, I had to spend time each day cleaning up dead bugs (gnats and flies.)
-The breakfast buffet was odd. The waffles were the normal 'make-your-own'. But everything else was basically a set of pre-packaged items that you could select from - like Hostess Donuts. There was no coffee to be seen.

Helpful Information:
-Cell Service - Mobile phone service is very sketchy. AT&T did not work on the property at all, and worked mildly well down in Hill City. Verizon would provide enough service to allow sending and receiving of texts, but little else.

-Bike Rental - The ranch has multiple decent bikes for rent for the 1/2 day or day. I think it was around $18 for a 1/2 day, $26 for a full day.

-Bike Ride to Hill City - We rode down to Hill City for lunch. It is about 5 miles each way. On the way there is it pretty steady slight downhill, which made the return a slight uphill. For me the uphill was not difficult, but I had to pedal consistently. The trail is gravel and has a few soft part - but overall fine on a bike with wide tires.

-This cabin has a 1/2 size fridge with the cooresponding 'baby' freezer. If you plan on eating in a lot and need a better kitchen, you may want to choose another cabin.

-It also only has a soaking jacuzzi tub. If you have kids who will need baths, another cabin would be better.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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2  Thank CoMom800
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Reviewed 27 June 2014

My wife and I went to the Black Hills for 3 wks. The HCGR was the perfect place for our family. Our children and grandchildren flew in and out to stay with us...that was not a problem at all for the property. There was plenty to do for the grandchildren when we felt like taking a break. The Circle B Chuckwagon dinner and show and Brule show were not only worth every penny, but on the property. Hospitality and service galore. We would stay there again and again. Could not do enough for us. Not one complaint and all as advertised. The location for sightseeing from the Badlands to Devil's Tower, and Sturgis to Hot Springs is perfect.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Thank dennislazear
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Reviewed 7 June 2014

For this trip, my family of 6 stayed for 4 days/3 nights. (We plan vacations here every summer.)We loved every minute of it! The accomodations were clean, comfortable, and inviting. The setting is beautiful, complete with a horse round-up every morning and evening. There are a number of outdoor family activities on the property. The owners were extremely friendly and helpful. We didn't want for anything! We highly recommend High Country Guest Ranch if you plan on experiencing the Black Hills!

Room Tip: We have stayed in the Hagin, McDonald, and Saddleridge cabins. They're all wonderful!
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Thank 25csm
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Reviewed 18 May 2014

My nephews and I stayed at the McGinnis Cabin. We had a wonderful time. Cabin was very comfortable and was very clean. Beautiful setting. The owners John and his wife Barb were very friendly and very helpful. My one nephew is in a wheel chair and they put a ramp up just special for him. All the staff is very friendly and kept wanting to know if we needed anything. I would highly recommend this ranch. We are already planning on return visit in a couple of years. Also Barb is a writer and her books are excellent.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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