We arrived in Custer on 22 July without reservations (our original choice proved to be unworkable for our situation). The ladies in the Visitors Center suggested three or four options that met our criteria: cabins, out of town, affordable. Gold Camp Cabins was one of them, and we feel as if we hit the jackpot!
We called to check on availability, and the man who answered (as it turns out it was the owner, Bob Jorgensen) said he had one cabin left for the two nights and gave us a brief description. It sounded fine and we headed for the site. We were a little put off by the initial impression - the cabins are adjacent to the property that is Bob's log home business - but it turns out we should have been reassured. The cabin (#1) FAR surpassed our expectations!
Many cabins are very basic and can be a little 'rough'; not here! The construction was solid, the natural wood interior finish was beautiful. #1 had a queen bed on the lower level with a twin in the loft. The kitchen had a sink and small working area, a fridge (small, but larger than dorm room size) and a microwave. There were cooking utensils but no plates, knives or forks. There was a small grill outside but no stove (nor pots and pans). As we had done some camping on our trip we had a gas stove and eating / cooking utensils, so this wasn't a problem for us. Keep it in mind, though, if you're not wanting to eat out while you're here.
Note also that there were no staff 'checking on' things - it's very much a self-sufficient stay. I'm sure we could have gotten assistance from the business office during the day, and probably could have called the listed number at night if necessary. To our minds, the 'service' was perfect but you may have other expectations, so please keep this in mind.
The bed was quite comfortable, and the bathroom was large with a good shower. The entire cabin was immaculate. A small A/C unit was available; we opened the windows at night and were quite comfortable.
The property has a horseshoe pit, a volleyball net, two fire rings and a small pond; it backs up to a wooded area that's a gorgeous backdrop. The proximity to the log home business isn't an issue evenings and mornings. Bob provides firewood free of charge; the only thing he didn't do for us was provide a clear night for stargazing - ;-)
We couldn't have been more pleased, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend Gold Camp Cabins to our friends (or to stay here again!).
p.s. - Another shout out to the Custer Visitors Center - friendly and helpful! Thanks again!
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