based on 124 reviews
JM and Liz (Boulder, CO)
Everything = Beautiful, Welcoming, Comfortable, 5-Star Rating-Worthy

What a fantastic cabin in an equally wonderful setting. Everything was ready, cleaned, and welcoming when we arrived. Beth was excellent before and during our stay... but with all of what we needed already provided once we arrived, we did not even need to contact her during our stay other than to say hello. The living area was comfortable; the kitchen well stocked, the bedroom and loft rooms exactly what we expected and wanted. We loved the barbecue and deck. And the bathroom was clean and well proportioned. As a family with teenagers, having a cabin that satisfies the whole family can be tricky. Elk Haven was our best cabin experience, ever. And our children would agree. We did not want to leave, and hope to return and stay during our next trip to the Black Hills

We are so happy you all enjoyed the cabin.

replied by the owner (7/23/2020 2:28:31 PM)

Family with older children  |  Elk Haven #5  |  stayed in 7/2020

Jeannie (WI)

My family enjoyed our stay. Had everything we needed. Kids enjoyed climbing on and around the hills in the backdrop. If you journey up high enough, you can see a beautiful sunset. Cabin 3 in the highest of the 5 as they are set in a semi circle on an incline.

Family with older children  |  Elk Haven #3  |  stayed in 7/2020

Pamela Renke (Sidney, NE)
Excellent Visit!

We were a group of 3 in our senior years and truly enjoyed the peace & quiet of the Elk Haven Cabins. They were a home away from home after our scenic events of the day. The cabin was clean, well equipped & cozy. Kris & Beth were extremely accommodating and we were very blessed to have found them. We visited all of the scenic areas in the Black Hills and had a great time. Thank you for being such terrific hosts Beth & Kris. Would definitely stay with you upon our return to South Dakota. Respectfully, Pamela

We are so glad you found us. We are happy you enjoyed the cabin and the area.

replied by the owner (7/23/2020 2:27:25 PM)

Other  |  Elk Haven #2  |  stayed in 7/2020

Jed (Minnesota )

This place was completely awesome! Our cabin was very clean and well stocked with with all the utensils needed to cook a nice home cooked meal . It located in a beautiful area close to town and all the other attractions of the area. I will be returning some time in the future and would highly recommend this anyone traveling out in the black hill area. One last thing the price is very good as well.

Family with young children  |  Elk Haven #1  |  stayed in 7/2020

Susan Riddle (Kirksville, MO)
Had a great 3 days at Elk Haven Cabins

Our family spent three days in cabin #4 and had a great time! Loved the cabin and everything was there that we needed, other than our food (and some of that was there!). Kris and Beth were exceptional hosts, available but not overly concerned about us. The beds were comfortable with nice linens, and the cabin was clean and inviting. Even without A/C, evenings (in July) always cooled down, and with the multiple fans available we usually were cold by morning. We thoroughly enjoyed the little deck (we fought over the rocking chair!) and had a fire each evening in the fire pit. My son hiked to the very top of the mountain behind the cabin (*with permission) and could see Crazy Horse in the distance from there. The one recommendation we have would be an outdoor playset to help occupy the kids. (We were not the only guests that seemed to have some frustration with the kids. Voices travel- Lol!) All in all we had a fabulous vacation seeing all the sights of the area during the day and enjoying the beautiful scenery and solitude when we came back to the cabin. Thank you, Elk Haven. We hope to be back, and will be telling everyone about you! ~ The Riddle Family from Missouri July 2020

Family with young children  |  Elk Haven #4  |  stayed in 7/2020

John M. (Tennessee)
A great stay

We had a wonderful visit and would recommend "The Bluebird's Nest," the 2 BR apartment above a garage at the far end of the road the cabins are located on. The apartment was tastefully decorated and with the sofa bed it was perfect for our family of 5, including two boys aged 20 and 18. There is a furnished kitchen, and we were able to make use of that for several meals. Custer is a neat small town and the other sites in the Black Hills are fantastic. It was a fine base for us to explore the area for several days. Thanks for a great stay! We enjoyed it.

Family with older children  |  The Blue Bird's Nest  |  stayed in 7/2020

Lisa Evans (Monticello, MN)
Perfect for grandparents and kids

We were a bit hesitant at first to stay away from cabins #2, #3 and #4 where other family members were staying. However, the Blue Bird's Nest is a perfect place for young and old. It has more space to accommodate meal prep and buffet style along with hanging a hammock outside the stairs. Even the stairs up to Blue Bird's Nest were manageable by the grandparents who are in their 80s. The living, dining and kitchen area were perfect and it was nice to have the kids separate from the other cabins to get them to bed earlier. It was an easy walk back and forth to the other cabins and provided time to get a little exercise. Kris and Beth were great to provide cornhole/bean bag boards for our large family reunion (20 people in 4 different cabins). They were helpful and we enjoyed hiking behind the Blue Bird Next up the hill and finding wild raspberries and a great view. Thank you, Beth and Kris, for sharing your property and the lovely space.

We were so happy you all had a great time. Come visit anytime!

replied by the owner (7/23/2020 2:25:31 PM)

Family with young children  |  The Blue Bird's Nest  |  stayed in 7/2020

Ashley and Rob Wear (Illinois)
Great place!

We really enjoyed our stay here. The cabin was great! Friendly owners. Our trailer needed fixed Kris got a hold of a mechanic for us! Thanks again Kris. Cabin 4 was great! It was clean, comfortable and felt like home. Close to many fun experiences. Will definitely come back.

Family with young children  |  Elk Haven #4  |  stayed in 7/2020

Shelley Ryan (Lafayette Colorado)
Wonderful Time

We had an amazing time! We got to see deer each morning and each evening. The cabin was clean and in great shape. Everything worked well. We enjoyed the table and chairs on the deck in the evening. We will defiantly make another reservation in the future!!! Thank you Beth and Kris!!!

Family with older children  |  Elk Haven #1  |  stayed in 6/2020

Ron Tiesen (Baltic, SD)

Great place but would be better if there was air conditioning and darkening shades for the windows. Mattresses are wore out making sleeping uncomfortable. Love the fact that all we had to bring was the food! Kitchen was stocked nicely and so was the bathroom. Great little hide away and so quiet. Not far from town. Definitely would stay again. This was our 2nd time there. Will return someday.

Hi Ron, Thanks for the feedback. You just missed out on the curtains being swapped over. We now have some black and white checked curtains in the cabins. Still have a few to replace, but almost there. We also ordered new mattresses for the lower levels for all 5 cabins. Still a few weeks from receiving them due to backlogs from the shutdowns around the country. Unfortunately the A/C is cost prohibitive to add and it would create an increase in rates. We try to keep rates reasonable for families. With the temperatures remaining in the 50-60's at night throughout the summer; it's hard to justify A/C when most people are not in the cabin the majority of the day.

replied by the owner (6/30/2020 4:34:03 PM)

Group  |  Elk Haven #4  |  stayed in 6/2020

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