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Telephone: (605) 574-2416
Toll Free: (800) 333-5306

Mailing address:  Pine Rest Cabins   24063 Hwy 385                                  PO Box 377 
Hill City, South Dakota  57745

Welcome to our Cabins  near Mt. Rushmore in the Black Hills of South Dakota and thank you for inquiring about the accommodations at our cabins. The perfect location for day trips anywhere in the Black Hills.  Mt  Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial and Custer State Park are all within 10 miles. Board the 1880 train or get on the Mickelson trail right in Hill City.  Walkers, hikers, cyclists, tourists, hunters, fishers, honeymooners, climbers, cross country skiers, ATV'ers, or anyone wishing to relax in the beautiful surroundings of the Black Hills National Forest are welcomed at our lodging establishment!

Help us celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Pine Rest Cabins.  Welcoming  travelers  to the Black Hills since 1911, PIne Rest Cabins have been home to some of the earliest visitors to  Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse and  Custer State Park.  If you have old  pictures to share, we'd love to include them in our 100th anniversary scrapbook. Please bring them with you or send via email. Thank you  to those who've already shared photos with us, they are delightful.

Located one mile south of Hill City (in the "Heart of the Hills") directly on the west side of highway 16-385.   Here your family can rest and relax with the morning sun and the afternoon shade which keeps our cabins nature-cooled. map to Pine Rest

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Rapid City Regional Airport is the commercial airline hub of the Black Hills. We are 27 miles south west of Rapid City and about an hours drive from the airport. Denver and Sioux Falls airports are approximately six hours away. map to Pine Rest

The setting of our country cabins is on the edge of a little valley, nestled in the pines, with the mountains and Black Hills National Forest rising directly behind.  History abounds our cabins some of which were once on the site of the Harney Peak Tin Mining and Mfg. Co., in the 1880's.

We are a small family business, just under one mile from the friendly mountain town of Hill City where you will find excellent dining, churches, shops, art galleries, groceries, gas, laundromat, and entertainment.  There are nice lakes with beach areas within seven miles for water fun.  The George S. Mickelson Trail (rails to trails) runs parallel to us and can be accessed in Hill City at the Burlington Northern Trailhead at Tracy Park,  less than a mile from Pine Rest Cabins.  Trail passes can be purchased at the self - pay station at the BNHC Trail Head or at the Conoco station adjacent to the  trail at the south edge of Hill City.  The trail intersects with Dead Broke Street  , about  a half mile down the road  to the south of the cabins.         

Golfers will find 18 picturesque courses to choose from in the surrounding Black Hills area, with Custer being the closest.


Parents of young children really appreciate our fenced in playground with its huge sandbox; while the bigger "kids" are free to explore the forest around us, or play a game of volleyball.

After Thanksgiving, a Christmas tree permit can be purchased at the local ranger station.  Deerfield Lake, our favorite for ice fishing, is just 14 miles from us.  You will also find snowmobile rentals and cross country trailheads nearby.  Our availability in the winter months is varied and advance reservations are recommended.  Please email or give us a call at (800) 333-5306 and if we can't accommodate you we'll help you find someone who can.

THE BATHHOUSE is the place to be after an active day of outdoor pursuits. The hot tub is available year round for ages 12 and up. During the cool months our Finnish Sauna is a popular hot spot! The traditional Finnish Sauna is heated by wood, so give us some notice if you would like us to have it stoked up for you.


  • Free wireless internet
  • Cable TV/DVD
  • Private Baths
  • Comfortable Queen Size Beds
  • Linens and Towels Provided
  • Furnished Kitchenettes
  • Charcoal Grill, Picnic Tables
  • Sauna and Hot Tub
  • One or Two Bedrooms
  • Fireplaces in some cabins
  • Playground, Hiking, Board Games
  • A PHONE is available to our guests on our front porch for outgoing calling card, collect, local or 911 calls. There are no phones in the cabins. Messages received during the night will be taken to your cabin the next day.
  • Cell phone reception variable in the Black Hills.
  • Romance packages and gift certificates available

THE FOUR SEASONS CABINS WITH FIREPLACES are OPEN YEAR ROUND and are very nice  for singles, a couple or a family of 4 or 5. They feature new Black Hills knotty pine interiors and gas log fireplaces.  Each cabin is approximately 500 square ft,  has a private bath with shower or tub/shower, sink and stool. You'll also have color cable TV with a DVD/CD player. All of the cabins are non-smoking and no pets. Smoking is permitted outside on the covered front porches.

Aspen, Birch, Cedar & Dakota are our  2 bedroom, 1 bathroom duplex units. Aspen & Birch are two cabins in one building and Cedar & Dakota are in another. Knotty pine inside and out, each of the four  cabins has its own 8x8 covered porch and separate entrance on opposite ends of the building.  There is a queen size bed in one bedroom and small second bedroom with built in twin size bunkbeds. The 8 foot walls are open at the  top and share the  vaulted ceiling  for a spacious feeling and good air flow . Of course each of the duplex units is totally separated from the other with a full wall between them.  The queen  bed is made up.  Linens are provided for you to make  the bunk beds and sofa bed as needed.  These cabins are ideal for 1 or 2 adults and 2 - 3 children.  When traveling with 4 - 5 adults, we recommend booking both sides of the duplex , or one of the other cabins. The TV is in the queen bedroom. There is also a single sofa-bed/love seat in the living room/kitchenette area. This area features gas log fireplace, a kitchenette with microwave, electric skillet, chef's pot for boiling or slow cooking, toaster, coffee maker and under counter refrigerator. A table, four chairs, and a rocker complete the room. With the exception of Cedar, which has a handicapped accessible walk-in shower, each unit has a bathroom with tub & shower. Sorry, no pets. No smoking. OCCUPANCY: 1-5 people.
Book Aspen Birch Cedar or Dakota

Three Pines, formerly known as cabin #3, has been recently renovated to join our four season cabins. This  1 bedroom, 1 bathroom cabin is an individual cabin and also features Black Hills knotty pine interior. The bedroom has 2 queen size beds and bathroom with a shower. There is a full size futon sofa-bed in the kitchenette/living room where the TV is located. The kitchenette has an apartment sized stove, toaster, microwave, coffee maker, refrigerator, sink and table chairs. The free standing gas log fireplace is in the kitchenette/living room. This cabin features an 8x24 foot covered front porch. Sorry, no pets. No smoking. OCCUPANCY: 1-6 people.Book Three Pines

OUR THREE SEASON SIMPLE COUNTRY CABINS are basically set-up alike with 1 bedroom, small bathroom, and kitchenette/living room area - yet each has character of its own. "Clean and cozy" is our motto at Pine Rest.  All have pine or hardwood floor. Each kitchenette has a stove, microwave, toaster, coffeemaker, refrigerator, sink, table and chairs with variations in Cabin #5 as described below. Bathrooms all include shower, sink, and stool. All units have color cable TV with VCR/DVD/CD Player. All of the cabins are non-smoking and no pets. Smoking is permitted outside on the covered porches. The three season cabins are heated and  are OPEN SPRING THROUGH FALL.

#1 & 2- these two small, 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom cabins are in one building. Each half of the duplex is approximately 350 sq. ft. and has a separate entrance, while they share the front porch. Both have a queen size bed in the bedroom and a full size futon sofabed in the kitchenette/living room area. These cabins are ideal for 1 or 2 adults and 1 or 2 children. Sorry, no pets. No smoking. OCCUPANCY: 1-4 people. Book Cabin #1 or #2

#4, & #8- are medium size 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom cabins, each approximately 500 sq. ft. The bedroom is equipped with two queen size beds. The kitchen has a full size futon sofabed. These cabins feature an 8x24 foot covered front porch. Sorry, no pets. No smoking. OCCUPANCY: 1-6 people.Book Cabin #4 or #8

#5-is one large cabin with one bedroom and 2 bathrooms, approximately 750 sq. ft. Over 100 years old, this cabin has walls covered with bark facing, decorated with the rose-crucifiction, which was the original design of Black Hills Gold. It also features a stone fireplace with woodburning stove insert. The main cabin is one large room with the sleeping area divided from the kitchenette/living area by two log-type bookcases. The kitchenette has a microwave, electric skillet, chef's pot for boiling or slow cooking, toaster, coffee maker and 2 under counter refrigerators. The sleeping area has 2 single beds, which can be converted to a king size bed upon your request, and a bathroom with shower. The kitchenette/living area also has a full size futon sofabed. The attached bedroom has its own bathroom with tub & shower and 2 queen size beds. The floors of this old cabin are a bit unlevel. This cabin features an 8x24 foot covered front porch. Sorry, no pets. No smoking. OCCUPANY: 1-8 people.Book Cabin #5

General Information

  • Reservations and information: (800) 333-5306  
  • To inquire about availability  please call or e-mail with your name and phone number(s), number of adults and children in your party, your cabin preferences and arrival and departure dates.
  • TO BOOK A CABIN please call or  e-mail with your contact information. We will get back to you to confirm availability and deposit specifics.  Do not send credit card information via email.
  • Although we will make an earnest attempt to honor requests for a specific cabin, to accommodate all guests we reserve the right to change cabin assignments  within the same size/price/ amenity category.
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  • Local telephone (605) 574-2416
  • Toll Free: (800) 333-5306
  • Office Hours:  9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Mountain Time)  The nature of our family does keep us out of doors and on the go, so thank you in advance should you find yourself leaving a message on our machine.   We will call you back.  Email is also a great way to contact us.
  • Hosts:  Jan & Steve Johnson
  • DEPOSIT in the amount of one nights stay plus tax or 50% of the total reservation ( whichever is greater) secures your  cabin, dates and rate.  Holidays, Group Reservations  and Special Events may require rental agreement, and variation in routine deposit and cancellation policy.
  • We accept Visa, Discover and Mastercard or a Personal Check for the deposit. Do not send credit card information via email.
  • Credit card deposits are billed at the time of booking and subject to our two week cancellation policy. 
  • Checks must be received within a week of booking to guarantee your reservation and subject to our two week cancellation policy. 
  • Mail to: Pine Rest Cabins, Box 377, Hill City, SD 57745, please include your email address and arrival date with your check.  
  • Confirmation will be emailed or sent to your postal address upon receipt and processing of your deposit. 
  • Balance  will be due upon arrival.  You are responsible for  payment of all dates reserved regardless of early departure or late arrival.
  • Cancellation  notice must be received two weeks prior to arrival to guarantee a refund of your deposit (10% cancel fee plus tax)..
  • Cancellation with less than two weeks notice will receive refund of deposit (less 10% of total reservation plus tax) if we are able to re-rent the cabin for all of the dates and rate at which it was held. 
  •  Winter Reservations/Cancellations :  in the event of inclement weather, two week cancellation policy may be waived (less 10% cancelation fee plus tax) or your deposit applied toward a re-scheduled stay. Cancellations without notice are subject to loss of deposit.
  • Your satisfaction is important to us. When you arrive, please let us know right away  if there is anything  that needs attention in your cabin or if for any reason we have not met your expectations.   We will do our best to make things right for you while you are here.
  • Your feedback makes a differrence at Pine Rest Cabins. Please share your suggestions for improvement with us directly  - we may be able to implement them for you immediately , or put them on our priority list for the future.
  • Positive feedback is always encouraging,  in person or by way of a review on one of your favorite travel sites.  
  • Check-in time:  2:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. (Late check-in by arrangement.  If we need to be out of the office when you arrive, you'll find a contact number posted on the office door.  )
  • Check-out time:  10:00 A.M.
  • Children are welcome!
  • Sorry, no pets. We have family pets that freely roam the property and we need to protect their health and safety, as well as yours.
  • For your comfort, safety and satisfaction we do not book more than the maximum occupancy listed for the cabin. Keep in mind these occupancy numbers are intended for a combination of adults and children - the cabins will be quite crowded if you choose to fill them to the maximum capacity with adults. The  futons, sofa-beds and  bunkbeds are best suited for children.
  • Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally: Please e-mail or call to request  a Rally Rental Agreement  for reservation, deposit and cancellation policies.
  • GROUPS during the summer season must be limited to 2 or 3 cabins (16 people or less) without exception.  Although one person may call to book the cabins , we ask that separate deposits be sent for each cabin booked and by an adult who will be occupying that cabin.
  • SORRY, ABSOLUTELY NO RV'S or CAMPING, we are not licensed or set up for it. We would be happy to refer camping members of your group to excellent nearby facilities.
  • NOTICE: We are located in the Black Hills National Forest Fire protection district and are subject to the rules and regulations thereof
Frequently asked questions:

What shall I wear?

Summer days are generally cooler in the hills with temperatures in the 70's and 80's, while nights can get as low as the 30's, so it is wise to bring sweatshirts and jeans as well as your summer clothes.  You will be glad you brought comfortable shoes for hiking and walking.  A bathing suit is required for use of the hot tub and sauna or if you plan to visit a waterslide park.

Are the cabins air conditioned?

No, resting on the shady side of the mountain at approximately 5000 feet above the sea level, heat and humidity are usually held in check. Our cabins are nature cooled, but fans are available should nature need a little help. With the windows open you will breathe fresh mountain air and wake to the scent of pine.

Do the cabins have heat or fireplaces?

The four seasons cabins are heated with a cozy gas fireplace while cabin #5 has both woodburning and free standing gas fireplace. The three season cabins have electric heat.

Do you provide breakfast?

You may as well sleep in. Although some B&B guides do carry us because of our unique accomodations, we leave the cooking up to you. The kitchenettes are equipped and you'll find everything you need - including specialty coffees - in the shops and grocery store right in Hill City. If you'd prefer to dine out, we'd be happy to share a list of our favorite nearby resaurants with you. Ask about "Breakfast in Bed" Romance package available in the fall and winter seasons.

Is there hiking nearby?

Feel free to truly hike and explore the natural beauty of the Black Hills National Forest directly adjoining our property. There are also numerous mapped and marked trails in the Black Hills National Forest and Custer State Park within an easy drive. The Mickelson trail access is less than one mile. We are happy to share with you those we've hiked or provide a source of information on those we haven't. We find the Black Hills to be very accessible hiking for all ages and abilities.

Do you have a pool?

No, but do bring your suits to enjoy a sunny day at one of the area lakes. We are happy to point you in the right direction. Some of the marinas rent pontoon boats and fishing boats, or paddle boats and canoes.  In the summer there is an outdoor  waterslide park within 20 miles.  We are happy to have the  naturally heated indoor and outdoor pools at Hot Springs' Evans Plunge about an hour from us. Custer, 11 miles, has a public pool and there are several in Rapid City - 27 miles.  The Watikii Water Park in Rapid City, less than an hour from us , is also open all year.

Do you allow pets? 

Sorry, our Yellow Labrador "Uver" and his feline friends freely roam the property and       they prefer to have the place to themselves.  To protect their health and safety as well as yours we do not allow pets.                                                                       

Are your cabins secluded?

As with most private property situated within the boundaries of the Black Hills National Forest , we are right along the main road.  Pine Rest Cabns has three short gravel driveways, just off of highway 16/385 allowing quick and easy access for those  who like to be out and about during the day and return in  the evening to unwind.  In the winter time our road is well maintained and very quiet.  Our home for nearly 20 years, we love it here  among the mountains and pines, yet having  everything  so handy. However, if you prefer to be further from it all, we understand. Let us know, and we'd be glad to  link you to other possibilities that may better suit your needs.    

What should I bring with me?

Provided: You may want to bring:


  •  Microwave
  • Electric Coffee maker
  • Toaster
  • Dishsoap and dishtowels
  • Basic cooking utensils, pots and pans
  • Dishes, silverware
  • Three Pines, #1, #2, #4, #8 have a gas range with oven
  • Aspen, Birch, Cedar, Dakota , Cabin #5 have an electric skillet (for frying or roasting) , Chef's pot (for boiling, frying or slow cooking) , no ovens
  • All of the cabins have a charcoal grill and picnic table outside


  • Paper plates, paper towels, napkins
  • Aluminum foil, plastic bags, etc.
  • If you will need very large pots or pans,you will need to bring them
  • Mixing bowls
  • BBQ charcoal & utensils
  • Coffee and other groceries

(Note: Grocery Store in Hill City )

Linens & Sundries:

  • All bedding, plus extra blankets and pillows on request (sheets are provided for you to make your own bunk beds and futons or sofa beds ) 
  •  BathTowels  (No maid service -  fresh towels available daily)
  • Dish towels and dish soap
  • Hand soap, toilet paper
  • Electric fans
  • Irons are provided in the four season cabins and available on request for the three season cabins




  • Shampoo, lotion, sunscreen
  • Facial tissue
  • Hair dryer
  • Beach towels or "outside" towels or picnic blankets
  • Flashlight, 1st Aid Kit
  •  Laundry detergent

(Note: Laundromats  in Hill City) 

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Please e-mail or contact us at 1-800-333-5306 for more information and or reservations.  We look forward to having you as our guests!

Thanks for visiting the Pine Rest Cabins website! 

Your Hosts, Steve and Jan Johnson and family

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