Tenting 1/2 mile from main,buildings; electrical outlet in nearby barn, cabins also available on 4000 acre prairie in the heart of the forest in Black Hills of SD. 1/2 hour from nearest town. Cafe 5 miles away. Elevation 6000 ft.
3 Cabins also available to rent nightly offering bath, shower, and kitchen in one cabin.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Flexible
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 3 nights
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Mickelson Trail 9 miles away
5 mph motors and less on DeerfieldReservoir
Elk, antelope, deer, eagles, red tail hawks, blue birds, buffalo.
Natural features you'll find at Borderlands Prairie & Sky in South Dakota.
Several within Black Hills
Black Hills National Forest
Places to see near Borderlands Ranch
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
I’ve never left a negative review before on a hosting site before, so I just want to preface this by saying my stay was a really mixed bag.
We arrived at Borderlands around 9 and followed the instructions to check in. Linda wasn’t anywhere to be found, so we wandered around looking for someone and knocking on doors for about 20 minutes. Thankfully her dog barking woke her up- evidently she’d forgotten that we were coming. I wouldn’t mention this other than how it played into later, it wasn’t a big deal at the time other than us now having to set up camp in the dark.
As per her instructions, we drove down a path to an area. I can’t call it a campsite, because there wasn’t a campsite at all. Nowhere on her page does it say you need a high clearance vehicle, but we couldn’t even get out to the more secluded area because the path’s grass was so overgrown it was tearing up my car and I was worried we’d get stuck. We turned around and had to head back towards the cabin part of the ranch because that was the only space we could see that our tent wouldn’t get ripped up from how overgrown the grass is- it’s waist height at some parts.
Now, that first night, even with its minor frustrations, was nice. The breeze, the creek, the silence- it was great and my bf and I slept soundly through the night.
The next night, however. Holy moly. We turned in around 10:30, and about half an hour later a random stranger approaches us and asks where Linda is. We told them to do what we did- knock loudly until you wake up her dog. They had 2 vans full of teenagers, it looked like a youth group trip. The teenagers spilled out of the vans, screaming and yelling and carrying on for over an hour before I just couldn’t take it anymore. I had to approach the other guests (it was midnight by this point) and ask that they keep it at a respectful volume because it was midnight and they were STILL screaming. And I mean not just talking loudly, like actual blood-curdling screams. The adults in the group were overwhelmed and undermanned, but I’m a teacher and I regularly take dozens of teenagers on field trips; their level of consideration and respect was a disaster. The worst part, Linda was out talking to them nearly the whole time. Kids running around screaming at midnight, us trying to sleep 50 ft away in the only spot we could camp in. We had a 9 hour drive the next morning.
I also don’t know where we were supposed to cook anything. Given that there’s no designated campsite, there’s nowhere to do charcoal cooking, like it says on the page. There were grills next to the cabins, but they seemed to be used for the cabins only. We were left to sandwiches and fast food without the means to cook as listed on her page.
Overall, I’m sure this is a great place to stay if you’re staying in a cabin and the host remembers you’re coming. Camping at this site isn’t even doable unless the host does some serious cleaning up of her land.
Borderlands Prairie & Sky is a hidden gem! If you're looking for the most amazing landscape and some luxurious glamping, you've come to the right place! Taking a walk on this property is hard to pass up when you see the views!