Summit Ridge Look Out Cabin, SD

  • Check-in 1:00 pm
  • Check-out 11:00 am
  • Cancellation Fee: Yes

Summit Ridge Lookout Cabin is located in the Black Hills National Forest and is accessed by gravel and dirt roads.  For my family, just getting there on the gravel road was an adventure.

As you can probably tell by the name, this cabin was originally used as a fire lookout.  In fact, a tall metal lookout is situated across the road from the cabin, but it is off limits to the public.

The cabin is located near the end of the gravel and dirt road and is very secluded.  We took short walks down to the Wyoming border and out back to a meadow.  We didn’t see any other people around during our short stay.

I booked this cabin through recreation.gov and received the combination to enter the cabin via e-mail shortly before our stay.


If you are looking to stay at a quaint, rustic cabin, with no running water, this is a great choice.  You have to be willing to “rough it” a bit, as there is no shower and you need to pack in most of what you will use including water and bedding.  I would also bring a sleeping pad or air mattress for a soft sleeping surface.  There was foam on a few of the beds, but the foam was pretty dusty.

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We spent much of our time outside and made use of the picnic table and fire ring.  There was a cute little chipmunk that hung around outside with us!

The cabin consisted of 3 rooms: the main room, a back bedroom, and a side room.  The main room had a firewood box, propane stove (bring your own propane), counters and cabinets, dry sink, and a small table with chairs.

The bedroom had a double bunk bed and a double bed.

The side room, which we did not use, had a bunk bed with a double on the bottom and a twin on the top.

The cabin has an outdoor vault toilet, and like the one at Big Sioux Recreation Area, it was clean and well kept.

I would recommend this cabin to any family or group looking for a rustic, secluded get away.

We have AT&T and were able to get reception in various spots around the cabin.

After locking up the Summit Ridge Lookout Cabin, we headed up to Devil’s Tower National Monument, overnighted in a motel cabin in Buffalo, WY, then headed to Yellowstone National Park.

 

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