The Blue Bell Lodge
This is the place to stay if going horseback riding is on your Black Hills vacation agenda. Custer State Park trail rides operates near the lodge and will take you through some of the most beautiful areas in the park on their horseback rides. There are chuckwagon dinners and cowboy entertainment to keep the whole family entertained (and fed) after a day of rock climbing with Sylvan Rocks Climbing. My cousins have taken there kids and my mom and family love it. We have friends who play music for the rides and they are talented entertainers. Its pretty touristy, but “when in Rome” its OK and lots of fun for the kids to embrace their inner tourist.
The main lodge has a nice dining and bar area to wet your whistle after a day on the trail, and fill you belly with some grub. Around the lodge there are 29 cabins that sleep 4 people each. The cabins are log or made to look like logs, but are modern inside with stone fireplaces and air conditioning. Just like most hotel rooms, they have flat screen TV’s, coffee makers, and even kitchenettes. There are differing amenities depending on which one you stay in. I’ve not been in them all.
For more info on Blue Bell Lodge cabins in Custer State Park, CLICK HERE
Approx 30 minutes from Sylvan Lake where we meet to rock climb
Approx 55 minutes to Mount Rushmore