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SUMMIT RIDGE LOOKOUT CABIN, SD
part ofBlack Hills National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open year round. Season Dates
OverviewSummit Ridge Cabin is located on the western border of South Dakota in Black Hills National Forest, providing a perfect setting for guests seeking recreation and relaxation.
Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930's, the cabin was originally used as an outpost to fight forest fires. Today the cabin is available for reservation throughout the year, though at an elevation of 6,096 feet, it can receive considerable snow in the winter. As roads to the cabin are not plowed, it is generally closed from December through mid-March.
Located in western South Dakota and northeastern Wyoming, Black Hills National Forest encompasses nearly 1.25 million acres of rugged rock formations, canyons and gulches, open grassland parks, tumbling streams, deep blue lakes, and unique caves.
The area around the cabin is remote, yet offers visitors a multitude of recreational opportunities throughout all seasons. Hiking, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking, and riding off-highway vehicles are popular in summer and early autumn. Snowshoeing, skiing and snowmobiling offer visitors a chance to seek out winter landscapes.
The cabin measures 22' x 32' and is comfortable for four people, though groups as large as ten may reserve the facility. The cabin is furnished with three bunk beds. Bedding and mattresses are not provided. The cabin is equipped with a propane stove for cooking, a wood stove for heat and an outdoor fire ring. Guests must provide the propane.
Explore Mount Rushmore National Memorial, host to almost 3 million visitors a year from across the country and around the world. Managed by the National Park Service, visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the birth, growth, development and the preservation of the United States, and take in the beauty of South Dakota's Black Hills.
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Know Before You Go
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
Entrance into the cabin is by combination lock. Prior to your arrival please contact the Hell Canyon Ranger District, Monday - Friday between 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Mountain Time, at (605) 673-4853 to obtain the combination.
From Newcastle, Wyoming, travel east on US Highway 16 for approximately 9 miles to Forest Service Road 117, Boles Canyon Road. Go North on Boles Canyon Road for approximately 12 miles and turn left on Forest Service Road 265, Summit Road. Follow Summit Road for approximately three miles to the Summit Ridge Cabin which is on the left.
Note that Boles Canyon Road and Summit Road do not receive any maintenance during winter months, including snow plowing.
Mailing Address:SUMMIT RIDGE LOOKOUT CABIN
330 MT. RUSHMORE ROAD
CUSTER SD 57730
Phone Number:Information: (605)673-4853