Stay & Play at Mystic Hills Hideaway | Black Hills Travel Blog
  • Stay & Play at Mystic Hills Hideaway
    Stay & Play at Mystic Hills Hideaway

Dreaming of well-groomed trails, a snow covered forest, and the power of your sled as you explore the hidden acres of the Black Hills? What if all that was followed up with a warm, cozy cabin stay—secluded from the rest of the world? How crazy—we've been dreaming of the exact same thing! Luckily for all of us, the Black Hills are the perfect destination to plan your winter wonderland getaway! Hidden within the beauty of the Black Hills (as its name implies) Mystic Hills Hideaway is an ideal host for your winter visit. While they offer a full range of camping options and ATV rentals during the warmer months, this time of year they become a favorite destination for snowmobile enthusiasts. Whether you choose to rent their snowmobiles or bring your own, the location features easy access to more than 350 miles of snowmobile trails, traversing a wide variety of breathtaking land through the most pristine areas of the Black Hills. Recently, we had the chance to head out to Mystic Hills Hideaway and experience the spoils for ourselves—and we were not disappointed! IMG_5826 Let me start our trip summary by stating how refreshing it was to "unplug" and truly enjoy the simple life away from deadlines, emails, texts and Facebook. As we unloaded and settled into our homey cabin—complete with a furnished kitchen, comfy beds, dining table, couch, and rustic decor—I took note of the gentle snow falling amongst the trees that silently guarded us outside. It was truly serene. Almost immediately, I felt warm and at ease as I shared in conversation while we prepared a delicious meal in the kitchen. IMG_5750 IMG_5747 In the morning, we indulged in a ginormous, home-cooked breakfast at the Mystic Hills Lodge & Restaurant, which fueled ourselves for the day ahead. During the winter season, the restaurant is open Friday-Sunday, with varying hours. During the summer, they are widely known for their mouthwatering Prime Rib and BBQ Pork Rib dinners served on Friday and Saturday nights. IMG_5765 With full bellies, we were ready to head out for our day of snowmobiling. The prime location of the resort made it so easy to connect with countless trails in all directions—literally walking distance from our cabin—providing days worth of snowmobiling options. We started our adventure on the trails leading toward Deadwood. We followed the twists and turns of the trail, oohing and ahhing our way around every corner. All throughout our ride we spotted wildlife and soaked in the beauty of the untouched scenery. Delightful would be an understatement. I'll let the photos do the talking: IMG_5769 IMG_5782 IMG_5798 IMG_5806 IMG_5810 IMG_5821 At the end of the day, the crackling stone fireplace of the Lodge greeted us upon our return. From there, the natural decision was to warm up at the friendly bar with libations and dinner. IMG_5824 After our visit, it is easy to see why snowmobilers return year after year to this unique getaway to enjoy great family fun. Whether you choose to visit in winter or summer, I highly encourage you to experience Mystic Hills Hideaway for yourself. I guarantee you'll find breathtaking Black Hills surroundings and some of the friendliest people you'll ever meet.    

About the Author

Alicia is a South Dakota native with family roots in Beresford. She attended Augustana University in Sioux Falls—a year of which she spent studying in Norway and traveling throughout Europe. She acquired her degree in Sociology and International Studies. Despite her love of travel, she and her husband have thoroughly enjoyed making Rapid City their home. She satisfies her wanderlust by soaking up the beautiful scenery and historic treasures that the Hills have to offer. She is the Communications Director for Black Hills & Badlands Tourism Association.

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