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Hike, Bike and Bed & Breakfast along the Mickelson Trail

Reserve your Black Hills Hiking or Biking Vacation Lodging at
a unique Bed and Breakfast advantageously situated in
Hill City - Western South Dakota - Central Black Hills National Forest
Hike or bike along the George S. Mickelson Trail . . . then relax here!


Yes, Mountains To Prairies Bed and Breakfast is located along the popular
in the gracious Heart of the Hills
near most of South Dakota's great attractions, including Mount Rushmore,
Custer State Park, mountain lakes and scenic drives . . .
not to mention an abundance of interlaced wilderness trails
offering exciting fluctuations in altitude akin to a roller coaster ride,
affectionately referred to as breathtaking views.

The kind of happiness stirred up by the deep and high beauty of the wilderness Black Hills, by the pure invigorating freshness of it, can also be enjoyed along a more even plane. Biking, hiking, running and even horseback riding are much loved activities of all ages, all along the 112+ miles of the easily accessible George S. Mickelson Trail.

Mountains To Prairies Bed and Breakfast, in Hill City, is in the Heart of the Hills, where guests can head out in many directions on day trips: by car, by foot or on one or the other kind of saddle. (Bicycles can be rented just a few blocks from us, and Trail Rides are available right up the road.) Needless to say, opportunity is there for imagination to configure as many adventures as time allows.

An added luxury for our Trail guests is that Mountains To Prairies is within easy walking distance of everything Hill City offers. Historic downtown provides a pleasing array of delicious foods, fine art and specialty shops, such as Jon Crane Art Gallery and Black Hills Institute of Geological Research (Everything Prehistoric Gift Shop); and the community has several nearby church denominations, which welcome visitors to participate in Sunday Worship Service or Saturday/Sunday Mass.

Equally close is the 1880 Train on Railroad Avenue, which travels the path of rich local history, of which the bed of the Mickelson Trail was once an essential part. The Old West was settled with the assistance of such vintage steam trains as the Black Hills Central Railroad. Imagine experiencing a realistic glance at the glittering days of the Gold Rush. The Train will glide you over two hours of winding rails through scenery like nowhere else, due in part to the historic relevance associated with it . . . and due in most part to the extraordinary beauty of it! The trip of approximately 9-1/2 miles one way is between Hill City and Keystone, and then the return. The 1915 Redfern Baggage Car is open air, for those who really crave getting in touch with the historical taste of soot.

Going north/northwest of Hill City along the Mickelson Trail (by bicycle perhaps), one may catch glimpses of traces of 1880 cabins or other evidence of once vibrant life, and one may hear the distant chuggings of the Train like as if they were the pulses of energy and enthusiasm spent by the hopefuls who dwelt here . . . working such mines as the King Solomon, the Bengal Tiger and Lucky Tiger; and about 7 miles out is the site of Redfern, showing very little but the skeleton of a vintage railroad car.

Railroad Bed Rememberings
Nostalgic sighs may resonate with the leaning pines
gently sweeping sounds through the heart and soul and mind
even involving those curiously passing by
who have no dim memory of such rugged ragged times.

Copyright © 2009-Present - Sam and Linda Brown


THREE Distinctive Suites

THREE DISTINCTIVE GUEST NESTS, each privately situated, are offered.
All feature antique and unique furnishings, small refrigerators,
satellite hd tv/dvd/vcr, internet, cove heat and AC, plus ceiling fans.

The Log-Accented Suite, Flower Girl, has a Master Room highlighting a Victorian brass bed with a pillow top mattress. The private full bath has a soothing airjet bathtub. Flower Girl is equipped with an undercounter refrigerator, microwave, coffeepot and toaster. In addition to comfortable seating in the Master Room, this suite has a front sitting area, with a desk/table, and a log loft Bear Den equipped for sleepy kids to enjoy indoor camping. In the absence of children, it is a useful place for extra storage. Flower Girl is accessed from the main entry via a hand-crafted log stairway.

The ground level Knotty Pine Cabin-Style Suite, Chessie Lees Peas, has a personal entrance/exit, plus a service entry within the house, private full bath, an extra vanity outside the bath, a bay view pellet stove and a queen pillowtop master bed of rough-sawn vertical beams with knotty headboard, and a comfortable loveseat. Chessie is equipped with an undercounter refrigerator, microwave, coffeepot and toaster. Another amenity is a cozy Nook with a cypress twin bed, handy for at least one little sleepyhead, or an adult. This suite has an upper level Tree House Loft, an optional space which can sleep two people on a full-size pillowtop bed, and includes a half bath. This allows Chessie Lees Peas to accommodate up to five guests of one party.

(Bicycles may be secured to the log railing on the covered porch.)

The ground level Knotty Pine Cabin-Style Suite, Prairie Homestead (first opened in August of 2009), features amenities including a 4' shower with two jets for the lower back in the private bath, a queen pillowtop bed, comfortable loveseat, personal entrance/exit (out the rear of the house, onto a private deck), plus a service entry within the house, a twin bed in a Nook which has the nostalgic idiosyncrasy of what has been dubbed a hayloft. Prairie Homestead bears some resemblance to Chessie Lee's Peas in that it is nearly all wrapped with knotty pine, but many aspects are reminiscent of homestead life on the prairie. One may find the rising sun, the moon and the big dipper in this popular room. The large round copper sink embossed with vining wild flowers rests atop a hand-crafted vanity! Prairie Homestead has a galley-style kitchenette equipped with an undercounter refrigerator, microwave, coffeepot, toaster, even a blender...and the affectionate nickname of this suite—Little Prairie Cabin—has become even more fitting.

If you prefer a rate discount to breakfast at the set time of 8:30 a.m., please visit our Bed without Breakfast Option.

In-house, Smiling Bear Antiques Shop and Espresso Bar extend variety and warmth to our Trail guests. But, if you have left the Trail feeling hot and dusty, Smiling Bear can whir up a cooling frappe for you.

From the mountains to the prairies,
come to the Heart of the Hills . . .


Make our B&B your venturing-off point
. . . and your relaxing place.

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See our DOUBLE SPECIAL and DISCOUNT on the following page . . .
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Email - SAM and LINDA
Phone - 605.574.2424