Hillside Country Cabins, formally known as the “Deer Huts,” has been here since 1931. It has been known for the area for lots of deer, antelope herds, and mountain lions. In 1931, some of 1929 original cabins were moved here from a Black Hills work camp. When some of the cabins were brought down, they were built on a shale rock foundation, that still holds up the original cabins today. The cabins were also built with real logs. They all have been updated since then. There is 18 cabins total, from small cabins, log homes or the Silver Mountain Executive Lodge to choose from. There are different sizes in which they fit from 2 to 12 people.
In 1986, there was a huge forest fire that jumped over the hill and amazingly it did not destroy this property. You can see on the hills where the huge blaze went through.
In 2006, there was a fire that destroyed the front house and office. The office was rebuilt on the same area it was originally built. The larger Real Log Cabin homes #7-8-9-10 were built around the 1997-time frame, and around 2007-08 the Silver Mountain Lodge (#18) was built. Still investigating the long history of this property and the old abstracts that date back to the 1800’s. As far as we know, these are the one of the oldest cabins and camping grounds in this area still in operation. There is so much history to this place.
We have built a walk about trail around the back of the property. There are great rock formations in the back area of the property and hills around us.
We’ve have done TONS and TONS of improvements, updates, and landscaping to this place since we purchased it going on the 5th summer this year. The pride of ownership shows and we want all to come and enjoy it here at our cabins in the Black Hills.
We are located in the center of the hills. Our location is easy to find plus, the short distances for the local activities. Of course, there is always a lot of beautiful scenic driving here in the Black Hills.
So About Us…Randy, Valerie Lauen and 2 girls, we are a local family owned and operated business with hands on working here. We purchased Hillside Country Cabins going on our 5th season this spring. We have owned and operated other businesses for over 35 years and felt we wanted to be in the beautiful Black Hills to raise our girls and enjoy what the beautiful Black Hills has to offer.
Since we purchased these cabins and log homes, we continue to improved our place for all to come stay and enjoy! We are always in the process of remodeling and updating. We strive hard to provide a great stay for your vacation, in which you all work so hard all year to go and enjoy. So come, stay, and make some life-long great memories here at Hillside Country Cabins in the Beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. See you soon! “Beautiful Day in the Hills!”