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Enjoy the peace and quiet around flickering firelight, enjoy the stars, or read a book below ponderosa pines in a private hammock.


Take a hike in the Black Hills, explore Custer State Park, view the towering figures at Mount Rushmore, or take a dip in the local hot springs.


Get away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy the sounds of nature. Grill up some burgers or dine out, and roast some s'mores around the campfire.

Escape to the

Black Hills

View the stars and wake to the songs of birds atop a private bluff overlooking the town of Hot Springs, SD. Grab a cup of tea and turn on the gas fireplace in front of your cabin. Sip, and warm your hands by the fire. Kick back in your Adirondacks and watch the sun rise.

Plan your day. Will it be hiking Sunday Gulch in Custer State Park or biking down the George S. Mickelson Trail? Maybe you want to stay closer to your lodging and take a weaving class in town. Did you remember to book the class?

What about Wind Cave or The Mammoth Site? What about just sitting in the Adirondacks at Highland Meadows Resort and forgetting about everything while you're on vacation — except how warm the sun feels as it touches your skin? 

Cabin in Hot Springs, SD - lodging - vacation rental in ponderosa pines at Highland Meadows Resort
Tipi / teepee for rent in Hot Springs, SD - lodging at Highland Meadows Resort

Make and share memories

Sleep in an authentic tipi in the southern Black Hills. Experience glamping in a king-size bed, and enjoy sunsets in your Adirondacks. While the fire blazes, roast marshmallows for your s'mores. 


As the stars fill the sky, talk about your plans for the next day. Maybe it's an afternoon at the local Cascade Falls and swimming hole. Make sure you pack a picnic and plan on hiking while you're there. Maybe you can swing by the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary or book a ride in a hot air balloon.

And if the rain starts, head into your tipi and listen to the patter on the canvas, pull out a board game, and enjoy the night. 

Recharge in style and comfort

Cook a gourmet meal and enjoy compelling conversation in this luxury lodge. Take a walk out to your private overlook, sit back in Adirondacks, and view the lights from Hot Springs.

Kick back and watch a movie on the 85" TV with surround sound and plan for a day at the local spa. Will it be a mineral soak or facial? Or will you opt to call a massage therapist to come to you? After all, there's a massage table in the zen room right inside the lodge at Highland Meadows Resort .... You're on vacation. It's okay to ask someone to cater to you.

Explore the local shops and pick up some souvenirs, or grab a few things for the small event you've booked at Maka Lodge.

Before you leave the Black Hills, maybe you'll book a helicopter ride over Mount Rushmore or rent a Slingshot to take a drive down Iron Mountain Road. Enjoy spectacular views and a stop at Sylvan Lake. 

Kitchen at Maka Lodge - an airbnb short term rental in south dakota
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