Chalets on Terry Peak in the Northern Black Hills
The summit of Terry Peak is one of the highest points in the United States east of the Rockies, and more snow settles here than anywhere else in the region, attracting droves of skiers each winter. Come spring, the snow melts to reveal miles of biking, hiking, and horseback-riding trails that wind across the 7,000-foot-high mountain. Terry Peak Chalets are located mere steps from Stewart Lift, which gives you easy access to the scenic trails.
Owner Chris Kenzy describes the four chalets as “Colorado contemporary.” They’re post-and-beam homes lined with wrought-iron light fixtures and stone fireplaces. Some bathrooms feature farm hydrant sinks and wood paneling reminiscent of outhouses. There’s a rustic sensibility to the chalets, but you won’t exactly be roughing it here: you can bask in the secluded outdoor hot tub or lounge on plush sofas in front of flat-screen TVs.
The chalets are about 3,100 square feet and can hold up to 14 people, making them great for a family getaway or a city council lock-in. You can prepare dinner in the spacious kitchen, barbecue on the deck, or drive 9 miles east to dine in historical Deadwood.
Deadwood, South Dakota: Historical Town Surrounded by Mountains and National Parks
Deadwood is located on the northern tip of the Black Hills National Forest. On Main Street, antique street lamps cast pools of light on cobblestone streets and narrow brick storefronts. It’s easy to imagine now-mythic American outlaws such as Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane strutting through the doors of dim saloons. That authentic feel is due in part to a vast preservation project that restored the once-crumbling Deadwood to its boomtown glory; the restoration helped the mountain town to earn a place on Forbes’s 2010 list of prettiest towns in America.
Trek beyond the town to get an idea of the Old West lifestyle with horseback tours that depart from Deadwood and wind through canyons past centuries-old mining remnants. And the 100-mile George S. Mickelson trail traverses 100 converted railroad bridges and hard-rock tunnels.
You don’t have to travel far to find gorgeous natural landmarks, either. Herds of wild buffalo roam near the roads en route to Jewel Cave, which boasts 160 miles of maze-like tunnels lined with shimmering crystals. Mount Rushmore lies about a one-hour drive from Deadwood as well. The region is also home to five other national parks, including 71,000-acre Custer State Park, and west of the Wyoming border, Devils Tower National Monument, which only 1% of the park’s annual visitors dare to climb.
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