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Tauering Pines
In the heart of the


 Property Description:   This Private Residential Retreat is a playground for the adventurous that want to experience the spirit of rural America without giving up the conveniences we so appreciate. At the *Tauering Pines*, you will find a refreshing change from over crowded, highly regulated venues, ideal for families and large gatherings.  The *Tauering Pines* is 5 miles from down town Custer and within minutes to Custer State Park, Mt. Rushmore, Crazy horse and much more.

     Originally planned as a golf course, this peaceful and private 10.87 acres is perfect for camping, commercial ventures, RV-ing and horses.  The rolling wind swept meadows and pastures are boarded by the babbling French Creek on the North side (which can be tubed, panned for gold or fishing as it is stocked with trout), and borders National Forest on the south. Wildlife is abundant and makes a daily debut.   The property has continuous pipe fencing with four gated entrances in all corners allowing easy access.  The main entrance is accommodating to even the largest of rigs.

     The *Tauering Pines* has an upper terrace perfect for: Campers, living quarters and RV’s.  This area has numerous electrical posts, each able to service two rigs, with 50-amp, 30 and 110 services. There are two automatic watering posts for horses and five water hydrants with a hose network, making water usage for all a breeze.  The lower level with 8 horse stalls is perfect for equines that will appreciate a stall and the one plus acres of pasture turnouts.  The A Frame Cottage and Picnic Pavilion with Summer Kitchen are welcoming and unique and shaded by towering Ponderosa pine trees.  However the jewel of the crown, is the magnificence of the Geodesic Natural Space Dome with Lock-out loft. (under construction.)  This dome showcases passive energy living.  The Dream Dome is unlike any in the world, with its mix of contemporary and modern-day architecture mixed with it's use of passive solar energy is something to behold.  Not to be out done in uniqueness and beauty, is the Entertainment Studio.  This 30 x 40 monitor style building highlights an amazing Post and Beam construction.  A New England style balcony that over looks the French Creek to the East and a covered porch to the west. This is a place for relaxation / gatherings and the healthy healing of mind, body and soul. Games, cards, puzzles, books, movies, music, yoga and any other indoor celebrations / activities are possible.  A foosball and Ping Pong table, along with a video and sound system and dazzling disco ball with table seating for 75 persons await your arrival. 

     South Dakota is often referred to as God's country. So traditional values dominate; Guns, less government and personal responsibility are part of the culture you’ll find when you visit.  We welcome you with open arms.

Tauering Pines,  12681 Hazelrodt Cutoff, Custer SD  57730   Click for Details and print off .pdf 

photo taken summer of 2016


Photo's of past Adventures


The Picnic Pavilion

Inside the Out door Kitchen

The Outdoor Cooking Area

The A Frame Cabin with Loft

The Cabins Loft

Huge parking spots for RV and 5th Wheels


Luxurary RV

Tenting Areas

The Fencing

6 Stall Area with tack/feed stall

Round pen

Acres plus turn outs

2 Stall Area

The Shower/Sauna Room and Outdoor Bathing Area


Eatting - Resting - Entertainment Studio

Pinita Party

Reading & Gaming & Cards

Walking & Discovering

Resting & Relaxing

Tub Time

Laundry Day, the old fashion way.

On site activities, Lefesa making and Cooking lessons

Boxing lesson from a real boxer!



Local and Destination Rides
1 to 7 hours- even overnight

Too much riding



The Hippy Hole


Ballon Rides

Fishing - visiting the horses first.

4-wheel riding

Out door movie theater

Drives of Iron mountian and Needles highways


Paddle boarding

Garage sales

Biking to various desitinations on the Mickelson Trail



Horse shoes

Harney Peak

Down town shopping

Shooting (film and guns)

Areo Space musium



Gold panning


FUN tourist stuff


Segway time


Manager:  Speaks: English/Spanish

Property Type:

Accommodation Type:  Vacation Rental by Home Owners 


On-site Services:


Dream Dome - (under construction):- Bedrooms – Dome, 3 bedrooms, sleeps 10:

Dream Dome - (under construction):-  Bathrooms: Dome, 3 Bathrooms:

Entertainment – on site

Theme:  Away From It All - In the HEART OF THE BLACK HILLS 


Leisure Activities

Location Type

Review – Dinning

General - Dream Dome and Lockout Loft - (under construction):


The Cost: per night and month

Additional information about rental rates - Fees and Rental Conditions:

Notes:   This properly is located in an ideal location to spring board to other points of interest and is without question, a luxury facility that is the perfect getaway, in the heart of the Black Hills.  It is private and completely unique, unlike anything else in the Black Hill Area.  This Rustic Western Venue is a family friendly retreat. You, your pets and children are your responsibility. Prepare yourselves for hail, wind, rain, sunshine and fun. Civility and concern for the welfare of the *Tauering Pines* and that of other guests is our tradition.  Our Mission Statement:  This is a place of rest, relaxation and reflection; to restore and recover, to become grounded.  Live, Laugh and Love longer at *Tauering Pines*.  The feel is: Earth.  


Bigger freeway with large roads, pull over shoulders, longer climbs, more small town-touristy sites: Good way to come in From Highway I-90 near Rapid City, go south on Bypass 16 at Exit 61 & keep to the left. (Mt. Rushmore / Crazy horse).  Stay on 16/79 south (S Hwy 16) & stay on 16 WEST to Mt. Rushmore/Crazy horse.  Move to Left turn lane to continue on (West 16) to Mr. Rushmore/Crazy horse.  Take (West 16 to HILL CITY/ Crazy Horse).  At Hill City take the Truck Route (16/385) - to avoid down town shops. At light take a Left & continue on (West 16 south to 385 South) to Custer for 11 miles.  At light in Custer, take a Left – east, on 16A or Mt. Rushmore road for 3.5 miles to (Lower French Creek Road / Hazelrodt).  Before your turn onto Lower French Creek Road, you will see a wagon wheel restaurant on the left (north side) then a Lutheran church.  Come to a stop as your turn to the right onto Lower French Creek Road, which is right across from this church.  Beyond this turn you will see a stockade building on the south & if you miss your turn you can turn around there.  Once you turn onto Lower French Creek Road, stay right as the road tries to split away.  Stay on Lower French Creek Rd for 2 miles to a fork in the road.  Stay right, this is Hazelrodt Cutoff.  Cross over the bridge & we are the first place on the left - # 12681

 Harder climbs, goes through park, more direct, smaller more winding roads, no shoulder:  Good way to leave-do in reverse:  From Highway I-90 near Rapid City, go south on Bypass 16 & Highway 79 at Exit 61. Take 79 south to Custer State Park to 36 west.  From 36 west take 16A – (staying south or left –in through park – passing park office.  DO NOT TAKE 16A going north!)  Once through park go past Stockade Lake & on your left you will see a stockade that is just before Lower French Creek Road.  Turn left or south & hang to the right as the road tries to split right away.  Head south on Lower French Creek Road for 2 miles to a fork in the road.  Hang a right, which is Hazelrodt Cutoff.  Cross over the bridge & we are the first place on the left - # 12681

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