Welcome to Holy Smoke Resort, the Black Hills’ premier destination for peaceful, secluded lodging!
Nestled in the scenic Black Hills of South Dakota, close enough to Keystone to be there on two minutes yet far enough away to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the beautiful Black Hills. Holy Smoke Resort offers log cabin rentals in a quiet atmosphere surrounded by the beauty of nature and the fresh mountain air. Step out of your door and breathe in the fresh pine, and then put on your boots, hop on an ATV and hit a nearby trail. At Holy Smoke Resort, you’ll enjoy comfortable lodging close to area family-friendly attractions, outdoor fun and entertainment!
Visit Holy Smoke Resort for a comfortable night’s stay with prices that won’t keep you tossing and turning!
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The history of western South Dakota is a rich one, and the story behind Holy Smoke Camp, where Holy Smoke Resort now sits, is no exception. Before you visit, read more about this interesting portion of Black Hills history!
A Brief History of the Holy Smoke Camp
Located one mile northwest of Keystone in Buckeye Gulch, the area was first inhabited by Fred Cross as early as the 1870’s. The Vulcan Mining Group, of which Holy Smoke is part, originally occupied 102 acres of gold, silver and copper deposits and was founded by the colorful Col. James A. (Big Hat) Clark. Clark was so intrigued with the naming of Keystone’s notorious “Holy Terror” mine, that he named his property “The Holy Smoke.” Ore was located in this area in Pre-Cambrian Schist and Quartzite and two shafts were sunk at the 85′ and 106′ levels. Ore from the mine was taken to Keystone’s custom mill for processing.
Popular author Stewart Edward White came to the Holy Smoke in the late 1800’s dressed like a miner and leading a pack mule. Here he stayed in a log cabin and wrote three best-selling novels – “The Westerners,” “The High Graders,” and “The Claim Jumpers.” Working as paymaster in one of the local mines, White was almost hung by mistake over a wage dispute. He left the Holy Smoke and went to Arizona and ended up becoming a well-known author of Western semi-fiction.
Round out your historical knowledge of the Black Hills by visiting some of the area’s other popular attractions such as Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Crazy Horse National Memorial, Rushmore Tramway Adventures, and Big Thunder Gold Mine, all located minutes from Holy Smoke Resort. And don’t miss Keystone’s free Walking Tour, or a visit to the Keystone Historical Museum!