Welcome to Holy Smoke Resort, the Black Hills premier destination for peaceful, secluded lodging!
Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the beautiful Black Hills in western South Dakota.
From your cabin doorstep, you’ll breathe in the scent of fresh pine, be able to strap on your boots, hop on an ATV, and hit a nearby trail! You’ll enjoy comfortable lodging and when you’re in need of modern day amenities, we are two minutes from the quaint town of Keystone, have easy access to family-friendly attractions, scenic drives, and outdoor fun and entertainment.
The original Powder House was a small building made of large logs and a tin roof; it was used for storing blasting powder and bootleg liquor. Although the original structure is no longer standing, the current Powder House Lodge, located just 4 miles from Mt. Rushmore, has stood in the same spot for over 60 years, welcoming visitors from near and far as they enjoy all the Black Hills have to offer.
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.
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!