White Tail Ridge Bed & Breakfast

24674 White Tail Ridge Rd., Hermosa, South Dakota 57744
Innkeeper(s): Darcy Bracken and John Marxen
  • Introduction



    Join us at White Tail Ridge Bed & Breakfast for
    exquisite views, new friendships, and just-right pampering. A short 20 minutes from Mt. Rushmore, we are a premier inn on six rolling, wooded acres and offer three spacious guest rooms reflecting the history and beauty of the Black Hills of South Dakota.  We are open year-round.

    Comfortable Accommodations

    The inn was renovated in 2012.  Each room includes a private bathroom. If you’re looking for a bit more pampering, the Madam Dora room includes a spa tub.

    Sumptuous Breakfast

    We serve a hearty breakfast family-style every morning at 8:30, just early and late enough to launch you on your Black Hills adventures. The view from the dining room will start your day with beauty and inspiration. Our menu varies with Darcy’s fancy and latest inspiration. Recent selections have included favorites such as pumpkin pancakes, cream scones, and wild rice quiche.  All breakfasts are served family style in the Dining Room, and we’re glad to accommodate special diets with advance notice. If you're around in the afternoon, we'll sneak in some yummy treats.

    Amazing Nature

    Sunrises at White Tail Ridge are unsurpassed—if you’re an early riser, join us on the deck for coffee and a stunning start to the day. Deer and wild turkeys are frequent visitors, and you might want to try basking in starlight and our delightfully pure Black Hills air with a glass of wine in the hot tub. Let us pack you a picnic lunch for a trek into the woods or to take along on your travels.

    Memorable Events

    The Gathering Room opens to the deck and creates a natural space for bringing everyone together for conversation, pizza, games, or reading. It's ideal for group gatherings, such as business retreats, club meetings, and family reunions. You'll find an extensive DVD library and a collection of books and games for some relaxing time between your daytime activities or in the evening before bed.


  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Darcy Bracken and John Marxen for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    White Tail Ridge is located in one of the most beautiful areas of the US: The Black Hills of South Dakota. The Black Hills and Badlands are a summer vacation destination with plenty of history, attractions, and activities for people from around the world. Our inn is only 20 minutes from Mt. Rushmore and 15 minutes from Custer State Park, the most visited attractions in the Hills.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    Our guests rave about our home-away-from-home feeling. We work hard to make all of our guests comfortable, as though they are visiting old friends. One of the unique features of our inn is the architectural design. It is a custom semi-log home with one-of-a-kind room design. We personally love the way in which the B&B captures many of the characteristics of the Black Hills, e.g., Old West, American history, nature, and geography.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Our address is Hermosa, from which we are about 1 mile. Honestly, Hermosa has a population of 400 and is not a destination. The #1 reason to visit White Tail Ridge B&B is our proximity to so many things to see and do in the Black Hills!

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    This was written in one of our guest books:"Even though I normally do not like B&B's, I would come back here anytime. Our stay was WONDERFUL. If all B&B's were like this, I would change my mind!" 

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Many of our visitors are surprised to hear that Harney Peak (a popular hike) is the highest peak (elevation of 7,240 ft.) east of the Rockies and west of the Alps!

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    That is tough to answer because our visitors arrive with such varying interests. We ask our guests upon arrival what they like to do. If it's say, hiking, then we help them plan 4 days of hiking in the Black Hills and Badlands. If would rather sightsee, then their first day should be visiting Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse, a day of touring Custer State Park and Wind Cave National Park, then 2 days touring the rest of the Hills. Unfortunately, 4 days is not enough to see and do everything!

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    No, there are not any public or commercial areas near us. Our guests are always welcome to hike our 6 acres, or watch our neighbors practice in the roping arena.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Hands down, it's Lintz Bros. Pizza. It was voted best pizza in the Black Hills and is only 2 miles from our inn.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    There are several; one that we generally refer to is www.travelsd.com

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 3 guest rooms. All of them are quite spacious and each is unique. Our most popular room (particularly with our international guests) is Wil's Bunk. It has an Old West theme, with subtle references to John Wayne. The Madam Dora Room is our most luxurious room, with a slight brothel feel to it. Believe it or not, it is also popular with our older guests (it's on our main floor), and families (the sofa pulls out into a comfy queen bed). The Hermosa Suite is a lovely two-room guest room which can accommodate up to 4 people and features a TV/DVD player.

    Do you accept pets?

    No, we are not set up to accommodate pets. Paw Patch Acres is less than 3 miles from us; it is a wonderful day and overnight kennel.

  • Amenities

    • Three guest rooms—two of the rooms can accommodate up to four people
    • Hairdryer
    • Kid Friendly
    • Motorcycle Friendly
    • Parking Available
    • Satellite TV
    • Wireless Internet/Data Ports
    • Hot Tub/Whirlpool Tub
    • Picnic Lunches
    • DVD Player
    • Gift Certificates
    • Coffee/Tea Facilities
    • Meeting/Group Room
    • Library
    • Private Party Facility

    For a small fee, the Gathering Room is available for daily use by non-guests.  Also, additional services, such as refreshments and meals can be added. Contact your innkeeper, Darcy, for options and pricing. We would be delighted to host your next event.

  • Innkeepers/Owners

    When Darcy and John met, they soon realized that owning and running a bed & breakfast was for them. Today, they are passionate about providing the best experience possible for their guests, and treat them in the same gracious way they expect to be treated...with kindness, warmth, and respect. Darcy has lived a vegetarian lifestyle for most of her adulthood and understands guests’ unique dietary restrictions.

    Darcy spent her career in government contracting, and, like her grandmother, always had a knack for hospitality, baking, and crafts. She is originally from the Black Hills. John grew up in Iowa and retired from law enforcement. He's very talented in his workshop. They are avid bikers and spend every moment possible exploring the wonderland of the Black Hills.

    (Be sure to ask Darcy about her connection to the famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.)



  • Activities and Area Attractions

    • Bird Watching
    • Hiking Nearby
    • Mountains Nearby
    • Star Gazing
    • State Parks Nearby
    • Golf Nearby

    Easy Location

    Just a mile from Highway 79, we’re conveniently located to many attractions in the Black Hills:

    • 15 minutes to Custer State Park
    • 20 minutes to Mt. Rushmore
    • 25 minutes to Rapid City Regional Airport
    • 50 minutes to Crazy Horse Memorial
    • 1 hour to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
    • 1 hour, 10 minutes to The Badlands
    • 1 hour, 15 minutes to Deadwood
    • 5 minutes to Roy's Black Hills Twin Drive-In Movie Theater
  • Directions

    From Highway 40:

    1. Turn onto Magnuson Rd.* (this is just 1 mile from Highway 79) 
    2. Take an immediate left onto White Tail Ridge Road
    3. We are just up the hill, the first house on the right
    4. Please use the 2nd driveway
    5. Go to the deck and continue around the porch to the front door - this is the guest entrance

    *Most online maps show White Tail Ridge Rd. intersecting with Highway 40.  This is INCORRECT; it begins at Magnuson Rd.