Triangle Ranch Bed & Breakfast near Badlands National Park, South Dakota
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Twenty minutes northeast of the awesome Badlands National Park, one of National Geographic Traveler's Drives of a Lifetime, experience the tranquil peace and quiet we need today - where past meets present on our historic cattle ranch. The Triangle Ranch was named for its horse and cattle brand. Lyndy's great-grandfather traded a good team of driving horses and buggy for the original homestead in 1903.
A premiere South Dakota Badlands Bed & Breakfast. Located 8 miles north of I90 between Exits 143 and 131.
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Featured in Midwest Living Magazine's July/Aug 2009 Issue, "Dinner on the Range."
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Four generations later we are still blessed to live where the prairie meets the Bad River breaks northeast of the Badlands. Triangle Ranch is centrally located to the Badlands, Minute Man Missile Historic Site, Buffalo Gap National Grasslands, Mt. Rushmore, Black Hills, Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and our capitol city, Pierre, along the Missouri River.
Our area boasts prime mule deer, whitetail deer, pronghorn antelope, wild turkey and varmint hunting. Triangle Ranch offers a limited number of exclusive hunting packages. New! - Guided Prairie Photo Safaris! Capture the sunlit beauty of our land and wildlife.
Featured in the New York Times' Frugal Traveler August 22, 2013 Article, "Motorcycles, Memorials and the Middle of Nowhere."
Seth Kugel, one of their travel writers, was our guest during the Sturgis Rally.
Article Summary: "Reaching South Dakota in time for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, the Frugal Traveler samples a bit of biker culture, hits tourist highlights and discovers what remote really means."
Old House Journal and
American History Magazine
"Inspected and Approved by Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers of South Dakota"
RFDTV's Best of America by Horseback
New York Times "Travel"
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The Road To The Ranch
Triangle Ranch is located in a beautiful bend of the Bad River 8 miles north of I90. As you travel those 8 miles of country road (well-maintained) you will see, in your 360 degree view, vast portions of Buffalo Gap National Grasslands, much the same as when the plains Indians hunted them. Be sure to watch for ranchers' cows grazing on the road. Just drive around them or beep, their harmless critters...
As you pass 3 other old family ranches and a reclaimed Minute Man Missile Site enjoy the sight of our native pronghorn antelope, 35+ species of birds including the red-tailed hawk, western meadowlark and long-billed curlew. You may see red, gray or swift fox, coyote, jack rabbit and maybe a badger or herd of grazing mule deer. Near the bridge (6 miles in) your vigilance might be rewarded by a rare sighting of a bobcat.
Crossing the bridge, pass our mailbox (made of an antique bedframe). Straight ahead is our ranch gate, flanked with iron wheels from the horse-drawn era and a rustic TRIANGLE RANCH sign hanging above. A graceful, winding road leads you up a long hill. You are now on historic Triangle Ranch...
Around the last bend in our road stands the "Alhambra",
still surprising unsuspecting guests as it has since 1923.
"A Spanish Castle in the midst of the South Dakota plains?"
Your hosts, Kenny & Lyndy
Living Room with Fireplace
Your hosts will welcome you on the stately front porch of our Sears, Roebuck and Co. Honorbilt home. Inside, the hospitality and decor will take you back to the early 1900's. The warm patina of the Art's & Crafts oak woodwork, the massive fireplace, the light gleaming from the french windows in its bays, the deep wine and ecru of its comfortable overstuffed furnishings are all reflected in Grandma Grace Williams' crystal chandeliers.
Triangle Ranch offers travelers gracious, private, air-conditioned guestrooms from $89 (click here for room pictures, descriptions and rates), a separate "Carriage House" or 3 bedroom Log Ranch House, ideal for families or honeymooners!
Wireless Internet Access Available
Triangle Ranch does not offer horses for riding, but guests are welcome to make friends with Tex, Woody, Rita and Shortcake who are always up for petting and a nibble of oats. We regret that we are temporarily unable to accommodate guests' horses while we remodel our facilities.
- Cross-country Bicycling
- Hiking/Peaceful Walks
- Children's Playground
- Pitching Horseshoes
- Ranch & Historic Tours
- Rock & Fossil Hunting
- Feeding "Woody & Tex"
Artists and photographers are welcome. We invite business meetings, retreats, family reunions and small weddings.
From 7:30 - 8:30 AM smells reminiscent of "Grandma's" house drift up the stairwell, tantalizing you to sit at our round oak dining table and enjoy the generous breakfast and warm conversation before starting your day. Other meals available, with advance notice, for a reasonable charge.
Tour the stark, but verdant beauty of the Badlands with its bison herd and native wildlife. End your day with a campfire sing or star gazing and refreshments.
Come see us, your hosts are genuine and the coffee is always on.
The Badlands of South Dakota
A short distance southwest of Triangle Ranch Bed & Breakfast is Badlands National Park:
Just a 20 minute drive from Triangle Ranch our rolling prairie scenery changes dramatically to the sharply eroded pinnacles, buttes and gullies of the Badlands. A region called "mako sica" by the native Lakota and "les mauvaises terres a traverses" by early French trappers, both mean "badland" or "badlands to cross".
The early explorers and settlers must have gazed on the Badlands in awe as did famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, who wrote in 1935 "I've been about the world a lot, and pretty much over our own country, but I was totally unprepared for the revelation called the (South) Dakota Badlands...What I saw gave an indescribable sense of mysterious elsewhere - a distant architecture, ethereal... an endless supernatural world more spiritual than earth but created out of it."
Now, of course, you can view the Badlands from the comfort of your air conditioned car via SD Hwy 240, a designated National Scenic Byway, named one of the world's top 20 "Drives of a Lifetime" by National Geographic's Traveler Magazine. Photographers rave about the quality of light and shadow in the Badlands and the "thousand tints that color charts don't show".
The craggy, colorfully banded peaks, plateaus and natural amphitheaters are not composed of stone, as photos would suggest, but hardened clay, volcanic ash and minerals from the bottom of an ancient sea which covered what is now known as the Great Plains.
Badlands Then: Eons ago as the earth's plates shifted and the Rocky Mountains were formed, this sea drained becoming a subtropical area which eventually became dried and barren. The fragile soil has eroded over thousands of years into the shapes you see today. The Badlands are projected to last only 600,000 more years with the water and wind erosion of our arid climate.
Each changing season in the Badlands uncovers more of its treasure trove of prehistoric fossils ranging from the Metamynodon (massive rhino-like creature) to saber-toothed cats to prehistoric horses, pigs and rabbits. And beneath are the fossil remains of sea creatures such as Mosasaurs (30' marine lizards), Pterosaurs (flying reptiles) and Archelon (enormous sea turtles). Some are on display at Badlands National Park headquarters and at the South Dakota School of Mines Museum of Paleantology.
Badlands Now: The Badlands Park and surrounding grasslands are now home to 60 species of native grasses, American Bison (buffalo), muledeer, pronghorn antelope, big horn sheep, coyote, fox, the plentiful prairie dog and the shy black-footed ferret. The Sage Creek Wilderness Area is a must for seeing wildlife.
Badlands Seasons: The seasons shift from barren and parched in late summer with awesome lightning storms to snow covered buttes under starry skies to a blooming, verdant prairie in spring, always with 360 degrees of the bluest of skies.
Badlands National Park offers: As one of the American people's National Parks the Badlands offer the public beautiful drives, scenic overlooks, nature trails, hiking, bicycling and even places to bring your horse and ride. The friendly park service staff man a wonderful interpretive Visitor's Center and Theater with a restaurant next door. They also offer excellent educational venues, such as Night Walks and Junior Ranger programs.
The area is probably the most untouched and natural of all our National Parks. The park headquarters even, are designed to blend into the landscape. The Cedar Pass Lodge Restaurant and the small western village of Interior, SD nearby are the only signs of habitation.
Many Guests enjoy returning to Triangle Ranch Bed & Breakfast for a delicious dinner and relaxing evening after their adventures in Badlands National Park.
Area Attractions & Links (for Western - Southern & Eastern Regions)
West of Triangle Ranch
- Badlands Nat'l Park ~ www.nps.gov/badl, I90 Exit #131 - 20 mins
- Badlands SD Scenic By-way - as seen in Nat'l Geographic Traveler's "Drives of a Lifetime" ~ traveler.nationalgeographic.com, I90 Exit #131 - 20 mins
- Minute Man Missile Historic Site ~ www.nps.gov/mimi/, I90 Exit #131 - 20 mins
- Buffalo Gap National Grasslands & Saddlepass Riding Trail ~ www.fs.fed.us/grasslands/ I90 Exit #143 or 131 - 20 mins
- Prairie Homestead National Historic Site ~ www.prairiehomestead.com, I90 Exit 131 - 20 mins
- Badlands Helicopter Rides - 20 mins
- World-Famous Wall Drug ~ www.walldrug.com - 30 mins
- Badlands Observatory ~ www.sdsmt.edu/space/bo.htm - 20 mins
- Black Hills/Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse ~ www.blackhillsbadlands.com - 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 hour
- 70th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally www.sturgismotorcyclerally.com - 2 hour
- Disney's "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" Filming Sites ~ www.travelsd.com/nationaltreasure/ - 1 1/2 hour
- Wind Cave Nat'l Park, Custer State Park ~ www.blackhillsbadlands.com - 2 hour
- The Mammoth Site ~ www.mammothsite.com - 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 hour
- Winter Skiing & Snowmobiling - 2 hour
South of Triangle Ranch
- Pine Ridge Indian Reservation ~ www.pineridgechamber.com - 1/2 hour
- Wounded Knee Memorial ~ www.pineridgechamber.com - 1 hour
- Red Cloud Indian Museum ~ www.basec.net/~rcheritage/ - 1 hour
East of Triangle Ranch
- Petrified Gardens - I90 Exit 152, Kadoka, SD - 1/2 hour
- Missouri River/Capitol at Pierre ~ www.pierrechamber.com - 1 1/2 hours
- The 1880 Town ~ www.1880town.com , I90 Exit 170 - 45 min
- Pioneer Auto Museum at Murdo, SD - 1 hour
- Lewis and Clark Sites ~ www.lewisandclrk.com/links/links.html
- www.travelsd.com/history/lewclark/sites.htm, at Pierre/Ft. Pierre, SD - 1 1/2 hour
For Even More Information About The Legendary Black Hills and Badlands of South Dakota.
History of Triangle Ranch
In 1904, H.H. Williams drove his livestock west across a pontoon bridge on the Missouri River at Chamberlain, S. D., descending the same river bluffs where "Lewis & Clark" stood 100 years before.
The panorama of virgin prairie and rough river breaks on the ranch is much the same as it was when H. H. and his family came west of the Missouri River.
He expected to build his home that summer of cottonwood logs, cut and cured by the former owner. But much to his surprise there were no logs in sight! An enterprising lady homesteader in her 50's had "appropriated" the logs and built her own home during the previous winter.
So the Williams family had to resort to a creekbank "dugout" with sod front until more logs could be cut and cured. The log house they built the following year was a cozy home and many pioneer dances were held within its walls. However, about 1917, when the ranch was more established, H. H. and Grace began perusing the Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalog of homes and dreaming of building one of those beautiful, but practical dwellings. Sears had become a leader in the manufacture and sales of "precut" homes. Perfect for folks way out on the prairie with no building centers nearby.
While neighbors were wishing for a "bungalow" or "foursquare", the Williams' kept returning to the color illustrated page featuring the "Alhambra". The adobe stuccoed, 2 1/2 story with it's mission-style parapetting, red tiled roof and red brick trim caught their fancy. Or maybe their teen aged daughters prevailed because of its stately, "romantic" appearance.
Though its blueprints are dated 1917, it evidently took several good alfalfa seed crops to purchase and complete the Alhambra in 1923 for $3,825. It arrived on 2 railroad cars at Cottonwood, So. Dak., the local railhead. H. H.'s son "Willy", spent 2 weeks with horses and wagon hauling the precut and labeled materials to the ranch 9 miles southeast.
With its 409 windowpanes glistening in the South Dakota sun, it has stood overlooking the Bad River for six generations. Eighty-nine (89) Christmas Eves have been celebrated, wedding vows said, birthday parties, reunions and funerals have all taken place here.
Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the "Alhambra" houses the Triangle Ranch Bed and Breakfast where H. H.'s great-granddaughter, Lyndy, and her husband, Kenny Ireland welcome guests with that same traditional South Dakota hospitality.
Triangle Ranch is a great spot for kids. The only TV is in the common area of the B & B, but they have all of the great outdoors to explore. Our Cowboy Carriage House is every kids dream, with cowboy bunk beds and a loft. Mom and Dad will be happy to know that the price is right too. Breakfasts are fresh-cooked with things such as feather-light waffles, crispy bacon, cheesy scrambled eggs and juice (well, coffee too for Dad). Our horses, Tex, Woody, Rita and Shortcake are always waiting for petting and treats. There's an old-fashioned playground just down in the meadow with swings and teeter-totter (also, seating for Mom and Dad to watch the sunsets).
Pamela Carter Joern, author of the novel The Floor of the Sky, used the Alhambra model house on the Triangle Ranch B&B as the inspiration for the ranch house in her book. . . . .
"When I saw the Alhambra on the prairie, I knew I had found Toby's house. The incongruity of itâ€”such elegance rising up out of the prairie â€” was perfect for this tale of possible ruin and partial redemption."
"it all started with a High Recommendation from a fellow-innkeeper and could not have been more accurate! The Badlands are the 'goodlands', made more memorable by good people like yourselves
... thank you for the wonderful stay." Lisa & Gordie, MN
"We had a lovely stay, a real break in our long, long journey to our new home. The weather, the landscape and the company were all fantastic and the cake and breakfast was something else! We hope to return someday." ~ Jason, Jaquetta, Alfie & Lily, Chicago to British Columbia
"A very beautiful home under a wonderful sky with millions of stars!
Thank you for your hospitality. You give the B & B concept a nice personal touch.
We feel very welcome a long way from home. Dank u." ~ The Apers, Belgium
"I came to South Dakota to see the prairie - the wide open spaces .... I leave South Dakota ... privileged to experience such a multitude of unique sensations - the prairie wind, a prairie thunderstorm, my first open campfire under the prairie stars, a meadowlark, a rodeo with real cowboys (not myth and legend, but flesh and blood). You shared stories and facts of ranch and cowboy reality with us. Thanks for an unforgettable week." ~ Diana, NC
"You have found your true calling - warm ambassodors of belief and tradition." ~ Kelee & Steve, Missouri
"The Bible says...'He who refreshes others will himself be refreshed!' Now we realize that this is a business, but it's obvious that it's a true labor of love. We have come and we have been truly refreshed." ~ Brian & Pam, MI
"You are what America is really about. We cannot tell you how much joy
you have brought us. We leave you our hearts." ~ Doris & Al, WA
"Breakfast . . . . . . the best in the USA!" Take care, Jackie & Fein, England
"... memories will be Kenny mooing the cows in and the truck surrounded with returning calls from his many angus, four-wheeling up and down darkened hills .... Lyndy, face lightened by the campfire, standing up beside me, silhouetted by a billion stars, singing her father's favorite song 'Danny Boy', while I played my guitar." ~ Leaving home, Mike & Pam, IN
"What a wonderful job you have done with your bed & breakfast. Your decorating talent would make your grandparents proud ... the breakfasts 'yummy' and the conversation so much fun. If we were to rate your hospitality and B & B it would be a 10+. God bless you and your home." ~ Mike & Judy, FL
"It was about 3 years ago that I discovered your website and looked forward to a stay here ever since ....
You have a beautiful home and the Carriage House was everything I'd hoped for. Your hospitality is genuine and your love of people so apparent ... Thank you for sharing your home with us - you are truly blessed!" ~ Susan & Terry, MN
"My sister and I truly enjoyed our visit ... will be a memory we keep with us always ... Thanks, Kenny for my coffee each morning. Best!" ~ Amy & Barb, OH
"We could not have found a more interesting, beautiful, spacious, well decorated, clean, quiet,
private place to stay than your ancestral home, Alhambra! Throw in you two - your heartwarming kindness, smiles, generosity, tales, history and cooking. An oasis for two weary traveler's."
~ Blessings, gratitude, love, Betty & Chris, NC /S. Aftrica
"As an historic preservationist I have seen many rehabilitated houses, but this is one of the best. You have done an excellent job preserving the small details as well as the major features. Thank you for taking such care with your part of our national heritage." ~ Nancy & Jerry, NM, Keeper of the National Reg. of Historic Places, Rtd.
"We had a great 3 night stay... grandsons loved petting the horses, the Carriage House ... campfire and the chocolate chip horse pancakes. My husband and I loved the Irish Lover's Room ... the beautiful needlework was like none I've ever seen .. We felt at home with your warm hospitality. Thanks."
~ Steve, Eursa Lynn, Valarie, Robert, Tristan & Addison, CO
"Miss Lyndy, ... we really loved the 'Irish Lover's Room'. It made us feel as though we were back home. Woody and Tex apparently liked us a lot, or at least he (Woody) let me hug him." ~ Audrey (12), IN
"Thank you both from our hearts for everything. .... Kenny, the steaks were great! ...and Lyndy's great slaw! Eric and I look forward to visiting with you again next summer. Our door is always open if you ever make it down"... ~ Eric & Kathy, KS
"Spent ages trying to decide where to stay for the first 2 nights of my wife's surprise 50th birthday trip. Hey, I made the absolutely RIGHT! choice. Great food, good conversation, wonderful scenery and Peace! Photographed the obliging wild turkeys and watched our first superb prairie lightning show, WOW! ... feel relaxed and ready to move on after our long trip to SD ... Thanks .." ~ Roger & Michelle, Cambs, England
"We couldn't have asked for a better setting on our one year wedding anniversary ... a very special stay. The storm and full moon must have been 'staged' for it was so spectacular. Your kindness and warmth along with the charm of your home and surroundings made our stay very special. We shall return." ~ Pam & Dan, MO
"Just wanted to say thank you so much for our stay at the ranch. The cabin was perfect ... and both families (yep, all 13 of us) survived with one bathroom : ). We've already started talking about next year's trip ... pretty hard to head back to work, not to mention a bowl of cereal, after the week we had with you guys ... thanks so much for opening your home to us, looking forward to next time." ~ Josey & family & horses, MN
"Paradise: ... staying at your beautiful place and visiting with you beautiful people was the highlight of our trip ... your friendliness and warmth made us feel completely welcome. Your location and lifestyle should make most people envious - it does me!! Meant to ask about the handmade quilt at the foot of the bed ... probably has a history like most everything there has. We ... went to the library and found they had a copy of the Midwest Living Magazine with your article." ~ Mesmerized, Don & Bette, SD
"We have travelled to Antartica and to the Arctic Circle. We have stayed in many B & Bs and feel that your home tops them all. The history, the charm and the hospitality were memorable." ~ Barbara & Noel, Ontario
"What a great time, for the second time! Thanks for giving our English cousins such a wonderful memory spot as we showed them the beauties of our great country." ~ Carolyn & Chuck, OK
"A much-needed 'R & R', the meadowlarks singing, your dad's stories, music, laughter and the beautiful, tranquil room. There's something about lace curtains blowing and a lovely view of green prairie foothills beyond." ~ Dolores, MO
Enjoy our elegant but hearty meals at a gracious table set with Grandma's china. Feast your eyes on the changing of the seasons, the vivid sunsets and our 30 plus species of birds through the wavy panes of Great Grandma's beloved french windows. Enjoy a special display of our parents' life-time collections of South Dakota rocks, minerals and fossils."
Hunting at Triangle Ranch
Prairie Game Hunting at Triangle Ranch
As the "east hills" are silouetted by the rose and gold of a South Dakota sunrise, you'll be positioning yourself for first sight of a legendary South Dakota "mule deer or graceful whitetail deer. You've chased the November chill away with fresh coffee and rolls -- that shiver is from excitement. Hunting season dawns its 108th year on Triangle Ranch.
Kenny's guiding skills come from a lifetime of working the ranch and observing the habits of its teeming wildlife. An avid sportsman/conservationist, his sense of humor and friendly ways are just a "bonus".
Your accommodation in our historic home, both comfortable and private, is included in our package rates Guest Room/Rates page for photos.
Three warm, home-cooked meals and snacks are provided or hearty sack-lunch when appropriate (you'll need that exercise). After a great hunt, when the sun has set and the air cools, return to refreshments by the fireplace, satellite TV, a good game of cards and a few "stories".
Deer & Turkey Packages include guide, lodging and all meals.
- Guided Mule Deer and White Tail Hunt - 3 days/4 nights . . . . .rifle - $2,000, archery - $1,200.
- Wild Turkey Package: # 3 days/4 nights . . . . gun $725, archery - $625.
- Prairie Dog Hunting: Regular lodging rates when reserving equal nights to days hunting. We provide a map of local 'dog towns' or arrange for your hunting at local ranches. Landowner fee may be up to $60-75 per day per hunter. (Prairie Dog season on the National Grasslands opens June 15).
**LIMITED NUMBER OF HUNTS AVAILABLE**
Note: For West River, northern Jackson County seasons and licensing info logon: http://gfp.sd.gov/hunting/ and call us today at (888) 219-1774.
- Deer & Turkey Packages include guide, lodging and all meals.
Guided Prairie Photo Safari
New in 2010! - Guided Prairie Photo Safaris!
Capture the sunlit beauty of our land and wildlife.
Whoever said that the South Dakota prairie was a wasteland?
With your host's experienced guidance and your skill behind the camera lens, you will have the chance of a lifetime to capture the essence of Western SD...this is why we live here.
Prairie Photo Safari Package:
- 3 days/4 nights, guide, premiere lodging and meals - $1,500
- (1 day/2 nights) - $500
From your bridal walk down our gracious staircase, to the last detail of your reception, we will consider your wishes as if they were our own. Whether it's "just you two" for a quiet ceremony or up to 50 of your family and friends. The blessings of many generations accompany your wedding day in this majestic old house on the prairie.
A 50% deposit is required at time of reservation.
"Just you two package" includes:
- Arrangements for Offical
- Cake & beverage
- Candlelight dinner for 2
- 2 nights in private Carriage House ($450)
(Ask for quotes on larger groups, photographer & flowers).