Triangle Ranch Bed & Breakfast near Badlands National Park, South Dakota
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our 27th year as a premiere South Dakota Badlands Bed & Breakfast where old west history and hospitality live on. Located 8 miles north of I90 between Exits 143 and 131. (Use our emailed directions or Google Maps ONLY. Call 605-891-9030 anytime.)
Twenty minutes northeast of the majestic Badlands National Park, experience the "peace of the prairies" on our multi- generation ranch. Triangle Ranch, named for its horse and cattle brand, was homesteaded in 1904 by Lyndy's great grandparents. After living in a sod dugout then a log house, they ordered and built the beautiful Sears & Roebuck "Alhambra" Catalog Home in 1923, now known asTriangle Ranch Bed & Breakfast. Check here for details on our old Alhambra's Centennial Christmas Celebration this December!
Six generations later we are blessed to still live this free and open lifestyle, where the prairie meets the river breaks northeast of the Badlands. Triangle Ranch is centrally located to the Badlands National Park, Minute Man Missile Historic Site & Visitors Center www.nps.gov/mimi/, Buffalo Gap National Grasslands, Badlands Observatory www.badlandsobservatory.com, Mt. Rushmore/Black Hills, Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, www.blackhillsbadlands.com, three Indian Reservations and our beautiful capital city, Pierre, along the Missouri River.
On the stately front porch of our historic home you will be warmly welcomed. Inside, the hospitality and decor will take you back to the early 1900's. The warm patina of the Arts & Crafts oak woodwork, massive fireplace, light gleaming through the french windows in its bays and the deep wine and gold of its comfortable furnishings are all reflected in Grandma Grace Williams' crystal chandeliers.
Triangle Ranch offers 4 gracious, private, air-conditioned guestrooms from $110 single (click "Rooms & Availability" tab above for room photos, descriptions and rates) and a separate "Carriage House", ideal for families or couples! For larger groups and longer stays we offer our new 3 bedroom Cabin Under the Hill located nearby, here on the ranch.
Although a family tradition for the past 119 years, Triangle Ranch does not offer horses for riding. However, we refer our guests to Hurley Butte Horseback Rides hurleybuttehorseback.com on another generational family ranch in the Badlands. Just ask for contact information.
We offer convenient lodging for hunters. Our area boasts prime mule deer, whitetail deer, pronghorn antelope, wild turkey and varmint hunting nearby on the Buffalo Gap National Grasslands and SDGFP Walk In area. For those who would rather hunt wildlife with their camera, an option is our Self-Guided Prairie Photo Safaris! Capture the sunlit beauty of our land and wildlife.
Featured: Midwest Living Magazine's "Dinner on the Range".
New York Times' Frugal Traveler "Motorcycles, Memorials and the Middle of Nowhere."
Seth Kugel, NYT travel writer, was our annonymous guest. 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 that "the Middle of Nowhere" is a great place to be, when you're at Triangle Ranch."
Old House Journal & American History Magazine
New York Times "Travel"
Midwest Living Magazine
SD Public TV & Radio
RFDTV's Best of America by Horseback
American Cowboy Magazine
- Outside Magazine
- Country Discoveries
- KELO TV
"Inspected and Approved by Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers of South Dakota"
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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 and 20 minutes from Badlands National Park. As you travel those 8 miles of country road 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, they're harmless critters.
As you pass 3 other old family ranches and a reclaimed Minute Man Missile Site enjoy watching for the native pronghorn antelope and 35+ species of indigenous birds including the red-tailed hawk, western meadowlark and long-billed curlew. You may get a glimpse of red, gray or swift fox, coyote, jack rabbit, badger or herd of grazing mule deer. Near the bridge (6 miles in) your vigilance might be rewarded by the rare sighting of a bobcat.
Crossing the bridge you will pass our mailbox (made of an antique bedframe). Straight ahead is our ranch gate, flanked with iron wheels from the horse-drawn era with a rustic TRIANGLE RANCH sign hanging beside. 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?"
Anticipation builds as you see this gracious old house with it's rugged mediteranean look. You will feel instantly at home when greeted by hosts, Lyndy or Nicki. Your comfy, private, air-conditioned guestroom, Carriage House or Cabin awaits. Just the beginning of your unforgettable Triangle Ranch experience.
*Satellite TV is shared in the Common/Living Room area with Fireplace. Game table in the sunroom..
*WiFi is available in ALL areas except the Cabin Under the Hill.
*Electric Car charging - $15 per night.
Breakfast at Triangle Ranch
Enjoy our elegant but hearty breakfasts, prepared in the old Triangle Ranch kitchen, a 119 year old tradition.
Around 8:00 a.m., smells reminiscent of "Grandma's house" drift up the stairwell, tantalizing you to join us at the old oak dining table or sunroom to enjoy a generous breakfast and warm conversation before starting you day.
While dining on vintage china, view the changing of the seasons, the wide blue skies and our 30 plus species of birds through the wavy panes of Great Grandma Grace's french windows. Rock and mineral enthusiasts will enjoy a special display showcasing our parents' life-time collections of South Dakota rocks, minerals and fossils.
Dinner Options: *Previous to arriving at the ranch, dining is available at Exits #192 and #150 when westbound, at #110 when eastbound.
*Locally, we recommend Kook's Steakhouse and The Retro in Philip, the Salty Steer or Badlands Saloon & Grille in Wall.
*Guests choosing to bring dinner to prepare, may use our grilling and picnic area.
- Hiking the Badlands
- Cross-country Bicycling
- Hiking/Peaceful Walks
- Children's Playground
- Pitching Horseshoes/Cornhole
- Historic Tours
- Rock & Fossil Hunting
- Watching the cows & wildlife
Artists and photographers are welcome. We invite Business Meetings, Retreats and Family Reunions.
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.
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The Badlands of South Dakota
Just a 20-25 minute drive southwest from Triangle Ranch the rolling prairie scenery changes dramatically to the sharply eroded pinnacles, buttes and gullies of the Badlands National Park. A region called "mako sica" by the native Lakota and "les mauvaises terres a traverses" by early French trappers, translated "badland" or "bad land to cross".
Awe-struck early explorers and settlers must have gazed, speechless, on the Badlands 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 on the National Scenic Byway, SD Hwy 240, named one of the world's top 20 "Drives of a Lifetime" by National Geographic's Traveler Magazine. Photographers rave over the quality of light and shadow in the Badlands, the "thousand tints that color charts don't show" and the up-close encounters with it's native wildlife.
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, leaving a subtropical area which eventually became dried and barren. The fragile soil has eroded over thousands of years into the shapes you see today. Geologists project this formation will exist another mere 600,000 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 of these creatures are on display at Badlands National Park headquarters and at the South Dakota School of Mines Museum of Paleantology to the west in Rapid City.
Badlands Now: The 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 our signature blue prairie skies.
Badlands National Park offers: One of the people's National Parks, the Badlands offer our public beautiful drives, scenic overlooks, nature trails, hiking, bicycling and even areas to bring your horse and ride. The friendly park service employees staff 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. It's headquarters are even designed to blend into the landscape. The Cedar Pass Lodge Restaurant and the small western town 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.
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. While kids are as welcome as other guests in our private guestrooms, the Cowboy Carriage House is every kids dream, with westerm twin beds in the loft. Mom and Dad will be happy to know that they can relax on the grounfloor in their massive comfy log queen bed. The price is right too. Family breakfasts are fresh-cooked with things such as feather-light waffles, crispy bacon, cheesy scrambled eggs and juice (well, coffee too for Dad) In our large grounds area surrounding the B & B, there is plenty of room for lawn games such as soccer, cornhole toss, croquet and horse shoes. We are in a perfect place for hiking and running. There's an old-fashioned playground just down in the meadow with swings and teeter-totter. While exploring the creek with Mom or Dad you may find some fossils and volcanicly formed rocks or a painted turtle!
Hunting Near Triangle Ranch
*Prairie Game Hunting
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 prairie mule deer or graceful whitetail. You've chased the November chill away with fresh coffee and rolls -- that shiver is from excitement. Hunting season dawns its 119th year on these prairies.
In Jackson County, less than 10 minutes from Buffalo Gap National Grasslands and a public walk-in area, we offer accommodation for hunters in our historic home, Carriage House or Cabin Under the Hill. See Guest Room/Rates page for photos. Much more convenient to hunting areas than driving 45 minutes or an hour from nearby towns.
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".
- Prairie Dog Hunting: Regular lodging rates when reserving equal nights to days hunting. We provide National Grasslands maps or arrange for your hunting at local ranches. Landowner fee may be $50-75 per day per hunter.
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.
Self-Guided Prairie Photo Safari
Self-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 suggested itineraries, maps and advice coupled with 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.
Photograph the awesome landscape, indigenous plants and animals of the Badlands and grasslands of Western South Dakota where the light is second to none.
Area Attractions & Links (for Western - Southern & Eastern Regions)
West of Triangle Ranch
- Badlands Nat'l Park -www.nps.gov/badl, www.badlandsinfo.com, I90 Exit #131 - 20 mins
- Badlands SD Scenic By-way - as seen in Nat'l Geographic Traveler's "Drives of a Lifetime" 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 # 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.badlandsobservatory.com - 20 mins
- Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse Monument, Black Hills -www.blackhillsbadlands.com - 1 1/2 - 2 hour
- Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally www.sturgismotorcyclerally.com - 2 hour
- Disney's "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" Filming Sites - 1 1/2 hour
- Wind Cave Nat'l Park, Custer State Park - www.blackhillsbadlands.com - 2 hour
- The Mammoth Site at Hot Springs - 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
- Badlands Brewery - I90 Exit 150, 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
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 to homestead.
He expected to build his home that summer of cottonwood logs, cut and cured by a former squatter. 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 sod"dugout" until more logs could be cut.
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" and a neighbor, spent 2 weeks with horses and wagons hauling the precut and labeled materials to the ranch 9 miles southeast.
IAfter a year of construction, it must have been exciting to for the Williams' to move in just before Christmas in 1923.
With its 409 windowpanes glistening in the South Dakota sun, it has stood overlooking the Bad River for six generations. Ninety-nine (99) 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 Ireland and her family welcome guests with that same traditional South Dakota hospitality.
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 it ”such elegance rising up out of the prairie ” 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 ambassadors 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
"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.
"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 traveled to Antarctica 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
Find many more kind testimonials at TripAdvisor.com.
Kenny Laid to Rest at Triangle Ranch
Rancher and co-owner of Triangle Ranch, my husband, Kenny Ireland, passed away on October 2, 2021 after an honorable battle with lung cancer. He loved his life ranching here in "God's Country" as he put it. For 52 years he was my helpmate and partner in crime, adopting this wonderful place as his "home ranch" when we moved back in 1975 to raise our family here. He worked alongside my dad
and uncle, later manager then owner of our cattle operation. Since 1995 he's been my partner in our dream of renovating and operating Triangle Ranch Bed & Breakfast, offering western hospitality together for 25 years. Nothing delighted him more than your knock on the door, meeting you all and learning your stories. You may have heard a few from him also.
His memory is woven into every skyline, fence, structure, window, bathroom (plumbing not his favorite job), furnishing and meal that you enjoy here. You can view his story and service at rushfuneralhome.com.
Our daughter Nicki and her family, son Vint and his family are helping me in a million loving ways to continue offering the Triangle Ranch Bed & Breakfast experience.
We look forward to meeting you in the future.
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