Nearby Attractions

On the Derby Elk Resort property can you visit an original log cabin. This old cabin was rescued from falling into an old root cellar and moved to the property. It came from the Mills Ranch about 2.5 miles outside of Hill City. The cabin was built in the early 1900's and a relative of Franklin Mills lived in the cabin for about 20 years, taking his meals with the family in the main house. The Franklin, which is currently used as a playhouse.

At the Derby Elk Resort we suggest some of the following activities to spend your time with us.

Enjoy the sounds and smells of the National Forest surrounding the property.

Look for wildlife, such as wild turkeys, mule and whitetail deer, elk, big horn sheep, and listen to the coyotes howl at night..

Sit and relax outside in the fresh country air.

If you like whimsical art, check out the "Chain Gang" sculpture located near the cabins.

The Derby Elk Resort is centrally located to all Black Hills attractions. Here are a few of the most popular:

  • 1880's Train - Enjoy a two hour and fifteen minute round trip through the scenic Black Hills. The ride travels through the hills between Hill City and Keystone and back again.
  • Crazy Horse Memorial - located 9 miles from Derby Elk Resort.
  • Mount Rushmore - located 9 miles from Derby Elk Resort near Keystone.
  • Custer State Park - is 15 miles from us and where you can go hiking to Harney Peak, biking, horseback riding, rock climbing, fishing, enjoy chuckwagon suppers and go for jeep rides. Also, where the buffalo roam freely!
  • Hill City - less than 6 miles away and offers art galleries, museums, restaurants, wineries, shopping and more.
  • Deadwood: 45 miles, about 1 hour away is Deadwood, an old western town that offers gambling, restaurants and other wild activities.
  • Bear Country- A Wild Animal Park - 15 miles away and is a great place to see bears up close. Other wildlife may venture up to your car!
  • Reptile Garden - 15 miles from Derby Elk resort. Experience snakes, snakes and more snakes, turtles, birds of prey, botanical gardens and much more.




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