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Prairie Sky Guest and Game Ranch

44370 109th St.
Veblen  South Dakota  57270
United States
(605) 738-2412
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Midwest Living Review

Lisa Meyers McClintick
This remote northeastern South Dakota ranch offers a scenic respite, peaceful retreat and a chance to explore the prairie coteau on horseback.

"Wow" often tumbles from guests' mouths as they drive up to Prairie Sky Guest and Game Ranch. The view sweeps across pastures and ponds, woods and prairie as it drops down from the coteau highland and disappears about 45 miles away. That view helps draw up to 200 people to its weekly summertime pitchfork fondues. Considering the remoteness of the area, that's saying something. The Friday night Texas brisket barbecues are likewise popular with diners filling the spacious lodge or more likely spilling across the covered porch or out in the grass to watch the sunset on the prairie. Guests can stay in one of three lodge rooms with shared baths or in four log cabins nicely spaced behind it and overlooking the working ranch's 6,000 acres. Lodge guests can gather by the main fireplace and admire artifacts from an extensive collection of mounted swans and ducks to a $1,000 painted bison robe in the gift area. Meals are available to guests for an extra charge and often feature bison, which is raised on the ranch. The bison roast with seasoned potatoes falls apart with just a fork. Cabin guests have a microwave, small fridge, fireplace, beds to sleep four to six guests, and a front porch for watching sunrise and storms rolling in. Don't forget to look out at night either, when stars pierce the blackness, sheet lightning offers a flashy show or northern lights make a rare appearance. Most guests tend to stay put and head out for horseback rides, but there also are several state parks in the area for hiking and fishing.

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