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The Owl Cabin

United States / South Dakota / Nemo

The Owl at Freebird Ranch is a new vacation home styled in mid-century decor.
1250 Sqft Vacation Home
6 Guests
2 Bedrooms
2 Bathrooms
No booking fees
60-day refund policy
Mountain view
All real beds!
Right on Nemo Road!
Walk to the restaurant, ATV rental, mercantile, and more!
Fast mesh Wifi!
No long winding gravel driveway!
Freebird's Heated Salt-Water Pool!
Poolside Rec-Room with Pool Table and Foosball!
Poolside Exercise Equipment!

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Minimum stay based on season... 2 to 5 nights


"Black Hills paradise – This is an awesome place to stay. The view to wake up to every morning was beautiful. You are not far from the places you want to visit but far enough to get away and just relax for a day if you want." –Melissa

The Owl Cabin is an over 1000sqft home at the base of Nemo Mountain! All real beds in two luxurious bedrooms - no foldouts! Stay right in Nemo on Nemo Rd - walk to the restaurant, ATV rentals, and mercantile! No long winding gravel roads - direct access to Rapid, Sturgis, Deadwood, Hill City! Relax in the 40' heated salt-water swimming pool! Also fast mesh WiFi, 4 TVs stream Netflix, Amazon Video, Music and more! The Owl at Freebird Ranch is a new vacation home styled in mid-century decor. Great care was taken to ensure that our guests were provided a beautiful and comfortable home to live in while visiting the Black Hills. Nemo is centrally located in the hills and everything the Black Hills has to offer is close! The Owl is one of three homes on Freebird Ranch's 20 acres.

The east side of the property frames an unobstructed view of Nemo Mountain. There is a wild brook trout stream at the base of the mountain and the entire mountain is owned by the USFS, so your view is rock formations and Ponderosa pines with beautiful sunrises and reflective sunsets.

The Owl is a newly constructed vacation home. It is located right in front of the bluffs of Nemo and has an unobstructed view and property extends right to the bluff which has a beautiful trout stream running along its base.

When you walk in the front door you enter the mud room that has chairs to sit down on while you take off your shoes, a coat rack and a shoe rack. Then you enter the great room with a dining area that seats 6-8 people, and two couches (one is a corner sectional). There is also a galley kitchen with all new appliances and it is fully stocked with furnishings, condiments and some food items. Through the great room into the wide hallway and to the right you will find the 3/4 bath and laundry room. Next, right from the hallway is the second bedroom that has a queen bed and two XL bunks that are quite sturdy and are built into the wall. Also from the hallway is the master en suite. It has a king bed, dresser, TV and fireplace. Its full bath has a corner tub/shower combo.

The entire house and porch/deck is for guest use.

Nemo is known for it's cool mountain air that moves in every evening, but for those unusual very-warm days, we have a portable air-conditioner to keep things comfortable. And also nearby is the Osprey poolhouse with a 40' heated salt water swimming pool (seasonal, approximately June through September) and a rec-room with pool-table, foosball, and exercise equipment are on the Ranch property and are for all Freebird Ranch guests (10am - 8pm). Nothing like a cool dip on a warm day!

Also for all to enjoy is the walking path along Box Elder creek.

We live in a property adjacent to this property, so we are close by if you need us.

Other things to note. Nemo is centrally located in the Black Hills with easy access to the cities of Deadwood, Rapid City, Sturgis, Spearfish, and Hill City to name a few. Also in the area are many popular destinations such as Mount Rushmore, Devil's Tower, Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park, The Badlands, The Needles, Caves, Spearfish Canyon, Reptile Gardens, Bear Country, Beautiful Lakes, and Terry Peak. For more information on the area's attractions and activities, click The Black Hills menu item on this website! The property is bordered by the Black Hills National Forest and a year round creek that is the perfect habitat for wildlife, including beautiful brookies (catch and release fly-fishing)!

We look forward to you vacationing here in Nemo.


Family/Kid Friendly
Children's books and toys
Baby friendly
Wheelchair Accessible
Parking Included
Gas Grill
Full Kitchen
Coffee Maker (drip w/filters&coffee)
Cooking Utensils
Washing Machine
Iron & Board
Clothes Dryer
Hair Dryer
Linens Provided
Towels Provided
Game Room
Pool Table
Mesh WiFi with 60mb Internet
Smart TV
Laptop Friendly Workspace
Stereo Alexa DVD
Smoke Detector
Carbon Monoxide Detector
First Aid Kit
Fire Extinguisher
Ceiling Fans
Air Conditioning
Pets Ok
No Indoor Smoking or Vaping


Fantastic, quiet location.

Mar 2022
Within 30-minutes to an hour of many tourist destinations and scenic drives. The house is spotless, inviting, comfortable and private. Charming horses frolicked in the pasture behind the house, which also featured a wide-open view of Nemo Mountain. The many windows facing the mountain beckoned the sun's big-sky-country brilliance and warmth. At night, the constellations seemed to be within an arm's reach. The host responded quickly to all inquiries and was extremely helpful in providing information about the area. This is a beautiful spot in a little town outside of Rapid City. The description and photos are right on the money.

AMAZING views and central to everything Black Hills

Dec 2021
Quiet, super cozy, warm, AMAZING views and central to everything Black Hills. Stay close and enjoy long walks or a good book. Use as a base camp to explore. Either way, this is an ideal home in the Black Hills. On a side note, this might possibly be the BEST Airbnb I have ever stay in for attention to detail, thoughtful touches, and quality.

A Real Treasure in Nemo, South Dakota!

Jun 2021
I booked this fabulous cottage (house) during the pandemic when my husband and I were searching for a great spot to celebrate our 40th anniversary! We wanted to explore some history, do some hiking, enjoy the outdoors, and find accommodations that had a great view but were fresh and modern. I didn't think I would find everything on my list, but we found it all in the Freebird Ranch property and Owl Cabin! It's tucked at the base of Nemo Mountain with a beautiful stream and horses grazing on the property. The best surprise is there's a saltwater pool and workout room steps away. The pool was amazing!
Bruce and Traci have thought of every amenity imaginable, and it's easy to see why people move to South Dakota! Freebird Ranch is well-situated between all the major historical sites like Mt. Rushmore (30 min.), Crazy Horse Memorial, Deadwood, the Badlands (that's about 1.5 hours away), Sturgis, Custer State Park, Wall Drugstore, Spearfish Canyon, Rapid City, and so much more. The view when you start your day or watch the sun set is perfection. We went to church across the street, rented ATVs across the street, and enjoyed several dinners at the Brandin Iron Restaurant (also across the street!). The chef/owner of the restaurant has a great menu with lots of beer choices and some really nice wine choices. The people are warm and friendly, and Bruce and Traci are a delight to talk with and have as hosts. We learned all about this great small town of about 340 people! If you want a quiet space to enjoy the great outdoors and enjoy a newer house with Scandinavian-style furnishings, book with Bruce and Traci soon!

We were blown away...

Jun 2021
We were blown away by how lovely the cabin is. Sparkling clean, terrific amenities, so comfortable. The hosts were responsive and attentive. The location is gorgeous. We hope to be back!


Nov 2020
The house and property were amazing. Location is very convenient to Black Hills activities. Definitely would stay again!

Modern Black Hills oasis

October 2020
Such a lovely property tucked in a secluded valley with easy access to all that the Black Hills has to offer. We were there with our 11 & 13 yr old daughters to escape the city during COVID and distance learning. The house was modern, the internet was fast, and to say it was well appointed would be an understatement. Our goal was to visit a Black Hills attraction or hike each day but loved our time back at the property and could have enjoyed just staying there the entire visit. Our hosts, Bruce and Traci, were great communicators and were always available on an as-needed basis. We look forward to return to this gem of a property.

Great place just below the bluff!

September 2020
This was a wonderful little house, we totally enjoyed it! The setting and location was fabulous and seeing the wildlife every night in the yard was a HUGE bonus. Had a few questions, but the owner answered them right way. Would definitely stay again. Thanks!!


Aug 2020
The views are spectacular! The house is great - very clean and well stocked. Bruce and Traci were exceptionally accommodating and super quick to respond to questions.

Excellent property, good location for ATV riding

July 2020
Very accommodating owners and very clean property with a fabulous view! Beautiful pool which my grandsons enjoyed! We rent properties all over and this is my favorite property.


July 2020
We had such a lovely time staying at The Owl house in Nemo. It was a perfect location. The property was impeccable and the house was so clean and comfortable. Surprisingly, the king bed was on of the most comfortable beds I've slept in. The huge patio, games and walk-way's through the field were the best part. We definitely plan on coming back at some point.

Great place

July 2020
We enjoyed our stay at the Owl house. It had everything we needed. It has a great location to visit all of the Black hills attractions. The owners were very helpful and friendly. With the pool and ATV rentals right across the road, it had everything we needed to have a good time with our teenage boys.

Incredible place! Breathtaking views!

June 2020
Loved everything about this place! On Nemo mountain, unreal views and an awesome swinging pool with clubhouse! The place is all brand new and has WiFi/Alexa built throughout the property. Such a beautiful place for our whole family and kids. Plenty of room and all of the accommodations. Will definitely be staying there again with our 3 boys!! Loved the stay overall.

Beautiful and serene place to stay

May 2020
We really enjoyed our stay at the Owl house, wanted to take a break from covid. I am glad that we picked this beautiful and impeccable house. I really appreciate Traci and Bruce for keeping the property super clean. Great hosts 

Great place

Oct 2019
Great place; great communication; great hosts! New, clean place & any supplies/items/utensils you could need have already been supplied.

Beautiful home

Sep 2019
Traci and Bruce have a beautiful home to share. We loved the mid-century modern dcor and the whole house was spotless! The kitchen and baths were very well stocked and bedding was comfortable. The new covered deck is a great addition. Our son uses a wheelchair and was able to navigate easily throughout the home. Really enjoyed our time at The Owl House.

Beautiful setting

Sep 2019
Beautiful setting with large windows that let in tons of sunshine. The new deck is super comfy and protects you from the elements. Plus the cabinets are stocked with just about anything you need/forgot.

Well appointed, clean and airy

Aug 2019
Well appointed, clean and airy. Loved the covered deck with the fire pit. The location was perfect for exploring the Black Hills. Very quiet, and the pool was a bonus!

Wonderful experience

Aug 2019
Traci and Bruce are amazing hosts who go out of their way to make sure you have a wonderful experience. They are so thoughtful with all the extra touches inside that really makes it feel like your home away from home. Easy to communicate with and talk to, Super friendly. They really go out of their way to make sure you have a great experience and the location is perfect for us. Cant ask for a more beautiful view of the bluff. Will definitely stay here again on our next vacation.

Comfort of home

Aug 2019
If you're looking for a place to stay that has the comfort of home, but the amenities of a hotel, this is your place. It is located not far from many main attractions, but has a private pool for The Owl guests to enjoy during downtime. What isn't included in the description is an amazing back porch, you can sip your morning coffee on or watch the sunset on the Black Hills. Everything about this place exceeded our expectations.

Beautiful place to stay.

August 2019
Traci and Bruce were great.Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Owl house.

Owl is a beautiful property!

July 2019
Everything was fabulous! Location was great, property was well taken care of & very clean. Traci was very kind & welcoming. Loved everything about it.


July 2019
Perfect spot for exploring the region and spending time with family. Traci was a wonderful host and would stay here again!

Black Hills paradise

July 2019
This is an awesome place to stay. The view to wake up to every morning was beautiful. You are not far from the places you want to visit but far enough to get away and just relax for a day if you want. If you are a dirt bike rider like my husband the trails are right there. My daughter enjoys horseback riding and that is also right down the road. Something for everyone! We had a wonderful time!

The nicest rental

Jun 2019
The house was great. Really cute and very well stocked. Probably the nicest rental home weve ever stayed in.

Comfortable, Luxurious, and Stress-Free

Jun 2019
This is by far, one of the best vacation rentals we have stayed at over the last five years. The house was exceptionally clean and well-organized. Traci has thought of every possible detail to make your stay pleasant. Not only is the house spotless, but the attention to design and decor is fabulous as well (something similar to Dwell Magazine). From the well-organized medicine cabinets (stocked with extra toiletries), to the extra towels and linens, and the boxed milk in the fridge - our stay was comfortable, luxurious, and stress-free. The location, although remote, was a perfect location for exploring the Mount Rushmore area, as well as The Badlands.

We loved it

Jun 2019
This is a great place to stay. We loved it and are wanting to come back. Tracis home looks exactly like the picture nestled in unbelievably beautiful surrounding. She provided everything she could think of. It was so thoughtful setup. Then the little town Nemo was amazing! This small town had everything you need for a peaceful getaway. This home was conveniently located to all these wonderful places in Nemo. There was construction going on, however it wasnt a nuisance at all. We have special children and a service dog and found everybody to be understanding, polite and welcoming. We love it, Thanks for helping make our vacation wonderful!

Great retreat

June 2019
Great place. Clean and so much to do.

Paradise in the hills

June 2019
The Owl exceeded our expectations. Gorgeous views. Traci & Bruce are the most gracious hosts. The cabin was impeccable and beautiful. A true slice of heaven in the Black Hills! We will definitely be back!

Amazing place!

Sep 2018
What an amazing place! The location is convenient to everything and had the privacy and views we were hoping for! Plus, you get to stay in such a chic mid century mod space. The place was so clean it felt like we were the first guests to stay after it was built. Traci left us a bottle of wine and brought us fresh veggies from the garden. Check in was a breeze and communication was timely and not excessive. There is a music speaker (Alexa). There is a propane fire pit out back. Didnt get to try the infrared sauna. Lots of deer! Check out the maze hike near Steamboat recreation area.

Beautiful with mid century touches

Sep 2018
This place was beautiful with the mid century mod touches. The two bathrooms were perfect for our two families and my kids really enjoyed the bunk beds! Having laundry facilities was a plus and Traci did a great job making sure there were plenty of amenities for any need that might arise. We had fun watching the deer in the lawn each night and found this to be the perfect spot for two families to have private bedrooms yet a communal family room to congregate. It was also a great base camp for many of the attractions in the area. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Owl and would love to visit again!


Aug 2018
The house was perfect! Very clean and stocked with everything we needed with a lot of extras. Amazing location and spectacular view. Outside area right outside the house and Traci brought us a fire pit to enjoy the cool nights. HIGHLY recommend this spot.


August 2018
We scheduled 6 nights, added a 7th and were given a free 8th. We would still be there if life were that easy. The owners were great. Quickly responded to our questions. You can tell they are totally engaged in making their clients happy. This is an amazing house in an amazing location in the Black Hills. So well-appointed. There is not a thing missing you may need. Bandaids, of course, tooth brush, shampoo, laundry detergent, rice steamer, crock pot, why not. It's ridiculous. It's all there.. The list is too long and all tucked away in this clutter free home. I will return next summer and will send all my friends (and their friends).. I just need to make sure I get my week! Nemo is my new favorite spot for quick access to the southern or northern hills. See you next year!

Beautiful cottage!

June 2018
Beautiful place to stay! Very clean and we had everything we needed. Traci and Bruce are great hosts!

Check In/Out

5PM self check-in, no early arrivals.
10AM self check-out, no late departures.


The minimum age to rent a property is 25 years. Rental Agreement can be read and acknowledged before booking. Only registered guests allowed access to property and amenities. No parties or events with outside guests. No smoking or vaping in home, rec-room, or around pool. Smoking and vaping only allowed outdoors.


We accept most standard credit cards via Stripe.
100% refund if cancelled 60 days before check-in date.

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