Mickelson hiking & biking trail runs through Newton Fork Ranch Deer in front of cabin at Newton Fork Ranch Cabins amongst the trees and foliage at Newton Fork Ranch Horse at Newton Fork Ranch Fence at Newton Fork Ranch Wide open fields at Newton Fork Ranch Horse and bird graze at Newton Fork Ranch Snows blankets Harney View cabin An old chair at Newton Fork Ranch Flowers are plentiful at Newton Fork Ranch Snows blankets Newton Fork Ranch cabins in the Winter Horses grazing at Newton Fork Ranch Old chicken coops remain at the ranch Snows blankets Newton Fork Ranch cabin Newton Fork Ranch's Deer Hollow cabin at dusk

Activities Surround the Ranch


Once you catch up on your relaxing at Newton Fork Ranch, you are ready to enjoy the surrounding area, which abounds with recreational pursuits, arts and crafts, photography, and more! 


Arts & Crafts


Arts and Crafts at Newton Fork RanchNewton Fork Ranch is located ½ mile from historic Hill City. Main Street in the late 1800s attracted area miners to its 15 saloons and soon became known as "a town with a church on each end and a mile of Hell in between." That reputation has long-since passed and Hill City now is known as the artistic epicenter of the Black Hills boasting numerous galleries, craft shops that highlight various styles of sculpture in bronze and stone, watercolors, painting, Native American artwork, jewelry, and artistic framing. Hill City is also home to the annual Black Hills Film Festival; Fine Arts in the Hills Show & Sale; and the Hill City Area Quilt Show & Sale events.





Fishing at Newton Fork RanchThe Newton Fork Creek meanders under an old railroad bridge and through the ranch. Weather permitting, the creek is alive with pan-size rainbow trout. For fishing farther a field, Sheridan Lake, which is also wonderful for ice fishing in the winter, is 10 miles away and offers up trout, yellow perch, and northern pike. Pactola Reservoir, 15 miles away, features the opportunity for rainbow, a few cutthroat trout, and some wild brown trout. Deerfield Lake, a mere 16 miles from the ranch holds rainbow trout, naturally reproducing brookies, and is stocked every three years with splake (a char-brook trout hybrid).



Mickelson Hiking & Biking Trail


Mickelson Hiking & Biking Trail at Newton Fork Ranch We are conveniently located adjacent to the George S. Mickelson Trail. Over a hundred years ago, the old Cheyenne to Deadwood stage ran through Newton Fork Ranch. Later, the Burlington Northern Railroad took its place heading up to Deadwood and the Homestake Gold Mine in Lead. Now, the abandoned railroad tracks have been turned into a popular hiking and biking trail that stretches 109 miles from Deadwood in the north to Edgemont in the south. One can explore the Black Hills on foot, bicycle, horseback, and in winter, on cross county skis and snowshoes. A gate on the property, installed for the exclusive use of our guests, opens directly onto the Mickelson Trail.





Photography at Newton Fork RanchThe Black Hills are home to Mt. Rushmore National Memorial, Crazy Horse Monument, Custer State Park, countless forests and recreation areas so there’s no shortage of breathtaking scenery and abundant wildlife to photograph year-round. Scenic byways and wildlife loops offer panoramic vistas that are sure to capture the imagination of both professional and amateur photographers alike.





Relaxation at Newton Fork RanchImagine your life without stress and distractions: no deadlines, no traffic, no television, no texting.  Now, envision relaxing with a cup of morning coffee, taking long walks exploring life’s natural beauty, laughing and playing games with loved ones in the evening.  Welcome to a gentler by-gone time when “we speak of things that matter” and are awed by nature.  If you are looking to spend a few days in the slow lane in the company of deer, elk, turkeys, and stars, you will fall in love with Newton Fork Ranch.



Wine Tasting


Wine Tasting near Newton Fork RanchIf sitting on the deck sipping a soulful glass of wine is your idea of relaxation, you are in for a treat! Hill City, a former mining town, has now become a destination for wine enthusiasts. Our little hamlet boasts several wineries; the first to open was Prairie Berry Winery in 2004. The Vojta family has been making grape, fruit, and honey wines since 1876 starting with, yes, berries on the prairie. Their winery, complete with a bistro, is housed in an artful structure that could have been plucked from Napa Valley. They have awards too numerous to count and have, more recently, added Miner Brewing Company next door for those who prefer their inbibing to include beer. More recent additions to Hill City include Twisted Pine Winery, Naughti Wines, and Firehouse Smokejumper Station. Cheers!



Locals Reveal Unknown Sites Worth Seeing


Introduction by Linda Flounders

Linda Flounders, the third generation owner of Newton Fork Ranch, shares with visitors the locals’ takes on hidden treasures, those hard-to-find special places, of the Black Hills area.

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Kristin Donnan

Kristin Donnan is a lecturer, arts advocate, and noted freelance writer. She has written five books-including "Rex Appeal" the source material for Todd Douglas Miller's Emmy®-winning 2014 documentary, "Dinosaur 13." She also appeared on screen in "Dinosaur 13" and supported the production. Her print projects have won national book and press awards, including a Silver Medal in the Independent Publishers Book Awards. Kristin holds an MFA in screenwriting (American Film Institute).

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Waldtraut (Wally) Matush

Waldtraut (Wally) Matush was an early visionary of Hill City’s renaissance. Having purchased the historic 1880s Harney Peak Hotel in the early 1970s, she created a restaurant that best embodied her passion: cooking. The Alpine Inn is legendary for its lunch and dinner cuisine; the long lines that form before the doors open evidence this. Her next vision produced the nearby Old World Plaza, a charming collection of colorful galleries, shops, and services.

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Rachel Jepsen Taylor

Rachel Jepsen Taylor and her late husband Vic created Jewel of the West a popular Hill City gift shop in 1999. For several years, she gave up a promising career as an attorney to spend more time with her current husband Shane, their daughter, and her flourishing business in Hill City. Jewels of the West features unique jewelry designs, home décor products, and apparel for women that would rival products found in the tony resort towns of Jackson, Santa Fe, and Aspen.

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Moni Matush

Moni Matush is the current owner of the renowned Alpine Inn Restaurant. With the purchase of the historic building and restaurant in 1996, she is dedicated to preserving the family tradition of providing European-style lunches and acclaimed desserts, plus true western-style steak and potato dinners. She spearheaded an expansion to the popular restaurant that continues to have packed, happy crowds year round.

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Tim Gregson

Tim Gregson is an area rancher and Hill City native. His family ties reach back to the 1800s when this gold mining town was founded. Whether tending to his stable of horses or working the area timber for the US Forest Service, Tim is a treasure-trove of information on the local environs. In his rare downtime, Tim is the former team captain of the Rushmore Polo & Social Club that staged its annual end-of-season game for 25 years at Newton Fork Ranch.

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Janna Emmel and Randy Berger

Janna Emmel and Randy Berger are a husband and wife team that created Warrior’s Work Studio Gallery and Ben West Contemporary Art in 1997. Randy began his career specializing in the creation of leather-designed frames that are sought-after art pieces in their own right. Janna, whose background includes 30-plus years in production work for IMAX films, has also masterminded many community outreach art programs such as the commissioning of the buffalo statue, the “Patriarch” by Peggy Detmers, seen at the entrance to Main Street; the annual “Sculpture in the Hills” art show; and was one of the founders of the well-received “Black Hills Film Festival.”

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Susan Scheirbeck

Susan Scheirbeck is a woman of considerable talents. A dedicated rock climber, she founded Sylvan Rocks Climbing School and Guide Service (accredited by the AMGA) in 1989. In 1991, her entrepreneurial spirit drove her to create Granite Sports followed, over subsequent years, by Studio 207 a stained glass studio, and finally InsideOut Gardening Center. Although she eventually sold each business,she remains an ardent fan of the outdoors and a fervent conservationist.

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Lori Nonnast

Lori Nonnast is the current owner of the Jon Crane Gallery and Custom Frame Shop. Jon’s watercolors are treasures; his specialty is scenes of the Black Hills. Lori purchased the gallery several years ago; it currently features Jon’s paintings plus numerous other popular local artists. She is tireless in her dedication to Hill City’s continued growth as an arts community and visitor destination.

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Pat Wiederhold

Pat Wiederhold is not only a Hill City native but also a committed outdoor enthusiast. He is the current owner of Granite Sports on Main Street, the oldest outdoor specialty store in the Black Hills. The ever-popular and well-respected outdoor gear and clothing store caters to discerning rock climbing, hiking, backpacking, and camping clientele.

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