Stayed with Marc and Tilda on a visit to the Pine Ridge School for Girls. Cant say enough about the this pretty praire spot at the end of the road. Great Birding. Marc is very helpful and extremely knowledgable about the Lakota Culture. Though rooms were clean, the overall cleanliness was marginal around the kitchen. For example the trash was full. Would highly recommend Odd Duck.
The very best
Susan Con 16/10/2016 20:06
My friend Sal and I (we're both in our 70s!) stayed at the Odd Duck Inn in September and loved it. We took an all-day tour with Mark which was absolutely worth the money. His sensitivity and knowledge of history, culture and current day realities gave a depth to our Pine Ridge visit that we could have never achieved on our own. Just excellent and highly recommended.
STAYING CLOSE TO NATURE
Morrigan Ron 26/07/2016 11:19
A great place for wilderness, quietness, and wild animals when you step outside. Mark and Tilda will do anything for you, and have a great knowledge of what is going on in the local community. i went in spand nobody walks] ring when everything was flowering and growing,YOU HOWEVER DO NEED A CAR as the nearest shop is a 180 minute walk [ and nobody walks] The community is quiet in May with most event happening in JUNE, JULY, AND AUGUST. The nearest community Kyle has a great Burito /Mexican dinner and a heritage centre, with a school a few shops and petrol stations but that is all.
Solitude and community
gail son 15/02/2015 14:28
Go for the solitude and 360° wide open expanse; for the wild sage and mint growing outside your door. Go for the easy drive to the surrounding Badlands and get out to hike...Mainly go for experiencing the Oglala Sioux Pine Ridge reservation: tour with Mark and learn the culture, read his books, hear about Tilda's history and admire the care, precision and beauty that go into her beadwork, find out/experience the projects they are involved in in their community. Don't be afraid - you can have breakfast made for you, take a 5 minute drive into town and stop at the small supermarket for your own supplies to cook or eat decent Mexican food in town in a Mexican owned hole in the wall. Just go...(and bring a bar of soap)!
Wonderful people and place!
m v pon 03/10/2014 14:09
I have wanted to see the Badlands for years and this was the year. A work colleague is a big fan of the old WPA guide books and gave me the one for SD - which led me to wonder if I could stay on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. It turned out I could and I found my way to the Odd Duck Inn in mid-September for almost a week.
Mark and Tilda are incredibly warm and welcoming hosts who tailored suggestions to what my friend and I might like to do and see. Mark is a historian who brims with Lakota history as well being happy to talk about their current projects on the Reservation.
In terms of the accommodations themselves they are VERY comfortable, clean, spacious and it was easy for my friend and I to cook for ourselves or ask Mark to wear his chef hat for breakfast. I loved staying there.
The Reservation is the quietest place I have ever been. The landscape is vast and varied and gorgeous. I was there in September so I came across enormous fields of cultivated sunflowers as well as the plains with their pink and ocher colored grasses and the hilly pine sections. In the Badlands I kept expecting for a dinosaur to hop out - the landscape is different from any I had seen before.
Mark and Tilda are wonderful and I have nothing but good things to say about them and my stay on the beautiful pristine Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. I hope to go back next year for a longer stay.