Spirits high as people remain stuck at Keystone lodge due to collapsed road

Collapsed road at entrance of K Bar S Lodge in Keystone

KEYSTONE, S.D. – Spirits are surprisingly high at the K Bar S Lodge despite being stuck after the only way in and out was washed away by Tuesday’s severe flooding.

Old Hill City Road is back open in Keystone after severe flooding earlier in the week

The only way down to the main road is by walking down a path that leads down to the railroad tracks. Guests like Denise Zechman and her husband from Florida say, they’ve been comfortable at the lodge.

“There are people here with rental cars. There are people like us who don’t have a car. And they are accommodating us to go shuttle us down to a parking lot so that we can go somewhere else to Rapid City. The K Bar S people have been very kind and accommodating. We were warm, we were dry, we were safe, there was food,” said Zechman.

Denise Zechman, guest staying at K Bar S Lodge

But despite the circumstances, people like Steve Faber and his niece Nicole who drove up from Wisconsin are trying to make the best out of their trip to the Black Hills. “Yeah we just decided it’s time to get out. We don’t have access to our cars so we’ve decided to walk to the top of Mt. Rushmore today to see how it goes,” said Faber.

Steve Faber and his niece Nicole visiting the K Bar S Lodge from Wisconsin

Overall, guests agree that things could definitely have been worse. NewsCenter1 reached out to the owner of the lodge, David Westergaard. He says that a crew from Rapid City is working to make the road passable, hopefully by sometime on Thursday.


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