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Black Hills to Mt Rushmore

Summary

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A tour along the spectacular Great Plains of South Dakota. An oasis of pine-clad mountains and prairie land, abundant wildlife, world-class National Parks and the famous Mickelson cycling trail.

Recreational, Mountain bike
6 days
200 km / 124 mi
$ 2,698.-
  • Excellent meals and accommodations with a local character.
  • Fully trained, professional guides.
  • Please plan on arriving in Rapid City at least one day prior to your trip departure: day one of your itinerary start at 8.00 A.M.

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Details

Type
Recreational, Mountain bike
Duration
6 days
Level
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition
Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition
Challenging = experienced, well trained
Moderate
Technical level
Easy = unpaved roads, almost flat
Average = narrow paths, steep climbing
Difficult = barely used trails, rocks
Easy
Support
Guided = with cycling guide(s) - support van
Self Guided = individual - directions+maps
Guided
Daily distance
40-60 km / 25-37 mi
Total distance
200 km / 124 mi
Lodging
Deluxe = 4-5 star hotel or excellent B&B
Basic = 1-2 star hotel/motel or B&B
Camping = tent, sports hall or campus
Deluxe, full board
Luggage transport
Daily luggage transfers
Bicycle
Included
Dates
26 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
02 Sep 2018 - 07 Sep 2018
09 Sep 2018 - 14 Sep 2018
All dates are confirmed to go.
Start
Rapid City (08.00)
Finish
Rapid City (18.00)
Airport at start
Rapid City regional Airport (RAP)
Airport at finish
Rapid City regional Airport (RAP)

Prices

Price per person
The tour price per person
$ 2,698.-
Helmet, Water bottle included
Optional
Single supplement
If you travel alone a single supplement is charged. With some group tours you can avoid a single supplement by sharing a room with another rider.
$ 480.-

Itinerary

The legendary Great Plains and Black Hills of South Dakota and are the perfect backdrop for your 6-day biking adventure. Pedal back roads through a sea of open prairie. Follow an abandoned railroad along the Mickelson Trail, traversing countless bridges and rock tunnels. Hike the base of Mount Rushmore, explore the Crazy Horse Monument and snap photos of bison, elk, sheep and prairie dogs on a ride along the aptly named Wildlife Loop in Custer State Park.

Day 1:

Begin your vacation by exploring Bear Butte State Park and summit the mountain trail yielding sweeping panoramic views for miles and miles. After lunch and a short tour of the visitor’s center, we begin our bike ride to Sturgis. Here we load up in the van to travel a short distance away to the town of Spearfish for a bike ride through a neat canyon. This evening, we arrive at Deadwood, our home for the night.

Day 2:


After breakfast we head up to the old gold town of Rochford to begin our first leg of the Mickelson Trail. The trail follows the historic Deadwood to Edgemont Burlington northern rail line, which serviced gold country for nearly a century. From there, we ride the trail “backwards” as we make our way back towards Deadwood. Early afternoon, you have a variety of activities to choose from, including: walk around the Mount Moriah Cemetery where Wild Bill and Calamity Jane were laid to rest or visit one of several of Deadwood’s museums, highlighting life in the days of outlaws, gold panning, and Native American skirmishes. We’ll meet up later in the afternoon for a Deadwood trolley tour, followed by dinner on your own tonight in Deadwood.

Day 3:


We’ll first transfer by van to Rochford where our continuing ride up and down the Mickelson Trail begins. You'll pass by the Mystic Trailhead as you make your way on to Hill City, the second oldest town in the Black Hills. We’ll then check into our accommodation for the next 3 nights, the Sylvan Lake Lodge, before we depart for a scenic tour of the Needles Highway and Iron Mountain Road.

Day 4:


We’ll resume our Mickelson Trail bike ride, pedaling up towards Crazy Horse. Still in progress, the Memorial is destined to be some 10 times the size of Mt Rushmore. This is more than just carvings in stone; it is a compound that will eventually pay tribute to the American Indians and the great Indian Chief, Crazy Horse, housing the Indian Museum of North America, Indian University of North America and a host of other properties. We pedal back down to the town of Custer for lunch.This afternoon, we’ll begin our ride where we left off to pedal to the tiny town of Pringle. We’ll drive the Wildlife Loop in Custer State Park on the lookout for bison, antelope and wild burros.

Day 5:


Today we'll continue our journey south on the Mickelson Trail, completing the final section of our 110 mile journey.This easygoing section of trail passes through rolling foothills, expansive private ranches, and “as-far-as-the-eye-can-see” prairies.Lunch is at the City Park in Edgemont, the official end of the trail. Afterward, we load up the bikes and shuttle a short distance to Wind Cave, where a tour of the world’s first cave designated as a national park will be undertaken.

Day 6:


For your final morning, you have the option to sleep in and enjoy the lodge or head out on one last group hike before we load up, say goodbye to the Black Hills and head back to Rapid City.

Map & Routes

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Bicycle

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