My tour

Black Hills to Mt Rushmore


Mt Rushmore-web

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.

Recreational, Mountain bike
6 days
200 km / 124 mi
$ 3,499.-
  • Hike to the top of Bear Butte, an igneous rock intrusion in the Black Hills that is sacred to many American Indian tribes
  • Bike all 109 miles of the Mickelson Trail over the course of 6 days, traversing countless railroad bridges and 4 rock tunnels
  • Eat local favorites like buffalo stroganoff, elk tenderloin and stuffed pheasant breast while dining in Custer State Park
  • Discover the world’s largest mountain carving as you learn the stories about Crazy Horse, a leader of the Lakota people
  • Explore the vast underground world of Wind Cave National Park on a ranger-led tour keeping an eye out for formations like frostwork, popcorn, and box work.
  • Deadwood: explore the historic gambling town where legendary outlaws of the wild west once roamed.
  • The tour will operate on the dates and itinerary scheduled and will not be cancelled due to lack of participation.
  • Deposit for this tour is 25%



Recreational, Mountain bike
6 days
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition
Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition
Challenging = experienced, well trained
Technical level
Easy = unpaved roads, almost flat
Average = narrow paths, steep climbing
Difficult = barely used trails, rocks
Guided = with cycling guide(s) - support van
Self Guided = individual - directions+maps
Daily distance
40-60 km / 25-37 mi
Total distance
200 km / 124 mi
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
04 Jun 2023 - 09 Jun 2023
03 Sep 2023 - 08 Sep 2023
10 Sep 2023 - 15 Sep 2023
17 Sep 2023 - 22 Sep 2023
Rapid City (08.00)
Rapid City (12.30)
Airport at start
Rapid City regional Airport (RAP)
Airport at finish
Rapid City regional Airport (RAP)

Prices *Please note the prices are subject to change depending availability*

Price per person / please note the prices are subject to change depending availability
The tour price per person
$ 3,499.-
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.
$ 699.-


Included / Not included

Day 1: Rapid city / Sturgis / Spearfish / Deadwood

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.
Overnight: Four Points by Sheraton Deadwood, Meals: Lunch and dinner

Day 2: Mickelson trail / Deadwood

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.
Overnight: Four Points by Sheraton Deadwood, Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 3: Mickelson Trail / Mount Rushmore

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.
Overnight: Sylvan Lake Lodge, Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 4: Mickelson Trail / Wind Cave National Park

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.
Overnight: Sylvan Lake Lodge, Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5: Mickelson Trail / Edgemont

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.
Overnight: Sylvan Lake Lodge, Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6: Crazy Horse Memorial/ Rapid City

This morning we head over to the world’s largest m, 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. After your tour we will say good bye to the Black Hills and head back to Rapid City for our final farewells.
Meals: breakfast


15 to 32 miles per ride, easy to moderate terrain on paved roads and Mickelson Trail (packed gravel)


2 to 4 miles, easy to moderate terrain

* This is a general itinerary. Tour itineraries are subject to change based on the group, available accommodations and other unforeseen circumstances such as the weather, local conditions, government intervention, that may affect the quality of the trip and/or safety of the participants. Please view this itinerary as an outline as to what to expect on this tour.

Please plan on arriving in Rapid City, South Dakota at least one day prior to your trip departure. Day one of your itinerary starts at 8:00 am with pick-up at your pre-trip hotel. Your trip ends with a drop-off at either the Rapid City airport (11:30 am) or your Rapid City hotel (12:00 pm). Please book flights out of Rapid City at 1:30 PM or later.


Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions, except one dinner on your own.
Fully trained, first-aid certified professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
Bikes, helmets and other necessary equipment -all safe and well maintained.
Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
T-shirt, water bottle, luggage tags and luggage service.
Pre-departure and packing information.
Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local partner and expert gratuities and national park entrance and permit fees.

Not included:

One dinner on your own.|
Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
All types of personal insurance.
Personal expenses
Gratuities to tour guides.

Map & Routes



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