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Black Hills to Mt Rushmore

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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
$ 2,798.-
  • Trek 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
  • Hike along the base of Mount Rushmore and visit the famed Crazy Horse Memorial
  • Explore the vast underground world of Wind Cave National Park
  • 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%

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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
29 Aug 2021 - 03 Sep 2021
05 Sep 2021 - 10 Sep 2021
12 Sep 2021 - 17 Sep 2021
05 Jun 2022 - 10 Jun 2022
04 Sep 2022 - 09 Sep 2022
11 Sep 2022 - 16 Sep 2022
18 Sep 2022 - 23 Sep 2022
Start date:
Aug 29 only 4 place left
Sept. 5 only 3 places left
Sept. 12 only 5 places left
Start
Rapid City (08.00)
Finish
Rapid City (12.30)
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
$ 2,798.-
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

Included / Not included


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:

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: Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel, 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: Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel, Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 3:

Mickelson Trail / Keystone / 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 / Crazy Horse / Pringle / Wildlife Loop
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 / Wind Cave
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:

Sylvan Lake Lodge / Rapid City
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.
Meals: breakfast

Biking:

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

Hiking:

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.

Included:

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

Map
Satellite

Bicycle

Excellent quality hybrid / mountain bike

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