These 96 continuous miles of singletrack mountain bike route traverses North Dakota's rugged badlands and weave through prairie teeming with wildlife. But riders aren't drawn to this region just for the scenery; the Maah Daah Hey also offers world-class mountain biking. A real nature tour, away from civilization!
160 km / 99 mi
North Dakota’s Badlands
Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
Epic riding, great scenery, and abundant wildlife.
Deposit for this tour is $500.-pp
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition Challenging = experienced, well trained
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
20-40 km / 12-25 mi
160 km / 99 mi
750 m / 2461 ft
Deluxe = 4-5 star hotel or excellent B&B Basic = 1-2 star hotel/motel or B&B Camping = tent, sports hall or campus
Camping, full board
Daily luggage transfers
02 Aug 2021 - 06 Aug 2021 09 Aug 2021 - 13 Aug 2021 23 Aug 2021 - 26 Aug 2021 30 Aug 2021 - 03 Sep 2021 13 Sep 2021 - 17 Sep 2021 27 Sep 2021 - 01 Oct 2021 23 May 2022 - 27 May 2022 06 Jun 2022 - 10 Jun 2022 13 Jun 2022 - 17 Jun 2022 20 Jun 2022 - 24 Jun 2022
3-man tent with fly and group tarp, three-season 30 degree sleeping bag, a camp pillow(you provide the pillow case) and a self-inflating ground pad
Pillow +Sleeping Bag
Bring your own pillow case
Included / Not Included – campgrounds
CCC Trailhead & New Singletrack
We meet in Medora and then shuttle for about an hour. At the CCC Trailhead, we have lunch and go through a quick safety orientation before riding a prime-cut section of the Maah Daah Hey. This out-and-back is a great sampling of the Badlands and a perfect warm-up! Then it's into the van for a short shuttle to our camp for the night.
Bennett Trail or Cottonwood Trail
Today we will ride the Bennett Trail or the brand new Cottonwood Trail, before joining the Maah Daah Hey Trail. We track south through high prairie grasses and wooded draws. When we reach Beicigel Creek Road, we stop to meet the van and enjoy lunch before continuing on to Magpie Campground.
Devil’s Pass, Little Missouri River
As we make our way to Devil's Pass it's hard to believe that this trail was once an old cattle road; nowadays it's is a fairly narrow passage for us. We reach a crest and are treated to fantastic views as we peer out across the Little Missouri River Valley. From here we drop down, eventually reaching the foot of the river itself; a quick wade brings us to the other side. Riding on, we meander through shady cottonwoods and climb up to the van and our lunch spot. After the break, eight more rolling miles bring us to our camp near Teddy's own Elkhorn Ranch.
Buffalo Gap to Wannagan Creek
Today we enjoy ripping fast descents on buff singletrack mixed with shaded, sustained climbs as the trail winds though juniper and ash trees. We also weave our way though ancient sun-bleached stumps of petrified Cypress trees before descending to our camp near Wannagan Creek.
Buffalo Gap & South Unit
After breakfast, we will skirt the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park and link up with the Buffalo Gap Trail. This trail leads us back to "civilization" in the funky Wild West town of Medora. We'll finish the tour with lunch at a local park.
This is a general itinerary and may vary. The tour operator reserves the right to make changes
due to weather, local conditions, government intervention, or any unforeseen reasons that may
affect the quality of the trip and/or safety of the participants. Inns are subject to change .
Meals (except where noted on itineraries), snacks, non-alcoholic beverages,
Community gear (portable chairs, large awnings, coolers, utensils, etc.)
Backcountry permits, licenses, park fees, reservations, and accommodations (lodging)
At least two professionally trained trip leaders, a mobile first aid and mechanic station, spare bikes, and a support vehicle(s).
Airfare to and from our departure point,
Lodging before or after the tour,
Personal camping gear, possible to rent $108.-
Rental bike, see PDF file below
Gratuity to guides
We choose well-maintained public campgrounds with scenic vistas and comfortable arrangements. You’ll move seamlessly from one day of your trip to the next, camping outdoors and enjoying wildly healthy, delicious homemade meals.
The majority of our selected campgrounds feature indoor facilities and showers. Conversely, in more remote backcountry camping scenarios, we’ll provide portable toilets and private solar showers.
Map & Routes
Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Full suspension
Santa Cruz Tallboy 29er Full suspension
Santa Cruz 27.5 Full suspension
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