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
22 May 2023 - 26 May 2023 05 Jun 2023 - 09 Jun 2023 12 Jun 2023 - 16 Jun 2023 19 Jun 2023 - 23 Jun 2023 26 Jun 2023 - 30 Jul 2023 03 Jul 2023 - 07 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 - 04 Aug 2023 07 Aug 2023 - 11 Aug 2023 21 Aug 2023 - 25 Aug 2023 28 Aug 2023 - 01 Sep 2023
More 2023 start date: Sept. 11, 25
Airport at start
Bismarck Municipal Airport (BIS)
Airport at finish
Bismarck Municipal Airport (BIS)
Prices *Please note the prices are subject to change depending availability*
Price per person / please note the prices are subject to change depending availability
We rent high-quality camping gear for all of our camping tours. These include a tent, sleeping pad, raised cot, sleeping bag, sleeping bag liner, full size pillow, and ground tarp.
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.-
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.
Camping gear may be rented or you may bring your own. All of our camping gear is tested and hand-chosen from top manufacturers to ensure you get a good night’s sleep. Our camp gear package includes a tent, sleeping pad, raised cot, sleeping bag, sleeping bag liner, full size pillow, and ground tarp. Your Trip Leaders will always help to ensure your equipment is set up properly each night.
You will be riding and sleeping at elevations over 4,000 ft for this trip. Weather predictions in this area are often unreliable due to the elevation, so it
is best to be prepared for cold evenings and inclement weather. Please use the following locations when checking the weather online: Medora, ND
Map & Routes
Santa Cruz Hightower $380.-
The Hightower has been a does-it-all-well trail bike since its inception. More maneuverable than its longer-travel sibling, the Megatower, and more at home in the steep-and-chunky than its snappy cousin Tallboy, Hightower excels when the route covers ‘all points in between,’ and descents come courtesy of some big-ass climbs. The VPP suspension’s lower-link-mounted shock creates a nearly linear leverage curve, meaning it mops up bumps of all sizes and maintains the kind of progressivity normally reserved for our V10 DH bike!
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