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Mickelson Trail bike tour

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The George S. Mickelson Trail is one of the premier rail-trails in the West, rich with boom-and-bust gold mining history, American history and the sublime scenery of the Black Hills. Bike to Mt. Rushmore. Explore Deadwood, onetime home of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, and Crazy Horse Memorial. Visit one of the world’s largest caves and country’s biggest mammoth dig. Ride the whole Mickelson – along with a few fascinating side trips- on this 6-day bike tour. Perfect for those who prefer as little as traffic possible, eminently doable routes an terrific scenery, this tour packs a lot of wallop for the buck! * No wind Cave Tours are being offered until futher notice due to major elevator repairs as of June 2019. However we will still visit the Wind Cave National Park. The visitor center is open and ranger programs are offered daily.

Recreational, Road bike
6 days
$ 2,848.-
  • Deadwood
  • Mt. Rushmore
  • Crazy Horse
  • Mammoth site
  • Wind Cave National Park
  • Deposit 25 %

    A negative Covid test will be required within 72 hours of departure for all non-fully vaccinated guests. or Proof of a completed Covid vaccination course can be used in lieu of a Covid test. A "completed Covid vaccination course" means that the guest has had 1 or 2 shots (depending on vaccine brand) and has completed the 2-week waiting period post final shot.

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Details

Type
Recreational, Road bike
Duration
6 days
Level
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition
Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition
Challenging = experienced, well trained
Easy
Support
Guided = with cycling guide(s) - support van
Self Guided = individual - directions+maps
Guided
Daily distance
40-60 km / 25-37 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
15 Aug 2021 - 20 Aug 2021
13 Sep 2021 - 18 Sep 2021
29 May 2022 - 03 Jun 2022
05 Jun 2022 - 10 Jun 2022
12 Jun 2022 - 17 Jun 2022
15 Aug 2022 - 20 Aug 2022
22 Aug 2022 - 27 Aug 2022
29 Aug 2022 - 03 Sep 2022
12 Sep 2022 - 17 Sep 2022
2021 tours are guaranteed
2022 tour price: $2948.-pp
Start
Rapid City
Finish
Rapid City
Airport at start
Rapid City Regional Airport
Airport at finish
Rapid City Regional Airport

Prices

Price per person
The tour price per person
$ 2,848.-
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.
$ 769.-

Itinerary

Included / Not Included – lodging


Day 1:

Visit The Mammoth Site. Ride the Mickelson Trail from Edgemont to Pringle.
Meet in Rapid City in the morning. Our first stop is in Hot Springs at The Mammoth Site, an active paleontological dig where we pay a visit to the fossils of 61 woolly mammoths from the Ice Age. In Edgemont, at the south end of the Mickelson Trail, we hop on the bikes to ride the trail to the tiny town of Pringle (pop. 112).
Meals: Lunch and Dinner. Lodging: Red Rock River Resort
Level: easy
Distance: 33 miles (or less)
Elevation: +2026 ft / – 606 ft.

Day 2:

Visit Wind Cave National Park and continue on the Mickelson Trail.
In the morning visit Wind Cave National Park, location of one of the longest and most complex caves in the world. The Lakota (Sioux), who live in the region, spoke of a hole that blew air, a place they consider sacred as the site where they first emerged from the underworld. In 1881, brothers Tom and Jesse Bingham heard wind rushing out from a 10-inch hole in the ground. According to the story, when Tom looked into the hole, the “wind” (exiting cave air) blew his hat off of his head. A mining company purchased the land but when it turned up no valuable mineral deposits the project turned to tourism. This was the first cave in the world to be designated a national park. Continue on the Mickelson Trail from Pringle to Legion Lake for the night.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Lodging: Legion Lake Lodge
Level: easy
Distance: 20 miles
Elevation: +1141 ft / – 987 ft.

Day 3:

Ride to Crazy Horse Memorial before heading to Hill City.
This morning, ride the car-free trail to Crazy Horse Memorial, the world’s largest mountain carving. Lakota leader Crazy Horse led a war party to victory against Federal Government troops at the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876. This fascinating memorial has been under construction since 1948 and receives no government funding. It’s so large that if Mt. Rushmore could be moved, it would fit inside Crazy Horse’s shoulder! Ride onward to Hill City. Hop in the van for the transfer up the hill to Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Sylvan Lake Lodge, Custer State Park’s ‘Crown Jewel’ and our home for the next two nights.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Lodging: Sylvan Lake Lodge
Level: easy
Distance: 16 miles
Elevation: +677 ft / – 986 ft.

Day 4:

Hike Black Elk Peak this morning. Visit Mt. Rushmore this afternoon.
Hike Black Elk Peak this morning. At 7,242 feet, Black Elk Peak stands prominently as the highest point in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Standing sentinel over the Black Hills, Black Elk Peak is topped by a stone fire tower that provides a magnificent view of the surrounding landscape. This afternoon, explore Mt. Rushmore National Memorial. Gaze in awe at the 60-foot sculptures of four United States presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. Lunch and dinner are on your own today.
Meals: Breakfast. Lodging: Sylvan Lake Lodge
Level: easy, Elevation: +1384 ft / – 1380 ft.

Day 5:

Ride from Hill City to the gold-rush-era town of Rochford and then on to Deadwood.
Ride from Hill City, the first settlement established in conjunction with the discovery of Black Hills gold in French Creek to tiny Rochford (pop. 26). It’s home to the Montezuma Mine, the Moonshine Gulch Saloon and the ‘Small of America.’ After lunch, bike or van onward to Deadwood, onetime home of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. Plan for time to explore! Stay at the Deadwood Mountain Grand tonight.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Lodging: Deadwood Mountain Grand
Level: easy
Distance: 22 miles
Elevation: +1365 ft / – 1079 ft.

Day 6:

Ride the Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway.
Enjoy a leisurely ride through Spearfish Canyon this morning. Older than the Grand Canyon, the spectacular 1000-foot walls and limestone palisades of this creek-carved gorge offer some of the most breathtaking scenery in the Black Hills. Finish riding at the city park in Spearfish where we’ll celebrate the completion of the tour with lunch before returning to Rapid City in the afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch.
Level: easy
Distance: 19 miles
Elevation: +255 ft / – 1911 ft.

Included

Lodging
Bicycles
All breakfasts, lunches and dinners, except one lunch and one dinner on your own.
Hiking, Mammoth Site, Crazy Horse, Mt Rushmore and Wind Cave

Not included

Flights from and to the tour
Nights before and after the tour
One lunch and one dinner
Gratuity guides

Lodging:

Red Rock River Resort
Legion Lake Lodge
Sylvan Lake Lodge
Deadwood Mountain Grand

Map & Routes

Map
Satellite

Bicycle

A trail bike is included in the price,
E-bikes
are available for an extra fee.

Fastroad SL 1

So smooth, so efficient, it feels like flying. This lightweight flyer combines the sporty feel of a road bike with the added confidence and control of a flat handlebar.
The perfect balance of road bike speed and city bike versatility. Built on a lightweight ALUXX SL aluminum frameset, this new flat-bar road bike puts the rider in a comfortable position that’s smooth and efficient. The fast-rolling 700c wheels and vibration-absorbing composite D-Fuse Seatpost help smooth out rough roads. The fast-rolling 700c wheels can accommodate large tires up to 32c, perfect for tackling rough roads with confidence and control, while integrated ergo bar ends keep your hands comfortable on longer adventures. Powerful disc brakes give you added control in all types of weather, and easy-to-use rack mounts make FastRoad SL a smart choice for commuting, fitness riding, and weekend adventures.
Components: Advanced-Grade composite fork, TRP Flat mount disc brakes, Shimano Tiagra 2×10 with 11×34 cassette, Giant S-R2 tubeless, wheelset 700x28c

E-bike fastroad E+ EX Pro

Available for an extra fee
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