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Mickelson Trail & Black Hills

  • Rock formation Badlands National Park
  • Deer cross river South Dakota
  • Devil's tower and bike
  • Bison in South Dakota
  • Deadwood South Dakota
  • Mt. Rushmore
DURATION
6 Day(s)
DAILY BIKING
16 to 36 miles
TRIP DIFFICULTY
3-Intermediate
STARTING FROM
$2895
SINGLES FROM
$600

Trip Overview

The ride from Badlands National Park, through the Black Hills, along the Mickelson Trail and up to Devils Tower will take you through a diverse and unique landscape that is rich in both Native American culture and iconic North American wildlife. You pedal along the Wildlife Loop viewing some of the largest herds of American bison (informally called buffalo) in existence today. Custer State Park and Wind Cave National Park are also home to pronghorn antelope, elk, prairie dogs, deer, mountain lions and bighorn sheep. The area you ride through on this tour is one of the most geologically unique and diverse areas in North America. Visit Mount Rushmore, the famous mountainside sculpture depicting our U.S. presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. Your route takes you to the Crazy Horse Memorial, currently being constructed, depicting the Oglala Lakota warrior, Crazy Horse. Toward the end of the tour, you ride across the Wyoming border and up to Devils Tower National Monument. During the course of the week, you visit some of our favorite restaurants in the Black Hills area. The lunch spots chosen on this tour serve pleasing and healthy meals with locally sourced ingredients.

Itinerary

From start to finish, check out the route.

DAY 1 - Arrival Day
Distance: 23 miles | Terrain: Easier/Intermediate | Cedar Pass Lodge
The trip begins with an 8:30 a.m. meeting at a hotel in Rapid City. Bring your luggage and be ride-ready. After brief introductions, take the van and trailer and shuttle to Pinnacles Entrance Station to Badlands National Park. Here we will hold your orientation meeting, get you fitted on your bike, and begin your ride. Cycle through the rugged, dramatic landscapes of Badlands National Park — known as one of the world’s richest fossil beds. Options today include visiting Native American art galleries in Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and a visit to Wounded Knee Memorial. Dinner is at the Cedar Pass Restaurant. Off bike activities: Badlands is known for sunsets and sunrises, stargazing, hiking.
DAY 2 - Wind Cave National Park | Custer State Park
Distance: 32 miles | Terrain: Intermediate | Custer State Game Lodge
Today’s route begins at the Wind Cave National Park Visitor’s Center, where you may enjoy a tour of caves before jumping on your bike. You ride from Wind Cave National Park to Custer State Game Park, viewing herds of bison, prairie dog town, donkeys and herds of antelope! The route takes you along the Wildlife Loop, 18 miles of open grasslands and hills, appropriately named for its plentiful wildlife. You will love the rolling nature of these roads and the stunning scenery. Dinner is at the Custer State Game Lodge Restaurant. Optional off-bike activities: Wind Cave National Park tour; Custer State Game Park Visitor Center or an off-road Jeep safari.
DAY 3 - Mount Rushmore
Distance: 21 miles | Terrain: Intermediate | Custer State Game Lodge
Two of the main roads today were built for the sole purpose of enjoyment. You start directly from our lodging, riding through Custer State Game Park, to Iron Mountain Road, noted as one of the most unusual and captivating roads in America. Iron Mt. Road is home to the famed “pigtail bridges,” … log-built bridges that spiral down, multiple tunnels that frame Mount Rushmore, and sections of rolling single lane pavement through the woods that’s sure to leave you grinning ear to ear. Your lunch destination today is Lakota Lake Picnic area. From here, you can ride or shuttle the hills, tunnels and switchbacks to Mount Rushmore. Dinner is at the Custer State Game Lodge Restaurant. Optional off-bike activities: Wind Cave National Park tour, Custer State Game Park Visitor Center or an off-road Jeep safari.
DAY 4 - Devil’s Tower
Distance: 10 to 36 miles | Terrain: Intermediate | The Lodge at Deadwood
This is a beautiful day of riding through buttes and red sandstone cliffs up to the majestic Devils Tower National Monument. Optional shuttle to Aladin or Hulet for the ride to Devils Tower. Option to shuttle to Deadwood in the afternoon. Dinner on your own at the Six String or Santana’s. Optional off-bike activities: Deadwood trolley car shuttle, Wild Bill Hickok shooting and legendary trial of Jack McCall gambling (street re-enactment), shopping, Broken Boot Gold Mine tour.
DAY 5 - George S. Mickelson Trail
Distance: 35 miles | Terrain: Easier | Best Western Golden Spike Inn and Suites
One of the premiere Rail-to-trails in the U.S., the Mickelson is a 109-mile trail that uses the old Black Hills Railroad line, which used to supply the Homestake Mine for many years. Today you ride the trail from Deadwood, a town known for its gold rush history, to the ghost town of Mystic. This section of the trail includes numerous bridges and tunnels and runs through one of the most beautiful areas of the Black Hills. Dinner is at Alpine Inn.
DAY 6 - Departure Day
Distance: 16 to 20 miles | Terrain: Easier
Your final day of cycling features a section of the Mickelson Trail from Hill City to Custer, where you will find the decorative painted buffalo statues all through the downtown. Today’s ride includes a visit to the Crazy Horse Memorial. In the afternoon we offer a shuttle back to Rapid City.

Map

Mickelson Trail and Black Hills map

Dates & Pricing

Make your reservation with confidence. Your tour is completely 100% refundable until the final payment due date.

Start End Cost Availability
Jun 07, 2020 Jun 12, 2020 $2895.00 Available! Reserve Reserve
Jun 14, 2020 Jun 19, 2020 $2895.00 Available! Reserve Reserve
Sep 07, 2020 Sep 12, 2020 $2895.00 Available! Reserve Reserve
Sep 14, 2020 Sep 19, 2020 $2895.00 Hurry! Filling up! Reserve Reserve

What’s Included

All shuttles to the trails, 5 nights’ lodging, 5 breakfasts, 4 dinners (you are on your own for 1 dinner), 4 lunches, all gratuities for accommodations and meals, leaders, van support, detailed maps, and itineraries. Plus, the use of a bicycle, helmet, and bike lights. Airfare is not included.

Dates & Pricing

Make your reservation with confidence. Your tour is completely 100% refundable until the final payment due date.

Start: Jun 07, 2020
End: Jun 12, 2020
Cost: $2895.00
Availability: Available!
Reserve
Start: Jun 14, 2020
End: Jun 19, 2020
Cost: $2895.00
Availability: Available!
Reserve
Start: Sep 07, 2020
End: Sep 12, 2020
Cost: $2895.00
Availability: Available!
Reserve
Start: Sep 14, 2020
End: Sep 19, 2020
Cost: $2895.00
Availability: Hurry! Filling up!
Reserve

What’s Included

All shuttles to the trails, 5 nights’ lodging, 5 breakfasts, 4 dinners (you are on your own for 1 dinner), 4 lunches, all gratuities for accommodations and meals, leaders, van support, detailed maps, and itineraries. Plus, the use of a bicycle, helmet, and bike lights. Airfare is not included.

Inns

Where you stay along the way.

Cedar Pass Lodge
Cedar Pass Lodge provides comfortable eco-friendly cabins for an authentic western experience.
Custer State Game Lodge
Nestled in a tranquil forest, the State Game Lodge at Custer State Park is a stately lodge with a stone foundation surrounded by cabins. It was the “Summer White House” for president Calvin Coolidge.
The Lodge at Deadwood
At the Lodge at Deadwood, you'll find great lodging, fantastic dining, and a casino. It's an excellent launching spot for the million-acre recreational playground right outside their doors — and everything else that historic Deadwood, South Dakota, has to offer.
Best Western Golden Spike Inn and Suites
This family-owned and operated inn provides a convenient location to our biking adventures.

Gallery

Images from this tour. Click each to see it larger.

Rock formation Badlands National Park Deer cross river South Dakota Devil's tower and bike Bison in South Dakota Deadwood South Dakota Mt. Rushmore