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Ride from the Badlands to the Black Hills. Pedal a road they said couldn't be built, all the way to Mt. Rushmore. This amazing tour is crammed with history, stories and great big views. Visit more National Parks and Historic Sites than on any other Bicycle Adventures tour. Ride to Crazy Horse Memorial and Deadwood, home of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. Explore one of the world's largest caves. Ride to Devils Tower in Wyoming, famous for its role in the film Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Spring tour date bonuses: glorious wildflowers, plus sightings of buffalo calves, pronghorn kids and white-tail and mule deer fawns.
*Please note: Spring tours $100 less than fall tours due to lodge pricing.
Ride the haunting, beautiful Badlands where saber-tooth tiger once roamed.
Meet in Rapid City. Shuttle out to Badlands National Park - a stunning 244,000-acre preserve of mixed-grass prairie punctuated with enormous needled buttes, pinnacles and spires. Once blanketed by a warm, shallow sea, it boasts one of the world’s richest fossil beds. Rhino, horse, and saber-toothed cat once roamed here. Today it's home to bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, black-footed ferret and awe-inspiring bison. Bicycle through its haunting beauty and spend tonight at the Red Rock River Resort, which tops the list of '5 Best Spa Hotels in South Dakota.'
Mammoth, bison, burros and bluebirds. And a doozie of a cave.
This morning, visit the active dig at Mammoth Hot Springs Site of South Dakota. This is the largest number of mammoth remains in the world! Keeping to the 'largest in the world' theme, ride onward to explore one of the world's largest caves: Wind Cave, famous for unusual 'boxwork' and 'frostwork' formations. Pedal on to Custer State Park, where scenic loops wind through its 71,000 acres. Today, bicycle the Wildlife Loop in the southern section of the park. Prairie and ponderosa pine-studded hills are home to some 1,300 bison, as well as pronghorn antelope, mountain goat, deer, elk, wild turkey and a band of friendly burros. Tomorrow: the northern loop road has some familiar faces in store.
Ride the Iron Mountain Road and into the Mt. Rushmore National Memorial - the northern half of Custer State Park.
In 1922, South Dakota's Governor Peter Norbeck marked out the Iron Mountain Road on foot and on horseback. With its wooden 'pigtail' bridges and one-lane tunnels, it's an architectural marvel carving through pine and spruce forests, meadows surrounded by birch and aspen, rugged granite mountains and more needle-like granite formations. Ride through 11 tunnels in all today, right up to stunning Mt. Rushmore National Memorial. Back in 1922, Governor Norbeck advised, "To do the scenery...full justice, you should simply get out and walk." But we think the bicycle is a great alternative. Lunch is on your own here, so spend as much time as you like.
Hike Black Elk Peak, visit Crazy Horse, ride...or just relax.
Today: hike to Black Elk Peak. At 7,200' of elevation, it's the highest point east of the Rockies. Visit Crazy Horse Memorial, world's largest sculpture-in-progress; ride to Hill City, a picturesque former mining town that is the oldest in Pennington County. Or just relax at the lake.
Ride 50 miles to Deadwood and release your inner outlaw.
Deadwood, once a wild-and-wooly gold rush town that hosted the likes of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, is the Lawrence County seat and a National Historic Landmark District. Ride here today. Dinner's on your own tonight, with plenty of restaurants to choose from and plenty to explore before and after. Stay at the historic Deadwood Mountain Grand tonight and tomorrow.
Ride across state lines to Devils Tower National Monument. Spend another night in Deadwood.
Ride across the state lines into Wyoming, to Devils Tower National Monument, made famous by the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Once you're sufficiently awed, hop in the van for the shuttle back to Deadwood.
Ride Spearfish Canyon. Then we'll take you back to Rapid City.
Today's ride is breathtaking. Thousand-foot-high limestone palisades in shades of brown, pink and gray tower over Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway. Cyclists love its wide shoulders and uniform 3% grade, and Bicycling Magazine named Spearfish Canyon one of the country's Top 50 Scenic Bike Paths. After the ride, shuttle back to Rapid City for your return trip home.
As an optional extra, a person traveling solo on any inn-to-inn trip may reserve a room for his or her exclusive use. This will guarantee you a private room and private bath every night. Unlike other tour companies, if you're willing to share a room, there is no extra charge for coming solo, no matter when you sign up for the tour - even if you wind up with a private room by default.