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Mt. Rushmore and Badlands

From Badlands National Park to Mt Rushmore - a bike tour through time. 7 days biking, hiking and soaking in hot springs and history.

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I've done 10 Bicycle Adventures tours, and this one was by far the best for the combination of scenery, wildlife viewing and could have an incredible time even without biking. The area is fantastic. 
Karen B.
Talent, Oregon
Awesome! Great support, friendly, reliable, cooperative. Beautiful lodging, tasty lunches and fabulous dinners.
Dawn J.
Onalaska, WI
Best way to see anyplace on earth. You get to know roads, maps, inclines, descents, points of interest, birds, animals, plants - it's the best way to travel. By far!
Corey & Mike D.
Lethbridge, AB Canada
This was my most memorable trip - out of 6 great Bicycle Adventures trips. The guides, guests, rides, scenery, accommodations, meals, and available excursions were all fantastic. 
Scott L.
Ambler, Pennsylvania
We did the South Dakota trip in early May with James and Renee Kelley. One of the best trips...EVER! (Although we've said that after every trip we've taken with you guys since 1999!) Thanks again for making every single trip we've taken with you the highlight vacations of our lives.
Steve & Mary Ann H.
Lexinton, South Carolina

Mt. Rushmore and Badlands

Great Plains Buffalo, Custer State Park, South Dakota - as seen on Bicycle Adventures' Mt. Rushmore and Badlands bicycle tour. Badlands National Park, South Dakota, as seen from Bicycle Adventures' Mt. Rushmore & Badlands bike tour. Devils Tower National Monument, Wyoming, as seen on Bicycle Adventures' Mt. Rushmore & Badlands bicycle tour. Buffalo Crossing, on Bicycle Adventures' Mt. Rushmore & Badlands bicycle tour. Photo: Bob Cullen. Good times and the riding is fine...Bicycle Adventures' Mt. Rushmore & Badlands bike tours. Photo: Bob Cullen. Marilyn says the phone's for you: Bicycle Adventures' Mt. Rushmore & Badlands bike tour, South Dakota. Photo: Bob Cullen. Grasslands buffalo on the Wildlife Loop, on Bicycle Adventures' Mt Rushmore & Badlands bicycle tour. Photo: Bob Cullen.

From the Badlands to the Black Hills, from a road they said couldn't be built to Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse, this amazing tour is crammed full of amazing history, amazing 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.

National Parks on This Tour: Badlands National Park | Mt. Rushmore National Park | Wind Cave National Park | Devils Tower National Monument

*Please note: Spring tours $100 less than fall tours due to lodge pricing. 

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Ride the haunting, ruggedly beautiful Badlands, where saber-tooth tiger once roamed.

Meet us in Rapid City. We'll shuttle out to the Badlands - a stunningly beautiful 244,000-acre preserve of mixed-grass prairie surrounding needled buttes, pinnacles and spires. Once blanketed by a warm, shallow sea, it contains one of the world’s richest fossil beds. Rhino, horse, and saber-toothed cat once roamed here; today it's home to bison, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, and black-footed ferret. Bicycle through its haunting beauty and spend tonight at the Red Rock River Resort. 


Mammoth, bison, burros and bluebirds. And a doozie of a cave.

This morning, visit Mammoth Hot Springs Site of South Dakota. An active paleontological dig, it boasts the largest number of mammoth remains in the world! Ride from there to explore one of the largest caves in the world: Wind Cave, famous for its unusual 'boxwork' and 'frostwork' formations. This afternoon head to Custer State Park, whose scenic loop roads wind through 71,000 acres. Today, pedal the Wildlife Loop Road in the southern section of the park. Prairie and Ponderosa pine-studded hills host some 1,300 bison, as well as pronghorn antelope, mountain goat, deer, elk, wild turkey and a band of friendly burros. Tomorrow: explore the famous northern loop road.


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 these amazing roads on foot and on horseback. Carving through pine and spruce forests, bicycle through meadows surrounded by birch, aspen and rugged granite mountains and needle-like granite formations. Ride through 11 tunnels in all today, right up to stunning Mt. Rushmore National Memorial. Said Governor Norbeck about these roads: "To do the scenery...full justice, you should simply get out and walk." (We think a bike is a pretty good alternative.) 


Hike Harney Peak, visit Crazy Horse, ride...or just relax.

Today: hike to Harney Peak, which at 7,200' of elevation is highest point east of the Rockies. Visit the 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. Stay at the historic Deadwood Mountain Grand tonight and tomorrow. 


Ride across state lines to Devils Tower National Monument. Spend one more 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, we'll shuttle back to Deadwood for another night.


Ride Spearfish Canyon. Then we'll take you back to Rapid City.

Today's ride is nothing short of breathtaking. Be awed by the thousand-foot-high limestone palisades in shades of brown, pink and gray towering over Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway. Cyclists love the wide shoulders and uniform 3% grade, and Bicycling Magazine named Spearfish Canyon one of the top 50 scenic bike paths in the country. After the ride, we'll shuttle back to Rapid City for your return trip home.

Make your reservation now or (800) 443-6060.

Mt. Rushmore and Badlands

Trip Details

Included Activities

Biking (bikes included), hiking, hot springs, Mt. Rushmore


7 days - Sunday to Saturday


Can be tailored to all levels


All meals except 1 lunch and 1 dinner

Daily Mileage

Standard route: average 40 miles per day, range 35-60


Rapid City, South Dakota

2017 Departures

September 10. September 17.

2018 Departures

April 29. May 6. May 13. May 20. September 2. September 9. September 16.



Traveling Alone?

Single Room

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.



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