South Dakota, USA

Black Hills Classic Plus

DURATION

7 Days

PRICE

$3,398

LEVEL

BADV_AbilityLevel_IconsIntermediate

DAILY DISTANCE

40-65 Miles

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES

Cycling (bikes included), Hiking, Hot Springs & Mt. Rushmore

INCLUDED MEALS

All breakfasts. 2 lunches and one dinner on your own

Discover and explore what we ultimately strive for in a cycling vacation–which is to simply “Pedal Happy”.

The Black Hills. The legendary Badlands. Mount Rushmore and the Great Plains. Ride an average of 60 miles per day through this incredible region: pedal the deep gorges and past the eerily sharp spires of Badlands National Park, past herds of bison and the insanely enormous profiles of Mt. Rushmore. Explore Crazy Horse Memorial and Custer State Park. Ride to Devils Tower, famous for its appearance in the movie Close Encounters of the Third KindVisit more National Parks and National Historic Sites than on any other Bicycle Adventures tour. From historic pubs to Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, this tour of the West packs in both miles and memories.

National Parks on this tour: Badlands National Park | Mt Rushmore National Memorial | Wind Cave National Park | Devils Tower National Monument

This tour is operated under special use permit/s with the Badlands National Park, Mt Rushmore National Memorial, Wind Cave National Park and Devils Tower National Monument. Bicycle Adventures is an equal opportunity provider.

Day 01

Ride from Walldrug through the Badlands to finish in the town of Scenic, South Dakota.

Meals

– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Red Rock River Resort

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_IconsIntermediate

Distance

63 miles

Elevation

+2140 ft / -2172 ft

A stunningly beautiful 244,000-acre preserve of mixed-grass prairie surrounding needled buttes, pinnacles and spires, the Badlands are hauntingly beautiful. They contain one of the world’s richest fossil beds, as the region was once covered by a warm, shallow sea. Saber-toothed cat, rhino and wild horses once roamed here; today it’s home to bison, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, and black-footed ferret. Bicycle through these wonders, then spend tonight at the Red Rock River Resort.

Day 02

Ride Custer State Park’s Wildlife Loop from Hot Springs to State Game Lodge.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

State Game Lodge

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_IconsIntermediate

Distance

45 miles

Elevation

+3725 ft / -3092 ft

Ride to Mammoth Hot Springs Site of South Dakota this morning, where you’ll find the world’s largest concentration of mammoth remains (60-plus!). After a tour, hop back on the bike to head to Wind Cave, one of the world’s largest. It’s renowned for its unusual ‘boxwork’ and ‘frostwork’ rock formations. After lunch, ride to 71,000-acre Custer State Park and take in the southern section’s Wildlife Loop Road. Ponderosa pine-studded hills are home to some 1,300 bison, plus pronghorn antelope, mountain goat, deer, elk, wild turkey and a band of friendly burros. Tomorrow: bike the famous northern loop to Mt. Rushmore.

Day 03

Ride Iron Mountain Road and Needles Highway on your way to Mount Rushmore.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Dinner

Lodging

Sylvan Lake Lodge

Ability Level

Advanced

Distance

49 miles

Elevation

+6531 ft / -4448 ft

Today’s amazing roads were marked out in 1922 on foot and horseback by South Dakota’s governor, Peter Norbeck. Ride these historic curves through meadows surrounded by birch, aspen, and rugged granite mountains and needle-like granite formations, pine and spruce forests. It’s famous for its tunnels: 11 tunnels in all today. Ride through all of them and right up to the jaw-dropping face of Mt. Rushmore National Memorial. Governor Norbeck felt walking these roads was the best way to take in the sights, but we think a bike is a pretty good alternative.

Day 04

Rest day: Hike Harney Peak. Visit Crazy Horse. Or maybe just relax.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Dinner

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_Icons Beginner

Lodging

Sylvan Lake Lodge

Hike to Harney Peak today: at 7,200′ of elevation, it’s the highest point east of the Rockies. Visit the Crazy Horse Memorial, the world’s largest sculpture-in-progress. If you’d rather be on the bike, ride to picturesque Hill City, a former mining town that is the oldest in Pennington County. Not up for either? Spend the day relaxing at the lake.

Day 05

Ride the Mickelson Trail to the gold-rush era town of Deadwood.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch

Lodging

Deadwood Mountain Grand

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_IconsIntermediate

Distance

58 miles

Elevation

+2642 ft / -4376 ft

Deadwood is the Lawrence County seat and a National Historic Landmark District, a former wild-and-woolly gold-rush town that hosted the likes of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. Tonight and tomorrow, stay at the historic Deadwood Mountain Grand.

Day 06

Bike Spearfish National Scenic Byway to Devils Tower National Monument

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Deadwood Mountain Grand

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_IconsIntermediate

Distance

44 miles (or 97)

Elevation

+2377 ft / -2575 ft (or +5642 ft / -6321 ft)

Thousand-foot-high limestone palisades in shades of brown, pink and gray tower over Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway. Enjoy bicycling its wide shoulders and uniform 3% grade (Bicycling Magazine named Spearfish Canyon one of the top 50 scenic bike paths in the country!) Keep riding 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.

Day 07

Ride from Deadwood via Nemo Road and back into Rapid City for a final celebration.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_IconsIntermediate

Distance

45 miles

Elevation

+2513 ft / -3824 ft

Known as one of the best-kept secrets in South Dakota, Nemo Road wends its way through lovely scenery with good shoulders and low traffic. Tie your bike to the hitching post outside the Guest Ranch Store in Nemo, South Dakota for a historic photo opportunity. Finish the week by riding the rest of the way back to Rapid City.

 

*Bicycle Adventures operates under special use permits while on Federal Lands managed by the National Forest Service (USDA), National Parks and Bureau of Land Management. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) To file a complaint of discrimination: write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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