South Dakota, USA

Mickelson Trail Bike Tour

DURATION

6 Days

PRICE

$2,798

LEVEL

BADV_AbilityLevel_Icons Beginner

DAILY DISTANCE

15-30 Miles

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES

Hiking, Biking, & Sightseeing

INCLUDED MEALS

All breakfasts. One lunch 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 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 the world’s largest cave and the country’s biggest mammoth dig. Ride the whole of the Mickelson – along with a few fascinating side trips – on this 6-day bike tour. Perfect for those who prefer as little traffic as possible, eminently do-able routes and terrific scenery, this tour packs a lot of wallop for the buck!

Day 01

Visit Mammoth Site today, then ride onward to Hot Springs for a soak.

Meals

– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Red Rock River Resort

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_Icons Beginner

Meet in Rapid City; van to Edgemont, at the south end of the Mickelson Trail. Hop on the bikes to ride the trail north to Hot Springs. Surprise – there are 61 woolly mammoths right around the corner at Mammoth Site, an active paleontological dig. Stay here in Hot Springs tonight, with time for a soak.

Day 02

Continue on the Mickelson Trail and explore Wind Cave National Park.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Legion Lake Lodge

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_Icons Beginner

Onward to tiny Pringle (population 112). Tour Wind Cave, 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 the 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. Ride onward from here to Legion Lake Lodge for the night.

Day 03

Ride to and tour Crazy Horse Memorial before heading to the final destination in Hill City.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Sylvan Lake Lodge

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_Icons Beginner

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 home for the next two nights.

Day 04

Hike Black Elk Peak this morning. Visit Mt. Rushmore this afternoon.

Meals

– Breakfast

Lodging

Sylvan Lake Lodge

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_Icons Beginner

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.

Day 05

Ride from Hill City to the gold-rush-era town of Rochford and then off to Deadwood.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Deadwood Mountain Grand

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_Icons Beginner

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.

Day 06

Ride the Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_Icons Beginner

This morning, enjoy a leisurely 19-mile ride through Spearfish Canyon and finish at the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery where we’ll celebrate the completion of the tour with lunch.

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Aug 26, 2019
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Sep 9, 2019
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May 31, 2020
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Jun 7, 2020
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Jun 14, 2020
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Aug 17, 2020
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Aug 24, 2020
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Aug 31, 2020
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Sep 7, 2020
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Sep 14, 2020
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Single Supplement
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$755
As an optional extra, a person traveling solo or 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.

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