South Dakota, USA

Mickelson Trail Bike Tour

DURATION

6 Days

PRICE

$2,848

LEVEL

BADV_AbilityLevel_Icons Beginner

DAILY DISTANCE

15-30 Miles

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES

Cycling (bikes included), Hiking, Mammoth Site, Crazy Horse, Mt. Rushmore, Wind Cave

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!

National Parks on this tour: Mt Rushmore National Memorial | Wind Cave National Park

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

Day 01

Visit The Mammoth Site. Ride the Mickelson Trail from Edgemont to Pringle.

Meals

– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Red Rock River Resort

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_Icons Beginner

Distance

33 miles (or less)

Elevation

+2026 ft / -606 ft

Meet in Rapid City in the morning. Our first stop is in Hot Springs at The Mammoth Site, an active paleontological dig where we pay a visit to the fossils of 61 woolly mammoths from the Ice Age. In Edgemont, at the south end of the Mickelson Trail, we hop on the bikes to ride the trail to the tiny town of Pringle (pop. 112).

Day 02

Explore Wind Cave National Park and continue on the Mickelson Trail.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Legion Lake Lodge

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_Icons Beginner

Distance

20 miles

Elevation

+1141 ft / -987 ft

Tour Wind Cave, one of the longest and most complex caves in the world, in the morning. 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 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. Continue on the Mickelson Trail from Pringle to Legion Lake for the night.

Day 03

Ride to Crazy Horse Memorial before heading to Hill City.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Sylvan Lake Lodge

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_Icons Beginner

Distance

16 miles

Elevation

+677 ft / -986 ft

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 our 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

Distance

Hike: 7.5 miles; +1,384 ft / -1,380 ft

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 on to Deadwood.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Deadwood Mountain Grand

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_Icons Beginner

Distance

22 miles

Elevation

+1365 ft / -1079 ft

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

Distance

19 miles

Elevation

+255 ft / -1,911 ft

Enjoy a leisurely ride through Spearfish Canyon this morning. Older than the Grand Canyon, the spectacular 1000-foot walls and limestone palisades of this creek-carved gorge offer some of the most breathtaking scenery in the Black Hills. Finish riding at the city park in Spearfish where we’ll celebrate the completion of the tour with lunch before returning to Rapid City in the afternoon.

 

*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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