South Dakota, USA

Mt. Rushmore & Badlands

DURATION

7 Days

PRICE

$3,448

LEVEL

BADV_AbilityLevel_IconsIntermediate

DAILY DISTANCE

30-60 Miles

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES

Hiking & Biking

INCLUDED MEALS

All breakfasts. Two 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”.

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.

Day 01

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

Meals

– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Red Rock River Resort

Ability Level

All Levels

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.’

Day 02

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

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

State Game Lodge

Ability Level

All Levels

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.

Day 03

Ride the Iron Mountain Road and into the Mt. Rushmore National Memorial.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Dinner

Lodging

Sylvan Lake Lodge

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_IconsIntermediate

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.

Day 04

Hike Black Elk Peak, visit Crazy Horse, ride...or just relax.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Dinner

Lodging

Sylvan Lake Lodge

Ability Level

All Levels

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.

Day 05

Ride 50 miles to Deadwood and release your inner outlaw.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch

Lodging

Deadwood Mountain Grand

Distance

50 miles

Ability Level

All Levels

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.

Day 06

Ride across state lines to Devils Tower National Monument. Spend another night in Deadwood.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Deadwood Mountain Grand

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_IconsIntermediate

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.

Day 07

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

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch

Ability Level

All Levels

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.

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Sep 1, 2019
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Sep 2, 2019
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Sep 8, 2019
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Sep 15, 2019
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May 10, 2020
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May 17, 2020
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May 24, 2020
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Aug 30, 2020
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Sept 6, 2020
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Sep 13, 2020
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Single Supplement
Price
$930
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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