Black Hills Tour - South Dakota
3, 4 and 5-Day Self-Guided Tours through the Black Hills
We offer 3, 4 and 5-day Self-Guided tours of the Mickelson Trail. The 3 and 4-day tours are on the Mickelson Rail-to-Trail path only while the 5-day tour is more challenging with some road riding.
3-day tour is Deadwood > Hill City > Custer > Edgemont
4-day tour is Rochford > Deadwood > Rochford > Hill City > Custer > Edgemont
5-day tour is Rapid City > Deadwood > Hill City > Custer > Edgemont > Hill City to Rapid City
Tours run June - September
Nestled in the heart of the Black Hills of South Dakota, one of the nation’s most scenic, historic and memorable cycling adventures awaits, the 109 mile Mickelson Trail. From Deadwood to Pringle, the trail follows meandering creeks, winds around towering rock formations, past sprawling meadows and through dense forest. South of Pringle and into Edgemont, the terrain opens into prairie and ranch land, providing splendid views of the horizon.
This converted “Rail to Trail” once provided the booming “Wild West” mining community of Deadwood with a means to transport ore, supplies and people along its rugged path. As you cycle this well maintained, you will discover unrivaled natural beauty, geologic wonders and an abundance of wildlife in combination with historic ghost towns, train trestles, bridges and tunnels, reminders of a bygone era.
You will visit Deadwood, a scenic old-west town with a casino and an old-west downtown. Trail moves you past Crazy Horse Monument with the option to see Mount Rushmore on all of our tours. Even with this shorter distance trail, Mickelson is challenging as you have steady climbs and decents. Our tours go North to South which provides the most descending ride available on this crushed limestone trail.
Your tour includes your hotels, shuttle, tour map, Ride with GPS mapping, luggage shuttle and luggage tags. Breakfast is provided on some days. Lodging is near restaurants or food will be available. Water is available at all trailheads along with restrooms on the trail.
Not included are your lunches and dinners, your $15 Trailhead Fee and Fees getting into Crazy Horse and Mt. Rushmore (if visiting).
See itinerary for each day's ride for more details.
Your self-guided tour includes your lodging, luggage shuttle, luggage tags, some breakfasts, transportation back to your car, trail map, Ride with GPS and t-shirt.
You might consider an Extra night lodging and Rental Bike.
Need a bike rental for the trail? We have hybrid bikes and e-bikes available for rent.
Need a hotel the night before or after your tour? We can provide a hotel for additional days to sightsee this great destination.
Below are the elevations (altitudes) for towns along the Mickelson Trail. As you can see, there is gradual rising and descending on this trail.