Black Hills – South Dakota

“Majestic,” “striking,” and “otherworldly” are just some of the words used to describe the Black Hills of South Dakota. Rising abruptly from the plains, this mini mountain range of deep forests and mystical geologic formations is best seen from the seat of your bike as you cycle along lightly traveled roads and portions of the unforgettable Mickelson Trail, a 114-mile-long, gravel-surfaced rail-trail.

Beginning and ending our adventure in Rapid City, we’ll visit the historic towns of Lead, Hot Springs, and Keystone, gateway to Mount Rushmore National Memorial. We’ll also ride through Custer State Park, which encompasses 71,000 acres of stunning terrain peppered with mountain streams, waterfalls, high trestles, and tunnels.

From breathtaking scenic vistas to rock-solid national memorials and state parks, you’ll get to experience it all on this fantastic loop ride.