Mickelson & The Badlands

Whether you enjoy history, scenery or just being in the saddle, biking through South Dakota has something for everyone. Beginning in Badlands National Park, you’ll come face-to-face with bison, prairie dogs, big-horned sheep, and the incomparable landscape that the American Lakota called “mako sica,” or “land bad.”
The George S. Mickelson Trail, also known as “The Big Mick,” was dedicated in 1998 in memory of the late governor who acted in strong support of transforming the former rail line into a multi-use trail. As the trail weaves its way through the Black Hills, monuments to Crazy Horse and the founding fathers break up the rolling landscape of an incredible ride.