Mickelson Trail & The Badlands Bike Tour

The Best of Both Worlds: Visit South Dakota’s most treasured monuments and National Parks while riding its longest rail trail

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.

Custom bike tour departures available for groups of 6 or more.

Tour Highlights

George S. Mickelson Trail

Crazy Horse Memorial

Mount Rushmore

Badlands National Park

Needles Highway

Wildlife Loop

Lodging Options

Circle View Guest Ranch

Rock Crest Lodge

Blue Bell Lodge

Deadwood Mountain Grand Resort

Day 1: Meet your group in Rapid City, SD and shuttle to the Pinnacles Entrance of Badlands National Park. Glide around its smooth, paved roads and keep your eyes open for bison, prairie dogs and many other native species residing in the park.

 

Day 2: Shuttle from Badlands National Park to mile “0” of the Mickelson rail-trail in Edgemont. Ride north on the crushed limestone surface toward the city of Custer and your lodging for the night.

 

Day 3: Following Custer, ride to the Crazy Horse Memorial statue and into Hill City, home of the South Dakota State Railroad Museum. End your day at the Mystic Trail Head.

 

Day 4: Start riding on the famous Needles Highway, and make your way to Custer State Park. Ride the park’s Wildlife Loop, hopefully catching a glimpse of some of South Dakota’s native wildlife.

 

Day 5: Your final day on the trail. Ride the final miles of the Mickelson Trail all the way to Deadwood, a true wild west town made famous by the murder of Wild Bill Hickok.

 

Day 6: End your trip with a visit to Mount Rushmore, one of our nation’s most magnificent public works of art.

“Terrific guides. They couldn’t have been more attentive.”

~Virginia Young

Trip Information

6

Trip Length - Days

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Tour Type
Road and Rail Trail
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Tour Rating
Intermediate
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21-41

Average Miles Per Day

Check In Location
Rapid City, SD
Tour Area
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Support & Gear Vehicle
18

Minimum Age

Meals

5 Breakfasts | 5 Lunches | 3 Dinners

Pricing
  • PP Double Occupancy

    $1855
  • Single Supplement*

    $500
  • Cannondale Bike Rental

    $80

*This is required if you are traveling solo or if you are traveling with someone but require separate beds.

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