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Black Hills & Mount Rushmore - South Dakota Bike Tour

Glamping with Under Canvas and Cycling through Badlands National Park

Get ready to experience glamping at the award-winning Rushmore Under Canvas camp, set high in the Black Hills overlooking the surrounding forest and even Mount Rushmore itself. On this tour, you’ll begin with an awe-inspiring ride through the colorful landscape of Badlands National Park. You’ll visit Crazy Horse Memorial and learn about the great Lakota warrior who spent his short life defending his beloved homeland. You’ll ride through Custer State Park and see a herd of bison, the magnificent animal that once dominated the landscape here. You’ll ride stunning scenic byways through tunnels, past spectacular granite formations and, you will find yourself grinning ear to ear as you descend through the spiraling pigtail bridges. You’ll stop in Hill City and Keystone, founded as mining towns, but now welcoming tourists with their small town charm. You’ll of course visit the iconic Mount Rushmore and dine at Skogen Kitchen. And you’ll cap it all off with a lesson in gold mining as you hike the Flume Trail. On our South Dakota bike and glamping tour, sleep under the stars and see all the Badlands and Black Hills have to offer! Book your trip with confidence »Experience Trek Travel's One Collection where you stay in one luxurious hotel during your trip Blackhills and South Dakota Bike Tour & Glamping Vacation with Trek Travel and Under Canvas
Glamp in the Badlands and Black Hills with Trek Travel and Under Canvas®
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Duration:
5 Days & 4 Nights
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Trip Wows
Glamp high in the Black Hills at one of Under Canvas' premier properties
Pedal through the grasslands and the colorful buttes of Badlands National Park
Ride on quiet roads through the forest to where the bison roam in Custer State Park
Experience the dramatic landscape the Black Hills, including granite spires known as The Needles and picturesque Sylvan Lake
Visit the iconic Mount Rushmore and the immense Crazy Horse Memorial
Watch the Experience
Black Hills & Mount Rushmore - South Dakota Bike Tour
Overall, the cycle tour in South Dakota is a stunning adventure....[We enjoyed] a spectacular ride through the Badlands followed by an even more scenic ride through Custer State Park the next day. We also got an up-close view of longhorn sheep and buffalo. You couldn't ask for a better guides like Rae and Levi or for better scenic rides than South Dakota in the fall under the watching eyes of the Mt. Rushmore Memorial!
-Michael, Trek Travel Guest

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Welcome to your South Dakota bike tour! Get ready for a week of exploring this diverse and utterly beautiful destination. Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at 8:30 AM at Hotel Alex Johnson in Rapid City. Your guides will familiarize you with your Trek bicycle to ensure a comfortable fit before shuttling one hour to Badlands National Park. Today's ride features an undulating ribbon of road that winds through Badlands National Park, where the Great Plains give way to a geologic wonderland of colorful rock formations. The park is home to one of the world's richest fossil beds as well as a wide array of wildlife. Enjoy stunning views of sharply eroded buttes and spires as you pedal along, and keep your eyes peeled for prairie dogs, bison, and bighorn sheep. Take your time and stop at the overlooks to take it all in. Your guides will prepare a signature Trek Travel picnic for lunch before we depart. After a quick stop at Wall Drug, the famous local attraction, we'll shuttle approximately 90-minutes to Under Canvas, your glamping home in the heart of the Black Hills. Their helpful staff will familiarize you with the property and help you get settled into your safari-style tent. This evening, we will gather at camp for social hour and a delicious dinner. Afterwards, we'll enjoy s'mores around a fire pit surrounded by pines, and your guides will fill you in on what's in store the rest of this amazing adventure!

Today's Ride:

Badlands Pinnacles Overlook to Visitor Center (with shuttle)
Approximately 22 mi | 35 km and 852 ft | 360 m

Accommodations:

Under Canvas Mount Rushmore

Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

Take a stroll along the paths to the lobby tent for breakfast to get fueled up for a big day on the bike. We'll start by taking the back way to Hill City where we'll connect to the beloved Mickelson Trail, a 109-mile crushed gravel bike path that spans most of the state. The trail climbs gently and the scenery transforms from pine forests to giant granite boulders to open meadows as you meander along. Your first stop is the remarkable Crazy Horse Memorial, where you'll have a chance to learn about the legacy of this great Native American warrior. Afterwards, pedal back to Hill City and take some time to explore town and enjoy lunch at a cafe of your choosing. Hill City was founded in 1876 when gold was discovered in nearby French Creek and is now a tourist hub in the Black Hills. It is home to the Black Hills Institute of Geologic Research, which is responsible for unearthing Sue, the largest and most complete T rex every discovered. She is now on display at the Field Museum in Chicago, but you can see Stan, the second largest T rex ever discovered, at the Black Hills Institute located right on Main Street. You’ll also find the South Dakota State Railroad Museum and the 1880 Train, a steam locomotive that carries tourists on a narrated journey between Keystone and Hill City. You may opt to depart Hill City in the van or retrace your ride back to Keystone. Tonight, enjoy a simple dinner at a local cafe and get a good night's rest under the stars.

Today's Ride:

Keystone to Crazy Horse to Hill City (with shuttle)
Approximately 31 mi | 50 km and 2,280 ft | 695 m

Short Option:

Hill City to Crazy Horse and Return (with shuttles)
Approximately 20 mi | 32 km and 1,235 ft | 376 m

Avid Option:

Keystone to Crazy Horse and Return
Approximately 43 mi | 69 km and 2,730 ft | 832 m

Accommodations:

Under Canvas Mount Rushmore

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Dinner

After breakfast, avid cyclists will depart by bike. Others will begin by shuttling the first 15 miles to shuttle to Custer State Park. The Park, as well as tomorrow's sites, are thanks in large part to the vision and conservation efforts of South Dakota's first governor and later U.S. Senator, Peter Norbeck. You'll saddle up at Legion Lake and pedal the famous Wildlife Loop Road, where it is common to encounter some of the 1,300 bison who call the park home. You may also see pronghorn antelopes, burros, prairie dogs and big horn sheep. Enjoy the scenery as you ride through beautiful open grasslands and pine speckled hills. We'll enjoy a simple picnic style lunch during the ride after which you may opt to call it a day and shuttle back to camp, or ride through the forested hills all the way back to Keystone. Tonight, enjoy dinner on your own at camp or in nearby Keystone.

Today's Ride:

Legion Lake to Keystone (with shuttle)
Approximately 46 mi | 74 km and 4,060 ft | 1,237 m

Short Option:

Legion Lake to State Game Lodge (with shuttles)
Approximately 25 mi | 40 km and 2,000 ft | 610 m

Avid Option:

Keystone to State Game Lodge Loop
Approximately 61 mi | 98 km and 5,950 ft | 1,813 m

Accommodations:

Under Canvas Mount Rushmore

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch

Today is an epic day from end to end! Avid cyclists will depart Keystone and tackle the first 15 miles of challenging terrain, including a few miles of gravel, to Sylvan Lake. The rest of the group will shuttle to Sylvan Lake. One look at the crystal blue water surrounded by rounded granite rock formations reveals why it's known as the "Crown Jewel" of Custer State Park. From here, you’ll climb up Needles Highway and thread through the Needles Eye tunnel before enjoying a long, gradual descent through a forest of birch, pine, and aspen trees accented with dramatic granite spires. Your ride continues past Black Hills Playhouse. This historic theater was founded in 1946 and is well-known for its remote, forest setting and big-time productions. Just when you think the riding can't get any better, you’ll turn onto another scenic gem called Iron Mountain Road. This road was built to showcase the beauty of the Black Hills and you’ll see why as you ride through tunnels that frame distant views of Mt Rushmore and enjoy a spiraling descent through the famous “pigtail bridges” built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1932. For the short option, your guides will offer strategic shuttles so you can bypass the hardest climbing and still ride the best portions of the route. You’ll finish the ride in Keystone with a late lunch, before a short shuttle up the hill to camp. This evening, we'll head to Custer for a final social hour followed by dinner at Skogen Kitchen. This tiny gem serves up the best cuisine in the Black Hills and is the perfect place for the grand finale!

Today's Ride:

Sylvan Lake to Keystone (with shuttle)
Approximately 25 mi | 40 km and 2,030 ft | 619 m

Avid Option:

Keystone to Sylvan Lake Loop
Approximately 40 mi | 64 km and 4,930 ft | 1,503 m

Accommodations:

Under Canvas Mount Rushmore

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast this morning and get ready for your final excursion in the Black Hills. We'll check-out after breakfast and take a short drive to Mt Rushmore where you will have a chance to get a closeup view of the iconic mountain. The 60-foot sculptures of four U.S. Presidents took 14 years to complete using jackhammers and munitions to carve into sheer granite. You can walk the short path to the sculptor’s studio to learn more about the process. From here, it's a short drive to Rapid City, where sadly, it's time to say farewell to the Black Hills and Badlands of South Dakota.

Today's Activity:

Walk the Presidential Trail
Approximately .6 mi | 1 km

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Hotels

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Under Canvas Mt. Rushmore

Keystone, SD

Explorer Accommodation | On Trek Travel's South Dakota bike tour and glamping vacation, you'll stay at Under Canvas award-winning camp located high in the Black Hills with views of Mt. Rushmore. Your tent is built on wooden platform and comes complete with a cozy King size bed, luxurious linens and a full bathroom. Suite tents are a bit larger and also include a Queen sofa bed. A cot can be added to either tent. Under Canvas is committed to connecting you with nature and making your stay comfortable, while also limiting the camp's environmental impact. To conserve water, there are no bathtubs, but pull chain showers offer hot water for bathing. They use solar power as much as possible including to illuminate the forest paths that connect the tents. Tents do not have electricity. Instead, they have battery powered lanterns with USB ports for charging phones and wood stoves to keep your tent warm at night. Never fear, the extremely helpful staff at Under Canvas will teach you how to start a fire when you check in. Tents do not have potable water, but there is water available at the lobby tent and various locations throughout the camp. Breakfast is served a short stroll away at the lobby tent.There are communal bathrooms on property with electricity if needed for a hair dryer or the like. We suggest adding a water bottle, external charger and your slippers to your packing list and planning to unplug for a few days as there is no wifi at any Under Canvas camp. We hope you enjoy this incredible glamping experience!

What's Included

For us, the details matter most

Every moment of a Trek Travel bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More romance. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that's how we help you create more memories.

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Trek Domane SL 7 Disc

It isn’t the cycling vacation of a lifetime unless you have the industry’s best bike to match. We upgraded our fleet to feature the award-winning Domane SL 7 with Shimano Ultegra Disc brakes. Because when you combine the lightweight stability and comfort of the Domane with the superior safety and stopping power of disc brakes, you get a match made in cycling heaven. And the best part? It’s included in the trip price. Ride confidently, comfortably and longer in the most beautiful destinations around the world with the new Domane SL 7. Learn More

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Trek Electric-Assist Verve+

With its Low-Step frame design, hopping on and off the Trek Verve+ is super easy. The front suspension will take the edge off any bumps in the road and the Bosch system will keep you smiling from ear to ear. The integrated battery keeps this bike looking sleek as you pedal through amazing terrain. Learn More

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Four nights of South Dakota glamping accommodations in luxury safari-style tents
  • Two experienced guides to provide local knowledge, support, and camaraderie
  • Daily route support with both guides and our support van
  • Daily breakfast, three lunches, and four dinners in 2022 (three dinners in 2023)
  • Two social hours of drinks and hors d'oeuvres
  • Ride a Trek Domane SL 7 disc or Trek Electric-Assist Verve+
  • Up to three daily route options on riding days
  • Snacks and drinks for each day's ride
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Cinch sack day bag to keep
  • Each bike is equipped with a Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer, a flat pack (containing a tube, levers, and a CO2 cartridge with inflator), front and rear Bontrager Flare R lights, a Bontrager saddle, and pedals (Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged, or flat pedals)
  • Bontrager WaveCel helmets
  • All gratuities for drivers, local experts, and hospitality staff
  • All luggage transfers and transportation during your trip
  • A digital photo album of your trip
  • Entrance fees for all activities, private tours, and events

GEAR

  • Trek Domane SL 7 disc carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting or Trek Electric-Assist Verve+, available in a limited quantity
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged, or flat pedals
  • Bontrager WaveCel helmet
  • Bontrager men's and women's specific saddles
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights
  • A flat pack containing a tube, levers, and a CO2 cartridge with inflator
  • Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer
  • Cinch sack day bag to keep
  • Upgrade your bike to include carbon wheels (+$200, subject to availability)
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Your coupon will be delivered via email prior to your trip.
  • For the most comfortable ride, you may choose to bring your own pedals, saddle, and helmet on the trip. Your guides will install your gear on the first day during your bike fit.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Guide gratuities are customary and at your own discretion, to recognize service, hospitality, and the little extras that surprise and delight. For this trip, we recommend $200-$250 per guest. While local currency is preferred, there are other options to make tipping easier. Most guides accept gratuity via PayPal or Venmo or our staff can help before or after the trip. Gratuities will be divided among the guide team, so feel free to leave your gratuity with whomever you choose at the end of your trip.
  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.

More Information

Rider Level: 3 - Active?

AVERAGE DAILY MILEAGE:
55 kilometers / 34 miles
TOTAL MILES:
206 kilometers / 128 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
852 meters / 2,797 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
2,923 meters / 9,590 feet
TERRAIN: HILLY
The terrain on our South Dakota bike tour includes everything from gently climbing gravel bike paths to paved two-lane roads in state and national parks. The terrain aside from the bike paths is generally hilly including some steep hills. This bike trip is best suited for our Type 3 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also accommodate Type 2 Riders who seek less mileage or fewer uphills, with a boost in the van. Type 4 Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer. Those who wish to ride every mile but are concerned about their physical ability may want to try our electric bike option–you still get a workout but can climb alongside even the strongest rider.
NON-RIDING ACTIVITIES:
On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. Some non-riding options on this trip are:
  • Visit Crazy Horse Memorial
  • Visit Mount Rushmore
  • Hiking in Custer State Park
  • Kayaking on Sylvan Lake
  • Horseback Riding
  • Rock Climbing
  • Explore Badlands National Park

See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. On all of our vacations, Trek Travel seeks to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times, routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

Averages and totals are calculated from our "Today’s Ride" options.

Travel Details

How to Get There

FLY INTO:
Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP)
MEETING TIME:
8:30 AM
MEETING LOCATION:
Hotel Alex Johnson, Rapid City, South Dakota

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP)
DEPARTING TIME:
12:00 PM
DEPARTING LOCATION:
Hotel Alex Johnson, Rapid City, South Dakota

Arriving

We recommend flying directly into Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP) in Rapid City, South Dakota. We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. You may reserve a shuttle to any Rapid City hotel by calling Rapid Shuttle at 605-399-9999 for about $25 per person.

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Hotel Alex Johnson (523 Sixth Street, Rapid City, SD 57701) at 8:30 AM on the first day of the trip. After a one-hour shuttle, we’ll arrive in Wall where you can visit Wall Drug before the bike fitting session. We'll then shuttle a few miles into the park and set off on our first ride. Please dress in your cycling clothes and pack your cycling gear in a separate, easily accessible bag. You'll also want to have a change of clothes handy for the shuttle after the ride.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip starts with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Under Canvas Mount Rushmore (605-789-5194) and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. There are no scheduled shuttle services to Keystone, but you may be able to hire a taxi for roughly $100.

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Leaving

Say farewell to your guides at 12:00 PM at Hotel Alex Johnson. You may reserve a shuttle to the Rapid City airport by calling Rapid Shuttle at 605-399-9999 for about $25 per person. The drive to the airport takes about 25 minutes. We suggest that you book your flight for 2:00 PM or later.

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Planning For Your Trip

Packing and Weather

Average low temperatures will be in the low 50s and average high temperatures will be in the mid 70s to low 80s. Expect sunny, dry conditions but always be prepared for rain. We recommend bringing a light jacket, a vest, arm and leg warmers, and rain gear for our Black Hills and Mount Rushmore - South Dakota Bike Tour. We also recommend bringing a bathing suit, sandals, hiking clothes, sneakers, and a hat. Packing List

Before and After Your Trip

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Before & After: Rapid City, South Dakota

Rapid City is known as the gateway to the Black Hills and is the perfect home base for exploring the Badlands National Park and Custer State Park. While we will visit these places as well as Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial during our cycling trip, we only have time to scratch the surface. There is much more to see and do in these destinations. If you want to adventure a bit farther, Rapid City is also close to Spearfish, Sturgis, Deadwood, and Devil's Tower.

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Why Trek Travel

Our Bikes

Our unrivaled selection of Trek Bikes sets the bar for quality and comfort. From the ultra-smooth Trek Domane SL 7 to the Trek Electric-Assist Verve+, you deserve the best ride on your vacation. Plus, we offer a range upgrade options to take you the extra mile.

Our Guides

Our guides are trained to make your trip magical. They aren't just experts in riding; they're trained in delivering uncompromising service in ways you won't believe. We know that it's the unexpected surprises that make a trip magical. That's why our guides pride themselves on anticipating your needs before you ask.

Your Day. You Decide.

Our vacations are built to deliver the ultimate in flexibility, from extreme relaxers to hard-core roadies. You pick your mileage, itinerary and experiences. We take care of the rest.

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