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Welcome to the Black Hills for a week of exploring this unique and utterly beautiful destination! Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Hotel Alex Johnson at 9:30 AM on the first day of the South Dakota glamping and bike trip. After a one-hour shuttle, you’ll arrive in Custer. Stroll around town and take in the views while your guides set up the bikes and prepare a signature Trek Travel picnic. After lunch and a short round of introductions, your guides will discuss the rules of bike safety and specific cycling tips for riding in the Black Hills before familiarizing you with your Trek bicycle and ensuring a comfortable fit. Once everyone is ready, you'll set off on the popular Mickelson Trail bike path toward the Crazy Horse Memorial. The trail climbs gently through beautiful scenery as the scenery transforms from green, fragrant pine forests to open mountain meadows with sweeping views. We will stop at Crazy Horse where you can tour the visitor center and take a short bus ride out to the base of the Monument. Afterward, we'll continue riding to the trailhead in Hill City. We'll then shuttle approximately 30 minutes to our special home for the next three nights, Under Canvas. We will gather here for social hour and dinner this evening and your guides will fill you in on what's in store the rest of the week.
Custer to Hill City
Approximately 17 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing
Under Canvas Mount Rushmore
Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner
After a delicious breakfast, we'll depart Keystone and pedal south toward Custer State Park. Today's ride follows Playhouse Road through a quiet forest and past Black Hills Playhouse, a historic theater that's still in use today. After riding Wildlife Loop Road through Custer State Park, where it is common to encounter some of the 1,300 buffalo who call the park home, we'll stop at the Visitor Center and enjoy lunch in the picnic area. From here, choose to shuttle back to camp or, for those who want more climbing, return home along Playhouse Road. Tonight, dinner is on your own. Choose to stay at Under Canvas or take a short shuttle to Keystone for a bite at one of the local haunts.
Keystone to Custer State Park
Approximately 40 miles with 3,850 feet of climbing
Wildlife Loop Road
Approximately 18 miles with 1,275 feet of climbing
Custer State Park Loop
Approximately 61 miles with 6,000 feet of climbing
Under Canvas Mount Rushmore
Breakfast | Lunch
Today begins with a short shuttle to Mount Rushmore, where you will have some time to get a closeup view of the mountain. The 60-foot sculptures of four U.S. Presidents are almost 80 years old and took 14 years to complete using jackhammers and munitions to carve out of sheer granite. Afterward, we'll depart by bike and make our way to Needles Highway. This picturesque road is idyllic for cycling, speckled with birch, pine, and aspen trees, narrow rock tunnels, and dramatic granite spires. Enjoy a picnic-style lunch at Sylvan Lake, and we'll have some time to kayak or hike this afternoon before shuttling back to Under Canvas. Tonight, we'll enjoy dinner at a favorite local restaurant just outside of Keystone before returning to camp for a good night's rest under the stars.
Mt. Rushmore to Sylvan Lake with Needles Eye Tunnel
Approximately 21 miles with 3,000 feet of climbing
Mt. Rushmore to Sylvan Lake
Approximately 14 miles with 2,150 feet of climbing
Kayak or Hike at Sylvan Lake
Under Canvas Mount Rushmore
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
It's a taste of the true West today! This morning begins with a shuttle to Scenic, a ghost town on the outskirts of Badlands National Park. We'll saddle up and ride into the park via its lesser-known entrance. Today's route starts with 26 miles on an easygoing gravel road that meanders through mixed-grass prairie and offers distant views of the incredible scenery to come. Enjoy lunch at the Pinnacles Overlook, where the pavement begins, before continuing your ride into this unparalleled land of sharply eroded buttes and spires. Be sure to stop for plenty of photos and to look for buffalo, foxes, pronghorns, and bighorn sheep as you pedal through the park today. As we reach the end of the ride, we'll regroup for an hour-long shuttle to the historic Hotel Alex Johnson in Rapid City. Tonight, we'll gather for a final celebratory social hour and dinner at the Vertex Skybar.
Sage Creek to Badlands National Park
Approximately 38 miles with 2,250 feet of climbing
Badlands National Park
Approximately 26 miles with 1,200 feet of climbing
Scenic to Badlands National Park
Approximately 53 miles with 2,600 feet of climbing
Hotel Alex Johnson
Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner
It's sadly time to say goodbye to the mountains and stars of South Dakota and Under Canvas. We'll enjoy breakfast at Tally's Silver Spoon before we take one final spin, starting out on Rapid City's bike path network. Once you are warmed up, it's time for a final climb up to Skyline Drive and past the historic Dinosaur Park for a panoramic view of Rapid City and beyond. Your South Dakota glamping and bike tour concludes at 11:00 AM at the hotel. From here, you may arrange for a shuttle to the airport for your flight home or wherever your travels take you next!
Rapid City Loop with Skyline Drive
Approximately 17 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing
Rapid City Loop
Approximately 12 miles with 400 feet of climbing
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See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives 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.
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. If you are staying at Hotel Alex Johnson before the trip begins, you may reserve a shuttle 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 9:30 AM on the first day of the trip. After a 1-hour shuttle, we’ll arrive in the town of Custer. You’ll have some time to explore the town while your guides set up a hearty picnic lunch. After lunch and a bike-fitting session, we'll set off on our first ride. Feel free to dress comfortably for the shuttle. You will have time to change into your cycling gear after the picnic. Please pack your cycling clothing and gear in a separate, easily accessible bag.
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.View our pre hotel recommendations
Say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM at Hotel Alex Johnson. The hotel will assist you with scheduling a shuttle to the Rapid City Airport (RAP) to fly home or to pick up a rental car if you are planning to continue your adventures. The drive to the airport takes about 25 minutes. We suggest that you book your flight for 1:00 PM or later.View our post hotel recommendations
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 South Dakota bike tour. We also recommend bringing a bathing suit, sandals, hiking clothes, sneakers, and a hat. Packing List
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.
Our unrivaled selection of Trek Bikes sets the bar for quality and comfort. From the all-new, ultra smooth Trek Domane SL 7, to the new Trek Electric-Assist XM700+ and the comfortable Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid, to our numerous upgrade options, you deserve the best ride on your vacation.
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.
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.