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South Dakota Bike Tour & Glamping with Under Canvas

The Black Hills and Badlands National Park

Are you ready for the adventure of glamping, combined with all the indulgence of a Trek Travel experience? Join us for this new addition to our Under Canvas collection, bringing together the sensory magic of sleeping under the stars along with the creature comforts of excellent accommodations. Enjoy South Dakota glamping in luxurious safari-style tents, spread out among the pines, and set high in the Black Hills overlooking the surrounding forest and even Mount Rushmore itself. Discover this stunning region as you pedal along the Mickelson bike path to the immense Crazy Horse Memorial. Explore the vast and verdant Custer State Park as you look for the resident bison herd. Take a dip in picturesque Sylvan Lake and ride through granite spires known as "The Needles." Cap it all off with a journey through Badlands National Park and a final evening in Rapid City. On our South Dakota Bike and Glamping Tour, see all the Black Hills have to offer! Book your trip with confidence »Glacier National Park Bike Tour & Glamping Vacation with Trek Travel and Under Canvas
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$3299 Per Person
Duration:
5 Days & 4 Nights
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3 - Active Non-riders Welcome
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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
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 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 your South Dakota glamping and bike trip. After a one-hour shuttle, you’ll arrive in Custer where you will have time to stroll around town while your guides prepare a signature Trek Travel picnic. After lunch and a short round of introductions, your guides will discuss cycling tips for riding in the Black Hills before familiarizing you with your Trek bicycle and ensuring a comfortable fit. Your first ride is on 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 rounded granite rock walls to open meadows as you meander along. After several miles, the the stunning Crazy Horse Memorial will come into view. You'll have a chance to pause for a visit to learn about the history of this immense work in progress and take a short bus ride to the base for a closer look. Afterward, we'll continue riding to the trailhead in Hill City where we will regroup and shuttle approximately 30 minutes to Under Canvas, your glamping headquarters for the next three nights. We will gather around the fire pit for social hour and dinner this evening and your guides will fill you in on what's in store the rest of this amazing adventure!

Today's Ride:

Custer to Hill City
Approximately 17 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing

Accommodations:

Under Canvas Mount Rushmore

Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

After a delicious breakfast at camp, we'll shuttle south to Custer State Park for today's ride. Along the way, we'll pass Black Hills Playhouse, a historic theater that's still in use today. You'll pedal from Legion Lake to the famous Wildlife Loop Road, where it is common to encounter some of the 1,300 bison who call the park home. Enjoy the scenery as you ride through beautiful open grasslands and pine speckled hills. We'll pause at the visitor center for lunch. From here, you may opt to call it a day or hop back on your bike and finish the loop back to Legion Lake. Avid riders may pedal the forest back to camp along the undulating and serene Playhouse Road. Tonight, dinner is up to you. You may opt to dine at Under Canvas or take a short shuttle down the hill to Keystone for a bite at one of the casual, local haunts.

Today's Ride:

Wildlife Loop Road
Approximately 32 miles with 2,900 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Wildlife Loop Road to Visitor Center
Approximately 18 miles with 1,275 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Wildlife Loop Road to Keystone
Approximately 47 miles with 4,450 feet of climbing

Accommodations:

Under Canvas Mount Rushmore

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch

Today begins with a short drive 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 into sheer granite. We'll depart by bike and ride toward another stunning scenic gem, the Needles Highway. This 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 picturesque Sylvan Lake, known as the "Crown Jewel" of Custer State Park. You may have time to stretch your legs on the lakefront path before pedaling or shuttling back to Under Canvas. Tonight, we'll enjoy dinner at the Powder House, a favorite local restaurant just outside of Keystone, before returning to camp for a good night's rest under the stars. Note that today's ride is mostly paved, but does include a couple of miles of gravel.

Today's Ride:

Mt. Rushmore to Sylvan Lake with Needles Eye Tunnel
Approximately 21 miles with 3,025 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Mt. Rushmore to Sylvan Lake
Approximately 14 miles with 2,150 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Mt. Rushmore to Sylvan Lake with Needles Eye Tunnel & Return
Approximately 37 miles with 4,200 feet of climbing

Accommodations:

Under Canvas Mount Rushmore

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

This morning begins with a shuttle to Pinnacle Overlook, on the western edge of Badlands National Park. From here, you'll ride through this unparalleled landscape of sharply eroded buttes and spires. Be sure to stop for plenty of photos and to look for bison, foxes, pronghorns and bighorn sheep as you pedal through the park today. We'll regroup at the end for the 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.

Today's Ride:

Badlands National Park
Approximately 26 miles with 1,200 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Wall to Badlands National Park
Approximately 35 miles with 1,775 feet of climbing

Accommodations:

Hotel Alex Johnson

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

Enjoy breakfast this morning at Tally's Silver Spoon, across the street from the hotel, before a final spin on Rapid City's bike path network and an optional climb up Skyline Drive to the historic Dinosaur Park where you will be rewarded with a panoramic view of Rapid City and beyond. Sadly, it's time to say farewell to the Black Hills and Badlands of South Dakota as the 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!

Today's Ride:

Rapid City Loop with Skyline Drive
Approximately 17 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Rapid City Loop
Approximately 12 miles with 400 feet of climbing

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Hotels

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Under Canvas Mt. Rushmore

Keystone, SD

Under Canvas® has perfected the art of luxury camping, allowing you to be close to nature without sacrificing comfort. Your Deluxe tent includes its own private ensuite bathroom complete with a pull chain shower, sink, and flushing toilet. A wood stove keeps the tent warm at night and a private deck allows you to enjoy the evening stars. Rooms feature a king bed with luxurious linens and blankets. We also have a limited number of tents with one king bed and one queen sofabed.
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Hotel Alex Johnson

Rapid City, SD

The Hotel Alex Johnson was built in 1927 as a tribute to the beauty of Black Hills and the heritage of the Plains Indians. Its Germanic Tudor architecture represents the heavy German influence in the area. Enjoy the character of the historic building and the comfort of newly renovated rooms in the heart of downtown Rapid City. Rooms feature a king bed or two double beds. And have we mentioned that there is a Starbucks in the lobby?

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. In 2019, 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

  • Three nights of South Dakota glamping accommodations in luxury safari-style tents
  • One night in a hotel
  • Two experienced guides to provide local knowledge, support, and camaraderie
  • Daily route support with both guides and our support van
  • Daily breakfast, four lunches, and three dinners
  • 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, flat pack, 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 personalized digital photobook 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 and a flat pack
  • Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer
  • Cinch sack day bag to keep
  • Upgrade your bike to include carbon wheels (+$200)
  • 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

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5-10% of your trip price for the guide team. Local currency is preferred and unless you want to tip separately, guides will divide tips amongst themselves. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care, and service.
  • 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:
23 miles
TOTAL MILES:
113 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
1,812 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
9,060 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
  • Take a walking tour of Rapid City and find all presidential statues
  • Visit the Journey Museum in Rapid City

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:
9:30 AM
MEETING LOCATION:
Hotel Alex Johnson, Rapid City, South Dakota

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP)
DEPARTING TIME:
11:00 AM
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. 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 one-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.

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Leaving

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.

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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 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.

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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