South Dakota

Biking in the Black Hills of South Dakota

Speak with a local natural history expert, attend a lighting at Mount Rushmore and learn the frontier story of Deadwood as you join local experts to bike the historic Mickelson Trail.
Rating (4.92)
Program No. 4904RJ
6 days
Starts at

At a Glance

Bike through the heart of the beautiful and mystical Black Hills on the hard-packed, limestone Mickelson Trail following the historic Burlington Northern rail line. The Mickelson Trail is rated as one of America’s top 10 car-free bike paths. Choose to bike the entire 110 miles of trail if you like. Along the way study natural and historic features. Evening speakers bring local color to the natural and human history of the Black Hills.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Challenging
Cycle 20-44 miles daily; long gradual uphills and downhills. Sag wagon, 21-speed mountain bikes, hybrid bikes, or comfort bikes available for rental. Elevations up to 6,200 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Bike different sections of the scenic Mickelson Trail each day, enjoying a great variety of terrain including pine forests, rock cliffs, streams and prairies.
  • Experience field trips to Deadwood, the Needles Highway and Crazy Horse Memorial.
  • At Mount Rushmore, attend an inspirational ranger program and the lighting of the monument.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: The unique experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a single room to yourself for only $100 more (for many programs). Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available. For an itinerary cycling program, please see program #23723.
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