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.
Program No. 4904RJ
6 days
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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 the 10 Best Car-Free Bike Paths in the U.S.A. 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 and helmets provided. 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

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Duane Weber
Duane Weber comes to us as an employee at Wind Cave National Park. As an experienced park staff person who had trained and fought wildfires as collateral duty, Duane will be speaking on wildland firefighting.
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