10 Places to Ride During Sturgis Bike Week

//10 Places to Ride During Sturgis Bike Week

10 Places to Ride During Sturgis Bike Week


Sturgis Bike Week

Sturgis Bike Week. From custom bikes to live music, little is left to the imagination. There are plenty of things to see and do in Sturgis during Bike Week. But the road offers so much more.

Here are the ten places you won’t want to miss out on while you’re in South Dakota.

Less Than One Hour Away

1. Deadwood SD

Deadwood is a 20 minute ride west of Sturgis on US-14 ALT. A popular destination during Bike Week, there is plenty to see and do in Deadwood. Don’t forget to visit Mount Moriah Cemetery. There you will find grave sites of many old west legends, including Wild Bill Hickok.

2. Bear Butte State Park

At  some point during your trip you might want to “get away from it all.” Your answer is a short ride east, to the Bear Butte State Park. A spiritual destination for many, the park is a holy site for Native Americans.

More Miles, But Worth It

3. Devils Tower National MonumentDevils Tower National Monument

Devils Tower is America’s first national monument. A world class climbing destination, the park is also a great place for hiking. More likely, you’ll want to make this a stop during a day of riding. Arrive before 11 am or after 4 pm to avoid parking challenges!

4. Spearfish Canyon

Riding out to Devils Tower? Consider taking a slight detour off I-90 through Spearfish Canyon. The canyon twists through a 19-mile gorge with plenty of photo opportunities.

5. Badlands National Park

The Badlands National Park is located 90 miles southeast of Sturgis. The Badlands covers 100 square miles and offers a great day of scenic riding. The park is also the site of the massacre of Plains Indians at Wounded Knee Creek.

6. Pactola Lake

Less than an hour from Sturgis, Pactola Lake is the largest reservoir in the Black Hills. If you’re looking for a place to relax, the lake is the place for you. Pactola Lake offers boating, fishing, and swimming; and plenty of scenic riding.

Make a Day of It

Four of our ten recommendations are within an easy ride from each other

7. Custer State Park

Custer State Park is South Dakota’s first, and largest, state park. The 71,000 acre park is home to many wild animals, including 1500 free roaming bison. If you go, keep your eyes open for the begging burros. These donkeys will stop vehicles to beg for food!

8. Needles Highway (SD Highway 87)

Before it was built in 1922, Needles Highway was considered “impossible to complete.” A National Scenic Byway, SD Highway 87 runs through Custer State Park. With miles of sharp turns and low tunnels, Needles Highway was built for motorcycling.

9. Iron Mountain Road (SD Highway 16A)

On one end of Iron Mountain Road there’s Mount Rushmore. On the other, Custer State Park. If you need other reasons for making the 17-mile journey, consider these – 314 curves, 14 switchbacks, 3 pigtails and 3 tunnels.

10. Mount Rushmore

Ride During Sturgis Bike WeekI’m sure there are people who have been to Sturgis Bike Week without seeing Mount Rushmore. Don’t be one of them! Take a day. Go for a ride! If you miss any of the other nine rides, do not miss this one.

There you have it. Ten places to ride during Sturgis Bike Week. They are all close by, and there’s no reason to not go.

Have a fun, and safe, time in Sturgis.



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  1. Shovelhead Bob July 5, 2017 at 9:31 am

    A road less traveled than the Deadwood route to the monuments and the Needles is Vanocker Canyon road, will get you down to Johnson Siding via hwy 173. The road is getting more well known every year but still not as crowded as hwy 385 out of Deadwood.

  2. BILL Alldredge July 2, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    All great rides. If possible, take these rides the week before the rally starts or after to avoid the crowds. Be safe and make lasting memories. Bill

  3. Mark Garner July 1, 2017 at 8:41 am

    You should put Crazy Horse National monument in the list.. Amazing story, amazing site right in the middle of the needles and Custer National park rides. A don’t miss place if you want to experience the best of the area.

  4. Curt Young June 30, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    you forgot crazy horse and topless tuesday

  5. Ron Adams June 30, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Every place you showed I’ve been too and it is worth the ride fantastic scenery and I will return and do it again !

  6. Buck H June 30, 2017 at 8:23 am

    You forgot Crazy Horse! Far better than Rushmore in my opinion.

  7. […] the next great road on our list is Needles Highway in South Dakota. Mentioned in our post about the 10 Best Places to Ride During Sturgis Bike Week, SD Highway 87 is a National Scenic […]

  8. Scottie July 31, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Thank you for all of the information. I’m a Sturgeon (first time Sturgis attendee).

    • Joe Peek August 1, 2016 at 2:25 pm

      Have a great time at the rally Scottie!

  9. randy July 30, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    We lived in Keystone SD for 7 summers. All these roads are a must. Do Mt. Rushmore late in the evening and stay for the lighting program. If you don’t you will miss a great experience.

    • Joe Peek August 1, 2016 at 2:26 pm

      Thanks Randy! Not having been, I didn’t know about the lighting. Great advice!

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