Destinations: Sturgis, South Dakota

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2019 marks the 79th Sturgis Bike Rally

Unlike that other huge bike week in Florida, Sturgis, South Dakota, actually offers amazing riding in close proximity the hubbub of the rally itself. Not only are the Black Hills a beautiful backdrop, but the roads and riding are definitely worth exploring.

If the Rally is your thing, there are a ton of activities to keep you busy on and off the bike. At the top or our list is the American Flat Track Sturgis Buffalo Chip TT Presented by Indian Motorcycle on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019. But there are some seriously big-time music artists playing each year, including a wide variety of genres. On-bike activities include poker runs, and guided rides.

If the Rally itself isn’t your cup of tea, plan a riding vacation to Sturgis another time, like not the first week of August (dates for 2019 are August 2nd to 11th). If you just want to ride, check out some of our REVER Recommended Rides below, or use the Butler Maps layers (a PRO feature) to plan your own custom routes around the area in our ride planner.

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10 Places To Visit And Things To See In The Black Hills


1) Mount Rushmore
2) Devils Tower
3) Custer State Park
4) Crazy Horse Memorial
5) Wind Cave National Park (Credit on Park Ranger Challenge)
6) Black Hills Central Railroad
7) Needles
8) Dinosaur Park
9) Sylvan Lake
10) Mount Moriah Cemetery

REVER Recommended Rides

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This loop starts in Spearfish and heads south on ALT 14 along Spearfish Creek, to Cheyenne Crossing then back north to Deadwood, and onto the 85 before returning to Spearfish.

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This Counterclockwise loop heads south out of Cheyenne Crossing, through Buckhorn. Four Corners and then heads east on Deerfield Road, past Deerfield Lake, then north up the Tigerville Mystic Rd. to Mystic, then through Rockford, Dumont and back to Cheyenne Crossing.

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This figure-eight loop out of Sturgis heads south along Vanocker Canyon Road, then Norris Peak Road, along Rapid Creek then along the 44 toward Rapid City. Don't miss Skyline Dr. before heading west along 231 and South Canyon Road then toward Nemo, then toward Deadwood before returning to Sturgis.

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This loop heads west out of Rapid City on the 44 toward Silver City and Pactola Reservoir before heading south on 385 to Sheridan Lake Road, Old State Highway 40 then up the 16 to Rapid City, but don't miss Skyline Dr. on the way back into town.

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This route visits Mt. Rushmore, and the Crazy Horse Monument while winding its way through the Black Hills National Forest. It starts by heading southwest out of Rapid City, looping through Custer, down to Hot Springs before heading north back to Rapid City.

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This ADV route from Highway 90 heads south on some nice ADV roads, passing through Willow Springs toward Highway 85. If you are in the Honda Pass Bagger Challenge, O'Neil Pass is just to the east on 85.


"You don't stop riding when you get old, you get old when you stop riding."
― Anonymous

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