A gateway community with 7,000 residents on I-90 at Exits 30 and 32. Featuring the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Black Hills National Cemetery, Bear Butte State Park, Fort Meade Cavalry Museum, Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame and Wonderland Cave. Enjoy the local public golf course and scenic drives through Vanocker Canyon or Boulder Canyon.
The city of Sturgis was started in 1888 as a boom town catering to off-duty soldiers just outside the U.S. Cavalry's Fort Meade. Later it became a port of entry to the Black Hills goldfields. Today, Sturgis is known worldwide as "Motorcycle City USA." It hosts "Rodeos To Rallies." I-90 Exits 30 & 32.
Fort Meade and Cavalry Days
Fort Meade was established in 1878 to protect the gold seekers and settlers against hostile Sioux Indians, who saw the invasion as a break in the Black Hills Treaty of 1877. The treaty had designated the Black Hills and surrounding prairie as Sioux Indian land. The military installation lasted until 1944, outliving other frontier posts of the Upper Missouri West. The fort today is home to Fort Meade Museum, many original buildings, parade grounds and a Veterans Administration Hospital. The museum is open mid-May through August, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Located two miles east of Sturgis on State Hwy. 34.
Experience the days when Fort Meade was a frontier cavalry post. Cavalry Days celebrates the history and the culture of military life in the late 1800s. Daily cavalry re-enactments, shoot-outs and great examples of military life. Join in the fun on June 6-7 at historic Fort Meade.
The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame offers a variety of unique motorcycle and motorcycling memorabilia with special emphasis on the world famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Open year-round, seven days a week. Hours vary by season. Admission.
Tours leaving every 15 min. You'll be guided at an easy pace along the tour's cool, well-lit passages. Largest variety of formations found in the Midwest. View the famous 40ft icicle fence. Gift shop, lunchette, picnic area. AAA recommended. Open May 1 - Oct. 31.
Fort Meade was established during the winter of 1878-79 by the 1st & 11th infantry as well as the reorganized 7th Cavalry. It outlived all other frontier posts of the Upper Missouri West, surviving as a military installation until 1944 when it became a Veterans Administration Hospital as it remains today. Journey back in military history through the many exhibits.
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Things to See & Do
Mato Paha or “Bear Mountain” is the Lakota name given to Bear Butte State Park. This geological formation is one of several intrusions of igneous rock in the Black Hills that formed millions of years ago.
12 miles of beauty connecting legendary Sturgis and historic Deadwood
When you vacation in the northern Black Hills, you will be surrounded by an area synonymous with great stories of the gold rush and old west.
You will visit the haunts of such legendary figures as Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, as well as many other locations in the gaming town of Deadwood, a National Historic Landmark. This region is rich with Black Hills history.
If you like taking risks but you’re not quite up to climbing a 7,500-foot mountain or skydiving, gambling in South Dakota may be just the vacation fun you are looking for! Visitors who prefer testing their luck at slot machines, blackjack or poker will find plenty of delight in Vegas-style gaming at Deadwood's thirty casinos. Throughout the state you will find nine Tribal Casinos and statewide video lottery machines.
The Black Hills are full of monumental works of both man and nature, evident too in the world-class hiking, biking, motorized and non-motorized trail offerings one can find here. Whether hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, ATVing or snowmobiling, the uncrowded, natural surroundings of the Black Hills and Badlands are an outdoor mecca with over 450 miles spread across 75 different trails.
Places to Stay
Huge pull through full hookups, luxury spa sites, cabins & forested tent camping on 80 acres bordering the BH National Forest between Mt. Rushmore & Deadwood. Hiking, 4-wheeling, horseback riding & hunting! Top rated by Trailer Life & Good Sam.
This is the newest & nicest "bike hotel" in the area - but come on in even if you don't have a bike! Located in Whitewood, just minutes from Sturgis, on 14 acres with great views of the Black Hills.
Places to Eat
The Loud American Roadhouse in Downtown Sturgis is always bringing you the best in live entertainment and is Home of the Legendary steak Tip Dinner. We are the premier restaurant and live concert venue in the Black Hills during the Sturgis Rally and the whole year!
Arouse your senses and experience the exquisite flavors of our new sparkling wine creations utilizing traditional champagne methods. Our new state-of-the-art Sparkling House facility features an awe-inspiring outdoor patio that overlooks our 5 acre vineyard, bordering the majestic Ponderosa pines of the rugged Black Hills of Sturgis.