A motorcycle ride through the Black Hills and Badlands of South Dakota is a full-body experience, invigorating all the senses to join in equilibrium; freedom, oneness and control. The bike becomes an unencumbered extension of the rider – an experiential difference between being outside and just looking at it through a window.
From north to south and east to west, the entire Black Hills and Badlands region is dotted with epic rides. Though the curves and rugged landscape often demand complete concentration, the ride itself provides utter relaxation and a deeply rooted sense of independence for all who dare to escape the mundane.
In a varied landscape offering thrilling rides and amazing scenery, it’s no wonder hundreds of thousands of riders make the annual pilgrimage to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. During any other month of the year, the small town of Sturgis is home to just under 6,900 souls. But when the roar of the rally rolls around, the city swells to 500,000 or more bikers (and biker wannabes).
Whether you’re coming for the rally or during any other time of the year, an exhilarating ride through the Black Hills and Badlands is an unforgettable way to sample a slice of the Old West and experience some of the most beautiful land in the country
This two-lane state highway is considered one of the nation's top scenic drives
The route of choice for rambling through the Black Hills National Forest
This 70-mile scenic byway has been named as one of the Most Outstanding Byways in America
12 miles of beauty connecting legendary Sturgis and historic Deadwood
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway throngs with summertime pleasure drivers. Thousand-foot-high limestone palisades in shades of brown, pink and gray tower to the right and left of Highway 14A as it twists through the 19-mile gorge.
Beginning at Sturgis Exit 32, off Interstate 90, Vanocker Canyon Road (Forest Service Road 26) winds southwest for 17 miles to the tiny historic community of Nemo. Large stands of birch and aspen provide a glowing backdrop along this peaceful and uncrowded paved byway.
The 52 miles from Belle Fourche to Devils Tower along South Dakota State Hwy. 34/Wyoming State Hwy 24 are always stunning, whatever the season. But a fall drive is particularly wonderful. Orange, red, and golden-hued pockets of burr oaks and elm are pocketed in the creekbeds and valley swales along the route.