Looking for a perfect mix of exploration and R&R? The George S. Mickelson Trail is just for you! Set a weekend aside, or take advantage of the weekdays to jump into this two-wheeled adventure
Arrival in the Black Hills
You’re here! This is your time to get settled into your accommodations and explore the area around you. Take the chance to breath the clean, crisp air, try new restaurants or check out the many museums, shops or sights!
Biking the Mickelson Trail
Head on down the road to Hill City with your bikes and gear (bicycle rentals are also available) and hop on the shuttle to the George S. Mickelson Trail Mountain Trailhead. The Trailhead is 3 miles north of Custer on Hwy 385, and it is the heart of the beautiful Black Hills. Its gentle slopes and easy access allow people of all ages to enjoy the beauty that surrounds it. There are more than 100 converted railroad bridges and four hard rock tunnels along the trail.
Now, explore the Black Hills on your own time. Enjoy the scenery, go at your own pace and take everything in as you pedal your way back towards Hill City.
Hill City is a great stop as this quaint little town is full of amazing restaurants, wineries, breweries, world-class shops and art galleries! Try the Alpine Inn, Bistro at Prairie Berry Winery, Slate Creek Grill or Desperados for a bite to eat. Visit the Sandy Swallow Gallery, a must see for authentic American Indian Art and Culture.
Your next route takes you into Custer State Park; take this opportunity to drive Iron Mountain Road (Hwy 16A) from south to north. This highway is the most amazing visual approach to Mt. Rushmore National Monument.
Mt. Rushmore National Monument
Whether this is your first, or fifth time to Mt. Rushmore, the pride, beauty and patriotism that overwhelms you never fades. If you haven’t had a chance to grab dinner yet, take the time to share a family meal under the grand façade of your forefathers. Mount Rushmore offers an amphitheater, museum/theater complex, Visitor Orientation Center, Presidential Trail, gift shop, bookstore and restaurant. Through Memorial Day to Labor Day, make sure to stick around for the evening lighting ceremony!
Departure from the Black Hills
Hopefully this trip gave you a taste of what the Black Hills has to offer. If you have time on your last day, make sure to continue to enjoy the area surrounding you. We’ll see you next time!