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Mickelson Trail bike tour



The George S. Mickelson Trail is one of the premier rail-trails in the West, rich with boom-and-bust gold mining history, American history and the sublime scenery of the Black Hills. Bike to Mt. Rushmore. Explore Deadwood, onetime home of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, and Crazy Horse Memorial. Visit one of the world’s largest caves and country’s biggest mammoth dig. Ride the whole Mickelson – along with a few fascinating side trips- on this 6-day bike tour. Perfect for those who prefer as little as traffic possible, eminently doable routes an terrific scenery, this tour packs a lot of wallop for the buck!

Tourenrad, Rennrad
6 Tage
177 km / 110 mi
$ 2,999.- / € 3,061.-
  • Deadwood
  • Mt. Rushmore
  • Crazy Horse
  • Mammoth site
  • Wind Cave National Park
  • Deposit 25 %



Tourenrad, Rennrad
6 Tage
Leicht = Untrainiert, normale Kondition
Moderat = guter Radfahrer mit guter Kondition
Anspruchsvoll = sehr Erfahren, sehr gut trainiert
Tour führung
Gruppentour = Mit Führung und Support
Individuell = mit Beschreibung und Karten
40-60 km / 25-37 mi
177 km / 110 mi
DeLuxe = 4-5 Sterne Hotel oder Excellence B&B
Basic = 1-2 Sterne Hotel/Motel oder B&B
Camping = Zelt, Sporthalle oder Firmegelände
Luxus, Vollpension
Daily luggage transfers
04 Jun 2023 - 09 Jun 2023
11 Jun 2023 - 16 Jun 2023
18 Jun 2023 - 23 Jun 2023
25 Jun 2023 - 30 Jun 2023
14 Aug 2023 - 19 Aug 2023
21 Aug 2023 - 26 Aug 2023
28 Aug 2023 - 02 Sep 2023
04 Sep 2023 - 09 Sep 2023
11 Sep 2023 - 16 Sep 2023
Start date June 11, Aug. 28 and Sept 4 are guaranteed.
Start date August 28 limited places left.
Rapid City
Rapid City
Flughafen Anfang
Rapid City Regional Airport
Flughafen Ende
Rapid City Regional Airport

Preise *Please note the prices are subject to change depending availability*

Preis pro Person / please note the prices are subject to change depending availability
The tour price per person
$ 2,999.-
E-bike Fastroad E+ EX Pro or E-bike THRIVE E+ EX Pro
$ 200.-
Zuschlag zur Einzel
Wenn Sie auf Reisen nur eine einzige zusätzliche Gebühr. With some group tours you can avoid a single supplement by sharing a room with another rider.
$ 810.-


Included / Not Included – lodging

Day 1: Visit The Mammoth Site. Ride the Mickelson Trail from Edgemont to Pringle.

Meet in Rapid City in the morning. Our first stop is in Hot Springs at The Mammoth Site, an active paleontological dig where we pay a visit to the fossils of 61 woolly mammoths from the Ice Age. In Edgemont, at the south end of the Mickelson Trail, we hop on the bikes to ride the trail to the tiny town of Pringle (pop. 112). Return to the Red Rock River Resort in Hot Springs tonight, with time for a soak before walking to a privately hosted al fresco dinner at Silk Road.
Meals: Lunch and Dinner. Lodging: Red Rock River Resort
Level: easy
Distance: 33 miles (or less)
Elevation: +2026 ft / – 606 ft.

Day 2: Visit Wind Cave National Park and continue on the Mickelson Trail.

In the morning visit Wind Cave National Park, location of one of the longest and most complex caves in the world. The Lakota (Sioux), who live in the region, spoke of a hole that blew air, a place they consider sacred as the site where they first emerged from the underworld. In 1881, brothers Tom and Jesse Bingham heard wind rushing out from a 10-inch hole in the ground. According to the story, when Tom looked into the hole, the “wind” (exiting cave air) blew his hat off of his head. A mining company purchased the land but when it turned up no valuable mineral deposits the project turned to tourism. This was the first cave in the world to be designated a national park. Continue on the Mickelson Trail from Pringle to Legion Lake for the night.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Lodging: Legion Lake Lodge
Level: easy
Distance: 20 miles
Elevation: +1141 ft / – 987 ft.

Day 3: Ride to Crazy Horse Memorial before heading to Hill City.

This morning, ride the car-free trail to Crazy Horse Memorial, the world’s largest mountain carving. Lakota leader Crazy Horse led a war party to victory against Federal Government troops at the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876. This fascinating memorial has been under construction since 1948 and receives no government funding. It’s so large that if Mt. Rushmore could be moved, it would fit inside Crazy Horse’s shoulder! Ride onward to Hill City. Hop in the van for the transfer up the hill to Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Sylvan Lake Lodge, Custer State Park’s ‘Crown Jewel’ and our home for the next two nights.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Lodging: Sylvan Lake Lodge
Level: easy
Distance: 16 miles
Elevation: +677 ft / – 986 ft.

Day 4: Hike Black Elk Peak this morning. Visit Mt. Rushmore this afternoon.

Hike Black Elk Peak this morning. At 7,242 feet, Black Elk Peak stands prominently as the highest point in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Standing sentinel over the Black Hills, Black Elk Peak is topped by a stone fire tower that provides a magnificent view of the surrounding landscape. This afternoon, explore Mt. Rushmore National Memorial. Gaze in awe at the 60-foot sculptures of four United States presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. Lunch and dinner are on your own today.
Meals: Breakfast. Lodging: Sylvan Lake Lodge
Level: easy, Elevation: +1384 ft / – 1380 ft.

Day 5: Ride from Hill City to the gold-rush-era town of Rochford and then on to Deadwood.

Ride from Hill City, the first settlement established in conjunction with the discovery of Black Hills gold in French Creek to tiny Rochford (pop. 26). It’s home to the Montezuma Mine, the Moonshine Gulch Saloon and the ‘Small of America.’ After lunch, bike or van onward to Deadwood, onetime home of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. Plan for time to explore! Stay at the Deadwood Mountain Grand tonight.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Lodging: Deadwood Mountain Grand
Level: easy
Distance: 22 miles
Elevation: +1365 ft / – 1079 ft.

Day 6: Ride the Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway.

Enjoy a leisurely ride through Spearfish Canyon this morning. Older than the Grand Canyon, the spectacular 1000-foot walls and limestone palisades of this creek-carved gorge offer some of the most breathtaking scenery in the Black Hills. Finish riding at the city park in Spearfish where we’ll celebrate the completion of the tour with lunch before returning to Rapid City in the afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch.
Level: easy
Distance: 19 miles
Elevation: +255 ft / – 1911 ft.

* This is a general itinerary. Tour itineraries are subject to change based on the group, available accommodations and other unforeseen circumstances such as the weather, local conditions, government intervention, that may affect the quality of the trip and/or safety of the participants. Please view this itinerary as an outline as to what to expect on this tour.


All breakfasts, lunches and dinners, except one lunch and one dinner on your own.
Hiking, Mammoth Site, Crazy Horse, Mt Rushmore and Wind Cave

Not included

Flights from and to the tour
Nights before and after the tour
One lunch and one dinner
Gratuity guides


Red Rock River Resort
Legion Lake Lodge
Sylvan Lake Lodge
Holiday Inn Express Gold Dust

Vaccine or test: A negative Covid test will be required within 72 hours of departure for all non-fully vaccinated guests. or Proof of a completed Covid vaccination course can be used in lieu of a Covid test. A "completed Covid vaccination course" means that the guest has had 1 or 2 shots (depending on vaccine brand) and has completed the 2-week waiting period post final shot.
All of our guides are fully vaccinated.

Map & Routes



A road or Hybrid bike is included in the price,
are available for an extra fee.
Prior to your bike tour, we request your height in order to choose the right frame size for you. (If you have a fit sheet or sizing information on your personal bicycle, you are welcome to send that to us, and we will do our best to match your geometry and specs.) On the first day of each bicycle tour, your guides tweak your bike fit to make sure you are as comfortable as possible. If they can’t get the fit just right, we typically carry a couple of extra sizes. We try to make sure we have the right size and type of bike you need to enjoy your cycling vacation.

Giant Defy ADV 3

Choose the longer route. Climb higher mountains. This all-new endurance road bike is purpose-built to help you tackle long-distance road rides in all types of conditions. It’s smooth, it’s efficient, and it’s fast.
Ride farther and faster with an all-new composite frameset that’s engineered with endurance geometry and built-in compliance. Handcrafted with Advanced-grade composite material, it’s engineered with tube shapes that are optimized to absorb road shocks and vibrations. And the frame is still stiff in all the ways that matter—for pedaling efficiency as well as steering and cornering precision. It’s made with a specific carbon layup to give it just the right feel. And for added control, it features integrated disc brakes with flat mounts and 12mm thru-axles. The D-Fuse Seatpost and handlebar system also help reduce road vibrations, adding to its smooth, compliant feel on the road.
Components: Giant Conduct disc brakes, Shimano Tiagra groupset, 50/34 cranks, 11 x 34 cassette, Giant S-R2 tubeless wheelset 700x28c

Hybrid / flat Bar Road bike

The perfect balance of road bike speed and city bike versatility. Built on a lightweight ALUXX SL aluminum frameset, this new flat-bar road bike puts the rider in a comfortable position that’s smooth and efficient. The fast-rolling 700c wheels and vibration-absorbing composite D-Fuse seatpost help smooth out rough roads. The fast-rolling 700c wheels can accommodate large tires up to 32c, perfect for tackling rough roads with confidence and control, while integrated ergo bar ends keep your hands comfortable on longer adventures. Powerful disc brakes give you added control in all types of weather, and easy-to-use rack mounts make FastRoad SL a smart choice for commuting, fitness riding and weekend adventures.
E-Bike Thrive E+ EX PRO
With THRIVE E+ EX PRO, you get an all-access pass to speed no mater what your fitness level
Designed with Liv’s 3F Design Philosophy, Thrive E+ EX Pro is the first road E-bike built specifically for women. Get up to speed fast with the new SyncDrive Pro motor that provides a natural, yet powerful, E-bike experience. The new motor also features a Smart support mode that automatically adjusts the support level based on your ride. PedalPlus 6-Sensor Technology translates six measurements about your riding and adds the perfect amount of power at just the right time for a fast and fluid ride quality. The EnergyPak Smart 375 battery is so sleek, you’ll have your friends looking twice to know it’s an E-bike.
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