My 5 Favorite Sturgis Rides

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The Canyon Ride

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Takes you through Boulder, Spearfish and Vanocker Canyons on a 2 ½ hour, 100 mile loop which begins and ends on Main Street Sturgis. According to veteran riders, this may well be one of the most picturesque rides in the country. If you can’t take in all the rides listed in Black Hills Motorcycle RIDES, don’t miss the Northern Hills Ride. The diversity of this route is what makes the veteran riders refer to it as one of the best 100 miles of motorcycle riding in the country. Head West out of Sturgis on Hwy 14 (through Boulder Canyon). At Deadwood, catch Hwy 85 North to I90, travel into Spearfish (Exit 14) and take Hwy 14A South, (Spearfish Canyon), all the way down to Cheyenne Crossing, turn left and head into Lead, then turn East on Hwy 385. At Nemo turn North to go through Vanocker Canyon and then back to Sturgis.


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The Nemo Road ride is a premier side trip that takes riders through canyons, over creeks, and across open meadows on the east side of the Black Hills. This ride, from start to finish, offers some great detours and gives the rider an opportunity to experience some of the best scenery and riding challenges the Hills have to offer. The route winds its way through mountain canyons and mining history ending at Hwy 385. Veteran Black Hills riders consistently rate Nemo Road as a “must ride” experience.

Devils Tower / Hulett

Hulett, a tiny town just a few miles from Devil’s Tower in Wyoming, offers its own version of the Rally that has grown in popularity over the years. A number of the Ham ‘n’ Jammers go the extra miles to visit Devil’s Tower, the nation’s first National Monument. Unfortunately, a greater number of riders return to the Black Hills on the same route they came, missing this incredibly unique part of the Hills. With stops at Sundance, Devil’s Tower and Hulett, this ride will take up most of the day. Its attraction is the diversity of the scenery which includes mountains, meadows and the majestic wonder of Devil’s Tower. If you are riding the Devil’s Tower ride during the Rally, you might want to coordinate your ride with the stops and activities along the way.

Custer State Park

The Custer State Park Ride covers the 18 mile Wildlife Loop Road and is the only ride that stays within the boundaries of Custer State Park. The shortest of the Black Hills Motorcycle RIDES Major Rides, this trip starts at the State Game Lodge (on Hwy 16), one of three resorts within the park. This stately lodge is on the National Historic Register of Historic Places as President Coolidge made it his “Summer White House” in 1927. The park gained national popularity when Coolidge made a national announcement from the Black Hills that he was not seeking a second full term in office in the election of 1928. Custer State Park is the second largest state park in the country covering 71,000 acres of spectacular terrain. Offering an abundance of wildlife, mountain peaks over 7,000 feet, scenic drives and granite spires, it is a motorcycle riding paradise. While there are places that may test your riding skills on this route, its diversity and easy availability offers a beautiful and perfect motorcycle riding experience.

Main St (Sturgis, SD)

What’s better than going to the Superbowl? Being in it! If Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is in the hearts of all motorcycle rally enthusiasts, then the heart of the Rally is Main Street Sturgis. You never what you might see or who you might meet. Make sure you take advantage of the opportunity to ride down historic main street because come rally time it’s a motorcycle only zone where bikers get to strut their stuff. And if you are looking for anything from parts to clothing to motorcycles for sale this is where you can find it all.


Ride or Die…


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