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The Most Beautiful Motorcycle Rides in the Black Hills

  • The Most Beautiful Motorcycle Rides in the Black Hills
    The Most Beautiful Motorcycle Rides in the Black Hills
Updated: Thursday, August 1, 2019
By : 
Michelle

The Black Hills of South Dakota are famous worldwide for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Hundreds of thousands of visitors rumble into the region each August for this larger-than-life gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts, now celebrating its 79th anniversary.

While the festivities of the event intrigue and conjure up a variety of images for those who ponder about the event, it is the one-of-a-kind riding experiences that contribute to bringing motorcycle enthusiasts back to this area year after year.  As a rider in the Black Hills, I am often asked “What are the “musts” to experience this area on a motorcycle?”  Those of us who live and ride here truly appreciate this amazing region, and when we hear that people think we have the best motorcycle rides you can find, we can’t disagree. With so many in such a compact area, it’s hard to beat. While the entire Black Hills and Badlands region offers picturesque and exhilarating riding experiences, a few key rides continually draw riders' accolades, whether locals or first-time visitors to the area.

  • Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, Highway 14A out of Spearfish, is a picturesque and leisurely ride through thousand-foot-high limestone palisades along Spearfish Creek. Enjoy the deep canyon’s scenery, including a roadside view of Bridal Veil Falls, wildlife, and sweeping curves.  To continue the trip, you might like to experience US Highway 85 into Wyoming or the Black Hills Parkway, US Highway 385 via Lead, which connects many of the scenic rides throughout the region.
  • Custer State Park, along with the Needles Highway and Iron Mountain Road, is a favorite among riders and considered by many to be the most scenic ride in the area. Iron Mountain’s pigtail turns, switchbacks and tunnels that frame Mt. Rushmore were created so visitors could enjoy the beauty of the Black Hills. Ride the park’s wildlife loop to view diverse scenery and wildlife, including around 1,300 head of wild buffalo before hitting the Needles Highway’s granite spires and sharp turns.

With so many amazing experiences to be had along these riding routes, you will surely plan to come back to this region time and again. To view these and more great Black Hills and Badlands rides, along with their skill ratings, view the 2018 Black Hills& Badlands Motorcycle Map.
 

Editor's Note: This post was originally published in July 2015 and has been updated freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

About the Author

Michelle is the president at Black Hills & Badlands Tourism Association. Her education is in tourism, marketing and management, and while born in Wisconsin, she has spent most of her life in South Dakota.  Traveling for many years as a part of her previous position, Michelle learned to recognize the amazing experiences to be had throughout the country and gained a love for visiting new areas. Above all, travel impelled her to truly appreciate all the Black Hills area has to offer. She lives in Rapid City with her chocolate lab, Lambeau, and experiences the beauty of the Hills through taking walks, hiking, camping, 4-wheeling, motorcycling and just being outdoors.

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