Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Biking the unknown byways of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally has plenty of back roads. On this Sturgis Motorcycle Rally ride, a couple are available.

"The untraveled back roads are some of the best at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Here are a couple."
The Editor

Keystone is the tourist trap headquarters of the Black Hills. But even here at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally you can find a way to get away from it all.

In front of Mt Rushmore at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

After going through Mt Rushmore you'll descend down a steep mountain which is often patrolled by National Park Service law enforcement.

There isn't much to patrol, but they're out there a lot - probably more than any other section of road in the state. Apparently they don't have much else to do.
When you get to Keystone there are a couple of less traveled but interesting choices.

The Keystone diversions at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Most people keep on 16A and head back to the four-lane, and on into Rapid City. But at the stoplight on the east end of Keystone, its also possible to go either left or right. On this Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Ride - both choices are good rides.

The road to the right goes through part of old Keystone and then on to the east. It's paved, but not traveled much. It eventually turns to gravel, so you'll probably retrace your route. But it's nice little ride to do some exploring.

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally on Old Keystone Road

The left turn out of Keystone takes you up the old Keystone Road. It eventually winds up at Hill City. It's paved, but once again is not traveled too much. Mostly only locals get on it, so it's an interesting ride.

It goes up along Battle Creek. You may hear the 1887 train that steams up along the narrow gauge railroad tracks from Hill City to Keystone. The 1887 Train goes along this road. The famous writer of the Black Hills, Hugh O'Gara, also lives along this road.
You'll wind up on the edge of Hill City in this last part of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Best Short Ride.

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Ride past picnic grounds and logging roads

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