front of Mt Rushmore at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
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
When you get to Keystone there are a couple of less
traveled but interesting choices.
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
Motorcycle Rally on Old Keystone Road
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.
Motorcycle Rally Ride past picnic grounds and logging