3 Popular Black Hills Rides You Can Take on the Wild Gypsy Tour  

  • Wednesday, January 1, 2020
  • by Rachael Silver

What stretches of beautiful backcountry and iconic landmarks are on your must-ride list? If doing Sturgis is in your sights, there are countless ideas worth adding to your itinerary.

Places like Mount Rushmore, Deadwood, Crazy Horse, Devil’s Tower, Pactola and Badlands National Park are a must for any rider who finds themselves in the Black Hills. Women riders looking to take the adventure to the next level can experience these rides and others as part of the women-only Wild Gypsy Tour. Here’s a preview of what you’ll experience on three of the rides!


Mount Rushmore Ride

Where: From the Chip to Mount Rushmore and back.
When: Date To Be Announced
Number of Miles: 190
Ride Duration: Roughly 3 hours of road time (not including gas stops/spending time at Mt. Rushmore)

This route will include a scenic ride through the Black Hills National Forest, taking roads off the main drag. The mid-point will be the stop at Mt Rushmore where you’ll spend some time taking in the National Memorial.

Photo by Nathalie Kossek

From there the group will grab lunch (each respective rider is responsible for their own food), then head back to the Buffalo Chip through Rapid City and Sturgis to catch some relaxation before jumping into a night of more fun!

Specific gas stops and lunch spot to be announced, this route is subject to change.


Pactola Ride

Where: From the Sturgis Buffalo Chip to Pactola Reservoir and back
Number of Miles: 186
When: Date To Be Announced
Ride Duration: Roughly 3 hours of road time (not including gas stops/spending time at Pactola)

This route will feature a slightly shorter scenic drive through the Black Hills National Forest with the destination of Pactola Reservoir! On our way to Pactola, you’ll stop to grab bagged lunches to bring to the Pactola Point Swim Beach.

When the group arrives at the Lake, you’ll have time to eat your lunch and hop in the lake to cool off from the hot summer sun!  Once the food has been eaten and the swimming has been done, it’s back on the bikes to cruise back to the Buffalo Chip to clean up and chillax before party time! 

This will likely be a longer day away from camp - so anticipate that this will be a longer commitment given the hang time we are budgeting for relaxing at the lake!

Specific gas stops and lunch spot to be announced, this route is subject to change.


Deadwood Ride with Biker Belles®

Where: From the Chip to Deadwood, SD and back
When: Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020 @ 7 a.m.
Number of Miles: 121
Ride Duration: Roughly an hour of road time

The Wild Gypsies will be rolling into Deadwood bright and early at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 11 to link up with the women of Biker Belles! Together, alongside 200+ other women, we will ride from Deadwood back to the Buffalo Chip Campground. 

This ride is a particularly special celebration of women pioneers within motorcycle culture, culminating in the Biker Belles Celebration at the Buffalo Chip Campground. This celebration will feature a catered lunch, a symposium featuring influential women speakers within the moto industry, and the Women & Wheels Bike Show Presented by Wild Gypsy Tour!

Photo by Nathalie Kossek


These rides are available to ONLY Wild Gypsy Tour guests, with the exception of the Biker Belles Ride from Deadwood to the Buffalo Chip. To stay tuned for more updates, check out wildgypsytour.com.

Presented by the Wild Gypsy Tour

Wild Gypsy Tour is an annual women’s festival and campout at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip®. This exciting event invites women into the heart of motorcycle culture as part of the WGT Tribe in an immersive five-day, five-night bonding journey with fellow #WomenWhoRide. For so many riders, participating at Sturgis represents induction into moto-culture. For women riders, Wild Gypsy Tour is here to welcome you. In 2020, Wild Gypsy Tour wants to deepen the connections amongst its Tribe with increased emphasis on ceremony, energy healing, yoga, and intention - all with the backdrop of one of the best parties and historical rallies around.

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