How to Do the Sturgis Buffalo Chip® - Sturgis Motorcycle Rally information  

  • Saturday, December 19, 2020
  • by Mary Panerio

It’s official. You’ve decided you’re going to the Buffalo Chip for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Knowing the Chip is the original venue that hosts the rally’s most legendary bands, entertainment and events probably helped seal your decision. But now that your plan is in motion, there’s a good chance you’ve come across some things you don’t know about the Buffalo Chip.

Just because you’re looking for an adventure doesn’t mean you have to wing it and risk getting hit with unexpected surprises. Check out the videos below to learn more about what your trip has in store for you!

Skip ahead to specific topics:

Welcome Home Bikers® - Part 1
Where is the Sturgis Buffalo Chip?

Where is the Buffalo Chip? What’s the best way to get there? How close is it to the other stuff I want to do?

Get answers to these questions and more in the video below!

The Buffalo Chip Campground is located in the Black Hills of South Dakota. It is just south of Bear Butte State Park and about 4 miles east of Main Street Sturgis, South Dakota. 

There are two main entrance routes to get to the Buffalo Chip. You can take Hwy 34 through Sturgis and east 4 miles till you get to the Chip.

Or you can take the faster route by taking I-90 Exit 37 and Fort Meade Way.

Once you’re here, you’ll be staying within a 600-acre venue with all the facilities, amenities and supplies you’d need to survive for the entire festival without leaving. 

But we know you’re going to want to get out and ride. The Buffalo Chip is a great place start from to explore the beauty of the Black Hills. Here are some popular tourist destinations and their distance from the Chip…

Spearfish Canyon is 24 miles away in Spearfish, which is also a great little community to visit while you’re here.

Mount Rushmore is only a 51 mile ride from the Buffalo Chip and is also very close to some popular ride spots like Needles Highway and Iron Mountain Road.

Custer State Park is 66 miles away and puts you in the heart of the southern hills and some serious wildlife sightseeing.

You can also ride to some world famous destinations like Badlands National Park southeast and Devil’s Tower to the northwest. Both are about 90 miles away. 

Staying at the Buffalo Chip puts you in the middle of the largest motorcycle rally in the country and some of the most beautiful scenery and rides you can experience.

Welcome Home Bikers - Part 2
A Quick Tour of the Chip

What is there to do at the Buffalo Chip? What else is there besides concerts?

What amenities does the Buffalo Chip have? What do I do if I left something at home? Where can I get a beer?!

Get answers to these questions and more in the quick tour video and information below!

One of the first things you’ll see when arriving at the Buffalo Chip is the CrossRoads. This free-access site is located outside the west gate, and it’s immediately identifiable by the World’s Largest Big Twin Engine Sculpture near its center. During the day, Crossroads is rally in itself, with lots of vendors, bike shows, and entertainment like stunt riders live music, and contests.

Pass through the CrossRoads and you’ll discover the West Box Office, where you can grab your wristband and enter the main festival campground. Once inside, there’s a whole world of activities, entertainment and amenities available to you.

The natural amphitheater is the epicenter of activity that has helped earn the Buffalo Chip recognition as the “best outdoor concert venue in South Dakota” by This is where you’ll find the Wolfman Jack Main Stage and nine days of some of the biggest and best names in music performing nightly.

Also located within the amphitheater, you’ll find the General Store, SpeakEasy Steakhouse and other eateries, numerous bars and vendors, Club Chip and even a Zipline.

But don’t just hang around the amphitheater all day. Venture out into the campground for more places to enjoy your time at the Chip.

Bikini Beach is located just down the road from the amphitheater. This natural swimming hole is wrapped on three sides by a large deck and boasts a rope swing and slip n slide. There are fun games all day on the Beach Stage and live music every night.

We know you’ll need more than just places to hang out with your friends though. So the Buffalo Chip provides you with plenty of amenities to keep up with your rally festival needs.

There’s off-sale beer and ice up at the Water Tower Junction. That’s also where you’ll find the drop-off laundry service.

There’s free shower houses in two locations on the grounds—north and south—that also provide a coin-op laundry for guests to use on a first-come-first-served basis.

If you’re looking for a more premium bathing experience, visit Deluxe Showers at the Water Tower. (You can prepay for passes right now on the Buffalo Chip website.)

When you stay at the Buffalo Chip, you’ll have everything you’ll need to enjoy your rally vacation.

Welcome Home Bikers - Part 3
Festival Pass Options

What are my pass options? Can I buy single day passes? Can I buy bundles of day passes for cheaper?

What kind of camping is included in my pass? How do I get VIP?!

Get answers to these questions and more in the video and information below!

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip is the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling®, and with nine days of concerts and races, there are a lot of pass options available

Depending on the time of year, the Chip offers a variety of passes to fit your rally vacation needs. Early Bird, Extended Rally, and Rally Passes are always available to buy at

The Early Bird Pass is a 14-day wristband that starts the Monday before the rally begins. This pass gets you in early to set-up camp, and there’s even a Pre-Rally Party with live music to help you kick things off. 

The Extended Rally Pass is a nine-day wristband that starts on the first Saturday of the rally. This gives you eight nights of the best headlining concerts in Sturgis.

The Rally Pass starts the first Monday of the rally and runs seven days. These are the traditional rally dates and puts you smack dab in the center of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

These three festival passes give you the biggest bang for your buck and are always cheaper the earlier in the year you book them. In fact, many of guests buy next year’s pass at the box office as they leave to head back home. 

If you can’t stay 6 to 14 days at the rally, the Buffalo Chip also offers 3-day passes and single day passes. 

Three-day passes go on sale sometime at the beginning of the year and are sold in blocks of three. 

Package A includes the first Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Package B includes Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Package C includes Thursday, and the final Friday and Saturday. 

Finally, for those of you who only look to venture out to the Chip for one night to see a band you like or visit your rally family, the Chip offers single day passes.

No matter what wristband you have, your pass entitles you to set up camp anywhere at the Buffalo Chip that isn’t a designated RV site. Concerts are free with camping. So is access to the Buffalo Chip’s unique entertainment areas.

If you’d like to upgrade your accommodations...RV sites, cabins, EZ Camp and RV rentals can all be booked separately at

You can also upgrade your concert experience with VIP passes. 3-day passes and single day passes also have VIP options available that put you in the best seats and viewing areas available on the main stage. 

No matter what kind of timeframe you have to rally in August, the Sturgis Buffalo Chip has you covered. Join the Best Party Anywhere and have a rally experience you won’t ever forget. 

This video is the third in the Welcome Home Bikers series. Check back for more soon!

Are you a first-timer looking for more Sturgis Motorcycle Rally information?

Check out the articles below and discover more on these topics:

Ready to experience the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally at the Buffalo Chip? Reserve now.

Have more questions about the Sturgis Buffalo Chip? Drop them in the comments below to get them answered!

Presented by the Sturgis Buffalo Chip
Known as The Best Party Anywhere®, the Sturgis Buffalo Chip believes festivals should be fun like a high five, reenergize you like a broken rule, and romance you like someone you just met and have to take home. 

This nine-day festival of concerts and motorcycle events promises to bring you exciting events like flat track races and live performances from artists like Aerosmith, Willie Nelson, Five Finger Death Punch, Kid Rock, Rob Zombie and many more. 

Find out more or get passes to the Best Party Anywhere at and find out why it continues to be one of the most televised festivals in the world.


Suggested Articles:

Get the News Before Official Public Announcements!

Sign Up Now!