Sturgis Motorcycle Rally via the best US mountain roads – 15 Days

Welcome to America’s oldest Motorcycle Rally, Sturgis Bike Rally. Combined with riding several of America’s best motorcycle roads: Wild West Run, Black Hills Run, Beartooth Highway, San Juan Skyway/HWY 550, Ouray – Durango, Sturgis is America’s oldest Motorcycle Rally, with 500,000 participants. The week is packed with action and fun in a spectacular environment; we participate in the best.

On this tour, you will experience spectacular scenery and places that take your breath away: Sturgis Bike Rally, San Juan Skyway, Rocky Mountains, Black Canyon, Yellowstone, Bighorn Canyon, Buffalo, Mt Rushmore, and Black Hills Forest. The round trip to Sturgis and the Midwest is unique and a paradise for those who love motorcycling. Beware of buffalos on the road!


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Day 01: Arrival – Denver, Colorado

When all tour participants arrive, we will gather for a welcome meeting and refreshments, introducing everyone to fellow participants and tour leaders. The evening’s program will focus on getting to know each other, and for those still energised after the long journey, there’s an option to visit a local bar nearby.

Day 02: Denver – Gunnison  (Riding day 1: 330 km/205 miles)

The day will commence with an information meeting covering details about the Buffalo Bill Mountain Tour and your stay in Denver. Practical information about motorcycle and car rental checkout will be provided. Once checked out of the hotel, we’ll collect our vehicles (bikes/cars). The bike/car booked for the tour will be prepared with all necessary insurance included. We will embark on our 4,200 km Sturgis & Buffalo Bill Mountain tour when everyone is ready. Denver will gradually disappear behind us as we start a unique adventure full of history, adventure, and fun. The initial part of the day will include some city Riding & interstate travel before we depart on our designated back roads in spectacular surroundings. We will start easy to allow everyone to get accustomed to traffic and riding conditions. The adventure on adventurous motorcycle roads begins with a stop in Fairplay to visit the “ghost town” South Park City, which is currently operating as a museum of the old Wild West. After our Wild West influence, we will Ride to the motel in Gunnison, where we’ll relax and share experiences from the first leg of the fairytale.

Day 03: Gunnison – Durango  (Riding day 2: 372 km/231 miles)

Today, we will start our ride on the US’ best back roads. Leaving Gunnison, we will Ride on the beautiful Silverthread Scenic Byway, navigating curvy roads through spectacular scenery. Keep your cameras ready! We will Ride to Lake City, stopping to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. Afterwards, we’ll head to South Fork for lunch before continuing to the breathtaking Wolf Creek Pass. Our destination of the day is Durango, an old mining town where treasure hunters come in herds to find & extract gold and silver worth hundreds of millions of dollars from the mineral-rich mountains of the area. The noble metals made Durango a prosperous city that has not been affected by the recession. Today’s usual stress and rush do not influence residents of Durango; they are hospitable and friendly. Get ready for a cozy evening in the city’s historic district.

Day 04: Durango – Moab  (Riding day 3: 355 km/220 miles)

Welcome to one of the tour’s highlights. Today promises amazing Riding experiences on fantastic back roads, sharp curves, spectacular mountain scenery, waterfalls, and old Pioneer cities. As we Ride out of Durango, we will stop by roadside hot springs. We continue north on spectacular mountain roads to Silverton and the world’s “highest” Harley Davidson dealer (elevation). After that, we’ll start riding on the world-famous “Million Dollar Highway” (also San Juan Skyway), ranked No. 4 among America’s best motorcycle roads. It is an extraordinary Riding experience, a lifetime memory! The road got its famous name, “San Juan Skyway”, because the mountain passes we ride through lies 3,353m (11,000 ft) above sea level, with amazing views. We will make several stops along the way to enjoy this unique experience. You might want to Ride back for another ride when we arrive at the road’s end. At San Juan Skyway’s end stop, Ouray, we will eat lunch and try to digest all the impressions. We continue our fairytale day on terrific backroads through the mountains toward Moab, which is located at the entrance of the Arches National Park. We will spend the evening in these spectacular surroundings.

Day 05: Moab – Park City  (Riding day 4: 370 km/230 miles)

Having absorbed the wonders of Arches National Park, this day will be an in-between Riding leg leading to the fantastic Wild West run & Yellowstone National Park. We will head north towards Salt Lake City, reaching our day’s end-stop in Park City.

Day 06: Park City – Jackson  (Riding day 5: 470 km/292 miles)

Today, we will journey towards the magical Yellowstone National Park and the “Wild West Run.” Riding north by the beautiful Bear Lake, we will continue to Montpelier, where we’ll visit the historic site of Butch Cassidy’s bank robbery. After that, we’ll proceed to Jackson, a vacation spot for wealthy Californians in the valley of Jackson Hole. The evening will be spent at the famous Million Dollar Cowboy Bar.

Day 07: Jackson – Cody  (Riding day 6: 330 km/205 miles)

Welcome to another tour highlight! It will be a long day packed with unique and rare experiences. We will Ride into the wonderful Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park, covering one of the US’s most popular motorcycle routes, Wild West Run (Jackson – Yellowstone Lake). Passing through Moran and Jackson Lake, we’ll proceed to the spectacular Old Faithful Geyser, remaining one of the most active (cone) geysers with predictable eruptions approximately every 35 to 120 minutes. Old Faithful received its name in 1870 during the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition and was the first geyser in the park to be named. We will continue our ride in spectacular Yellowstone, Riding on Grand Loop Rd, before stopping at breathtaking Artist Point. After that, we’ll visit live buffalo herds up close. Be ready for exciting encounters, but beware of the wildlife (bears, wolves, elk, buffalos). The day will conclude by riding into Buffalo Bill’s (William F. Cody) home turf, Cody, where we’ll stay at Buffalo Bill’s motel and eat dinner at the historic Irma Hotel.

Day 08: Chief Joseph Scenic Byway & Beartooth Hwy  (Riding day 7: 264 km/164 miles)

Today’s ride will be the definite tour highlight for many. Welcome to the world-famous “Beartooth Highway” (ranked as the US’ best, No. 1 motorcycle route). Beartooth Highway has not achieved its iconic status among bikers worldwide without reason; be prepared for unique winding mountain roads up and down the mountain, with hairpin turns and spectacular views. This will also be the tour’s most demanding Riding leg, so we will Ride at a comfortable & safe pace to ensure everyone remains safe and gets plenty of time to enjoy the ride and view. Have your camera ready, and you will Ride on one of the world’s best motorcycle roads. Enjoy! On our way to Beartooth Pass, we Ride Chief Joseph Scenic Byway, a lifetime experience! After our return to Cody, you can visit the spectacular Buffalo Bill’s Center of the West.

Day 09: Cody – Gillette  (Riding day 8: 396 km/246 miles)

Another day of Riding on spectacular, curvy, fun mountain roads awaits. We will venture into Big Horn Canyon & National Forest, witnessing breathtaking scenery that will surely keep a smile glued on your face. A stop for lunch & cowboy shopping in Sheridan will be followed by a Ride to Gillette, passing by the “Spotted Horse” bar.

Day 10: Gillette – Sturgis  (Riding day 9: 242 km/151 miles)

Today marks the beginning of our fun adventures in the Black Hills, the location of the Sturgis Bike Rally (the mother of all bike rallies). Get ready for a lifetime experience! We’ll start by Riding to the famous Devil’s Tower, a top-rated destination and the location of the sci-fi movie “Encounters of the 3rd Degree.” Enjoying the surroundings and these spectacular rock formations, our next stop is Sundance, home of the Sundance Kid. After that, we’ll Ride through the beautiful Spearfish Canyon, a natural setting resembling a painting that only nature can create. Riding through Deadwood, we’ll visit the “No 10 Saloon,” where Wild Bill Hickok was shot while playing poker (The quick combination he had when he was shot is now called “Deadman’s Hand”). Deadwood, within an Indian reservation, has all gambling rights. It was also here that Calamity Jane (the famous female sharpshooter) met Wild Bill for the first time; though not a couple, they buried next to each other.

Day 11: Sturgis Bike Rally & Black Hills Run (optional)  (Riding day 10: 275 km/171 miles)

Tomorrow, we will ride the famous and popular Black Hills Run, experience all the fantastic attractions around Sturgis, and get a feel for the world-famous Sturgis Bike Rally. We will enjoy Riding the Black Hills Run until we reach Crazy Horse, the world’s largest monument carved in the rock. We are continuing to Custer and Custer State Park, which captivated General George A. Custer because of its beautiful scenery and surroundings. We will Ride the Wildlife Loop, where we might encounter live buffalos. Lunch will be outside Custer State Park before heading to Mt Rushmore (the three presidents’ heads carved in the mountains). Afterwards, we will Ride the famous Iron Mountain Road. Be ready for a unique experience. After absorbing the Black Hills, we will Ride to Sturgis, a small town and the centre of all activities around the Sturgis Bike Rally, America’s oldest and legendary Motorcycle Rally. We will park the bikes and visit the world-famous Knuckle Saloon. It will be time for a Biker party!

Day 12: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally  (Explorer and Fun Day)

Enjoy the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally! Use the day as you wish for the “Mother of all motorcycle rallies.” Sturgis is a small “ghost town” with only 6400 inhabitants. In early August each year, the city transforms into the centre of 500,000 biker enthusiasts from over 40 countries. The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is America’s oldest biker rally (established in 1938) and has become legendary among bikers worldwide. The whole week is full of action and fun. Our hotel is in the city centre.

Day 13: Sturgis – Scottsbluff  (Riding day 11: 472 km/295 miles)

We will say goodbye to Sturgis and head south again. Our first stop will be the spectacular Badlands National Park. The rugged beauty of Badlands draws visitors from around the world. These striking geological deposits contain some of the richest collections of fossils. Old mammal rhinoceros, horses, and sabre-toothed tigers once walked here. The park’s 244,000 acres consist of an expanse of mixed grass and prairie where bison, bighorn, prairie dogs, and Blackfoot ferrets live today. On our spectacular Ride through Badlands, we will stop at “Wounded Knee,” the location of the “Massacre at Wounded Knee,” where over 150 Indians were killed and 50 wounded by the US 7th Cavalry Regiment. After that, we will Ride to the small-town Alliance, where we will spend our last night “on the road.”

Day 14: Scottsbluff – Denver  (Riding day 12: 384 km/239 miles)

The end of our adventure on the US’s best backroads and the Buffalo Bill Mountain Tour is approaching. Tomorrow is our final leg. We will continue south through Sterling and Fort Morgan before returning to Denver. Upon arriving in Denver, we will return the bikes, remove our boots, and replace the Ride gear with lighter clothing. We will spend the afternoon near the hotel, eat a farewell dinner together, and prepare for the journey home.

Please note that we reserve the right to remain adaptable to unforeseen circumstances and weather conditions that may arise while on tour; the daily schedule may be adjusted accordingly. The client’s tour remains paramount; we will ensure the tour meets your fullest expectations. 

Day 15: Departure – Travel Home

We will say goodbye to the Rocky Mountains & US Best Back Roads, Denver, and return home. Group travel by shuttle to the airport.

Tour Dates:

TourDate fromDate toBooking deadline
Sturgis Rally & Best US Backroads27-Jul-2410-Aug-2427-Jun-24
Sturgis Rally & Best US Backroads26-Jul-259-Aug-2526-Jun-25
Sturgis Rally & Best US Backroads25-Jul-268-Aug-2625-Jun-26

Prices (USD)

2 people / 1 vehicle / 1 shared room: From $5,945.00 per person

2 people / 2 vehicles / 1 shared room: From $7,395.00 per person

1 person / 1 vehicle / 1 single room: From $9,545.00 per person

1 person / 1 vehicle / 1 shared room: From $7,395.00 per person

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Inclusions and Exclusions:

INCLUDEDMotorcycle/Car rental with unlimited mileage
1st choice vehicle model class
Shared rooms in biker-friendly hotels
Continental breakfast at most hotels
National Park Entrance fees
Welcome meeting
Multi-lingual Tour leader
Transport to rental company
Support van
State min. SLI insurance
Loss damage Waiver
Half-shell helmet
Tour route descriptions
Pictures from the tour
Optional attractions
Vehicle model guarantee
Security deposit for LDW
Food and beverages
LDW Zero & insurance upgrades
Anything not listed in “INCLUDED” above

The above information should be taken as a guide only as things can change. If you have any questions, please contact us.