Motorcycling in South Dakota
A must-visit destination for riders from all over the world, South Dakota has a well-earned reputation for being a hotbed for motorcycle riding. Many motorcyclists first come to South Dakota on a trip to Sturgis, but they often find other reasons to return.
Beyond Sturgis, the Black Hills offers some of the best and most scenic motorcycle rides in the United States. In addition to the activities in and immediately around Sturgis, many visitors take day-trips throughout the Black Hills and beyond. Within easy riding distance are many attractions, including Mount Rushmore National Memorial (62 miles), Crazy Horse Memorial (67 miles), Custer State Park (75 miles), Spearfish Canyon (19 miles), Deadwood (13 miles) and Badlands National Park (110 miles).
The rugged terrain of the Black Hills isn't the only popular destination for a motorcycle ride. Many visitors enjoy the wide-open spaces of other South Dakota highways that span the state. The Native American Scenic Byway takes travelers from the border of Nebraska through central South Dakota all the way up to North Dakota. Riders can see native prairie grasses, the winding Missouri River, and wildlife and scenery that South Dakota is known for. In northeastern South Dakota, riders can enjoy beautiful glacial lakes on their journey through the area.
SouthDakotaRides.com is part of a campaign by the South Dakota Office of Highway Safety to promote motorcycle education and safety. Visit and you’ll find interactive riding maps, information about rider education courses, how to share photos and videos, and how to take part in live chats with other motorcycle enthusiasts.