Motorcycle riders drive through buffalo herd

Scenic Motorcycle Rides in the Black Hills

Whether you're in Sturgis for the world's biggest motorcycle rally or just hitting the road in the Black Hills, let the rubber meet the road on these one-of-a-kind cruises. 

Biker with Needles in background
The Needles, Custer State Park
Curvy bridge on Iron Mountain Road
Pigtail bridge on Iron Mountain Road
Bikers emerge from tunnel on Iron Mountain Road
Iron Creek Tunnel

Peter Norbeck National Scenic Byway

People though Peter Norbeck was crazy when he executed his plan to create a highway that twisted and turned through granite pinnacles in Custer State Park. Today, the byway that bears his name is a loop made up of four highways — including Norbeck’s creation, now known as Needles Highway —  and a whole bunch of beauty, including spiraling pigtail bridges, mountain lakes, and the potential for a buffalo traffic jam.


Bikers take photos of buffalo
Buffalo and cars on Wildlife Loop
Buffalo in field in Custer State Park

Wildlife Loop State Scenic Byway

If it’s wildlife ye seek, it’s wildlife you’ll find in Custer State Park. The byway takes you on an 18-mile loop that’s likely to show you buffalo, bighorn sheep, pronghorn, deer, elk, coyote, prairie dogs, wild turkeys, and some “wild” burros that’ll be happy to make your acquaintance.


Biker cruising Spearfish Canyon
Bikers cruising Spearfish Canyon
Spearfish Falls

Spearfish Canyon State and National Forest Service Scenic Byway

If you like pretty, enjoy 19 miles of it. Spearfish Canyon takes you gently through a mountain canyon complete with a flowing creek, variety of hillside trees, and three waterfalls. (Waterfalls in South Dakota? You betcha.) And the fall colors? Well, one cruise when the leaves are popping may have you coming back year after year. 


Road through Badlands
Biker cruising Badlands
Badlands from behind motorcycle windshield

Badlands Loop State Scenic Byway

Okay, so this one isn’t technically in the Black Hills, but it’s close – and unique – enough to mention. Just 60 away from Rapid City is a 39-mile loop that takes you through an otherworldly landscape of craggy buttes and rock formations. Don’t be surprised if you spot some wildlife from behind your windscreen. Pronghorn antelope, deer, prairie dogs and even the sneaky mountain goat call this weird place home.


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