Mt. Rushmore Sampler Multi-Sport
Includes all lodging, breakfasts and dinners, support van, leaders, cave entrance, bicycle rental, horse back ride, evening program, tour maps & narratives.
Rapid City, SD
Timberline van shuttle is included between Rapid City and the tour prior to and following tour.
Not Included: Airfare to Rapid City Regional Airport, Guide Gratuity.
Hotel 8:00 am
“Loved how genuine your staff was – approachable, friendly and knowledgeable for both experienced hiker and novice alike. Of particular note was how your experienced guides were always nearby, but allowed hikers to have their own personal experience. I knew what ever I needed was available, but they allowed me to finish the hikes and appreciate the personal accomplishment.” Todd B.
South Dakota – a sparsely populated state that is little understood by outsiders, has often been referred to as the land of infinite variety. So what better place to experience one of our true multisport tours! We will enjoy a different sport every day as we explore the southwestern corner defined by the Black Hills. There is exploring in Badlands National Park, cycling the famed Needles Highway, tunnel and all, climbing Black Elk Peak, spelunking in Wind Cave National Park, horseback riding through the Black Hills, mountain biking on the Mickelson Trail, and hiking on the cross state Centennial Trail – not to mention opportunities to dip into the cool mountain lakes.
South Dakota was once included in the massive intercontinental ocean, which contributed to it becoming one of the world’s richest fossil beds. Dinosaurs through ancient mammals such as the rhino, horse, and saber-toothed cat, camels, llamas, giant short-faced bears and mammoths, have left their mark on the area and provide rich archaeological excavation sites throughout the state. It is now home to bison, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, and thankfully again, the black-footed ferret, the most endangered land mammal in North America, which was reintroduced in 2000. The area has long been in conflict between the Native tribes of Lakota, Sioux and Dakota, and the impingement of the white man. Native Americans were forced to sign treaties relinquishing their rights to much of their land. Then, during an expedition led by George A. Custer, gold was discovered in the Black Hills, and miners and explorers began illegally entering land formerly occupied by and promised to the Lakota, Dakota and Sioux. The Native Americans declared war and fought for their land, but eventually the US defeated the Sioux and broke up the Great Sioux Reservation into five reservations. More recently, a federal board renamed the highest point in the state, Harney Peak in the Black Hills, to Black Elk Peak, honoring a Lakota medicine man. The government determined that the name of the state’s highest peak was derogatory to Native Americans because Harney was a general whose soldiers massacred Indians. Unsurprisingly, there is some controversy over the renaming and certain locals refuse to acknowledge the Black Elk name.
|Day 1||Assemble in Rapid City, van shuttle to Badlands, hike Castle Trail||6.5|
|Day 2||Bike Iron Mountain Road, visit Mt. Rushmore, bike Needles Hwy back to State Game Lodge||55|
|Day 3||Tour Wind Cave, horseback ride, evening program|
|Day 4||Hike Black Elk Peak and swim in Sylvan Lake||7|
|Day 5||Mountain bike on the Mickelson Trail||40|
|Day 6||Hike on the Centennial Trail||7|