Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Getaway

Wyoming Road Trip Vacation

One of the largest motorcycle rallys in the world, the first full week in August, Sturgis, South Dakota plays host to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Sturgis is a quaint little town with a population of 6,500 people nestled in the Black Hills, located approximately 30 miles into South Dakota from the Wyoming border. However, during the week of the rally, the population of Sturgis swells to over 500,000 people and thus the inspiration for this road trip. Sometimes, after a few days in Sturgis, the best road in Sturgis is the road out of town for a day or two.


This road trip is a great scenic trip by car or motorcycle, originating in Sturgis. Take highway 14-A from Sturgis to Deadwood, and then highway 85 through the Black Hills National Forest to Cheyenne Crossing, Four Corners, and on to Newcastle, Wyoming. The trip is a great ride that winds through switchback roads weaving the way through the Black Hills of South Dakota and Wyoming.

From Newcastle, the trip continues on highway 16 to Upton and continues to Moorcroft. At Moorcroft, take highway 14 to the north past Keyhole State Park (if you are into camping its a great place to spend the night) on to Devil's Tower National Monument and Hulett. At Devil's Tower, it is a worthwhile walk around the base of the tower. If golfing is your thing, located about 5 miles north of Devil's Tower is Hulett, which has one of the top five golf courses in the state. The trip then continues on higway 24 to Aladin before turning south on highway 111 which takes you to I-90. At I-90 head east by Beulah and back to Spearfish and Sturgis.

An alternative route from Hulett returning back to Sturgis is via highway 14 through Sundance, Wyoming. This route takes you through the very nice community of Sundance, but spends more time on Interstate 90.

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Depending upon what you are interested in, take note that the Wednesday of the week of the Sturgis Rally, is an event held in Hulett Wyoming called the Ham 'n Jam and Party in the Streets. If you are looking for a peaceful ride through Devil's Tower and Hulett, it is recommended that you don't make the trip on that Wednesday. However, the Ham 'n Jam draws tens of thousands of people into the tiny town of Hulett (population 410) and offers great entertainment if you don't mind the crowds and traffic. There are a number of events that take place including a free hog roast, rodeo, and music.


Note that many of the hotels in and around Sturgis (into Wyoming) sell out for this event due to the number of visitors attending. Please plan accordingly.

The trip is 230 miles round trip, enjoy your Wyoming vacation.



Trip extra: When you are passing through Upton on your way to Moorcroft, just outside of Upton is Mustang Tire Service. Stop in and say hello to the guys for me, I was on a recent road trip in northeastern Wyoming and blew a tire - and it just so happens that my spare had as much air in it as the blown tire. I called Mustang Tire Service and they drove 45 miles with a tire to get me to their shop, and were just as helpful as could be. I can't thank Keith and Darrell enough for their help that day.

Recommended Places along the way:

Hotels

- Camping at Keyhole State Park, Devil's Tower KOA.

Restaurants

- The Fort (junction of highway 14 and 24 near Devil's Tower), Buffalo Jump Saloon & Steakhouse (Beulah, WY), Sanford's Grub & Pub (Spearfish), Capt'n Ron's Bar (Hulett), Flying V Cambria Inn (8 Miles North of Newcastle).