Black Hills & Badlands National Park Multi-Adventure Tour

Small Group Adventures for:

Couples, Friends & Solos Adults 18+

Women's Adventures Women 18+

Families with Young Adults 20s & Beyond Best for ages 20+ (min. age 18)

Families with Older Teens & 20s Best for ages 17-23 (min. age 14)

Families with Teens & Kids Best for ages 9-17 (min. age 4)

From $2,799 - $3,749 /person

+6.20% Sales Tax

5 days

4 nights

Activity Levels 1-3

We categorize our trips based on a range of activity levels from leisurely (1) to avid (5) with plenty of options in between.

Casual Hotels

Premiere Hotels - From lavish luxury to on-trend boutique, offering experiences as unique as the regions we explore.

Casual Plus Hotels - A step above Casual but not quite Premiere.

Casual Hotels - Known for their character, charm and proximity to outdoor adventures and Backroads activities.

Small Luxury Ships - Unpack once and cover more distance on an intimate ship with spacious staterooms and superb amenities.

Black Hills & Badlands National Park Multi-Adventure Tour

Small Group Adventures for:

Couples, Friends & Solos Adults 18+

Women's Adventures Women 18+

Families with Young Adults 20s & Beyond Best for ages 20+ (min. age 18)

Families with Older Teens & 20s Best for ages 17-23 (min. age 14)

Families with Teens & Kids Best for ages 9-17 (min. age 4)

5 days

4 nights

Activity Levels 1-3

We categorize our trips based on a range of activity levels from leisurely (1) to avid (5) with plenty of options in between.

Casual Hotels

Premiere Hotels - From lavish luxury to on-trend boutique, offering experiences as unique as the regions we explore.

Casual Plus Hotels - A step above Casual but not quite Premiere.

Casual Hotels - Known for their character, charm and proximity to outdoor adventures and Backroads activities.

Small Luxury Ships - Unpack once and cover more distance on an intimate ship with spacious staterooms and superb amenities.

2024: May-Sep 2025: May-Sep

From $2,799 - $3,749 /person

( +6.20% Sales Tax )

South Dakota’s Prairies, Pinnacles & Mount Rushmore

Amid the rolling expanse of the Great Plains is a gem of wild landscapes and national treasures. South Dakota’s vast prairie. The Badlands' colorful rock formations. The Black Hills’ jagged pinnacles and plunging canyons. Here, in this sparsely populated state, you’ll find plenty of breathing room—plus an abundance of bucket list-worthy adventures to experience.

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Walk/Hike

Highlights

  • Experience the otherworldly landscapes and wild natural beauty of South Dakota’s Black Hills on foot and by bike
  • Ride a scenic section of the Mickelson Trail—a premier rail trail of tunnels, trestle bridges and old mining camps
  • Discover a region steeped in history and be awed by the engineering feats of Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial 
  • Enjoy the good life while glamping—at any age, nothing beats campfire stories and s’mores under a starry night sky 
South Dakota Mount Rushmore and Black Hills Multi-Adventure Tour map

South Dakota

Start/End Rapid City

Airports & Travel details*

* Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

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Itinerary

Day 1

Description

Venture into a spectacular area of Badlands National Park • Pedal past rugged rock formations and maybe a herd of American bison • Scenic overlooks throughout the route provide opportunity to take in picturesque cliffs and colorful spires • Join us at our welcome reception to toast the adventure-filled days ahead.

Accommodations

Night 1

Alex Johnson Hotel
Rapid City
Casual Hotel

A historic Hilton Curio Collection property which combines 1927 Germanic Tudor architecture with Plains Indian art and décor.

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Day 2

Description

Explore the Black Hills by bike, riding along the Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway • Marvel at the 1,000-foot limestone cliffs of this ancient gorge that predates the Grand Canyon and features towering walls less than a mile apart • Relax at our rustic retreat located at the base of mountainous canyon walls.

Accommodations

Night 2

Spearfish Canyon Lodge
Lead
Casual Hotel

Relax at this rustic retreat, located at the base of 1,000-foot-high canyon walls, while enjoying its creature comforts and stunning views.

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Days 3-5

Description

Traverse the heart of the Black Hills on two wheels while cruising the car-free, packed-gravel Mickelson Trail along a 19th-century railroad grade • Explore Custer State Park’s 71,000 acres of wilderness, home to abundant wildlife including bison, elk, mountain goats and even a band of burros • Hit the trail—if you choose to hike to the summit of 7,242-foot Black Elk Peak, you’ll reach the highest point in the state! • Visit the yet-unfinished Crazy Horse Memorial, a modern-day engineering feat of epic proportions and currently the world’s largest mountain carving • Settle into your upscale safari-style tent and enjoy an evening of campfire camaraderie or serene stargazing • Relish a leisurely morning at camp, whether that’s lingering over coffee and a book or stretching your legs along the resort’s pine-lined walking trails • Take in the grandeur of the 60-foot sculptures carved into rock at Mount Rushmore, one of the country’s most iconic sites • After lunch we head back to lively Rapid City.

Accommodations

Nights 3-4

Under Canvas Mount Rushmore
Keystone
Casual Hotel

Praised by Condé Nast Traveler this unique glamping resort is nestled among ponderosa pines on the site of a gold mining settlement, located within a few miles from Mount Rushmore.

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

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Straight Talk

We want to make sure you're on the trip that's right for you. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Accommodations–Glamping

At Under Canvas properties, we stay in large canvas-walled platform tents. Each is outfitted with a king-size bed including linens, a wood burning stove, and an en suite bathroom. While our tents are comfortable, they do not have electricity or air-conditioning. The property has limited cell reception and does not have Wi-Fi. With canvas walls and doors, sounds may carry from nearby tents and chirping crickets, so we suggest packing earplugs.

Meals in National Forests and Surrounding Areas

The national forest properties we use on this trip are chosen for their character and ideal location—they are not known for their food. Meals can be simple and menu options tend to lack variety, with few other restaurant options nearby. Please be aware that options for vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and low-carb meals will be especially limited and substitutions are rarely available.

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Hotels

Adventure-Ready Hotels

Ideally located with ready access to trip activities, our Casual hotels are also known for their character and charm.

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Night 1

Alex Johnson Hotel
Rapid City

Casual Hotel

A historic Hilton Curio Collection property which combines 1927 Germanic Tudor architecture with Plains Indian art and décor.

Night 2

Spearfish Canyon Lodge
Lead

Casual Hotel

Relax at this rustic retreat, located at the base of 1,000-foot-high canyon walls, while enjoying its creature comforts and stunning views.

Nights 3-4

Under Canvas Mount Rushmore
Keystone

Casual Hotel

Praised by Condé Nast Traveler this unique glamping resort is nestled among ponderosa pines on the site of a gold mining settlement, located within a few miles from Mount Rushmore.

From $2,799 - $3,749 /person

+6.20% Sales Tax

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Bikes

Ready to Ride

On this trip where Backroads custom titanium bikes are not available, we offer local bikes that are well suited for the terrain on our routes.

Touring Bike with drop handles
Touring Bike with Drop Handlebars

Included in your trip price

Backroads Touring Bike
Backroads Touring Bike

Included in your trip price

  • Suited for a wide range of cyclists
  • Comfortable ergonomic seat
  • Long wheel base adds to the bike's control and stability
  • Upright handlebars only

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