Mt. Rushmore, Black Hills, South Dakota
Bison in Custer State Park, Black Hills, South Dakota
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, Black Hills, South Dakota
Black Elk Peak, Black Hills, South Dakota
Sylvan Lake, Black Hills, South Dakota
Crazy Horse Memorial, Black Hills, South Dakota
Wild horses in Black Hills, South Dakota
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Mount Rushmore & the Black Hills Family Multi-Adventure Tour – 4-Day Getaway - Teens & Kids

South Dakota’s Pinnacles & Prairies

Amid the rolling expanse of the Great Plains is a Midwestern gem of wild landscapes and national treasures. South Dakota’s vast prairie. The mighty Missouri River. 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 with your family.

THIS ITINERARY: 4 days, 3 nights

ACCOMMODATIONS: Casual Hotels

FROM: $2,799 pp dbl occ
($550 for sgl occ)

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Mount Rushmore & the Black Hills Family Multi-adventure
Mount Rushmore & the Black Hills Family Multi-adventure

South Dakota

Start/End Rapid City

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

Highlights
  • Experience the otherworldly landscapes and wild natural beauty of South Dakota’s Black Hills on foot and by bike
  • Pedal 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 family fun while glamping—nothing beats campfire stories and s’mores under a starry night sky 
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Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
4 Days Casual Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.

DAY 1 Venture into a spectacular area of the Black Hills by bike, pedaling 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 | Settle into your upscale safari-style tent and enjoy an evening of campfire camaraderie or serene stargazing.

DAY 2 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 | Kids rope up during an exhilarating rock-climbing adventure near picturesque Sylvan Lake | 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!

DAY 3 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 | Pause to explore the ghost town of Mystic, a one-time gold mining settlement and historic railroad town | Visit the yet-unfinished Crazy Horse Memorial, a modern-day engineering feat of epic proportions and currently the world’s largest mountain carving.

DAY 4 Enjoy 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 Rapid City and bid farewell to our new friends.

Canvas Mt Rushmore
Under Canvas Mount Rushmore
Keystone
| Casual Hotel

Nestled among ponderosa pines and juniper on the site of a gold mining settlement, this unique glamping resort is located within a few miles of Mount Rushmore.

Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy

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Activity Level: 1-2

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Route notes

The hiking terrain we encounter on this trip is on well-established but rugged and rocky mountain trails. Our biking routes are on both paved and gravel roads and bike paths; your bike will be equipped with knobby tires designed to handle both types of terrain. Please note that unpredictable mountain weather can make hiking and biking conditions more challenging. Authorized Permittee of the National Park Service and National Forest.

Daily Route Options

Day 1
Biking
Level 1 | 14 miles* | 200 ft. gain
Level 1 | 20 miles | 300 ft. gain
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 6 miles | 1100 ft. gain
Level 3 | 7 miles | 1400 ft. gain
Just For Kids
Rock Climbing (4 hours) | min. age: 5+
Day 3
Biking
Level 1 | 15 miles* | 60 ft. gain
Level 1 | 20 miles* | 200 ft. gain
Level 2 | 35 miles | 1100 ft. gain
Day 4
Other
Explore Mount Rushmore by Foot (2 hours) | 400 ft. gain
* Includes shuttle.

What's Included

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day's ride is a bike that's perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip.

Backroads Performance Road Bike
Backroads Performance Road Bike
Performance Road Bike

This custom-designed titanium bike is lightweight and responsive, featuring Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting, 11-speed compact gearing, a premium Mavic Ksyrium Pro wheelset and a full carbon fork. 

Backroads Touring Bike
Backroads Touring Bike
Touring Bike

A proven classic, our most popular custom-designed titanium bike is suited for a wide range of cyclists. It features a comfortable ergonomic seat and a long wheel base that add to the bike’s control and stability.

Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
NEW! Electric-Assist Bike

Our newly redesigned titanium e-bike is a lightweight yet powerful machine unique in the world of e-bikes. It provides plenty of power to flatten the hills and more than enough battery range to cover the distance.

Child's Bike
Child's Bike
Kids' Bikes

Backroads is the only travel company to manufacture its own line of kid's bikes. While the wheels might be small, the performance is big—it's the perfect choice for kids. On our Family Trips, you'll find 20" and 24" bikes.

Burley Kazoo Trailer Bike
Burley Kazoo Trailer Bike
Trailer Bike

The Burley Kazoo trailer bike, for children up to 85 pounds, attaches to an adult bike with your child providing some of the pedal power for a real team effort! It's ideal for kids who aren't yet ready for bike touring. 

Also Included

  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Straight talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Accommodations–Glamping

At Under Canvas Mount Rushmore, we stay in large canvas-walled safari-style platform tents. Each is outfitted with a king-size bed including linens, a small fan, a small battery-operated lamp, a wood burning stove, plus an en suite bathroom with a hot shower, flushing toilet and sink. On family trips, kids sleep in a smaller tent set up with two cots adjacent to the parents’ tent or on a pullout sofa or cot in the parents’ tent. Each tent has a USB battery pack to charge a cell phone or small device. While our tents are comfortable, they do not have electricity or air-conditioning. Daytime can be hot but the tents' screened windows allow cool air to flow at night. Also, the property has limited cell reception and does not have Wi-Fi. Our location is close to the national parks, state parks and open land, so we may occasionally glimpse wildlife strolling through camp. With canvas walls and doors, sound may carry from nearby tents and chirping crickets, so we suggest packing earplugs. Under Canvas has a social atmosphere and we'll be sharing communal spaces with other guests.

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