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Old 02-12-2010, 06:43 AM   #1
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Leaving Badlands Heading West - Route Suggestions

In June of this year, my wife and I are traveling to Alaska from Texas 2up on a DL650. I am looking for some routing suggestions for this portion of our trip. The starting point will be Badlands National Park and we would like to end the day at Devils Tower in Wyoming. I am thinking that we would want to hit up Mt. Rushmore, but what are other "must sees" in the area? All paved and gravel roads are fine. Thanks for any and all suggestions.

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Old 02-12-2010, 09:02 AM   #2
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From the SW corner of the badlands scenic loop, take Sage Creek road to Scenic. Going south out of Scenic take a detour to go up on Sheep Mountain Table and ride around up there. Then take BIA #2 across Cuny Table to Buffalo Gap. Stop at the Cuny Table Cafe for an indian taco, if it is open. Take the numbered county road that crosses SD79 and goes through the eponymous gap. Take the first right to go up through Red Valley into the back side of Wind Cave NP. If you angle right where the road forks, you will come out on the Custer State Park Wildlife Loop. This is my favorite paved ride in the Hills.

If I had to pass through the Hills in one day, I would skip the Winnebago parade at Mt. Rushmore, ride Iron Mountain, then work my way up to Cheyenne Crossing for the best Indian taco in the Hills before riding down Spearfish Canyon. That would position you well to end up at Devil's Tower by a a route of your choice.

For more detail on routes around and through the Hills, see Cannonshot's excellent thread in this section.
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Old 02-12-2010, 09:22 AM   #3
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Old 02-12-2010, 06:51 PM   #4
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Judjonzz, thank you! Exactly the info I was looking for.

Cannonshot, nice report on the area! I am going through it now, and I believe if will be quite helpful.

2 More questions:

1. Anybody familiar with the Sage Creek Campground at Badlands? I heard it is free. Wondering if it fills up fast?

2. What exactly is an Indian Taco?



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Old 02-12-2010, 07:09 PM   #5
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Judjonzz, thank you! Exactly the info I was looking for.

Cannonshot, nice report on the area! I am going through it now, and I believe if will be quite helpful.

2 More questions:

1. Anybody familiar with the Sage Creek Campground at Badlands? I heard it is free. Wondering if it fills up fast?

2. What exactly is an Indian Taco?



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A guide says that the 15 site primitive Sage Creek fills early. No water there.

Cedar Pass (near the Visitor Center) is only $14 and fills up in the early evening according to the guide. It has water and showers as well. 96 sites.

If you bust out on these, there is a place right in town in Wall.

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One more resource for South Dakota:
http://www.dakotadualsportriders.com/smf/index.php
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