GSers the Black Hills WY/SD are endless.
OK, you can make up loop trips to no end here. AS you all get here to the Black Hills area, STOP and pick up one or two of the local Black Hills maps!!!!! This map is FREE. The map will show you most of the roads in the WY/SD Black Hills Area. One trip you should do is from Four Corners. That is 18 miles North of Newcastle,WY on HW 85. Form Four Corners go East on the dirt to Deerfield,SD. So take road 810 to 110 into SD to Deerfield then East to Hill City,SD. That is a nice ride. Here is a Loop in Wyoming Black Hills that you can take, and also stop by Devils Tower. This could also be a fun trip. (Red, take fly rod ) From Gillette go to Moorcroft,WY. At exit 153 go North on dirt. This road will take you up to Oshoto,WY. From there you can go East and come out at HW 14 then East to HW 24 North to Devils Tower. Now back at Oshoto,WY you can keep going North, this will be the back side of Missouri Buttes and the Tower. Stay north to New Haven,WY. From there the road will swing to the East and bring you out at the pavement at Hulett,WY. From there you can go South 10 miles to the Tower, if you like. Now here is just some more dirt roads that you should know about. These roads will take you up into the N.F. of the Northern Black Hills. Just North from the Tower is road 847. Just South of Hulett,WY is 849. Now back at Hulett go east on HW 24. to you get to Alva,WY. One more road here is 859 South up in the Hills. Or keep East on HW 24 anothere 5 or 8 miles is road 838. Take 838 if you like all the way to Sundance,WY. Now if you don't take all the way South, take road 843 east that is up top still. Go 843 East down to HW 111. At 111 go South, tell you come out at I-90. There on the North side is a frontage road. Take the frontage road East. Now then between here an Beulah,WY is the Buffalo Jump PIT. Stop and take a look, your there anyway! Then on East to Beulah,WY. Here, also Exit 205 off of I-90 is a Blue ribbon trout stream. ( Red, still have your pole) Go South from here on road 863 it follows Sand Creek, that is a Spring Creek. Some good, but tough fishing is here in this spring creek! Now take 863 south to 141 to 875 into SD. Now in SD it is now called 175, stay on 175 witch passes over HW85. Stay on 175 onto you get to 231 south then to 117 south to 110. From here at 110 if you go East you will end up at Deerfield,SD. But you will go West back into Wyoming, tell you get to 810. 810 South is Bever Creek Road. Stay South 810 to you come out at HW 16. Go West to Newcastle,WY. Stop by the old Mill for some pie! Now, after your full of pie. Go West HW 16 back to Moorcroft,WY. Yep then back West to Gillette. This is just one of lots, to see and do here in the Area! Richard
Richard, thanks for the input, keep them coming.
I have never ridden out west, flown over on my way to Vegas a few times.
Gillette is going to be great, I have wanted to visit Devils Tower ever since I saw Richard Dreyfus make one out of mashed potatoes in Close Encounters of the Third Kind...
My riding buddies and I are excited about coming out (we need paved roads, strictly road bikes, no dual purpose..)
If your coming from Ontario, you may want to include the North Dakota Badlands in your route. They are one of the Wests best kept secrets and regularly bypassed by travelers. After the tragic loose of his wife, Teddy Roosevelt moved west to the solitude of Medora, where he cattle ranched. From that experience, he went on to known as a conservation president (although he loved to kill the critters) designating large sections of the America West into national parks.
Originally Posted by cruise_carter
If you've read Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (maybe you've heard of it) you can follow the route through North Dakota on Highway 11 slipping down through Mobridge following highway 12 west before dropping down to Gillette.
By the way, while in Jasper last summer, I parked next to a RED GS that looked like Neil Peart's bike (Drummer for Rush). As it turned out, it was purchased from Neil by a financial wizard named Peter from Toronto. Peters a colorful character. Maybe you know him? We went on to the Hyder seek afterwards and had a great time. We then parted way since I was heading north to Dawson and the Arctic Circle in Northern Yukon.
Badlands Have Been Moved???
Originally Posted by kenk
I've been to the Badlands a number of times. I agree with Kenk, it is a great sight to see. However, I thought the Badlands were in South Dakota; not North Dakota? When did President Bush move them via Executive Order?
Funny guy. There's a South Dakota Badlands near Rapid City (best known) and a North Dakota Badlands just west of Dickinson. Although their official names are the Theodore Roosevelt National Park North and South Units, the locals still refer to them as the North Dakota Badlands. The names changed many years ago. I should have referred to them as the Theodore Roosevelt National Parks to avoid confusion for out of stater's -- another Dakota saying. When you get there, you will see they are very similar to the SD Badlands.
Originally Posted by wackettrw
My favorite of all the Badlands is Theodore Roosevelt North Unit just south of Williston. I camped their several years ago and woke up with a heard of buffalo in my campsite. Deep gorges and beautiful landscape.
Hope to Get To the North Dakota Badlands Some Day
Originally Posted by kenk
Thanks for the information about the North Dakota Badlands at the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Based upon your information, perhaps I'll get there this upcoming summer either to/from Gillette WY. Even though I've complained about the Gillette site selection, I plan on attending the '08 nat'l rally. I hope I'm wrong about Gillette, as well as the North Dakota Badlands.
Now yer talkin'. I have done some of that, wondered about some more, and maybe even know a few roads you haven't mentioned. In fact, as you add routes, the prospects for this rally just get better and better.
Originally Posted by Rharrod
RHarrod's first recommendation
Day Trip. Big Horn Loop from Gillette and back. This is a 400 mile loop. This includes two of the Wyoming's scenic byways - Bighorn Scenic Byway & Cloud Peak Skyway.
Twisites and fish ride
I will be able to work on a fish and ride the twisites route weekend. Keep up with these great loops. WOW! I think everyone is going to have fun if they make it to Gillette!
Hole in the Wall
I've seen couple of pictures where there's a hole in the rock itself. One is next to a highway, while the other in the middle of the country. Do you know where they are. I need to create waypoints.
Black Hills, SD
Link to Black Hills Weather
Link to Black Hills Maps
Instead of posting more links here, theres a menu of items on the left side that you can navigate to for more informations.
Some more from a different link
PDF containing map for Badlands and Black Hills
Black Hills BMW Stampede
Just a quick note to let you all know that the Black Hills BMW Stampede is the weekend prior(July 13 - 15, 2008) to the International Rally, so you can explore the Black Hills with other BMW riders and attend a great rally to boot! The website isn't updated yet, but will be soon. If you look in your September 2007 Issue of BMW ON there is a nice write-up about the rally! There is also talks about having an organized ride from the Black Hills BMW Stampede rally site to the International rally site. Put er' on your calenders folks, it's a good one!
This is a place that You can also post good roads to ride here in N.E. Wyoming Area and all the states around that may be fun to hit on the way in or out from the rally! So Add your Road or place of interest. From Gillette, there are a lot of good Loops to take, for day trips or a nice afternoon ride from here. Good luck Richard