||Devil's Tower National Monument
||Most of a day with stops and tours
|Best Time To Go:
|| This itinerary involves lots of driving
so it may not be to everyone's taste.
Start early in
the day by following Highway 16A north out of Keystone then
take US16 West to Highway 385. Follow US385
north past Sheridan and Pactola lakes then up to Pluma. This drive is about
fifty miles and will take about an hour.
At Pluma, take US 85
north through Deadwood -- stop at your own risk. Deadwood has
more than 70 casinos (mostly small) so there are plenty of places to
drop off a few quarters. There are also several places that
offer low-cost breakfasts. You won't have trouble finding them, just
follow the signs.
proceed north on US85 to the junction of I-90 and take I-90 west to Sundance, Wyoming. If
you didn't stop in Deadwood, there are more restaurants in Spearfish. At Sundance, take
US 14 North to Devil's Tower Junction. Follow Highway 24 north to the National
You will have to pay an entrance fee to get in ... or, use
your Golden Eagle Passport. Many people like to hike the
one-mile trail around the base of the tower. Other people like to climb
it and usually in summer you can see several climbers making the
When finished at
Devil's Tower, take Highway 24 north to Hulett, Wyoming.
This sleepy little town comes alive just one day a year during the
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally when tens of thousands a motorcyclists
descend upon it and drink more beer in one day than the town would
otherwise sell in 10 years. Follow Highway 24 east through the
Bear Lodge Mountains. After crossing back into South Dakota, Highway
24 becomes Highway 34, so just stay on it to Belle Fourch
(pronounced bell foosch).
If you have the time,
look around in Belle Fourche which is a classic
western cow town. Really! Stay on Highway 34 all the way back
to I-90 and then take I-90 to Sturgis. Sturgis highlights include Bear Butte State
Park, the Ft. Meade Cavalry Museum and the Motorcycle museum there.
It is, of course, most famous for its
annual motorcycle rally. Follow I-90 back to Rapid City then follow
US16 and US16A back to Keystone.