J&P Cycles staffer Patrick Garvin tells you his top-10 favorite rides in and around Sturgis, S.D. What are your favorite ride destinations?
#10 Pactola Reservoir - Probably one of the lesser known places on the list, Pactola Reservoir is on the way from Sturgis over to Keystone. It's a great place to stop and the view is spectacular.
#9 Bear Butte - Bear Butte is located just outside of Sturgis, and offers a nice park and great riding.
#8 Badlands National Park - The Badlands are located out on the edge of the Black Hills and are worth the 45- to 60-minute trip from Sturgis. The road is beautiful and the ride is awesome
#7 Custer State Park and Wildlife Reserve - There is a park entry fee but it's definitely worth the ride. You're going to see buffalo, goats, antelope and more. You name it, they have it there, and it's a beautiful rode to ride.
#6 Mount Rushmore National Memorial - This is an awesome historical place to see, and one of the great things in America that’ll you definitely want to add to your list.
#5 Main Street, Sturgis, S.D. - If you're there for the rally, you’ll definitely want to check out Main Street. Even if you’re there and it’s not rally time, Main Street is a good place to check out for the history, including the Motorcycle Museum on the end of Main Street and places like Weimer’s coffee shop that have been right in the middle of Main Street for 66 years.
#4 J&P Cycles Sturgis Retail Center - We may be biased, but this is really is a great stop if you're in the area. If there’s anything you're going to want or need while on your trip, it’s going to be right there for you.
#3 Needles Highway - The Needles ties back into Iron Mountain Road and is very twisty and curvy, but not too technical. There’s great scenery, and it’ll take you right over to Custer National Park.
#2 Spearfish Canyon - Spearfish Canyon is a great choice because of the accessibility near Spearfish and the road itself. The road is beautiful and the riding is awesome. With switchbacks all the way through and sweepers, this is an absolute great place to ride.
#1 Iron Mountain Road - Iron Mountain Road is one of the more technical places to ride and the scenery is off the charts. It ties really nicely into the Needles, which is another great place to ride, and the corkscrews make it a ton of fun.
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