Sundance Trail System For Mountain Biking

The 2nd most popular mountain bike trail in South Dakota.

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Near Rapid City in the Black Hills National Forest, the Sundance Trail System partly non-motorized 50.3 miles trail system open to mountain biking that weaves through the network of densely-forested canyons and winding open ridges that form the Bearlodge Mountains. You pass through pine, aspen, and oak woodlands. From some ridge tops you can see such sites as the Route of the Custer Expedition, Devils Tower, and the Twin Missouri Buttes. Elk, deer and turkey abound and an occasional mountain lion may be glimpsed.

The Sundance Trail system is well-recognized for excellent and challenging mountain biking opportunities because of the rough topography. Be sure to look for bypasses designed specifically for more challenging mountain biking, especially South Fork Tent and the Edge Trail. The route has 1600 feet of vertical.

It is located 3.5 miles north of US 14 and Sundance on Government Valley Road.

Overall, Sundance Trail System is the 2nd most popular mountain bike trail of all 10 mountain biking rides in South Dakota. Several of the better mountain bike trails are nearby Sundance Trail System including Bear Mountain Trail, Carson Draw Trails, Buzzards Roost and M Hill Bike Trails.


Local Contact(s):  Black Hills National Forest (605) 673-2251; SD Tourism (800) 732-5682; Western Spirit Tours (435) 259-8732.

Best Season:  May - Sep

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  NFS Sundance Trail CG

Luxury Loding:  Sylvan Lake Cabins (605) 255-4515; Cottonwood Lodge (605) 642-2234

Breakfast Restaurant:  Sylvan Lake Lodge

Date Published:  5/18/2016

Date Updated:  7/1/2016

ID:  6468


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