Your Ultimate RV Adventure to Sturgis

Planning an RV trip to the iconic Sturgis Motorcycle Rally this year? Get ready for an unforgettable adventure filled with scenic routes, unique campgrounds, and historic stops. Here’s a comprehensive guide to making the most of your RV journey to Sturgis, South Dakota.

Sturgis Rally

Why Visit Sturgis?

Meeting up with friends and family at Sturgis is one of the best reasons to make the trip. The annual rally brings together motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the world, creating a vibrant atmosphere of camaraderie and celebration. Beyond the rally, the surrounding Black Hills offer stunning landscapes and numerous activities for RVers.

Perfect Camping Spot: Rafter Bar J Campground

Settle into the serene and picturesque Rafter Bar J Campground. This unique 100-acre campground is surrounded by trees and lush grass, offering a tranquil retreat away from the hustle and bustle. The quiet, peaceful environment makes it an ideal spot to relax and recharge after a day of exploring.

Dining Highlight: Alpine Inn

For a memorable dining experience, head to the Alpine Inn. Known for its limited but exceptional menu, this restaurant specializes in steak cooked to your preference. While the main course options are simple, the dessert menu is extensive and filled with delectable treats. It’s the perfect place to end your day with a satisfying meal and a sweet treat.


Scenic Stops on Your Way to Sturgis

The journey to Sturgis can be just as exciting as the destination. Here are some must-see locations to explore on your way:

  1. Evanston, Rock Springs, Rawlins, Wyoming:
    • These towns offer charming stops with various amenities and scenic views.
  2. Casper, Wyoming:
    • Near Casper, you’ll find Martin’s Cove, a historic site where pioneers followed the North Platte River. This area includes a nice campground and Independence Rock, a historic landmark where pioneers inscribed their names. Enjoy hiking and visiting the visitor's center for a deeper dive into the area’s history.
  3. Wright, Wyoming:
    • Close to Thunder Basin Coal Mine, a massive open-pit mine. Look out for the sign warning about orange clouds, indicating you should turn back for safety. The scenery changes dramatically as you approach Newcastle, leading into the beautiful Black Hills.
  4. Jackson, Wyoming, and Surrounding Areas:
    • Travel through Soda Springs, Idaho, over Tin Cup to Afton, and up through Alpine. Follow the Snake River to Hoback Junction, just minutes away from the town of Jackson.
    • Dining Tip: Stop for dinner at Merry Piglets Mexican Food in Jackson.
    • Camping Tip: Gros Ventre Campground in Teton National Park is a must. This site often has moose sightings, a beautiful river, and is surrounded by tall pine trees.
  5. Jackson Hole, Wyoming:
    • Enjoy breakfast at The Bunnery, known for its great breakfast and bakery items with the cheeky sign "get your buns inside." Explore historic Jackson Hole, do some shopping, and enjoy the local ambiance.
Sturgis Helicopter Ride

Must-Do Activities in the Black Hills

  1. Badlands National Park:
    • Located just east of the Black Hills, Badlands National Park offers striking landscapes, rugged terrain, and abundant wildlife. Drive through the Badlands Loop Road for scenic overlooks or hike one of the many trails to experience the unique rock formations up close.
  2. Wind Cave National Park:
    • Famous for its intricate cave system, Wind Cave is one of the oldest national parks in the country. Take a guided tour of the cave to explore its fascinating formations and learn about its geology. Above ground, enjoy hiking through prairies and forests.
  3. Helicopter Rides:
    • Take a breathtaking helicopter ride around Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Monuments, the Needles (rock formations), lakes, rivers, and old forest service lookout points. This aerial view offers a unique perspective on the natural beauty and historical significance of the area.

Make sure you read our guide to traveling the Dakotas. Experience the best scenic routes, historic sites, and unique stops along your RV journey to Sturgis. With great friends, beautiful campgrounds, and memorable dining experiences, this trip is sure to be one for the books.

See you on the road (or in Sturgis)!

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