Ride the "Lasso" from Sturgis to Devils Tower + ADD NEW ROUTE
5 in South Dakota South Dakota110 Miles
By Mary Sue R.
on April 15, 1998
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Starting in Sturgis (South Dakota) you will head west on I-90 and cross the Wyoming border. Then take exit #199 (route 111) north towards the town of Aladdin. Look for route 24 when you approach Aladdin and take that road west to the Devils Tower National Monument. After you get to the Monument and check it out you'll want to get back on 24 heading south for about another 5 miles until you get to US 14 which you want to take east (left) for about another 20 miles to Sundance, WY. From there you can get on I-90 and head back to Sturgis or turn around and do the whole thing again in reverse!
This route is designed to take you from Sturgis (South Dakota) to Devils Tower and back in a large loop that takes in this unique area of Wyoming.This route takes you from a great area in South Dakota to a great area in Wyoming. Along the route you will see many pine forests, rolling hills, rock formations and bluffs, small towns, ranch and farmlands, fresh air, blue skies, and gentle rolling rivers. The road is even more beautiful in the fall as the Aspens, Oaks and Birches paint the forests with different variations of gold, orange and red. There is a good/short video on a Wyoming Tourism website showing some great video clips of Devil's Tower.
The motorcycle-road-quality along this route is good. The roads are mostly wide open with gradual climbs and turns. There are some points down by the river that forces the road to twist a little yet they are not severe. I give the route a rating of three.
Start your trip in Sturgis South Dakota. If you like biker-crowds then time your trip with the world famous annual Sturgis Rally.
Take Rte 111 north (exit 199) off of I-90 to the town of Aladdin Wyoming. This is a very small town (claims a population of 15!). The town comes alive during the "Bronc Match" and Horseshow in August. There is a neat General Store there that is listed on the National Historic Register.
In Hulett you can gas up and grab something to eat before you head towards Devils Tower (only 10 miles away). Hulett is a nice little town located on the banks of the Belle Fourche River. It has Rodeo in June and a motorcycle rally in August. Checkout this nice web-site that gives you a breakdown of the town and upcoming events.
Devils Tower National Monument was our country's first national monument and today draws about 450,000 visitors a year. It rises 1,265 feet straight up from the river plain it sits on. The national monument is made up of 13,000 acres and offers visitors two trails going around the base of the monument. You can watch the hordes of rock climbers who come here to take on the cliffs ... bring your binoculars if you want to watch how they do it. Also the park has a visitor center that will help you understand how this awesome structure was formed.
The last stop before you head back to Sturgis is at the town of Sundance. The town is named after a brutal four-day Sioux Indian ceremonial initiation test that was used to verify the strength of young warriors. The town is also where the famous Sundance Kid, as portrayed by Robert Redford in the movie, was jailed for a short period of time. You can learn more about this at the Crook County Museum and Art Gallery (800-477-9340).
Gas stations are few and far between during some sections of this route ... fill up when you can!
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