Sturgis Rally & Buffalo Bill Tour

15 days
Difficulty Level
4000 km

Sturgis Rally & Buffalo Bill Tour

Welcome to the historic Sturgis Bike Rally, the oldest and most revered motorcycle gathering in America. With over half a million participants, this event brings together riders from all walks of life to celebrate the freedom of the open road and the thrill of motorcycle culture.

Paired with the opportunity to ride along some of the most legendary routes in the country—including the Wild West Run, Black Hills Run, Beartooth Highway, and San Juan Skyway/HWY 550—this rally offers an unparalleled experience for motorcycle enthusiasts. From the breathtaking vistas of the Rocky Mountains to the winding roads of Ouray to Durango, every twist and turn promises adventure and exhilaration.

Throughout the week, the rally buzzes with excitement as riders come together to share stories, swap tips, and revel in the camaraderie of the motorcycle community. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or a newcomer to the scene, Sturgis offers something for everyone—a week packed with action, fun, and unforgettable memories in one of the most spectacular environments imaginable.


Motorcycle/Car rental w/unlimited milage
1st choice vehicle model class
Shared room in biker-friendly hotels
Continental breakfast at most hotels
Entrance fees Nat. parks
Welcome meeting
Multi-lingual Tour leader
Transport to rental company
Support van w/ luggage
State min. SLI insurance
Loss damage Waiver
Half-shell helmet
Tour PDF w/route description.
Pictures from the tour
NOT Included
Optional attractions
Vehicle model guarantee
Security deposit for LDW
Food and beverages
LDW Zero & insurance upgrades
Anything not listed in “Included” above



Day 1: Arrival Denver, Colorado

Once all tour participants have arrived, we gather for a warm welcome greeting and refreshing drinks, providing the perfect opportunity for introductions and getting to know one another. The evening’s program is centered around fostering camaraderie and building connections within the group.

In true American style, we come together to enjoy a hearty dinner, savoring classic dishes that showcase the diverse flavors of the region. This evening marks the beginning of our journey together—a time to forge friendships, create lasting memories, and embark on an unforgettable adventure through the heartland of America.


Day 2: Denver - Gunnison

(Driving day 1: 330 km/205 miles)

The day kicks off with an informative meeting, where we delve into the details of your upcoming Buffalo Bill Mountain Tour. We’ll cover practical information and preparations regarding motorcycle and car rentals, ensuring everyone is well-prepared for the journey ahead.

Following the meeting, we check out of the hotel and gather to collect our vehicles – each meticulously prepared and equipped with all necessary insurance for the tour. With everyone ready to roll, we set out on our epic Sturgis & Buffalo Bill Mountain adventure.

As we leave the city behind, our route initially takes us through some urban and interstate stretches before transitioning to the designated back roads, where spectacular scenery awaits. We’ll start at an easy pace, allowing everyone to acclimate to the traffic and driving conditions as we ease into our adventure.

Our first stop takes us to Fairplay, where we’ll explore the charming “ghost town” of South Park City, now preserved as a museum showcasing the rugged spirit of the Old Wild West. After immersing ourselves in the frontier ambiance, we continue our journey to Gunnison, where a comfortable motel awaits, providing the perfect setting to unwind and share stories from the enchanting first leg of our fairytale adventure.


Day 3: Gunnison - Durango

(Driving day 2: 372 km/231 miles)

Today marks the commencement of our journey along some of the finest back roads in the United States. Setting out from Gunnison, we venture onto the enchanting Silverthread Scenic Byway, where winding roads lead us through awe-inspiring vistas. Keep your cameras poised to capture the breathtaking scenery as we traverse this picturesque route.

Our path takes us to the tranquil town of Lake City, where we pause to soak in the laid-back atmosphere and savor the serenity of our surroundings. Following a leisurely stop, we make our way to South Fork, where a delightful lunch awaits before we continue our expedition toward the majestic Wolf Creek Pass. Our final destination for the day is Durango, a historic mining town steeped in tales of prosperity and fortune. Once a hub for treasure hunters seeking precious metals, Durango remains untouched by the ebb and flow of economic tides, exuding a timeless charm and warmth. Prepare for an evening of relaxation and exploration as we delve into the city’s historic district, where the echoes of its rich past resonate amidst welcoming streets and friendly faces.


Day 4: Durango - Moab

(Driving day 3: 355 km/220 miles)

Welcome to one of the highlights of our tour—a day brimming with exhilarating driving experiences along enchanting backroads, punctuated by sharp curves, breathtaking mountain vistas, cascading waterfalls, and glimpses of old pioneer cities.

Our journey begins as we depart from Durango, pausing along the way to indulge in the therapeutic waters of roadside hot springs. Continuing our northward ascent, we traverse twisting mountain roads, arriving in Silverton, home to the world’s “highest” Harley Davidson dealer in terms of elevation.

Next, we embark on the iconic Million Dollar Highway, also known as the San Juan Skyway, renowned as the fourth-best motorcycle road in America. This extraordinary driving experience takes us through mountain passes reaching elevations of 11,000 feet above sea level, offering unparalleled views that seem to touch the sky. We’ll make several stops along the way to fully immerse ourselves in this unforgettable journey, with the option to return for another exhilarating ride.

As our adventure along the San Juan Skyway concludes in the charming town of Ouray, we pause for lunch, allowing time to reflect and savor the breathtaking scenery we’ve encountered thus far.

Continuing our day, we traverse picturesque backroads through the mountains en route to Moab, nestled at the gateway to the majestic Arches National Park. Here, amidst the awe-inspiring natural beauty of Utah’s red rock landscape, we spend the evening, basking in the splendor of our surroundings and creating lasting memories amidst this spectacular backdrop.


Day 5: Moab - Park City

(Driving day 4: 370 km/230 miles)

After immersing ourselves in the majestic beauty of Arches National Park, today marks a transitional driving leg as we journey towards the iconic Wild West run and Yellowstone National Park. Our route takes us northward, tracing the path toward Salt Lake City, a bustling hub nestled amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Utah.

As we traverse the open roads, the scenery transitions from the red rock formations of the desert to the rugged beauty of the surrounding mountains. Along the way, we’ll have the opportunity to soak in the panoramic vistas and savor the serenity of the journey. Our destination for the day is the charming town of Park City, where we’ll find respite amidst its picturesque surroundings. Known for its historic charm and world-class outdoor recreation, Park City offers a delightful blend of adventure and relaxation. Whether strolling along its quaint streets, indulging in delicious cuisine, or simply unwinding amidst the natural beauty of the area, Park City promises a memorable stop on our journey through the Wild West.


Day 6: Park City - Jackson

(Driving day 5: 470 km/292 miles)

Today, our journey leads us towards the enchanting wonders of Yellowstone National Park and the legendary “Wild West Run.” We begin our day by traveling northward, tracing the scenic route alongside the picturesque Bear Lake, where the beauty of the landscape captivates our senses.

Continuing our adventure, we arrive in Montpelier, where history comes to life at the site of Butch Cassidy’s infamous bank robbery. Immersed in the rich heritage of the Wild West, we gain insight into the exploits of one of the era’s most notorious outlaws.

Our journey then takes us to Jackson, nestled in the breathtaking valley known as Jackson Hole—a coveted vacation destination for affluent Californians seeking refuge amidst the splendor of nature. Here, we indulge in the unique atmosphere of the renowned Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, soaking in the Western charm and camaraderie that define this iconic establishment.


Day 7: Jackson - Cody

(Driving day 6: 330 km/205 miles)

Welcome to another highlight of our tour! Today promises a day filled with unique and extraordinary experiences as we journey through the stunning landscapes of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Our adventure begins as we embark on the renowned Wild West Run, a popular motorcycle route that winds its way from Jackson to Yellowstone Lake.

Along the way, we’ll pass by scenic landmarks such as Moran and Jackson Lake before reaching the iconic Old Faithful Geyser. Witnessing its predictable eruptions, occurring approximately every 35 to 120 minutes, is truly a sight to behold. Named during the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition in 1870, Old Faithful holds a special place in the park’s history as the first geyser to receive a name.

Continuing our exploration of Yellowstone, we traverse the captivating Grand Loop Road, pausing to admire the breathtaking vistas of Artist Point and encountering live buffalo herds up close. While these encounters offer thrilling experiences, it’s essential to remain vigilant of the park’s diverse wildlife, including bears, wolves, elk, and buffalo.

As the day draws to a close, we ride into the heart of Buffalo Bill’s (William F. Cody) home turf—Cody. Here, we settle in at Buffalo Bill’s motel and enjoy a delightful dinner at the historic Irma Hotel, immersing ourselves in the rich history and charm of this legendary Wild West town.


Day 8: Chief Joseph Scenic Byway & Beartooth Hwy

(Driving day 7: 264 km/164 miles)

oday’s journey promises to be the ultimate highlight of our tour as we embark on the renowned Beartooth Highway, hailed as the number one motorcycle route in the United States. Renowned for its breathtaking scenery and exhilarating twists and turns, this iconic highway offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience for riders worldwide.

Prepare to be awe-struck as we navigate the winding mountain roads of Beartooth Pass, encountering hairpin turns and panoramic views that will leave you breathless. While this leg of our journey may be demanding, we’ll maintain a comfortable and safe pace to ensure everyone’s enjoyment and safety along the way. Keep your camera at the ready, as you’ll be traversing one of the world’s most acclaimed motorcycle routes.

En route to Beartooth Pass, we’ll also have the opportunity to experience the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway, adding another unforgettable dimension to our adventure. Upon our return to Cody, you’ll have the chance to explore the spectacular Buffalo Bill Center of the West, delving into the rich history and heritage of the American West.

Get ready for a day filled with thrills, awe-inspiring scenery, and unforgettable memories as we conquer the legendary Beartooth Highway and embrace the spirit of adventure on two wheels.


Day 9: Cody - Gillette

(Driving day 8: 396 km/246 miles)

et ready for another exhilarating day of driving as we navigate the spectacular twists and turns of the mountain roads ahead. Our route takes us into the captivating landscape of Big Horn Canyon and National Forest, where breathtaking scenery awaits at every turn. With the wind in our hair and the thrill of the open road, your smile is sure to be glued on as we soak in the beauty of our surroundings.

As we journey onward, we’ll make a stop in Sheridan for lunch and a bit of cowboy-themed shopping, immersing ourselves in the charm of this Western town. Afterward, we’ll continue our drive, passing by the iconic “Spotted Horse” bar as we make our way to Gillette.

With each curve of the road, we’ll embrace the freedom of the open highway and the sheer joy of the ride. So buckle up, soak in the scenery, and get ready for another unforgettable day on the road.


Day 10: Gillette - Sturgis

(Driving day 9: 242 km/151 miles)

Today marks the beginning of our thrilling adventures in the iconic Black Hills, renowned as the backdrop for the legendary Sturgis Bike Rally—an event that embodies the spirit of freedom and camaraderie among bikers worldwide. Get ready for an experience of a lifetime!

Our journey commences with a drive to the famous Devil’s Tower, a mesmerizing natural wonder that has captured the imagination of many, including its portrayal in the sci-fi classic “Encounters of the Third Kind.” Amidst the awe-inspiring surroundings and towering rock formations, we’ll marvel at the sheer beauty of this iconic landmark.

Continuing our exploration, we make our way to Sundance, the historic home of the renowned Sundance Kid, immersing ourselves in the rich heritage of the Wild West. From there, we venture through the breathtaking Spearfish Canyon, where nature’s handiwork unfolds like a masterpiece before our eyes.

Next on our itinerary is Deadwood, a town steeped in history and intrigue. Here, we visit the famed No. 10 Saloon, where the legendary Wild Bill Hickok met his fateful end while playing poker—a moment immortalized in history as the “Deadman’s Hand.” Amidst the echoes of the past, we’ll also learn about the fascinating encounters between Calamity Jane, the famous female sharpshooter, and Wild Bill Hickok, shaping the lore of this storied town nestled within an Indian reservation.


Day 11: Sturgis Bike Rally & Black Hills Run (optional)

(Driving day 10: 275 km/171 miles)

Today, we embark on the iconic Black Hills Run, immersing ourselves in the legendary attractions and vibrant atmosphere of Sturgis, home to the renowned Sturgis Bike Rally.

Our journey begins with a scenic drive through the Black Hills, culminating at the awe-inspiring Crazy Horse Monument, a testament to the rich heritage and culture of the region. Continuing our exploration, we venture into Custer and Custer State Park, a captivating landscape that once captivated General George A. Custer with its natural beauty. Along the Wildlife Loop, we may even encounter live buffalo as we soak in the splendor of the surroundings.

After a delightful outdoor lunch amidst the beauty of Custer State Park, we make our way to the iconic Mt. Rushmore, where the towering heads of three presidents are carved into the mountainside—an enduring symbol of American history and craftsmanship. Our adventure continues with a drive along the famous Iron Mountain Road, promising a truly unique and unforgettable experience.

Having immersed ourselves in the beauty of the Black Hills, we journey onwards to Sturgis, the vibrant heart of the Sturgis Bike Rally. Here, we park our bikes and delve into the lively atmosphere of the world-famous Knuckle Saloon, joining fellow bikers for a spirited celebration that epitomizes the essence of the rally. Get ready to party like a true biker amidst the energy and excitement of Sturgis.


Day 12: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

(Fun and explorer day)

Embrace the spirit of freedom and excitement at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally—the “Mother of all motorcycle rallies.” Today is yours to enjoy as you immerse yourself in the legendary atmosphere of this iconic event.

Sturgis may be a small “ghost town” with only 6,400 residents, but during early August, it undergoes a remarkable transformation, becoming the epicenter of 500,000 biker enthusiasts from across the globe. Established in 1938, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally holds the esteemed title of America’s oldest biker rally and has earned a legendary status among bikers worldwide.

Throughout the week, the city comes alive with action and excitement, offering a plethora of thrilling activities and events for attendees to enjoy. From exhilarating rides to lively concerts and vibrant street parties, there’s something for everyone to experience and savor.


Day 13: Sturgis - Scottsbluff

(Driving day 11: 472 km/295 miles)

As we bid farewell to the vibrant energy of Sturgis, our journey southward brings us to the awe-inspiring beauty of Badlands National Park. Renowned for its rugged terrain and breathtaking vistas, this natural wonderland attracts visitors from all corners of the globe. Within its striking geological formations lie some of the world’s richest collections of fossils, providing a glimpse into the ancient history of this remarkable landscape. Once roamed by prehistoric mammals such as rhinoceros, horses, and saber-toothed tigers, today, Badlands is home to a diverse array of wildlife, including bison, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, and Blackfoot-ferrets, amidst its expansive mixed-grass prairies.

As we embark on a spectacular drive through the park, we pause to reflect at the solemn site of “Wounded Knee,” where the tragic “Massacre at Wounded Knee” occurred, marking a dark chapter in American history. Here, over 150 Native Americans lost their lives and 50 were wounded by the US 7th Cavalry Regiment. Continuing our journey, we make our way to the quaint town of Alliance,


Day 14: Scottsbluff - Denver

(Driving day 12: 384 km/239 miles)

As our journey on the captivating backroads of the Sturgis Rally & Buffalo Bill Mountain Tour draws to a close, we embark on our final leg today. Continuing our southward journey, we pass through the towns of Sterling and Fort Morgan before making our way back to Denver.

Upon our arrival in Denver, we bid farewell to our trusty bikes, exchanging our riding gear for lighter attire as we prepare for the next phase of our adventure.

As the day transitions into the evening, we gather for a farewell dinner, sharing stories and laughter as we reflect on the incredible experiences we’ve shared. With hearts full of gratitude and memories to last a lifetime, we prepare for the journey home, cherishing the bonds formed and the adventures embarked upon during our unforgettable tour of the US’s best backroads.


Day 15: Departure - Home Travel

As our adventure through the Rocky Mountains and the US’s best backroads comes to a close, it’s time to bid farewell to Denver and begin our journey homeward. Group travel arrangements have been made for shuttle transportation to the airport, where we’ll embark on our respective flights.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to each of you for choosing to tour with Explorify and for sharing in the unforgettable experiences and cherished memories created along the way.

As you return home, we wish you a safe and pleasant journey, knowing that the memories of our time together will linger. We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back on another one of our tours in the US, South America, Asia, Oceania, Africa, or Europe in the future.

Please note: Due to time zone differences, travelers from Europe will arrive home the day following their departure from the US.

Please be advised that while this program serves as a guideline for the activities and experiences on the tour, deviations may occur due to unforeseen circumstances or factors beyond our control. However, we assure you that our dedicated tour leaders will make every effort to adhere to the outlined program to the best of their ability.

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