Named after Major Samuel D. Sturgis, one-time commander of Fort Meade, Sturgis, SD is a town of 7,000 residents that plays host to a half million people every August during its annual motorcycle gathering. While best known for its rally, a range of other attractions and activities are located in and around Sturgis.
Bear Butte State Park, Fort Meade Cavalry Museum, Vanocker Canyon and Boulder Canyon scenic byways, a public golf course and more is located here, offering fun for the entire family.
Sturgis is located in the northern Black Hills area, just off Interstate 90, exits 30 and 32.
Sturgis offers many services and amenities for visitors, including but not limited to:
Hiking: Try part of the Centennial Trail in Forte Meade Recreation Area (Fort Meade Trailhead) or choose a trail in Bear Butte State Park.
Golfing: Spend a few hours on Boulder Canyon Country Club’s 9-hole course.
Art Appreciation: Drop into one of the art galleries, view the public sculptures, or explore the Sculpture Walk.
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally: The gathering runs for one week in August. Thousands of people from all over the country travel to this event to experience the races, rallies, music, and merchandise and food provided by 800 vendors. Don’t forget to stop into the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame.
Bear Butte State Park: Hike the trails; summit Mato Paha or “Bear Mountain,” the unique butte formation sacred to many Native Americans; camp around the lake or launch your boat at the ramp; and be sure to check out the visitor center and interpretive displays.
Vanocker Canyon and Boulder Canyon: Whether you're in town for the rally or taking your family on a tour, be sure to drive one or both of these scenic byways.
Fort Meade: Visit the museum or tour the old buildings and parade grounds.
Other attractions include:
Other Sturgis South Dakota Resources
Official site for Meade County of South Dakota.
Official site for the City of Sturgis, South Dakota.