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The Bear Butte Loop is a short, but fun, ride that starts in Sturgis and travels West to Deadwood.  At Deadwood the route turns North past the Tanaka Museum and the Preacher Smith Memorial to the town of St. Onge.  From St. Onge, the route angles Northwest to Belle Fourche.


In Belle Fourche, be sure to stop for a picture at the Geographic Center of the United States marker (the actual Geographic Center is on private property, this site is in the closest town).


After leaving Belle Fourche,  head straight East across the prairies, then south past Bear Butte State Park and the Sturgis Dragway.  On the way back to Sturgis you will pass Fort Meade. 


Approximate Mileage:  85 Miles


Estimated Riding Time:  1.5 Hours


Road Surface:  Paved




  • Sturgis - Sturgis Motorcycle Museum, Sturgis Dragway, Steam and Gas Threshing Bee, Bear Butte State Park
  • Deadwood - Tanaka Museum, Preacher Smith Monument
  • Belle Fourche - Geographic Center of the US
  • Fort Meade - Fort Meade Museum


Motorcycle Rides, Black Hills, Sturgis, Deadwood, St. Onge, Belle Fourche, Nisland

Bear Butte Loop

  • If you are riding with a group, we ask that every person using our route for navigation purchase their own copy.


    In order to encourage this, we are happy to offer a discount for group purchases. Please contact us after purchasing 1 item at full price, and we will set up a coupon code that will give everyone in your group 50% off of the same item.

  • Our digital routes are designed to operate in most GPS devices.  In addition to GPSs, our routes should work with several smartphone apps.  They will NOT work on Google Maps or Apple Maps.


    If you plan on using a smartphone app, we recommend the REVER app.  REVER will work with both Android and iOS and in addition to navigation it has many other great features.


    For best results in REVER, download the route to your computer first, then import into your smartphone.  Turn by turn may not work, so we recommend that you utilize the "Follow the Line" option. 


    You can get 20% off your first year’s subscription to REVER by following THIS LINK.

    AND using this coupon code at checkout:  Driftlessforless.


    By using this link and coupon code a portion of your subscription fee will go to support Driftless Roads USA.

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