Mickelson Trail Trek

Mickelson Trail Trek

The 23rd Annual Mickelson Trail Trek will be September 17-20, 2020. 
Registration will open on December 11, 2019 at 8 a.m. MT. 


  • Registration before July 1 with merchandise- $200 
  • Registration before July 1 without merchandise - $170
  • Registration after July 1- $200
  • Preregistration is required and open until September 1 or until filled.
  • There are no refunds after registration.
  • Rochford and Deadwodd meal for non-riders - $25 Nonrefundable.
  • Participants must be 14 years of age or older.
  • Parental waivers must be signed by minor and parent or guardian.
  • Registration packets and additional ride information will be distributed either Thursday night at Early Bird Check- In or on Friday morning at the Custer Chamber of Commerce. 

South Dakota’s George S. Mickelson Trail is more than just a recreation Trail; it’s a trail of history. You have the opportunity to travel the same path as General George A. Custer, Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and Potato Creek Johnny.

Burlington Northern built this rail line over 100 years ago to accommodate the miners who had rushed to the area to pan for gold. In 1983, the rail line was abandoned and this incredible trail was envisioned. After years of planning, hard work, and determination the trail became a reality.

In celebration of this reality, the third weekend in September finds hundreds of riders joining together in the Mickelson Trail Trek. This year’s Trail Trek promises to be bigger and better than ever, offering something for everyone.

The Friday, Saturday and Sunday 3-day ride covers almost the entire trail. Registration fee includes- trail pass, shuttle service, refreshments, 6 snacks and 3 meals and a voucher for dinner in Hill City or Custer.

Riders can enjoy the beauty of the heart of the Black Hills as they travel through the scenic valleys, old railroad tunnels, and historic mining towns.

Additional Information

Contact us at MickelsonTrail@state.sd.us or 605.584.3896.