Sturgis Survival Guide: Events And Accomodations

Places to stay, things to see, and other important info.

Chaos Theory

Everybody needs a little chaos every so often. It shakes things up, leads to change, and with change comes growth. If you're reading this in the Black Hills right now, you know it doesn't get much more chaotic than Sturgis in August.

That's why we started these annual Sturgis Survival Guides. While a little wildness is good, a half-million riders descending on a town of 2,500-5,000 people isn't exactly "a little." The Guide creates an eye of calm in the storm. You can pick and choose your chaos instead of wandering into it sight unseen.

This Guide has also grown to keep pace with the changes. When it started out, it was little more than a phone book with a few event photos pulled from our dusty archives. Now you'll not only find event listings, local laws, and places to stay, but features on the hot spots.

We've done our best to make it as complete as possible, but information wasn't always available when we needed it (the Guide went to print in early May). Wherever we couldn't get an event schedule, we listed the venue's contact info so you could call and ask. There's room for improvement anywhere, and that's what changing and growing is all about. Enjoy the ride.

**Charity Ride - Hot Bike **

Every year we use Sturgis as an excuse to hook up with our readers for a ride through the countryside. It's a great chance for us to meet you all face to face. This year, though, we've gone ahead and partnered up with Kids & Chrome, a worthy cause if ever there was one.

The Legend Top 50 Rally Park is this year's HQ for the HOT BIKE ride. We'll gather there for sign-ups between 10:30 and 11:30, then fire 'em up and head out at noon for a 181-mile cruise through the South Dakota and Wyoming countryside. Then it's back to Top 50 for a party between 6:30 pm and 8-ish. The entry fee is $10, and the proceeds go to Kids & Chrome.

Sturgis

Glencoe Campground Pavilion-Miss Sturgis Contest, Rock 'N' the Rally concert series
Broken Spoke Saloon-Rock
Hog Heaven Campground-Rock/Blues
Buffalo Chip Campground-Rock/Blues/Country
Side Hack Saloon-Rock/Blues
Loud American Roadhouse-Rock
Pyramid Beer Garden-Rock/Blues
Full Throttle Saloon-Rock

Deadwood

Durty Nelly's-Rock
Saloon #10-Rock
Tin Lizzie-Country/Western, gambling

Piedmont

Elk Creek Steakhouse & Lounge-Country

Rapid City

Firehouse-Acoustic/Jazz/Soft Rock
Freight House-Rock/Blues
Paddy O'Neil's-Acoustic
Boot Hill Saloon-Country
Chevy's Lounge-Oldies
Robbinsdale Lounge-Country
Filly's Comedy Club-Comedy
Racquet Club-Rock
H-D is located at the Rapid City Civic Center.

Spearfish

Back Porch and B&B; Bar-Rock
Bay Leaf Cafe-Acoustic/Soft Rock
Black Hills Lodging and Camping

Hotels/Motels

Alpine Motel (605) 342-3701
Amber Inn (605) 343-3630
American Motel (800) 634-3444
Apollo Motel (605) 343-9331
Audrie's Cranbury Corner (605) 342-7788
Avanti Motel (800) 658-5464
Bel Air Budget Host Inn (605) 343-5126
Best Western Motel (605) 343-6040
Best Western Town Motel (605) 343-5383
Best Western Phil Town Inn (800) 611-3569
Big Sky Motel (605) 348-3200
Budget Host Inn Motel (800) 658-5461
Canyon Inn (605) 347-2372
Castle Inn (800) 658-5464
College Inn Motel (800) 843-8892
Colonial Motel (605) 342-1417
Comfort Inn (605) 348-2221
Corral Motel (605) 342-7511
Country Inn Estates (605) 394-0017
Dakota Motel (605) 342-2896
Days Inn Downtown, a.k.a. Imperial Inn(605) 343-5501
Days Inn I-90 (605) 348-8410
Days Inn (605) 347-3027
Econo Lodge (800) 888-2597
Fair Value Inn (605) 342-8118
Family Inn (605) 342-2892
Foothills Motel (605) 348-5640
Four Seasons Motel (605) 343-7822
Garden Cottages (605) 342-6922
Gold Star Motel (605) 341-7051
Golden Hills Motel (605) 342-6232
Hart Ranch Resort (800) 782-2267
Hillside Country Cottages (605) 342-4121
Holiday Inn Express (605) 341-9300
Hotel Alex Johnson (800) 888-2539
Howard Johnson Lodge (800) 654-2000
Imperial Best Value Inn (877) 209-5954
Junction Inn (605) 347-2506
Johnsons Mountain Chalet (800) 458-6830
Johnson Siding Motel (605) 348-2280
Kings X Lodge (605) 342-2236
Knights Inn (605) 348-1453
Lake Park Resort Motel (605) 343-0234
Lamplighter Inn (605) 342-3385
Lantern Motel (605) 347-4511
Lazy U Motel (605) 343-4242
Motel 6 (605) 343-3687
Motel Rapid (605) 342-5834
Motel Town House (605) 342-8143
Mystery Mountain Resort (605) 342-5368
Price Mote (605) 343-1806
Quality Inn (605) 348-1230
Radisson Luxury Hotel (800) 333-3333
Ramada Inn (605) 342-1300
Ranch House Motel (605) 341-0785
Rockerville Trading Post Motel (800) 450-0496
Roadway Inn (605) 355-0500
Rushmore Motel (605) 348-3313
Rushmore Inn (605) 343-4700
Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn (605) 348-4000
Rushmore Shadows Resort (605) 343-4544
Stables Motel (800) 874-6435
Stardust Motel (800) 456-0084
Sunburst Inn/Travel Lodge (800) 456-0061
Star Lite In (605) 347-2506
Super 8 Motel (605) 348-8070
Super 8 Motel (800) 800-8000
Super 8 Motel (605) 347-4447
Thrifty Motor Inn (605) 342-0551
Time Inn (605) 343-5565
Tip Top Hotel (605) 343-3901
Tradewinds Motel (605) 342-4153
Western Thrifty Inn (605) 348-8890
White Tail Motel (605) 342-7714

Campgrounds

385 Rally Park (605) 787-6207
Bear Butte Creek (605) 347-3023
Bear Butte State Park (605) 347-5240
Berry Patch (RV) (605) 341-5588
Bob & Lea's Campground (800) 611-3569
Boulder Park (605) 347-3222
Buffalo Chip Campground & Concerts(605) 892-4101
Bull Dog Campground (877) 285-5364
Cabbage Patch Camping (605) 490-1859
Cottonwood Creek Camp (605) 456-2108
Creekside Camp (605) 578-2267
Days End Campground (605) 347-2331
Eagles Landing (800) 488-9809
Elkview Campground (877) 478-5162
Gentle Eagle (605) 423-9912
Glencoe Camp Resort (605) 347-4712
Happy Holiday (605) 342-7365
Hog Heaven Campground (800) 551-1283
Horse Creek Inn (605) 574-2908
Ironhorse Camp (877) 700-4766
Jellystone Park (800) 558-2954
Lake Park Campground (605) 341-5820
Lamphere Ranch Campground (605) 347-5858
Lone Star Campground (877) 242-1664
Mountain View Campground (307) 283-2270
Mystery Mountain Resort (800) 658-2267
No Name City RV & Cabins (605) 347-8891
PretCamp RV Rally Camp-RV only(605) 347-4720
Rapid City Eagles Lodge #3555 (605) 343-2321
Rapid City KOA (RV) (800) 562-8504
Rockerville Trading Post RV (605) 341-4880
Rolling Thunder Campground (605) 347-2118
Rush-No-More Campground (605) 347-2916
Rushmore Shadows Resort (605) 348-1787
SturgisView Campground (715) 425-9057
TeePee Cpgd (RV) (605) 343-6319
Tilford Gulch Campground (605) 787-5573
Vanocker Canyon Campground (605)347-TENT [347-8368]
Whispering Pines (RV) (605) 341-3667

Bed & Breakfasts

Anemaries Country B&B; (605) 343-9234
Carriage House B&B; (605) 343-6415
Flying B Ranch B&B; (605) 342-5324
H-Bar-D Lodge B&B; (605) 341-7580
Madison Ranch B&B; (605) 342-6997
Old Stonehouse B&B; (605) 347-3007
Sweetgrass Inn B&B; (605) 343-5351
The Rimrock B&B; (605) 348-5124
Serenity's Cottage B&B; (605) 341-3567
"UX" Ranch Family Vacation (605) 255-4284

Getting You and Your Gear to and From Sturgis

Airlines Serving Rapid City Regional Airport (located approximately 10 miles east of Rapid City, SD, and 45 miles east of Sturgis)

Delta Connections-Sky West (800) 221-1212
Northwest Airlines (800) 447-4747
United Express (800) 241-6522
Contact Sturgis Reservations at (866)788-7447, or go to www.sturgisreservations.com for more information.

Train Services

From Boston, MA, and Albany, NY, to DenverContact Charlie or Jennifer(603) 366-2000
(MC shipping available)

Car Rentals

Alamo Car Rental (800) 462-5266
Avis Rent-A-Car (800) 917-2847
Budget Rent-A-Car (800) 446-3964
Casey's Auto Rental Service (605) 343-2277
Dollar Rent-A-Car (800) 800-4000
Enterprise Rent-A-Car (866) 799-7961
Lincoln-Mercury Car Rental System (605) 342-7034
National Car Rental (800) 227-7368
Rent-A-Wreck (605) 348-3050
Thrifty Car Rental (605) 393-0663

Motorcycle Rentals

Chrome Horse Harley Rentals (877) 305-8899
CycLease (800) 742-2044
Eagleriders (800) 501-8687
Midwest Motorcycle Rentals (888) 237-5854
Wizard Motorsports (704) 263-9993

Camper Rentals

Jack's Campers, Too (605) 787-9010
Mid State Camper Sales (605) 787-7453
Time Equipment Rentals & Sales (605) 348-2360

Motorcycle Shippers

Ace World Wide Moving and Storage(800) 929-4223
A&T; Trailers Motorcycle Shipping(888) 437-7722
Auto Shipping International Inc.(international only) (800) 466-2744
Classic Adventures (Minneapolis to RapidCity) (612) 497-3333
Dailey Direct LLC (888) 428-5245
Dan Weidman (407) 854-7030
Fly-n-Ride Custom Motorcycle Transport(800) 537-2708
Fossil Motorcycle Transport (East Coast)(877) 372-9253
Gensheimer Moving Systems Inc. (813) 886-3950
Harley Haul (610) 323-4632
HaulMyScooter.com (443) 744-3199
JC Motors (800) 730-3151
LTP Inc. Motorcycle Pickup & Delivery (888) 697-0316
Motorcycles Only (Sacramento, CA)(916) 483-4477
Raceway Trailer (603) 362-4422/(603) 783-4443
Showmat Transportation Co. (800) 316-9593
Thunder Road MC Transport (From Chicago & Daytona) (800) 844-2782
Two Guys Trucking Inc. (203) 734-8848;[email protected] Located inConnecticut, but will ship from the surrounding states as well.
Who Let the Hogs Out (817) 430-8330

General Shipping

Sturgis U.S. Postal Service, 820 Kinship Rd. (Located one block off Lazelle St., across from the Community Center; see also the USPS rally booth at Sturgis Harley-Davidson)

Distances From Downtown Sturgis
Got a destination in mind? Here's how far you'll have to go to get there.

Buffalo Chip: 5 miles
Glencoe Campground: 3 miles
Full Throttle Saloon: 3 miles
Ft. Meade/Cavalry Museum: 1 mile
Bear Butte State Park: 7 miles
Rapid City: 29 miles
Mt. Rushmore: 60 miles
Crazy Horse: 70 miles
Hill City: 56 miles
Keystone: 49 miles
Custer State Park: 72 miles
Spearfish: 21 miles
Spearfish Canyon: 20 miles
Devil's Tower: 81 miles
Hulett, WY: 72 miles
Historic Deadwood: 14 miles
Homestake Gold Mine: 17 miles
Cheyenne Crossing: 25 miles
Custer: 75 miles
Hot Springs: 84 miles
Gillette: 115 miles