Black Hills Rails to Ales

in United States at George S. Mickelson Trail

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General Info

Introducing Black Hills Rails to Ales! Enjoy trail time and live musical entertainment!
Both meal venues will feature full meal options and local beers.

The trail: Experience the beauty of the Black Hills via the George S. Mickelson Trail

The Mickelson Trail was originally the Burlington Northern line that carried trains from Edgemont to the northern Black Hills and the gold mines of the Deadwood area. The trail transverses the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. The line began in Deadwood in 1888, and in within ten months the route to Edgemont was complete. (The line was abandoned in 1983.) In the early 90’s, a group of outdoor enthusiasts recognized the trail's potential, and with the support of Governor George Mickelson, it became the state's first rails to trails project.

Course Information

Black Hills Rails to Ales is a leisurely ride from Hill City to Custer, SD on the George S. Mickelson Trail.

Enjoy beautiful fall foliage, restored railroad bridges, and incredible views along this 16-mile segment of South Dakota’s first rails to trails conversion.

Event Times

Lunch ride: depart from Tracy Park trailhead in Hill City between 11am and 12pm with ride ending at Mt. Rushmore Brewing Co.


Dinner ride: depart from Tracy Park trailhead in Hill City between 4pm and 5pm with ride ending at The Custer Beacon.

Both venues are along the Mickelson Trail in downtown Custer and will feature live, musical entertainment. Riders will show wristbands to claim a $25 meal/beverage credit.

Meal includes complimentary, event-branded beer glass for riders to keep.

What's Included

Event cost: $85 – includes a $25 meal credit, MT day pass, live music, and branded event glass.

Shuttles are available for a $32
Dave’s World Tours & Shuttles will be available to shuttle bikes and passengers from Custer back to the Hill City trailhead. Last shuttle of the day leaves Custer at 7pm.

Riders who don’t register/pay for shuttle service will be responsible for their own transportation.

Need to rent a mountain bike or ebike? South Dakota Outdoor Shop, Bicycles & Boats and Rabbit Bicycle can set you up!


Lunch ride – meal at Mt. Rushmore Brewing Co:
Dinner ride – meal at The Custer Beacon:


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