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Mickelson Trail Trek: Ten Years of Touring the Hills

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LEAD, S.D. – Get a bird’s eye view of the great outdoors at this year’s Mickelson Trail Trek, which takes biking enthusiasts through the heart of the Black Hills. The 10th anniversary ride promises something for everyone, so pack your gear and head to the hills.
“We’re very excited for this year’s ride,” said Harley Noem, Northern Hills Regional Supervisor for the Department of Game, Fish & Parks. “It’s always a lot of fun for people to get out and see the beauty of the hills.”
Participants in the trail ride will enjoy gentle slopes that make it easy for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the beauty of the Black Hills. Pass over more than 100 converted railroad bridges and four hard rock tunnels along the 109-mile trail that covers the same path taken by legends such as Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane.
Early-bird check-in is available on Thursday, September 13 from 4-9 p.m. at the Custer Chamber of Commerce. Check-in resumes at 6:30 a.m. on Friday when the 45-mile ride from Custer to Edgemont takes place. Saturday’s 40 miles will take riders from Custer to Rochford, with the final leg on Sunday journeying the last 24 miles to Deadwood.
For additional information, contact the Black Hills Trail Office at (605) 584-3896 or visit for more information.
The Mickelson Trail Trek is part of the Office of Tourism’s 2007 Great Events program, which is part of Goal 1 of the 2010 initiative to double visitor spending in South Dakota. 
The Office of Tourism serves under the direction of Richard Benda, Secretary of the Department of Tourism and State Development.