Buffalo Bill – The Mountain Tour
Welcome to the Buffalo Bill Mountain tour, where we ride several of America’s best motorcycle roads. On this round trip in the Rocky Mountains you will experience wonderful “backroads” and spectacular mountain scenery; Silverthread Historic Byway, Million Dollar Highway (ranked as USA’s no 4 best motorcycle road) (Hwy 550, at 3400 m elevation), Wild West run, Grand Loop Road, Beartooth Highway (No. 1), Chief Joseph Scenic Byway, Black Hills Run, Wildlife loop and Iron Mountain Road. They cannot be described in words; they must be experienced.
You will also experience Denver, Historic Durango, World’s highest HD dealer, Moab, Arches National Park, Yellowstone, Old Faithful Geyser, Cody, Devil’s Tower, Crazy Horse Memorial, Mt Rushmore, Badlands and much more. The Buffalo Bill tour in the Rocky Mountains is a paradise for those who love motorcycling and unique experiences.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Denver Int. Airport/DIA|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.|
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“At JoyRides Tours we believe that good experiences and camaraderie are at least as important as the tour. Our goal is to fill your tour bag with as many positive memories as possible, so you go home with a big smile on your face and with friends you didn’t have before you started your adventure tour.”
Day 1: Departure - Arrival Denver, Colorado
Day 2: Denver - Gunnison
(Driving day 1: 330 km/205 miles)
We start the day with an info meeting, where we cover information about your Buffalo Bill Mountain Tour. We also cover practical information & preparations regarding mc and car rental checkout.
We check out of the hotel. When everyone is ready on their bikes, we embark on our 4.200 km long Sturgis & Buffalo Bill Mountain tour. Denver disappears behind us as we start a unique adventure full of history, adventure, and fun. As we head out of Denver there will initially be some city driving & interstate, before we depart on our designated back roads in spectacular surroundings. We will start easy, so everybody gets accustomed to traffic & driving conditions.
We begin our adventure on adventurous motorcycle roads. We stop in Fairplay, where we visit “ghost town” South Park City, which currently operates as a museum of the old wild west. After our wild west influence, we drive to Gunnison, where we relax and share experiences from the fairytale’s first leg.
Day 3: Gunnison - Durango
(Driving day 2: 372 km/231 miles)
Today we start our ride on USAs’ best back roads. We head out of Gunnison and start driving the beautiful Silverthread Scenic Byway, curvy roads through spectacular scenery. Keep your cameras ready! We drive to Lake City, where we stop to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. Thereafter, we head to South Fork for lunch, before we continue to the breathtaking Wolf Creek Pass.
Our destination of the day is Durango, an old mining town, where treasure hunters came in herds to find & extract gold and silver worth over hundreds of millions of dollars from the mineral-rich mountains of the area. The noble metals made Durango a very prosperous city, which has not been affected by the recession. Residents of Durango are not influenced by today’s usual stress and rush but are hospitable and friendly. Get ready for a cozy evening in the city’s historic district.
Day 4: Durango - Moab
(Driving day 3: 355 km/220 miles)
Welcome to one of the tour’s highlights – today is day is packed with amazing driving experiences on wonderful backroads, sharp curves, spectacular mountain scenery, waterfalls, and old Pioneer cities.
As we drive out of Durango we stop by roadside hot springs. We continue north on spectacular mountain roads to Silverton and the world’s “highest” Harley Davidson dealer (elevation). Thereafter, we start our ride on the world-famous “Million Dollar Highway” (also San Juan Skyway), which is ranked as No. 4 among America’s best motorcycle roads. It is a driving experience out of the ordinary; a lifetime memory! The road got its’ famous name “San Juan Skyway” because the mountain passes we ride through lies on 3.353m (11,000 ft) above sea level, with amazing views. It’s almost like we can touch the skies. We are going to make several stops along the way to enjoy this unique experience. When we arrive at the road’s end, you might want to drive back for another ride. At San Juan Skyways end stop; Ouray, we eat lunch and try to digest all impressions.
We continue our fairytale day on wonderful backroads through the mountains toward Moab, which is located at the entrance of the Arches National Park. We spend the evening in these spectacular surroundings.
Day 5: Moab
(Fun and explorer day)
Spend the day exploring Moab, Arches National Park (unforgettable rock formations that will take your breath away), and the Canyonlands according to your own preference. We highly recommend a hike out to the world-famous Delicate Arch in Arches National Park. Also, there are countless opportunities for rent of Atv, Jeeps and/or horseback for several different kinds of safaris.
Arches National Park contains the world’s largest concentration of natural stone arches; the 73,000-acre park contains 2,000 of these miracles of nature. Arches Park is packed with red, dry desert, seasoned with the strangest eroded sandstone formations that exist, pinnacles, spears, balanced rocks, and arches. We make sure everyone gets one of this year’s holiday photos.
Day 6: Moab - Park City
(Driving day 4: 370 km/230 miles)
This day will be an in-between driving leg, on our way to the amazing Wild West run & Yellowstone National Park. We continue north towards Salt Lake City and today’s end-stop Park City.
Day 7: Park City - Jackson
(Driving day 5: 470 km/292 miles)
Today we head towards magical Yellowstone National Park and “Wild West Run”. We drive north by beautiful Bear Lake, before continuing to Montpelier, where we will visit the historic site of Butch Cassidy’s bank robbery. Thereafter, we drive to Jackson, located in the valley Jackson Hole, a vacation spot for rich Californians. We spend the evening at the famous Million Dollar Cowboy Bar.
Day 8: Jackson - Cody
(Driving day 6: 383 km/240 miles)
Welcome to another tour highlight! It will be a long day packed with unique and rare experiences. We drive into wonderful Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park and start driving one of the US’s most popular motorcycle routes; Wild West Run (Jackson – Yellowstone Lake). We drive by Jackson Lake before we proceed to spectacular Old Faithful Geyser, which remains one of the most active (cone) geysers with its’ predictable eruptions approximately every 35 to 120 minutes. Old Faithful was named in 1870 during the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition and was the first geyser in the park to receive a name.
We continue our ride in spectacular Yellowstone, and start driving on Grad Loop Rd, before stopping at breathtaking Artist Point. Thereafter, we visit live buffalo herds up close. Be ready for exciting encounters, but beware of the wildlife (bears, wolf, elk, buffalos). We finish the day by riding into Buffalo Bill’s (William F. Cody) home turf; Cody, where we eat dinner at Buffalo Bill’s historic Irma Hotel.
Day 9: Chief Joseph Scenic Byway & Beartooth Hwy
(Driving day 7: 368 km/231 miles)
Today’s will be the tour highlight for many. Welcome to the world-famous “Beartooth Highway”, (ranked as USA’s best, No. 1, motorcycle route). Beartooth Highway has not achieved its iconic status among bikers worldwide without reason; be prepared for unique winding mountain roads up and down the mountain, with hairpin turns and spectacular views. This will also be the tour’s most demanding driving leg, so we will drive in a comfortable & safe pace, to ensure everyone remains safe and gets plenty of time to enjoy the ride and views. Have your camera ready, you will drive on one of the world’s best motorcycle roads. Enjoy!
On our way to Beartooth Pass, we drive Chief Joseph Scenic Byway, also is a lifetime experience! After our return to Cody, you can visit the spectacular Buffalo Bill’s Center of the west.
Day 10: Cody - Gilette
(Driving day 8: 409 km/255 miles)
It will be another day of driving on spectacular curvy fun mountain roads. We drive into Big Horn Canyon & National Forest and breathtaking scenery. We are confident your smile will be glued on. We stop for lunch & cowboy-shopping in Sheridan. Thereafter, we drive by the “Spotted Horse” bar on our way to Gillette.
Day 11: Gillette - Deadwood
(Driving day 9: 242 km/151 miles)
Today we start our fun adventures in the Black Hills, the location of the Sturgis Bike Rally (the mother of all bike rallies). Get ready for a lifetime experience! We start by driving to the famous Devil’s Tower, a very popular destination and location of the sci-fi movie “Encounters of the 3rd degree”. We enjoy the surroundings and these spectacular rock formations. Our next stop is Sundance, home of the Sundance Kid. Thereafter, we drive through beautiful Spearfish Canyon; natural surroundings as in a painting that only nature can create.
We drive through Deadwood, where we visit the “No 10 Saloon” where Wild Bill Hickok was shot when he played poker (Quick combination he had when he was shot is now called “Deadman’s Hand”). Deadwood is within an Indian reservation and has all gambling rights. It was also here Calamity Jane (the famous female sharpshooter) met Wild Bill the first time (later they became a couple).
Day 12: Deadwood - Black Hills Run - Sturgis
(Driving day 10: 275 km/171 miles)
Today we will drive the famous and popular Black Hills Run, experience all the amazing attractions around Sturgis, and get a feel for the world-famous Sturgis Bike Rally.
We enjoy driving the Black Hills Run until we get to Crazy Horse, the world’s largest monument carved in the rock. We continue to Custer and Custer State Park, the area that captivated General George A. Custer because of its beautiful scenery and surroundings. We drive Needles Highway and Wildlife Loop, where we might encounter live buffalos. We eat lunch outside in Custer State Park, before driving to Mt Rushmore (the three presidents’ heads carved in the mountains). Afterward, we drive the famous Iron Mountain Road. Be ready for a unique experience. After we have absorbed the Black Hills, we drive to Sturgis, a small town and the center of all activities around the Sturgis Bike Rally, America’s oldest and legendary Motorcycle Rally. We park the bikes and visit the world-famous Knuckle Saloon. It’s time for Biker party!
Day 13: Sturgis - Scottsbluff
(Driving day 11: 510km/318 miles)
We say goodbye to Sturgis and head south again. Our first stop is in spectacular Badlands National Park. Badlands rugged beauty draws visitors from around the world. These striking geological deposits contain some of the richest collections of fossils. Old mammal rhinoceros, horse and saber-toothed tigers walked here once. The park’s 244,000 acres consist of an expanse of mixed-grass and prairie where bison, bighorn, prairie dog and Blackfoot-ferrets live today. We end our day in Scottsbluff, where we will spend our last night “on-the-road.”
Day 14: Scottsbluff - Denver
(Driving day 12: 384 km/239 miles)
The end of our adventure on US best backroads and the Buffalo Bill Mountain Tour is approaching. Today is our final leg. We continue south through Cheyenne and Greeley, before heading back to Denver. Arriving Denver, we return the bikes, take off our boots and replace drive gear with a little lighter clothing. We spend the afternoon near the hotel, eat a farewell dinner together.
Day 15: Departure Denver - Home travel
We say goodbye to Rocky Mountains & US Best Back Roads, Denver, and return home. Group travel by shuttle to the airport. Thanks for a great ride, good times, and sincerely thank you for choosing to tour with Explorify. We wish you a safe trip home and hope to see you again on one of our other tours in the US, South America, Asia, Oceania, or Europe.
Note: Because of the time difference travelers from Europe will arrive home the date/day after departing the US.
Also: This program is a guideline for activities and experiences on the tour. Deviations may occur, but we guarantee that our positive tour leaders will do their utmost to execute the program as described – as far as it is feasible and circumstances allow. We are continually working to improve the program, thus you may experience positive surprises.
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