If this is your first time coming to the rally then you are probably wondering about places to stay. Let me tell you that the majority of affordable accommodations are booked a year in advance. If you are willing to spend $200+ a night you can still get a room in a pricier hotel. Your best bet is find a campground. There are so many campgrounds that we even have a website devoted to Black Hills Campgrounds!
If you are looking for a party in addition to a campground then you will definitely want to stay at The Legendary Buffalo Chip. They offer packages for tent camping, RV camping and even have a few biker cabins. Rate are pretty reasonable and include admission to their concerts. They have quite the lineup this year! Boston, Buck Cherry, Eric Church & Aaron Lewis and Sugarland just to name a few. The Buffalo Chip is a can't miss Rally tradition so even if you don't stay there make room in your schedule to attend at least one of the concerts. You will find the best people watching in the world at the Buffalo Chip.
Not a partier or tent camper? There are plenty of other last minute options available. Black Hills Rental Cabins still has some availability. Would you believe that many residents of the Black Hills actually move out of their homes and rent them out during the rally. You can check availability here.
Now that we have found you a place to stay, what are you going to do while you are here? You can only walk up and down Sturgis for so many days and you will be here for a week or more! On your way up to Sturgis make sure you stop at the Black Hills Visitor Information Center just off I-90 at exit 61. They have information on everything about the area. They have maps, information on places to stay, must see places in the Black Hills, even weather conditions. Make sure you stop in and say hi!
Speaking of the weather! The Black Hills has some very intense weather. It might be sunny and in the 90's one minute and the next you will see an intense thunderstorm with golf ball to softball sized hail. Make sure you stay aware of the weather situation as you are out riding. Bring a weather radio and a rain suit with you and seek cover when a strong storm comes in. The good thing about our intense thunderstorms is that they generally blog through pretty quickly. Sit the storm out and shortly we will be back to perfect riding weather!
See you in Sturgis!