Road & Mountain Biking

With miles of bike friendly trails for riders of all ability and breath-taking scenery Crook County is a beautiful place to discover on 2 wheels!

Mountain biking fat biking and road cycling are commonly enjoyed activities in Crook County.

Devils Tower National Monument

Although there are no single track trails within Devils Tower National Monument that are open to mountain bikes visitors commonly enjoy pedaling their way through the park on the roads. The 3-mile-long pedal from the entrance station at Devils Tower National Monument to the base of the rocky tooth is all uphill but what goes up must come down and the return trip will be a breeze. Use caution however as during the summer it can be a busy stretch of road. Aside from the towering view you can often catch a glimpse of of a whitetail deer, wild turkey or other local wildlife.

Cook Lake National Recreation Area

Cook Lake Trail - This easy 1.5 mile loop trail with some stairs and a stepping-stone crossing of Beaver Creek. The trail circles the lake, and there are many opportunities to see various types of ducks and geese along with osprey, blue heron, and bald eagles.

Cliff Swallow Trail - A moderately difficult 3.7 mile loop trail.  Cliff swallows nest in the limestone bluffs above Beaver Creek. Look for gourd-shaped mud nests in the rock out-croppings below the ridge. Other wildlife commonly seen along the trail include white-tailed deer, elk, and turkey. Along Beaver Creek, watch for blue herons, beaver, and water dippers. High above, turkey vultures are often seen riding the thermal drafts.

Bearlodge Trail System

The Bearlodge Trail System boasts 75 miles of single track trails. The majority of these trails are fantastic for mountain biking. The trails in the Bearlodge National Forest vary from sage to aspen meadows with pine and oak and nearly all of the trails in the Bearlodge Trail Systems have great views.

Popular trails include the Blacktail Trailhead, Carson Draw Trail System Trailhead, Dugout Gulch Botanical Trail (2.3 mile trail plus a 4.4 mile loop trail), Ogden Creek Trailhead, Reuter Trailhead, Sheepnose Trailhead and the Sundance Trail System Trailhead.

For more information we encourage you to visit the Black Hills National Forest Website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/blackhills/recreation/bicycling/recarea/?recid=25925&actid=24