D06 Rapid City Sheridan
Published: 21/12/2019
Devil’s Tower National Monument
With its authentic Main Street, cowboy shops with saddles and lassos and the Bighorn Mountains in the background, Sheridan is a nice place to stay. Sheridan is located in the corner of the Bighorn Mountains, once the heart of the Indian country where many Indians fought. Your stay in Sheridan is not complete if you have not had a drink at The Mint, a bar that has been in operation since 1907. Here you travel back in time with all the photos on the walls. You should also visit the King's Saddlery and Museum. A cowboy would do his shopping here. The inventory consists of saddles, reins, dumbbells, lassos and bridles. The main attraction in Sheridan is the Bradford Brinton Memorial Ranch, where the former "Western Life" revives. Located at the Quarter Circle A Ranch and formerly known as the Bradford Brinton Memorial Museum, the Brinton Museum is a museum and historic ranch 3.2 km southwest of Big Horn. The farmhouse was built in 1893 by William Moncreiffe, a Scottish immigrant and successful businessman.

This (long) route starts in the Black Hills, so leave on time! We stop in Lead at the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, where you can view historical photos, videos and a 3D model and tell the fascinating stories about the Sanford Underground Research Facility (Sanford Lab), the city of Lead and the history of Homestake . See the 1,000 foot deep Open Cut, an iconic monument in the Black Hills, and see the many types of rock that have created this unique landscape. Admission is free.

We drive further towards Spearfish Falls, Spearfish Falls is slightly off the beaten track, but well worth the walk. It is located in the heart of Spearfish Canyon near the Savoy area. The path to the waterfall starts on the north side of the restaurant Latchstring Inn and leads you to the bottom of the gorge where you go to the roaring water of Spearfish Falls. Make sure you wear good shoes, because the pad can sometimes be slippery. For those who want to skip the walk, there is a viewing platform on the south side of the restaurant. Spearfish Falls is approximately 20 km south of the northern entrance to Spearfish Canyon.
We drive on and pass by one of the places where the movie Dances with Wolves was shot, stop for some photos! Then we arrive in Sundance, where we stop to refuel and have something to eat and drink. After the stop we go to the Devil's Tower National Monument, where the heart of an old volcano rises from an almost flat environment up to 264 meters. Devils Tower was the first national monument in the United States, erected on 24 September 1906 by President Theodore Roosevelt. After the visit we head towards Moorcroft where we enter Interstate 90 (I-90). We leave the I-90 at Gilette again to refuel and have something to eat. After this short stop we look for the I-90 again to leave it at Buffalo.

You now have the opportunity to visit Fetterman Monument & Fort Phil Kearny. The Fetterman Battlefield is the monument of the worst defeat of the American army by Plains Indian groups. Capt. William J. Fetterman, sent out to help a wagon convoy, was lured by Crazy Horse and other Lakota Sioux and Cheyenne warriors over the Lodge Trail Ridge just north of Fort Phil Kearny.

Fort Phil Kearny was an outpost of the US Army that existed at the end of 1860 in present-day northeastern Wyoming along the Bozeman Trail. Construction began Friday, July 13, 1866 by companies A, C, E and H of the 2nd Battalion, 18th Infantry, under the direction of the Regimental Commander and commander of the mountain district Colonel Henry B. Carrington. The position was named after Major General Philip Kearny, a popular figure in the American Civil War. The fort must be distinguished from Fort Kearny in Nebraska, which was named after Kearny's uncle Stephen W. Kearny. Today, the fort and nearby Fetterman and Wagon Box combat sites are maintained by the state of Wyoming as the historic site of Fort Phil Kearny State.

After a possible visit to these 2 historic places it continues to the end point in Sheridan, where we first have to refuel before we reach the hotel.

In this 4-star route you drive on beautiful good roads, a stop at Devils Tower and Spearfish Falls you should definitely do.

Sheridan was designed in 1882. John D. Loucks is said to draw the town on the back of a piece of wrapping paper. The city was named after one of Louck's generals; Philip Sheridan. He led the Union troops during the American Civil War. Sheridan was officially seen as a city from 1884. With the arrival of a railroad and the opening of many coal mines, the newly baked city grew rapidly. At the beginning of the twentieth century, the wooden structures of the buildings in the city were replaced by stone and cement. Most of these buildings are still standing and are mainly in the Main Street Historic District.

In the first century that Sheridan existed, livestock farming, coal mines, railways and sugar beet cultivation were the main occupation of the inhabitants. But just like with the other cities, that has changed. The city has undergone major modernization and the healthcare, education and finance sectors have grown.
Spearfish Falls
Dances with Wolves film site
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Starting point of the route
Spearfish Falls
Fetterman Battlefield
Fort Phil Kearny
End point of the route.

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View route collection Top car and motorcycle tour through the Midwest of the USA
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By car or motorcycle through the Midwest of America, a journey that you do not just make, so also not 13 days driving and then back home. No, book a stay of several days in Denver, Cheyenne, Rapid City (In August the Sturgis Bike Ralley, stay there for about 4 days), Yellowstone National Park, Estes Park and again Denver to also visit multiple places of interest in these cities, so that this tour becomes an unforgettable tour that you can remember with pleasure.

Do not forget to arrange and pack the following:
* This is only a summary and completely personal and may differ per person.

Take out travel insurance, +31 for numbers in GSM, Take out gas (in part), Health insurance coverage at destination ?, Switch off electrical devices, Lighting (timer), Check passport validity, Antenna from radio / TV for lightning, Residence address for those staying behind, Remote control book home alarm, Smart Parking.

Hand luggage:
Liquids in packaging of max. 100 ml, Liquids in hand luggage in clear plastic bag.

For on the road:
Sweets, Book, Earplugs, Country and road map (s), Directions, Maps in your navigation system

Money & Securities:
Bank card / giro card, Credit card (Remember pin code), Cash, Internet banking calculator, Medical insurance card, Travel insurance card.

Travel documents:
Passport, (International) Driving license, Ticket (s), Reservation receipts, Hotel vouchers, Arrival / Departure time, Check-in & check-out times, Valid visa (ESTA), Travel guide.

Underwear, Belt, Shirts / T-shirts, Short pants, Long pants, Shoes, Socks, Swimming trunks, Towel, Bath slippers.

Personal stuff:
Watch, house keys, wallet, sunglasses.

Deodorant, Shower gel / Soap, Comb / brush, Shaving gear, Shampoo, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Sanitary pads

Health & Medicine:
Own medicines, Insect repellent, Cold sore ointment, Ointment for insect bites, Sunscreen, Norit, Paracetamol, Suction cup for insect bites, First aid bag.

Travel bag / hip bag, Leatherman (= checked bag), Pen or pencil, Head lamp, Lighter, Tools & Electronics, Mobile phone & charger, Photo / video camera & charger, Memory card (s), World plug / adapter, Ipod & charger, Adapter cable Ipod, Headphones, iPad & charger, Navigation & charger / plug, Socket, Fuelpack battery.

Engine (accessories):
Helmet, Motorcycle clothing, Motorcycle boots, Chain lock / disc brake lock, Gloves, Bandana, Inside bags (plastic shopping bag), Insulation bag, Lashing straps, Tiewraps, Rainsuit, Rainaway.

Address list, Telephone number embassy, Telephone number to block (bank) card (s), Telephone number (airline tickets).