December 2009

29 Dec

Dec 29, 2009 at 11:30 am

We are shoveled out! Christmas was definitely a snowy one here in Deadwood – i’ve heard reports of anywhere from 35 inches to 52 inches in the area. But once it gets over a couple feet, it’s hard to tell just how much more is coming down. Unless, of course, you are out shoveling in the deep stuff!
For winter sports fans, the snow was needed. Now we have snow on the snowmobile trails and skiiers are grinning from ear to ear. And, more importantly, the roads to Deadwood are clear and we are ready to celebrate New Year’s Eve and the start of 2010! There are some rooms still available, so call us if you are coming and need help! 1-800-344-8826.
Happy New Year all, and you should see Deadwood now!

18 Dec

Dec 18, 2009 at 09:46 am

Online registration for the 13th Annual Mickelson Trail Trek opens TODAY, Friday, Dec. 18 at 8 a.m. Mountain Time. Bikers can sign up at Game, Fish and Parks officials encourage bicyclists to sign up early to ensure a spot in the Trek, which will be held Sept. 17 – 19, 2010. This is the same weekend as the 20th annual DEADWOOD JAM! A GREAT WEEKEND TO BE IN DEADWOOD!!!

The annual supported ride highlights the George S. Mickelson Trail as it winds through the heart of the Black Hills from Edgemont to Lead/Deadwood. The ride began in 1998 as a celebration of the completion of the rails-to-trails project. The Trek continues today to introduce new bicyclists to the trail and to thank supporters for their long-standing enthusiasm for the trail. Riders on the Trail Trek will cover the entire 109 miles of the trail over three days, from Friday, Sept. 17 through Sunday, Sept. 19.

Registration before July 12 with merchandise is $170, without merchandise is $140. Registration after July 12 is $170, and merchandise is not available. The registration fee for the 3-day ride includes the trail pass, shuttle service, refreshments and some meals during each day’s ride. Riders are responsible for accommodations and mechanical support. The ride is open to all bicyclists 14 years of age or older.

Pre-registration is required and may be completed online by visiting and following the “Trail Trek” link. Registration cutoff is September 1, 2010. For more information on the Mickelson Trail or the 3-day Mickelson Trail Trek, visit or contact the Black Hills Trails office at (605) 584-3896.

Get your registration in today – and a hotel room! Go to to book a room.

Have a great weekend!

14 Dec

Dec 14, 2009 at 10:10 am

A sure sign of winter, the snowmobile trails in the Black Hills officially open tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec. 15. Snow over the weekend has helped cover trails, but there are some spots that may be a bare – so riders in this early season need to be cautious.

Snowmobile trail maps for the entire state can be obtained from most Game, Fish and Parks offices or by calling 605-773-3391. The maps outline the nationally-recognized Black Hill trails (350 miles) and 13 trails in eastern South Dakota (1,260 miles). The maps also include locations for food and fuel, as well as additional information about snowmobiling in South Dakota.

The Black Hills trails will be open Dec. 15 through March 31.

New this year: Snowmobilers can check trail conditions daily via Twitter. And trail conditions can be found by clicking here:
And all trails lead to Deadwood! Ride all day, warm up downtown at night – sounds like a good day to me!

Have a great week,

08 Dec

Dec 08, 2009 at 06:28 pm

Deadwood’s Days of ’76 Rodeo has been named PRCA’s best for the 10th time!

And in this, the sixth consecutive year, the Rodeo has taken home the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s award for the Medium Outdoor Rodeo of the Year. Days of ’76 committee members were on hand for the awards ceremony, held last week at the PRCA National Convention in Las Vegas.

Awards are nothing new for this event, now in its 88th year. The Days of ’76 rodeo won Small Outdoor Rodeo of the Year four consecutive years before being moved into the medium category.

The Days has won top honors in the medium category each year since 2004. In 2009, the Deadwood rodeo competed against rodeos from Abilene and Amarillo, Texas, Phillipsburg, Kan., and Ogden, Utah.

“We were thrilled to be nominated alongside rodeos of this caliber, and we are even more thrilled to once again be able to call our rodeo the nation’s best,” said 2009 Days of ’76 Chairman Mac Meyer. “Its truly an honor to win, and it’s a tribute to how hard this committee and all the volunteers work. I am proud to be part of such a great organization.”

Te Days of ’76 is a favorite venue among the bull riders, calf ropers, saddle bronc riders, barrel racers and others who compete in this Black Hills community for tens of thousands of dollars in prize money. Meyer attributes the success of the rodeo to a combination of community support, hard work of committee members and volunteers, commitments from the City of Deadwood and its Historic Preservation Commission, and the experience that can only be acquired from 87 years of putting on one of the best rodeos in the world.

Equipped with a renovated rodeo arena, complete with rough-hewn timbers and a Ponderosa pine forest backdrop, the Days of ’76 Rodeo offers contestants a chance to enjoy an atmosphere that only Deadwood can offer.

The 2010 Days of ’76 Rodeo and Parade will be July 27-31, 2010. For ticket information, call 888-838-BULL or visit

Congrats Days of ’76! And for those of you who have yet to see the Days in person, make plans to attend now!

Have a great week all!