Mickelson Trail

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 www.MickelsonTrail.com. 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 www.MickelsonTrail.com 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 www.MickelsonTrail.com or contact the Black Hills Trails office at (605) 584-3896.

Get your registration in today – and a hotel room! Go to http://www.deadwood.org/Lodging/ 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: http://www.sdgfp.info/Parks/Recreation/Snowmobiling/trailconHills.asp
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,

03 Jun

Jun 03, 2009 at 08:14 am

Greetings all: Summer is here! This weekend, the Deadwood-Mickelson Trail Marathon will bring a couple thousand people to town (the race is on Sunday, but festivities are all weekend long); also on Sunday, there will be some fine music and fun at the Historic Homestake Opera House in Lead – Here’s more info!

Benefit concert to feature Grammy nominee and Black Hills favorites

DEADWOOD – The Deadwood Jam Committee and the Historic Homestake Opera House are pleased to announce the “Spring Jam at the Opera House,” a benefit concert to be held June 7 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Opera House in Lead. Following the successful concert March 1, this second show will again raise much-needed funds for the Historic Homestake Opera House and the Deadwood Jam.

The concert will feature Grammy-nominated musician Randy McAllister, The Brandon Sprague Blues Band and the acoustic duo of Bob Fahey and James Van Nuys. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door on the day of the show.

“The reaction from the first benefit concert was phenomenal,” said Matthew Pike, Deadwood Jam committee chair. “Randy was so generous in wanting to make that show. When he couldn’t, it seemed only logical to shoot for another chance.”

Once again, Deadwood Jam photographer Marty Nelson has prepared a set of exclusive prints available for the first time from past Jams. “Spring Jam at the Opera House” attendees will be able to bid on these images through a silent auction on the day of the show at Blue Dog Framers and Studio Gallery, who donated frames for the photos.

Tickets for “Jam at the Opera House” are on sale in Deadwood at the Saloon #10 or the Main Street branch of First Western Bank, or in Lead at The Stampmill Saloon and Restaurant. Tickets will also be available on the day of the show at the Opera House.

The “Spring Jam at the Opera House” is presented by the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureau, Budweiser through Eagles Sales of the Black Hills, the Lead Chamber of Commerce and the Stampmill Saloon and Restaurant.

23 Apr

Apr 23, 2009 at 08:54 am

A couple tidbits of good news in Deadwood — the portion of the Mickelson Trail that runs through Deadwood is ridable! Not that that makes snowmobilers very happy, but the snow is 99 percent off the trail. I took my first ride yesterday and it was a good one. The water rushing down the stream is mesmorizing (all those feet of snow have to go somewhere). Temperatures are in the upper 70s/lower 80s this week, and even though temps are going to drop to the mid 40s and 50s this weekend, the stage is set for a true spring. It’s definitely a great time to be in Deadwood and the northern Black Hills!
And the other Fat Tire. The beer, by New Belgium brewery in Colorado, has fans across the country but the distribution of it isn’t all that far-reaching. But news (which I figured to be a rumor, but was verified by a popular pub owner here in Deadwood) … the popular beer will soon be distributed in Deadwood. Not big news to some, but definitely a talk of the town with brew fans.
So whether your fancy is fat tires on the trail or Fat Tire on the bar, we got it.
Until next time,

16 Jan

Jan 16, 2009 at 03:21 pm

Skiers, snowmobilers and other winter sports enthusiasts are seeing the best Black Hills snow conditions in more than a decade.
Thanks to a snowy November and a big blizzard in early December, along with regular snow showers in January, the Northern Black Hills are buried beneath a thick blanket of snow. The December blizzard alone dumped 46 inches on Deadwood.
The federal Natural Resources Conservation Service, which measures snowpack in the Black Hills’ higher elevations each winter, found January snow depths not seen since 1996.
“It’s by far the best snow we’ve had in a dozen years. There’s four feet in the trees and a two- to three-foot base on the trails. It’s just unbelievable,” said Steve Olson, general manager of the Comfort Inn/Bodega in Deadwood and an avid snowmobiler.
Regular January snowfalls of 3 to 5 inches have kept the Black Hills’ 350 miles of groomed snowmobile trails in good shape, said Shannon Percy, Black Hills Trials Manager for the South Dakota Department of Game Fish & Parks.
“We’ve had lots of blowing and drifting, which keep the trails covered with fresh snow, and new accumulations,” Percy said. In fact, the biggest challenge for his grooming crews has been to keep up with the snowfall.
The Black Hills’ downhill ski area areas also report good snow conditions. Terry Peak Ski Area west of Deadwood has a base of 20 to 28 inches, and all of its ski runs are open, according to its Web site. Terry Peak has seen 111 inches of snowfall since Nov. 1. The nearby Mystic Miner Ski Resort at Deer Mountain reports up to 36 inches of snow on its trails.
The winter snowpack also bodes well for next summer’s fishing, boating and water sports. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation reports that Deerfield Reservoir is 93 percent full, Pactola Reservoir is 92 percent full and Orman Dam is 75 percent full. By spring, officials predict, all three should be at 100 percent.

15 May

May 15, 2007 at 03:29 pm

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Let the blogging begin!

Hey everyone. I’d like to introduce myself. My name is George Milos; I am the Director of the Deadwood Chamber & Visitors Bureau…the organization that hosts this web site. Before I get started on my blog I want to thank Dustin Floyd and the hard work he’s done with Dustin’s Deadwood Diary. He is a great guy, an excellent story teller and I thank him for letting us into his world every month.

Since I work at the chamber we figured it might be a good idea to have a blog from “inside” the organization to talk about all the things that are happening in and around Deadwood. I was born in Deadwood and graduated from Lead High School and like many young, wide-eyed people moved away in my 20’s but found my way back in just a few short years. If you ask anyone from the area, once you’ve lived in the Black Hills it’s impossible to not long for the mountains that surround you.

I started working for the Deadwood Chamber in 1998 answering phones but soon moved into the marketing department. I became the Event Coordinator in 2000 and held that position until 2004 when I became Director. Ok. Enough about me, let’s talk about some of the fun things happening in Deadwood in June.

The Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon takes place June 2 & 3 and has become the largest event of its kind in South Dakota. Over 1,700 athletes will be running the gorgeous Mickelson Trail this year. It really is a great event with all kinds of people participating….and when I say all kinds I mean that. I remember three years ago watching a man about ½ mile from the finish line running while smoking a cigarette. Although there are many world class athletes, we still have room for the little known “smoker athlete. Only in Deadwood.

One of my favorite events of the year is Wild Bill Days over Father’s Day weekend. This event started out as Charlie Utter Days in celebration of the man that brought many of the prostitutes and cats to town back in 1876. How do you not celebrate someone who loves hookers and cats? Anyway, we changed the name to Wild Bill Days a few years ago (prior to the HBO series) because enough people didn’t know who the heck Charlie Utter was.

As event coordinator, my first Wild Bill Days was quite an experience. We had a man riding a buffalo up Main Street with no protection whatsoever, I got in a shouting match with a re-enactor and the headline musician (who I won’t name) demanded 80, 1,000 watt lights for a 2pm show. She walked out on stage and about 30 seconds into the first song stopped and asked if those hot lights could be turned off. Being employed at the chamber for 10 years and working on so many events, these are just a few of the many stories I have to tell…..and I will, in upcoming blogs. If you want more information on this year’s Wild Bill Days just click here………………………..to go directly to our WB Days page.

Hope you enjoyed my first blog, I had fun writing it and I hope you all make it to Deadwood soon.