Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019
Start Time: 8:00am – 11:00am
Finish Time: 2:00pm
Description: The 2019 Sturgis Volksmarch will take participants into Deadman Canyon on a historic journey to the old dams along Alkali Creek that supplied water to the city of Sturgis. Due to safety concerns, these dams were decommissioned decades ago and are now in ruins or silted in. Hikers can enjoy a hike through a shaded gorge amongst the area’s famous Ponderosa Pine trees – both the 5k and 10k options may include shallow creek crossings, depending on the weather. The trailhead information booth will provide additional information and photos surrounding the history of the dams along the Volksmarch trail the day of the event. This is a walk/run at your own pace event.
Start Point: Red Cut Road Parking Lot (the old archery range parking area off Elk Road – coordinates 44.394872, -103.523029)
Directions: From I-90, take exit 30 into Sturgis. Travel west on Lazelle St. (towards Boulder Canyon/Deadwood) for about 0.3 miles and take a left onto Moose Drive just after the BJ’s Country Store gas station. Follow Moose Drive for approximately 1.4 miles until you reach Elk Road. Turn right onto Elk Road and follow it around a sharp “L” corner for a total of 0.7 miles until you see a gravel road on your right. Turn right onto the gravel road and follow it a short distance to a gravel parking lot. This is the starting point (map coordinates: 44.394872, -103.523029).
Fee: $3 per person.
10k/5k Options: Yes, both will be marked.
Wheelchair/Stroller Accessible: No
Water Available: Yes, the Sturgis Chamber will have water coolers the day of the event. There are no running water facilities.
Restrooms Available: No. However, the trailhead is on the edge of Sturgis and not far from restroom facilities by car.
Pets Allowed: Yes, please keep pets on leashes.
Phone: (605) 347-2556