The Volksmarch, German for the “People’s March,” is an annual Sturgis event that has been happening for decades. Sturgis Volksmarches are sanctioned by the Black Hills Volkssport Association and follow a new and noteworthy trail route each year for participating hikers.
Most recently, the Sturgis Volksmarch took hikers into the Sturgis watershed area south of town in the Black Hills National Forest on trails newly-opened to the public. Depending on the trail selected, each year features a 5-kilometer hike, a 10-kilometer hike, or both! The 2020 hike offered both options with breathtaking views of the four Sturgis Dams and a vista of Bear Butte along the Sturgis Trail System. The starting and ending point at Belle Joli’ Winery - one of Sturgis’s most renowned local businesses - only added to the charm and allure of the event.
Why Volksmarch? Marchers participate for a variety of reasons - exercise, social interaction, exploring new trails, or just pure enjoyment. Most hikers walk at a leisurely pace to take in the natural beauty of the area, but it is up to each participant! Sturgis is lucky to be flanked by National Forest on one side and Great Plains on the other, offering countless opportunities for outdoor recreation on a variety of terrain. Past Volksmarches have visited Deadman Canyon, the historic Davenport Dams, the Alkali Creek area, Bear Butte State Park, and even a march through the town itself to highlight Sturgis’s unique history and culture.
For more information about the next upcoming Volksmarch, please contact the Chamber office.