Annual Sturgis Volksmarch

Take part in a traditional, annual community hike through the breathtaking scenery surrounding Sturgis.

Annual Sturgis Volksmarch



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.

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.

2023 Sturgis Volksmarch

Join us for the 2023 Sturgis Volksmarch!

The 2023 Sturgis Volksmarch will take hikers on a 5k or 10k hike through the new Sturgis Trail System in Vanocker Canyon. Both routes are enjoyable, primarily-downhill hikes through the watershed area starting midway up scenic Vanocker Canyon.

A free shuttle bus will be provided by the Chamber between the registration tent at the base of the canyon, and the parking areas at the top of each route (start points). Registration takes place at this tent prior to driving to your starting point.


There is a $3 fee per hiker to help cover Volkssport Association insurance and permit costs.



Hikers can begin the Volksmarch anytime between 8am and 11am. All hikers must finish the hike or return to the starting point no later than 2pm. The Volkssport Association requires a fee of $3 per hiker, payable at the registration tent the day of the event. Hikers can choose to complete either a 5k or 10k option, which will both be marked.

This is a moderate-level hike; please refrain from bringing strollers or wheelchairs. Pets are allowed, but please keep them leashed. Water will be available at the registration booth, however, hikers should plan to bring a filled water bottle as well. Restrooms are not available for this hike.