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.
2021 Sturgis Volksmarch
"A Hike Through History"
The 2021 Sturgis Volksmarch will take hikers on a historic tour of former Cavalry sites with views of Bear Butte on modern trails surrounding Fort Meade. This area includes "Soap Suds Row" and the old Cavalry shooting range visible from the Volksmarch route. Hikers will pass through a portion of the new Bear Butte Creek historical preservation project.
Date & Time
The 2021 hike will take place on Saturday, June 12th. Hikers may register at the registration booth and begin hiking between 8am and 11am; registered hikers must return no later than 2pm.
There is a $3 fee per hiker to help cover Volkssport Association insurance and permit costs.
From Rapid City: Take I-90 to exit 32. Turn right onto Junction Ave. Continue 1.4 miles to Lazelle St. Turn right and continue about 2.4 miles to County Rd. MC-10, which is just past the VA Hospital and the High School. Follow the County Rd. 1/2 mile to the softball fields. Look for Volksmarch signs.
From the West: I-90 to exit 30. Turn left onto Lazelle St. Stay straight through town to County Rd. MC-10, which is just past the VA Hospital and the High School. Follow the County Rd. 1/2 mile to the softball fields. Look for Volksmarch signs.
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.