Road Rube Rides
Get out of Rapid City on 44
Distance: 14 miles
Time: 18 minutes
44 is a quick and scenic way to get out of Rapid City
Take Highway 44 west out of Rapid City to Highway 385.
You’ve only got a few choices when you’re in Rapid City. Coming in from the east on I-90 you either stay on 90 and head toward Sturgis or 79 south toward Hot Springs or 16 headed toward Keystone. I like to endure the city traffic a little and make my way to 44 heading west out of Rapid City because it’s less traveled, it’s not the interstate, and it puts me directly in the middle of the Black Hills. It’s a little curvy and is 14 miles of classic Black Hills forest surrounding you. Aside from 16 to Keystone, the other escapes from Rapid City are mundane. Take those routes when you’re in a rush.
The Bottom Line
Just a cool option to immerse yourself into the Black Hills or to cut over to Rapid City from the hills if you’ve missed traffic and all of the fun of riding in the city.