What do you do on a beautiful day in Wyoming? Go for a motorcycle ride! Whether you’re new to northeast Wyoming or have been traveling our two-lane highways for a while, here are some escapes to help you determine where to ride.

Short

Looking for a quick ride to a yummy meal? Head east on old highway 14-16 (State Highway 51/ US Highway 16) through the little burg of Rozet and into Moorcroft. You’ll find Donna’s Diner on the north side of the highway and N. Cheyenne Ave. One way is about 28 miles.

Medium

If you aren’t ready to head back to Gillette, continue on US Highway 16 southeast through Upton and down on to Newcastle. Look to your left as you head into town and you’ll see a different kind of steel horse and rider!

An easy winding ride on US Highway 85 north out of Newcastle provides lots more incredible views including antelope, cattle (including some longhorn), the occasional hawk, geese and some sheep.

Shortly past Mallo Road, you’ll see the turn-off for State Highway 585, which will take you through Four Corners and on up into Sundance. There’s a great little gas station and convenience store right where State Highway 585, US Highway 14, State Highway 116 and Interstate 90 all converge. Take a break, stretch your legs, gas up and head back out. I recommend taking State Highway 116 back down to Upton where you can take the old highway 14-16 back into Gillette through Rozet. It’s quicker and you don’t have to be on I-90!

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Altogether, it’s roughly 225 miles. Be sure you have a camera (with a wrist strap!) because this route takes you into the Black Hills and just gets more beautiful as you go.

Long

The Devilstone Run, celebrating its 3rd year in August, was recommended by our own Adam Ritterbush. The organizers describe it as “a wild quest through the wild west.” Starting at Devils Tower and ending in Yellowstone (get it? Devil … stone? Pretty clever!), you’ll pass through the Bighorn mountain range as you hit Sheridan and Cody in just four days. It’s a hard ride, but the scenery is outstanding that time of year.

Not to be Missed

A ride I particularly love is Needles Highway (South Dakota Highway 87). Located just 30 miles south of Rapid City, this winding two-lane highway takes you through Needles Eye Tunnel. Since it’s only a little over 8 feet wide, traffic flows one direction at time so be kind and patient (especially if you take this route during Sturgis week!).

A trip to Meadowlark Ski Lodge and back is a fun all-day trip. Take US Highway 14 north toward Spotted Horse and around through Ucross, down into Buffalo and west to the lodge. If you hit Ten Sleep, you’ve gone just a little too far.

These are truly just a few of the great motorcycle rides available in this part of the country. Wherever the winding road takes you, may the sun rise in front of you, the rain fall behind you and the wind follow you. Now, get out there and ride!

By:Lisa A. Shrefler
Photos: Adam D. Ritterbush

 

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