Sturgis is in Meade County on the northern end of the Black Hills, just minutes from rolling hills and rocky granite peaks. What this small town is famously known for, however, is the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Every August, thousands of motorcyclists gather for 10 days, turning Sturgis into one giant party with concerts, rides, and street fairs. But this community doesn’t just love Hogs- it also loves dogs! Two local vets keep the local and visiting canine population healthy and happy.
It’s no secret that dogs love parks. Sturgis has some pawsome parks just calling your pup’s name. Grab her leash and head over to the City Municipal Park where she can sniff her way around the grassy area. The mature trees make this park nice and cool in the summer. Bring some water, snacks, and biscuits for your pooch, and hang out for a bit.
If Sturgis is just a stop on your itinerary, make a reservation at one of the pet friendly hotels in town. Best Western Sturgis Inn gladly welcomes four legged guests, even those on the larger side. Your dog can also drift off to dreamland at Holiday Inn Express and Suites Sturgis. If you are traveling in an RV, check out Bulldog Creek Campground.
With so many furrific
options, this town will make your pup feel like a canine King!
Is your pup ready for a walk? Clip on his leash and make your way over to Centennial Park. With trees to sniff and grassy areas to explore, this park will be the perfect afternoon pick-me-up for your pooch. When he’s ready to get a move on, follow the paved Sturgis Bike Path east and you’ll come to Woodland Park. If your pal needs to rest his paws, chill out on one of the benches. This park has a lot of mature trees, so it stays cool and shady in the summer. Give your dog a big drink of water before continuing your pawsome walk.
The Fort Meade Recreation Area sits on the eastern border of Sturgis. Leash up your pup and head over for a pawsome adventure. The 11 mile Centennial Trail is the park’s main trail, and is the Sturgis section of the 111 mile trail that stretches across several cities. Follow this trail for as long as your pup’s legs can handle. Your buddy will love the amazing views of rolling hills, forests, and grasslands that South Dakota is known for. The park also has picnic facilities, so pack a sandwich for you, and a bone for your pup, and stay for lunch.
The Frank R. Brady Memorial Park is the perfect place to spend some quality time with your furry BFF. Located in Spearfish, it is a quick 20 minute drive west of Sturgis. Your pooch will love trotting around this tree filled park. It’s situated alongside Spearfish Creek and has a fountain, playground and plenty of green space. It also has access to the Spearfish Recreation Path. Follow this 7.5 mile paved path so your pup can get some much needed exercise. After your walk, stop by the Bay Leaf Café for some Mediterranean style lunch where Fido can join you at one of the outdoor tables.
Chris’ Campground is a pupperific spot to set up camp while exploring the area, and is just 20 minutes outside of Sturgis in Spearfish. The good folks at Chris’ love pets and provide a very dog friendly environment. Your pup will have room to walk and run before turning in for the evening. They also keep things interesting with a petting zoo, swimming pool, and playground. If your pup prefers sleeping in a cozy bed, make a reservation at the Spearfish Canyon Lodge. For an additional fee, your dog can bunk in one of the log cabin style rooms. He can get all rested up for the next day’s adventure.
The small town of Deadwood is home to the northern most access point of the George S. Mickelson Trail, the 109 mile trail that stretches vertically across western South Dakota. Hop in your car and drive west of Sturgis for 25 minutes and you’ll come to this trailhead. Your pooch will wag her tail as she walks along this path as she experiences the same rugged beauty that brought the gold miners to the area decades ago. When your pup is all tuckered out, stop by Pump House Coffee and Deli for some refreshments. Sit at one of the outdoor tables with your pal as you sip a drink and nibble a pasty.