Named after a gulch of dead trees, in 1874, Deadwood was home of one of the largest gold rush settlements the United States. Famous residents such as Wild Bill Hilcock and Calamity Jane lived in Deadwood. This old cowboy town even had it own successful show on HBO.
Now you can find plenty of places to eat, drink, spend the night, and even gamble. The Deadwood Historic District is an entire town registered as a National Historic Landmark. If you prefer a hotel stay rather than camping or a rented vacation home, then Deadwood might be your best choice.
You will come across Deadwood if you are staying south and head north to Devils Tower, Wyoming. Deadwood is a little over fifty miles from Custer State Park and just over seventy miles from Devils Tower. So when heading to Devils Tower, if you leave early enough, you can have lunch or early dinner in town before heading back. Plan for a couple of hours at Devils Tower.
From Spearfish, Deadwood is fifteen miles south. The small town of Spearfish has always been my choice so that I could ride through Spearfish Canyon twice a day and it is just far enough to be away from all the action of Sturgis, which is about twenty-five to thirty miles away.
Make sure when riding Deadwood to Devils Tower, to take 14A where you will come across Bridal Veil Falls and Roughluck Falls.
At Bridal Veil Falls, there is a viewing platform just off the road and plenty of parking across the other side of the road.
If playing poker in Deadwood, be careful when your hand is Aces & 8’s, known as the Dead Man’s Hand; the hand that Wild Bill was holding when he was shot and killed during a poker game.