MTB the MDH and get out in the thick of nature
Ride high and admire the breathtaking views all around
Mountain bike North Dakota in a friendly group
Get fitted out and ride a beauty through North Dakota

Maah Daah Hey Singletrack

Duration
5 days
From
$1,512 USD

Mountain bike North Dakota on the incredible 140-mile long Maah Daah Hey Trail (MDH) over 5 days exploring the wild Dakota Badlands. While North Dakota might immediately conjure up images of brutal whiteouts and bitter cold, summers here are perfectly comfortable. With average temperatures in the upper 70s, the Maah Daah Hey Trail (140-miles west of Bismarck, the state capital) consistently provides a powerfully enjoyable experience. “It was here,” Teddy Roosevelt said, in 1903, “that the romance of my life began.” Located adjacent to the National Park named in Roosevelt’s honor, the 140-mile long Maah Daah Hey Trail, or MDH is one of the lengthiest stretches of continuous trail in America.

  • Category
    Mountain Biking
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    5 days
  • Culture Level
    Familiar
  • Skill Level
    3 - Intermediate
  • Activity Level
    3 - Active
  • Elevation
    3 - Intermediate
  • Terrain
    Rugged
  • Distance
    113.1 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    22.6 miles
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Hailed as an IMBA epic, the MDH unfolds on 95% singletrack, 25% of it set at a maximum grade of 14-degrees, but with a takeaway of 8700-ft total descent. From the northern unit to the ultra-charming, cowboy-poet town of Medora (pop. 112), you'll spend five days riding what’s commonly called the most physically stunning stretch of The Northern Plains, peaking out at 2703-ft.

The Maah Daah Hey translates into an “area that will be around for a long time.” So isolated and rarely visited are the Dakota Badlands that they seem more like rich African savannah than western North Dakota. From rolling prairie to endless red-baked buttes, the MDH crisscrosses the least commercial unit in the National Park Service. Accordingly, no national park outside Alaska is better suited to pure, backcountry trekking and wildlife encounters.

In this, the Serengeti of the Great Plains, a day on the trail might bring you face to face with bison, elk, bighorn sheep, wild horses, pronghorn antelope, coyote, and wild turkey. Here, even the animals have heritage: the mustang herds that roam the Park are pure descendants from those of Sioux Indian chief Sitting Bull.

Besides big horizon and megafauna, if not a restorative quality to the land Roosevelt discovered, this Badlands tour offers top-calibre riding. Crossing a variety of terrain, fjords of small streams plus the Little Missouri River, on grasslands that give way to big Cottonwood trees turned golden, the MDH affords as much five-star eye candy as challenges for even the most experienced riders.

Tour inclusions and exclusions at a glance:

What's included?
Items included in the cost of the tour

  • Accommodation at First Class Campsites
  • All transportation throughout the tour
  • Food preparation, meals and snacks
  • Non-alcoholic beverages
  • Group supplies and community gear (portable chairs, large awnings, coolers, utensils, etc)
  • Backcountry permits, licenses and park fees
  • At least 2 professionally trained trip leaders
  • A mobile first aid and mechanic station
  • Support vehicle
What's not included?
Items not included in the cost of the tour

  • International / Domestic flights
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Camping Gear
  • Free bike rental is not included. Please see the available rental options below.

Tour options and upgrades:

4 equipment options available
1 tour add-on available