The Black Hills are a great setting for a lot of outdoor activities, so it's no surprise that a lot of our guests are pretty active. Many of them have regular gym schedules, and they like to keep it up while they're on vacation. Not a problem in Deadwood. There are two fantastic venues in town for working out, and they're both less than a quarter mile (half a kilometer) from the 1899 Inn:
The Mickelson Trail. A 114-mile-long rails-to-trails project, "The Big Mick" is consistently rated one of the best multi-use trails in the country. The northern trailhead is in Deadwood, about 1,000 feet (300 meters) from the inn. The first segment is paved, but it quickly switches to packed gravel. The trail follows Whitewood Creek for the first several miles, through a mix of forest and light urban landscape. Because it's a converted rail bed, the slope is super gentle. Bicyclists are common on the trail during the summer, but walkers and runners love it, too. Parts of the trail can be snowy into the spring, but it's usually clear enough for a quick run on warm days in the shoulder seasons.
The Deadwood Recreation & Aquatics Center. Deadwood may only have about 1,200 residents, but its rec center is top-notch. The racquetball courts, basketball court, aerobics room, weight room, classrooms, and locker rooms are in one half of the building, constructed in 1912 as the city's auditorium. A large addition built in 2010 has the indoor pool and running track. It's incredibly affordable - $4 will get you a day pass, and there are discounts for seniors and students - and it's only a four minute walk downhill from the inn.