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BHSU (Black Hills State University – 605.642.6464) is located in the northern Black Hills of South Dakota in a town called Spearfish.   I just received their Sturgis Rally Newsletter which outlines the upcoming dates and room rates for anyone thinking about Sturgis ’08 and wanting to stay at BHSU.  Say what?  Stay at the university?   

Absolutely!  Last year I stayed in the BHSU dorm during my week at the Sturgis Rally.  As a first-time guest I had a lot of questions about how this facility would compare to the camp grounds or measure up to lodging at a hotel. 

Shhh….keep this between just us.  I think its one of the best kept secrets and suggest anyone headed to Sturgis consider this lodging alternative.  I’ve yet to do the camp grounds, but the last time I did Sturgis I stayed at One-Eyed Jacks Casino and Hotel in Deadwood.  That was super nice and the prices reflected just how proud of the place they were!!  

If you are looking for a place to shower and sleep then BHSU is bargain. BHSU uses what they called “Blocks” because they don’t have the personnel to staff the dorms and run it like a hotel with multiple daily reservations.  Instead they block out predefined dates and you have to pay for all the dates even if you are not planning to be in the place the entire block of time.  The 2008 blocks are: Block A – July 31 thru August 4th; Block B – August 5 thru August 8th; Block C – July 31 thru August 8th.   Check the web site for updates. 

A couple of things to remember about BHSU and lodging/dorm rooms: 

  1. The rooms don’t have A/C and it gets hot in SD in August.  When you make reservations ask for the dorm rooms that get afternoon sun.  All the rooms include a fan, but the afternoon sun rooms (just the opposite of what you’d think natural) were cooler than some of our buddies who seem to get blasted from sun up to sundown.
  2. Also it’s a “dry-campus” meaning alcohol is not permitted.  Think of this as a dry place to sleep and shower and attend parties elsewhere.  If you can’t stand the thought of not having something to drink before bedtime, and you don’t want to be on the Harley, then there are several great places to eat and drink within a 15 minute walk. 
  3. Last item and most important is to order up the linen package.  The bed sheets and especially the towels are quite handy unless you plan to run naked through the quads… 

I also liked the fact they had bike washing facilities right in the parking lot.  After 1200 miles I managed to collect a lot of bugs and it was great to ride around the Black Hills with shiny chrome.

If you stay at BHSU let me know what you think of the place.

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