Here is the historyHas Arkansas or Utah been done before?
You're absolutely right, there is a lot of good riding in the Black Hills. Usually a week before and a week after the Sturgis rally is pretty busy. Outside of that window, lots of open space.
The South Dakota Black Hills would be most excellent. I would suggest going before the Sturgis Rally, late June when it's not too hot and the countryside is still green. I would also set up a base in Hulett WY near Devil's Tower. "Wyoming is big and wonderful" and it's only 60 miles and one stop sign away from South Dakota and the Black HillsI think you hit a home run with this one! This got my vote.
There are lots of fire roads in the Black Hills area. Not like being in Colorado or something, but at least some places to get some dirt under the tires. I took one a few miles out and then took a two-track trail about a mile in and camped with nobody else around with less than a week to the big rally. I bet it would be open to camp during the rally as well.Now if there is good off highway fire roads I would be interested......
New job, limited vacation time - also selfishly hope for a NE location.I'm a fan of the Black Hills area, but I'll throw out one additional region where the Tenere event has never been held. The northeast USA.
Two of my favorites are around Lake Placid in NY, and Mt Washington in NH. Both offer phenomenal scenery and great pavement rides. I've only done limited off pavement at each, but suspect there is more.
Full disclosure, it's a selfish suggestion. I probably only have time for two big rides next year. One will be in this region (Dirt_Mom missed riding there this year), and Europe in August. Doubt I'll be able to make anything else.
My last paid vacation day was Christmas, 1997. Guess that counts as limited vacation time.New job, limited vacation time -