Many people visit Spearfish in South Dakota because the town has such beautiful natural attractions to offer. In Spearfish, things to do for those who love nature and outdoor activities include hiking, camping, fishing, bird-watching, wildlife observation and others. There are many wonderful natural attractions around the town that offer great opportunities for these activities, and two of these places are:
Spearfish Canyon Highway
Spearfish, South Dakota 57783
Spearfish Canyon is one of the most visited natural attractions in Spearfish. Things to do for nature lovers should include a visit to this natural wonder. This beautiful gorge was created by a creek, and it was formed even before the Grand Canyon. Its breathtaking walls measure about 1,000 feet high, and they're some of the most fascinating geological features in the region. Spearfish Canyon is home to a wide variety of plants and animals, including the mountain goat, deer, bobcat and porcupine. One of the most popular attractions in the canyon area is the Roughlock Falls, which is the location for the final scenes of the "Dances with Wolves" movie. The waterfall has a picnic and fishing area, and it can be reached through a nature trail. This is also a great place for bird-watching, as it attracts rare birds such as the American Dipper.
Spearfish Canyon can be seen from Highway 14A, which runs for about 20 miles through the canyon area. This highway offers excellent views of the canyon as well as historic sites that are located in the area. To get to Spearfish Canyon from your Spearfish Bed and Breakfast, you have to go south on Main Street, which is also Highway 14. The street changes to become East Colorado Boulevard later, but after it passes Dahl Road, Highway 14 splits to the right. Follow Highway 14, and it will lead you to Spearfish Canyon.
Higgins Gulch Road
Spearfish, South Dakota 57783
Crow Peak is another preferred destination for nature lovers in Spearfish. Things to do in this place include hiking, mountain climbing and camping. From the summit of Crow Peak, you can view some of the most spectacular views around Spearfish, including the Bearlodge Mountains, Black Hills and the southeastern plains of Montana, as well as Spearfish Mountain, Terry Peak, Crook Mountain, Citadel Peak and Bear Butte. This mountain rises to a height of 5,760 feet, and it's a distinctive feature on Spearfish's western skyline.
If you want to get to the summit of Crow Peak, you can hike on the Crow Peak Trail. The total distance of this trail is 3.5 miles, and some parts of it can be strenuous. After walking for about 2 miles on this trail, you will see the Beaver Ridge Spur Trail, a 0.5-mile trail that takes you to some great views on the western side. If you're driving to Crow Peak from your Spearfish Inn, you should travel southwest on Higgins Gulch Road. Approximately 3 miles down this road, you will see a parking area on your right. There is a trailhead sign about 20 yards away from the parking area.