Spearfish Canyon, South Dakota, Hiking, Biking, Camping

Spearfish Canyon Hiking, Biking, Sightseeing

City of Spearfish
The City of Spearfish is located in the southwest corner of South Dakota about 46 miles west of Rapid City and 65 miles from Mount Rushmore.  The Spearfish Canyon runs through the Black Hills about ten miles from the towns of Lead and Deadwood.
 In the town of spearfish find a large campground and tours of the fish hatchery.

  • Route 14, Sightseeing
Route 14, a paved road, connects the City of Spearfish and the Town of Lead near Deadwood.  The area  was once managed by the mining companies and now is a preserved landscape of pine forest and meadow with hard-packed gravel and paved roads and the Spearfish River running beside the paved road and feeder streams running beside the gravel road Route 222.
  • Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
Entering at the City of Spearfish from Route I-90, the East Coast to West Coast interstate highway, you find Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, Route 14, just east of the town of Spearfish.
  • Route 222 Hiking Biking
From the scenic Byway,  a gravel road, SD 222, leaves the paved highway at Savoy and becomes a great biking and hiking road which goes all the way to Wyoming where it connects with Route I-90.
  • Campgrounds
Enter route 222 at Savoy near Spearfish Falls and find two campgrounds, Timon and Rod and Gun.
. Sites are $15 a night, self-pay envelope $7.50 for Golden Age Pass holders. No hookups, no dump station.
Spearfish Canyon offers tent and RV camping in the park for $15 per night, $7.50 with Golden Age Pass.
Spearfish Canyon is National Forest land.   Self-pay envelopes, correct change advisable.  The sites are small sites with no shade at the Rod and Gun Campground and shade at the
Timon Campground, two miles further in on SD 220, the Roughlock Falls road.
No dump stations available at these sites.  Pit toilets and firepits.  
Enter at Savoy  for the Roughlock Falls and go three miles to the
Rod and Gun Campground, or two more miles to the Timon sites. Pick an unoccupied site, pay at the kiosk, and clip your receipt to the post. Private campgrounds are available at Spearfish, a large town operated campgrounds at the fish hatchery.
RV vacationers can use the park as a convenient stopover on the way west or east on Route I-90.  The park's Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway  eventually comes to the town of Lead and then Deadwood, towns near Mount Rushmore and stopovers for most east/west travelers.  
Bikers on the way to the August rally at Sturgis SD camp in the park.
Deadwood offers casino gambling.

A vast network of paved and gravel roads offers great hiking and biking in Spearfish Canyon.
Hiking trails follow the Little Spearfish River along its course near Roughlock Falls where there are two camp grounds, Rod and Gun and Timon.  
Paved roads are well-maintained and scenic.

From Spearfish reach Devils Tower, Rushmore, and the Badlands

Spearfish Canyon hiking and biking trails off of route 222 follow these trout-filled streams, the Little Spearfish and the Spearfish Rivers.

Spearfish Canyon Camping in South Dakota

Spearfish Canyon is about 46 miles west of Rapid City and 65 miles from Mount Rushmore in the southwest corner of South Dakota.
The Spearfish Canyon area offers some great hiking, biking and trout fishing along with tent and RV camping .
The campgrounds are near enough to Sturgis to serve visitors during August Bike Week.

Spearfish Canyon, South Dakota, offers hiking, biking, and camping in a National Forest Preserve with three waterfalls near Sturgis for Rally camping.  The final scenes for Dances with Wolves were filmed in Spearfish Canyon.
Route 222, a hard packed dirt and gravel road offers biking and hiking along the stream.  Trails into the pine forests on both sides of the road offer hiking.  Find two campgrounds on this road.
Tent sites, small RV sites in Spearfish Canyon offer sightseeing at three waterfalls and many hiking trails and biking trails through the old logging and mining roads.
Spearfish Canyon is a National Forest Preserve where woods roads and three waterfalls make interesting sightseeing. The site is near enough to Sturgis for Rally Week Camping
AT this spot in Spearfish Canyon the final scenes of Dances with Wolves was filmed
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