Sturgis Bike Week Camping, Spearfish Canyon Campgrounds
36 Miles  from  Sturgis

Spearfish City Campgrounds

Entering at the town of Spearfish from Sturgis on Route I-90, the east coast to west coast interstate highway, you find the City of Spearfish and its large city run campgrounds near the fish hatchery museum.

Canyon Scenic Byway Camping
On Route 14-A, just east of the City of Spearfish, you find the Scenic Byway through Spearfish Canyon.

Timon and Rod and Gun Campgrounds
Half way between Spearfish and Deadwood, enter route 222 at Savoy near Spearfish Falls and find the gravel road to the Rod and Gun and Timon campgrounds.
Sites are $15 a night, self-pay envelope $7.50 for Golden Age Pass holders. No hookups, no dump station.  Pit toilets

Tent and RV Campgrounds

Tent and RV camping are available on National Forest land.   Self-pay envelopes, correct change advisable.  The sites are small sites with no shade at the Rod and Gun camp and shade at the Timon camp, two miles further in on SD 220, the Roughlock Falls road.

No dump stations available at these sites.
After entering at
Savoy  for the Roughlock Falls,  go three miles to the Rod and Gun Campground or two more to the Timon sites. Pick an unoccupied site, pay at the kiosk, and clip your receipt to the post.

Cross country travelers can use the parks as a convenient stopover on the way west or east on route I-90.  The nearby Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway ends in the town of Lead and then brings you to Deadwood.

These are towns near Mount Rushmore and scenic stopovers for east/west travelers.  Riders heading for the Sturgis Rally in August will find Timon and Rod and Gun quiet campgrounds compared to the park in the center of the town of Spearfish or those in Sturgis.

Hiking, Biking, Fishing

From the Rod and Gun and Timon sites a  vast network of gravel roads offers hiking and biking in the canyon.

Hiking trails follow the Little Spearfish River along its course near Roughlock Falls and the two camp grounds.
The streams in the area are stocked with brown and rainbow trout.

Two posts mark the site of the filming of last scenes from the movie Daces With Wolves, about a mile beyond Roughlock Falls
Spearfish Canyon hiking and biking trails follow these trout-filled streams, the Little Spearfish and the Spearfish Rivers.

The streams are stocked with rainbow and brown trout

The City of Spearfish offers a large
fish hatchery/ museum  and a large campgrounds  near the center of the village.
Roughlock Falls
In the Spearfish River and Little Spearfish River, the State stocks Brook and Rainbow Trout.

Spearfish Canyon Camping

Spearfish Canyo might be idea for those that want a quieter campground.  Located iIn the southwest corner of South Dakota about 36 miles west of Sturgis and 65 miles from Mount Rushmore, Spearfish Canyon offers some great camping and hiking . The Canyon is about ten miles from Lead/ Deadwood.
The area is a preserved landscape of pine forest and meadow with the Spearfish River running through it. Brook and Rainbow Trout are stocked by the State in the streams.

Two campgrounds are in the area, Rod and Gun and Timon
Sturgis Bike Week camping at two Spearfish Canyon campgrounds offers quieter campgrounds and a scenic drive 36 miles  from  Sturgis on the road to Deadwood.
How to Reach South Dakota , Black Hills,Rushmore, the Badlands, Sturgis:

The nearest large city to the Black Hills is Rapid City South Dakota. Air service reaches Rapid City from hubs in Denver and Chicago.
Rental cars are available at the airport. From Rapid City take scenic Route 44 east to Interior and the Badlands National Park  or take Route Route 90 West to Sturgis, Spearfish, Deadwood, Rushmore.

Best Time To Visit the Black Hills, Spearfish, and Badlands South Dakota:

 May to October   40 f at night 65 f days
The weather is perfect June, July, August but the mid day temperature can reach over 100 f.    Cool in May and September,  Cold and winter snows October to April  Total snow 2 feet per year.   June is a wet month.   July and August can have thunderstorms with hail.  

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