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Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway

Alt Route 14, Spearfish, SD
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Beautiful Drive

Did the drive down from Devil's Tower during September on the way back to Keystone. Roll the... read more

Reviewed 12 January 2018
Lyndhurst, New Jersey
17 Miles of Raw Quiet Beauty

We planned to see West of Rapid City on the way to Devils Tower, so within 50 minutes we arrived at... read more

Reviewed 10 December 2017
James C
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“beautiful drive” (123 reviews)
“black hills” (85 reviews)
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Alt Route 14, Spearfish, SD
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Reviewed 12 January 2018

Did the drive down from Devil's Tower during September on the way back to Keystone. Roll the windows down enjoy the silence and the scenery. Plan ahead as there are several walking/hiking trails along the way.

Thank bjm1271
Reviewed 10 December 2017 via mobile

We planned to see West of Rapid City on the way to Devils Tower, so within 50 minutes we arrived at Spearfish Canyon Scenic Bypass. A real gem of a drive through the canyon to the lodge. Then a walk through another scenic area with...More

Thank James C
Reviewed 7 December 2017

When you are in the Black Hills area visiting the monument(s), Deadwood, Sturgis et al----take the time to also go to Spearfish via the Canyon Scenic Byway. A scenic highlight and just plain nice drive!!! Have your camera ready. Many stops along the way and...More

Thank ct1219
Reviewed 3 December 2017

We lived in Spearfish for 5 years while I attended the awesome Black Hills Teacher's College now Black Hill State University! My husband was an employee of the SD Highway Dept. He had many experiences working the canyon, from huge boulders falling in the road...More

Thank Marie D
Reviewed 28 November 2017

After visiting the Devils Tower we were headed for Deadwood and had decided to take this route rather than the freeways. A good decision because it's a delightful drive all the way from Spearfish into Deadwood itself with many viewpoints along the way.

Thank chmeee5
Reviewed 24 November 2017

We did this drive after our disappointment going to Deadwood. We picked the perfect time of year to drive in Spearfish Canyon. The leaves were turning all yellow and there was a lot to photograph, waterfalls and old buildings. We were there the first week...More

Thank Aworld2explor
Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

Take your time, slow down so you won't miss the scenery. Get off your phone, hop out of the car, enjoy God's creation!

Thank mswkrw
Reviewed 29 October 2017

This drive took my breathe away and made my jaw drop with the uprising scenery! This is one of the most beautiful drives I have driven in the U.S. I went last fall and I choose it again for my fall vacation. It is a...More

1  Thank ShellZ7
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed our trip on the Byway. Took a side road to the Mount Roosevelt Friendly Tower, a nice side trip.

Thank Carlene N
Reviewed 9 October 2017

We were in SD in the Spearfish area and took this drive. The colors were perfect. It was so beautiful. The drive wasn't too long and it was pretty enough to keep the kids, 13, 12, 10, 9, awake!

Thank David H
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Nearby Attractions
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Spearfish Rec & Aquatics Center
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8 July 2017|
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Response from Pamela B | Reviewed this property |
Spearfish falls behind latchstring Inn is a easy, short hike and the fall is pretty. A strenuous, short hike from Spearfish Lodge leads you to the rim with a beautiful view. The trail to Devils Bathtub isn't marked so you... More
William P
17 June 2017|
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Response from Barry C | Reviewed this property |
Several hours depending on number of stops. Great restaurant across from the Spearfish Lodge and also the location of best falls which take about 30 minutes roundtrip to hike down and back up. Two other falls in Canyon worth... More