Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Spearfish Falls

The 20 miles of Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway show onlookers many pristine natural wonders. Included in these wonders are three stunning waterfalls: Bridal Veil Falls, Roughlock Falls and Spearfish Falls. Bridal Veil Falls are visible from the road and the road to Roughlock Falls is marked with a sign near the Spearfish Canyon Lodge. However, many sightseers miss Spearfish Falls altogether, which is a shame because these falls are my favorite of the three.
Spearfish Falls can be found by walking to either side of the Latchstring Inn Restaurant and following the trail—which will be clearly visible. This trail is known as the Spearfish Falls Trail, and it loops from the restaurant, down to the falls and back to the restaurant. The entire loop is only about ¾ mile.
What makes Spearfish Falls my favorite of the three is the vantage point—in a clearing among a forest of towering Aspen and Birch trees. Once you’ve hiked down to it you are so close that you can feel the spray of mist from the falls. You’ll be at the bottom of the falls and will be able to see the rush of water pouring over the ledge above. It’s a spectacular sight to see.
-Jill Broecher of Visit Spearfish, Inc.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Strolling Roughlock Falls

Whenever we visit Spearfish, we never stop without walking down to Roughlock Falls for some good photo opportunities! The creek is abundant with wildflowers and butterflies. There is a great little boardwalk path leading down to the bottom of the falls which is pretty safe for taking young children on. My girls also love walking the trail downstream from Roughlock Falls back towards Savoy. It's a nice leisurly stroll that's nice enough for even our stroller to travel on!
-Jami B.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Explore the High Plains Western Heritage Center

In the Black Hills there’s no shortage of western heritage. This area is remembered for historic battles, epic gunfights, a great gold rush and plenty of other cowboy culture. So where do history buffs go to be filled with western knowledge? The High Plains Western Heritage Center in Spearfish, of course!
The High Plains Western Heritage Center honors the old west pioneers of South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Nebraska. This beautiful, multi-level western center can keep enthusiasts busy for hours. The center is a plethora of Native American lore, cowboy culture and the mining and forestry industries. Visitors can watch educational films in the theatre, browse for a piece of history in the gift shop, and explore the many displays.
The first time I went to the Heritage Center I spent about two hours looking at everything, with the ever-so-informative Heritage Center Director Peggy Ables touring me. My favorite western artifact at the center is the framed life insurance policy of General Custer.
Next time you’re in the area, saddle up your horse and head out to the High Plains Western Heritage Center to be amazed with all the area has meant through the centuries. Or maybe just hop in your car.
-Jill Broecher of Visit Spearfish, Inc.