Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Spearfish Canyon Fall Colors

During the end of September and beginning of October, Spearfish Canyon becomes a canvas of brilliant yellows, oranges and reds. Sightseers flock to the area to absorb the beauty.

I took my mom on our annual fall colors drive this past weekend and the yellows were in full view. We spotted a few dots of red across the canyon floor. We thought all the autumn hues looked amazing and they haven’t even reached their highest point. The colors are expected peak on October 3.

Be sure to make time in your schedule to drive Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway this fall.

-Jill Broecher of Visit Spearfish, Inc.

Friday, September 23, 2011

See Devil's Bathtub

Every town has those hidden treasures—those great spots that aren’t on the map and only the locals know about. One of those picturesque spots in Spearfish is Devil’s Bathtub in Spearfish Canyon.

Devil’s Bathtub is surrounded by steep cliffs and interesting rock formations. A small stream flows through the canyon, forming a series of steps that look like a water slide. In several spots the water forms small pools before it continues down the canyon. The water there is awfully cold and I’ve never seen anyone bathing in the small pools, but I’ve been told it can be enjoyable on hot summer days. The main interest in Devil’s Bathtub is the simple beauty of the spot.

To get to Devil’s Bathtub head up Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway from Spearfish. Pull off on Cleopatra Road, on the left. There’s a small parking lot there. Then just look for a trail and follow it along the stream. You will be forced to cross the stream multiple times until you get there, so practice your rock jumping skills or wear shoes you’re not afraid to get wet.

The hike is only about a mile and is pretty easy, but it does require a bit of balance and coordination. If you’re like me and you lack these skills, be sure to bring a friend who can lend a steady hand.

-Jill Broecher of Visit Spearfish, Inc.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Harvest Fest is Fun for the Family

One of my favorite times to visit Spearfish is in the fall.  The drive in Spearfish Canyon to observe all the fall colors is a trip you will not forget!  However, make sure to plan this drive around the annual Harvest Fest.  It was held the last Saturday in September last year.  Main Street is the location for many family fun-filled activities during the Harvest Fest.  You will be able to check out the many vendors, enjoy the peach smoothies and purchase homemade crafts/food.  There is musical entertainment provided throughout the day too.  To me the most fun was the pumpkin carving contest for all ages.  Do not worry if you forget your pumpkin/tools.  You can purchase a pumpkin and the Visit Spearfish booth had extra pumpkin carving tools available.  The pumpkins are all displayed and judges decide the winners in the various age categories!  All the carving is done during the hours of the contest.  I truly enjoyed watching my granddaughters carve their pumpkins while I sipped on my peach smoothie!   

-Linda P.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Hiking and Biking on Big Hill Trails

Spearfish is nestled in the northern Black Hills National Forest, making it a gateway to beautiful scenery, winding creeks, secluded valleys and miles upon miles of maintained hiking and biking trails. One popular group of trails for hikers and bikers alike is the Big Hill Trails, located approximately eight miles south of Spearfish on Forest Service Road 134.

The scenery out there is what always draws me. There are fields of beautiful wild flowers and strands of aspen and paper birch—my favorite trees. Depending on which loops you choose, you can have an easy, moderate or difficult hike. There’s 13.6 miles of trails to choose from, so you’re bound to find something that suits you.

These trails are also part of the expansive 50 mile, single track mountain bike trail for the ever growing Dakota Five-O. This local race/ride/tour draws hundreds of biking enthusiasts to Spearfish over Labor Day weekend each year. Salsa Cycles liked it so much they built a frame especially for this track and named it the Spearfish. This weekend will be the 11th annual Dakota Five-O and we hope you’ll join us in welcoming these talented bikers to our town!

-Jill Broecher of Visit Spearfish, Inc.