Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Black Hills Monuments


Spearfish sits on the northern tip of the beautiful Black Hills and is an excellent starting point. Most conveniently, Spearfish is the center point between Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Devils Tower National Monument.

Almost three million people visit Mount Rushmore National Memorial every year. Getting there from Spearfish is easy. It can be a quick trip on I-90 and Highway 16 or a picturesque drive through Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway and along Highway 385--through the scenic Black Hills National Forest. It takes roughly one hour and 20 minutes to get there.

Mount Rushmore is one of those classic vacation icons that can't be missed. Everyone must see it once in their lifetime. "The heads," as my nine-year-old niece calls them, have been on my summer itinerary for as long as I can remember. The half-mile Presidents Trail was recently revamped and makes for an easy walk with spectacular views of the memorial.

Devils Tower rises 1,276 feet above the Belle Fourche River and is our nation's first national monument. It is a little over an hour drive west of Spearfish, into Wyoming. The monument is circled by the paved 1.3 mile Tower Trail, which makes for a great leisurely walk. It is also a popular vertical climbing spot, where enthusiasts can test their skills. 

These two attractions are a must see while you visit Spearfish. Take the time to soak in the history and natural beauty when you add them to your vacation memories.

-Jill Broecher of Visit Spearfish, Inc. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Snowmobiling in Spearfish


Photo by South Dakota Tourism
There were always snowmobiles around when I was growing up. So, I've been snowmobiling with my family since I was 10. Now I ride a 2009 Polaris RMK--Mountain Sled. And I always ride with my friends.  

The trail system in the Black Hills is, by far, the best I've ever been on. The trails are very well maintained and take you through a large portion of the hills. There are plenty of stops along the way. Cement Ridge is a very popular place to sled, that I enjoy, in Spearfish Canyon. Spearfish Canyon Lodge is a good place to unload and ride from, as well.

The trails are maintained until March 15, and after that you pretty much sled at your own risk. It can get fairly rough if we don't get any fresh snow. I've been taking advantage of the snow, while I still can.
 
-Brian M.