The Black Hills of South Dakota is home to many unique and wonderful towns, both big and small. Very few people are strangers to Sturgis, but what about some of the other smaller towns that surround it? Each town has something unique to offer and is worth checking out at least once. Spearfish, South Dakota is just a short drive from Glencoe and is home to many great attractions and sights to see. Here are just a few things worth checking out in Spearfish while on your trip to the Black Hills.
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
Probably the most obvious and popular thing is the Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway. This road is a 19 mile road that takes you twisting through large rock and tree formations that jut feet into the sky. It is worth taking a ride through Spearfish Canyon, while stopping to see Bridal Veil Falls, Spearfish Canyon Falls, and Roughlock Falls. The canyon is scattered with many different hiking trails, as well, giving you an opportunity to hop off the bike, stretch your legs, and see the canyon in a way few others have seen it from their car. Spearfish Canyon is also home to the picturesque Spearfish Canyon Lodge, which houses the delicious Latchstring Restaurant, and just a little ways down the road is another biker favorite, Cheyenne Crossing.
DC Booth Historic Fish Hatchery
One of the most picturesque fish hatcheries that you’ll ever encounter is located in the heart of Spearfish. Spread out on the hillside, the DC Booth Fish Hatchery features an underground fish viewing area, as well as fish feeding opportunities and a chance to see some of the historic Booth houses. Hiking trails also give people a chance to see an overhead view of the hatchery and see some beautiful scenery.
Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary
While there may not be a zoo in the Black Hills area, the Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary is pretty close. Home to over 300 animals of 40 different species, the sanctuary features tigers, leopards, bears, African lions, mountain lions, coyotes, lynx, domestic animals and more. The 200-acre forested sanctuary was opened in 1999. Tours are offered at 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sundays.
Crow Peak Brewing Company
If you’re a beer fan (which, who isn’t?!) and are looking for some local brews to taste test, look no further than Crow Peak Brewing Company. The brewery is located in Spearfish and not only brews and sells their beers on site, but also bottle and distribute their beers to local stores. They have a wide selection of beers, from IPAs to stouts and everything in between. There is a brew for everyone. If you find something you like, fill a growler and take some home with you.
Aside from these things, Spearfish is full of wonderful shops, lots of history, and great local dining to get a real taste for the culture of the area. It is well worth a trip and worth the ride from Glencoe to visit this town. Don’t worry, we’ll keep your beer cold for you when you get back.