Spearfish Canyon


Alt. Route 14 through Spearfish Canyon, which can be accessed off I-90 exits 12 or 14, is without question one of the best 22 miles you can travel on two wheels.

It’s the quintessential scenic road adorned with steep cliffs cut through the gorge, bubbling streams, waterfalls and striking vistas at every turn.

During the rally, go at sunrise to beat the traffic and make the most of this beautiful part of the world.

Scenes from the film Dances With Wolves were filmed here, and you’ll see why.

Spearfish Canyon Nature Area includes the Roughlock Falls, Spearfish Falls and the Savoy Pond area.  The canyon is considered one of the most beautiful locations in the Black Hills.  A trail system connects all three areas and offers spectacular views of the waterfalls and foliage in the Fall.    

Bird watching, wildlife viewing, fishing and picnicking can all be enjoyed in the nature area. Be on the lookout for the rare American Dipper, a stocky, gray bird often spotted catching its food underwater by swimming or walking on the stream bottom.