Our last day in the Black Hills we headed to Spearfish. Our travels brought us through Hill City on our way to our first stop, Silver City, situated on the West side of Pactola Reservoir. It is a cute little town nestled in the hills with a small one-room church. We existed the town through Nugget Gulch on Edelweiss Mountain Road – the wrong direction – and ended up quite a ways south of the reservoir need Clear Creek. It was a beautiful drive and worth the time; the kind of back-roading I had wanted to do if not for the snow.
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway was delightful as anticipated. I hadn’t been here is quite some time (Cyndie’s first time here), but it was as I remembered. We stopped at the first dam to stretch our legs and take in a bit of the canyon. There was a nice little reservoir and cascades below the dam. Our second stop heading down canyon road was at Roughlock Falls on Little Spearfish Creek off of 222. Another picturesque place to get out, tromp about and snap some photos.
Further down the canyon we had brief roadside stop at the apply named Bridal Veil Falls.
My favorite stop along Spearfish Canyon had was Spearfish Falls. Once we found the trail to it that is; the trail to the falls was a bit obscured by trees.
After a lengthy stop at the DC Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery we made our way back up the canyon. We took the long way back to Custer, crossed into Wyoming for some different, but similar views. It was a long day and I was enjoying sitting back and driving. I couldn’t resist shooting this pano at the Salt Creek Overlook off of Canam Hwy (Wyoming 85) on our way to Newcastle.
We had a wonderful week in South Dakota. The next day we woke early, packed quickly and began the 10 hour drive back home.