Oh my gosh, what isn’t here to do in Spearfish? In town don’t miss the DC Booth Historic Fish Hatchery, the Matthews Opera House, and the High Plains Heritage Center. The Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary (with its lions and tigers and bears – and so much more) is just west of town off Tinton Road. Spearfish Creek (an excellent fishing stream) runs through Spearfish Canyon, through Spearfish City Park, and on through town. There is a hiking/biking trail (no motorized vehicles please) along the Creek through town. BHSU’s Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center offers a fitness room, a gymnasium, a field house with an indoor track, two pools, and a rock climbing wall – inquire at the Young Center’s front desk for rates and availability. Shopping and eateries are described in the answers to different questions above.
Spearfish Canyon, one of the oldest and most scenic canyons in the west, is a beautiful ride to our south; several gravel Forest Service roads through the Northern Black Hills link to Highway 14A through the Canyon. We are 10 miles from the Wyoming border, 45 miles from Rapid City, 18 miles from Sturgis, 65 miles from Mount Rushmore, 101 miles from Wall Drug, and within a one- or two-hour ride/drive of the South Dakota Badlands, Devil’s Tower in Wyoming, Crazy Horse Monument, Wind Cave National Park, Jewel Cave National Monument (the second-longest cave in the world), and Custer State Park. (Please do not approach the buffalo; over the years the buffalo have never lost a dispute with a tourist. They are determined not to spoil their record now.) The geographic Center of the Nation is just 10 miles north of us in historic Belle Fourche (pronounced Bell Foosh). Hiking trails are available throughout the Black Hills; rock climbing is possible in Spearfish Canyon and in Custer State Park (contact the Forest Service or the Custer State Park office for permits).
We promise, you can always find something interesting and fun to do in the beautiful Black Hills of western South Dakota.