Spearfish Canyon in the Black Hills


Today, we drove up the spectacular Spearfish Canyon National Scenic Byway, hiked to a local swimming spot called Devil’s Tub and stopped in the highly revered Crow Peak Brewery.

Spearfish Canyon


Spearfish Canyon National Scenic Byway

The 19 mile byway is north of Custer State Park along Highway 14A. It provides a striking landscape with soaring limestone bluffs, a glistening creek, wildflowers and three flowing waterfalls.

Spearfish Canyon
Map driving up Spearfish Canyon

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Roughlock Falls

Spearfish Canyon

Spearfish Canyon

Spearfish Falls

Spearfish Canyon

Spearfish Canyon

A Local Favorite: Devil’s Bathtub

We saw cars lined up at a trailhead and thought maybe it was one of the waterfalls. When we stopped and asked someone ready to make the hike, they told us it was to Devil’s Bathtub, a local hangout to swim.

Spearfish Canyon

Spearfish Canyon

The trail is not well-marked, there were many times we weren’t even sure we were going the right way. We had to cross the stream via big branches or rocks multiple times. I lost my footing once and one foot went in the water, oops. We eventually found Devil’s Tub and if we had our swimsuits probably would have jumped in!

Spearfish Canyon

Bridal Veil Falls

Spearfish Canyon

Spearfish Canyon

Crow Peak Brewery in Spearfish

Thrillist named Crow Peak Brewery the best craft brewery in the state of South Dakota so we just had to stop by. They were all out of their popular Canyon Cream Ale, but we grabbed a sampler and tried a few different ones.

Crow Peak Brewing Co


Another Beautiful Sunset at Custer State Park

Spearfish Canyon

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Miles Driven Today: 199, Total Miles Driven: 1,628, Average Gas Price per Gallon: $2.29, States: South Dakota

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Spearfish Canyon

2 Responses

  1. Kim B

    Hey Dang,
    Thank you again for the information on this area. Hubby and I will definitely take the scenic drive through Spearfish Canyon.
    Over the past 10 years I have been exploring many more of the designated scenic drives and have been delighted with what I have found.

    Thanks again for sharing your wonderful trip.

    Kim B

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