Canyons of Fall Colors Itinerary

You will start your tour at the Spearfish CanyonScenic Byway. The narrow canyon walls rise sharply skyward from Spearfish Creek and the highway sculpted along the canyon bottom. Your first stop will be Bridal Veil Falls. Enjoy the vibrant colors on the steep limestone cliffs, which flank either side, with oak, elm, birch, aspen and ponderosa pine covering the canyon’s jagged peaks. Stop at the Latchstring Inn and take a walking path down to Spearfish Falls. Take a camera for some great shots. Enjoy lunch at the Latchstring Inn and enjoy the hillsides that are awash with crimson, gold and scarlet leaves.

Another picturesque area is Roughlock Falls. Touted as one of the most beautiful locations in the Black Hills, Roughlock Falls is fed by Little Spearfish Creek and flows down into Spearfish Canyon. The falls tumble over limestone cliffs, giving the area such a rustic and ancient atmosphere that cinematographers for "Dances with Wolves" decided to shoot its final scenes here.

As you continue down the Roughlock Road the beauty of the fall colors will strike you. You will travel to the Iron Creek Lake. This is a favorite spot of the locals for fishing, camping and just relaxing and soaking in the beauty around you.

As you continue your trip through the canyon you will come to the Cheyenne Crossing store, which was a stagecoach-stop dating back to 1878.

Continue your trip to the mining community of Lead. Look up and observe the homes hanging off the mountain surrounded by the fall splendor and imagine the life of the miner’s families living on the side of the hill. Observe the deep “Open Cut” and enjoy the history of the miners’ that created it.

Take highway 385 and travel up Strawberry Hill to Galena, a ghost town that once was a thriving gold rush town in 1876. Observe the one room school that the town built in 1882. The school closed in 1943 but still stands today as a historical account of a one room school. You will continue traveling to Vanocker Canyon where large stands of birch and aspen provide a glowing backdrop along this peaceful and uncrowded paved byway. You will roll through some spectacular hill country and past beautiful creeks.

Continue your journey with a trip through Boulder Canyon. The high walled valley road between Sturgis and Deadwood provides a short, yet sweet, 12-mile drive with riches of colorful autumn views.

Continue traveling into the western town of Deadwood. From the natural setting to the architecture this historic town was named one of the “Picture Perfect Towns” by Forbes Magazine. Enjoy the magnificent fall colors that surround this mountain town.

You have been dazzled with color from the top to the bottom. You experienced the magnificent fall colors in one of the most scenic roads of the Black Hills.