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Spearfish Canyon

The breathtaking limestone palisades of this creek-carved gorge are more ancient than the Grand Canyon — albeit much closer together. Once accessible only by horseback, Spearfish Canyon’s narrow, 1000-foot walls are among the most spectacular scenery in the Black Hills.

The natural beauty has made Spearfish Canyon the Northern Hills’ number one natural attraction. The canyon makes a great spot for wildlife enthusiasts — the diverse array of plant life offers plenty of sustenance while the canyon itself offers  a comfortable home for deer, mountain goats, porcupines and bobcats.

Spearfish Canyon is also a frequent destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Rock climbing, biking, hiking, and fishing are just a few of the activities that draw visitors and residents alike to this natural wonder. 

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But how is it that I’ve heard so little of this miracle and we, toward the Atlantic, have heard so much of the Grand Canyon when this is even more miraculous. All the better eventually… that the Dakotas are not on the through line to the Coast…

—   Frank Lloyd Wright[/quote]

Passersby can see the canyon en route to other Black Hills attractions on US Highway 14A, which winds through the canyon for nearly 20 miles from the city of Spearfish to Cheyenne Crossing. Built on top of an old rail bed, the highway affords visitors views of pristine natural wonders and historical treasures. Near the end of the canyon is the old sawmill town of Savoy, which provides a jumping off point for scenic hikes into ancient mining and logging camps.

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