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BLACK HILLS PIONEER

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Spearfish... Adventure abounds;

find yours!

This magazine presents only a small portion of the treasures waiting to be discovered by our visitors year-round. We look forward to seeing you in town; we will be sure to offer you a warm welcome.

Mistie Caldwell

INDEX

Executive Director, Visit Spearfish, Inc.

Bicycling.................................................................................... 42-43 Birdwatching.................................................................................. 25 Black Hills State University Activities............................................. 56 Camping......................................................................................... 47 Climbing.................................................................................... 28-29 D.C. Booth Historic Fish Hatchery............................................ 19-21 Dining in Spearfish.................................................................... 60-61 Disc Golf......................................................................................... 40 Downtown Spearfish...............................................................12 &13 Fall Colors...................................................................................... 39 Fishing............................................................................................ 54 Golfing............................................................................................ 49 Geocaching.................................................................................... 46 Group Event Planning.................................................................... 57 High Plains Western Heritage Center............................................ 23 Hunting .......................................................................................... 55 Lodging in Spearfish...................................................................... 58 Marathons...................................................................................... 45 Matthews Opera House and Arts Center................................. 15-17 Motorcycle Riding.......................................................................... 27 Nightlife in Spearfish...................................................................... 62 Off-Road/UHV Trail System............................................................ 41 Outdoor Lifestyle.......................................................................6 & 7 Parks & Recreation......................................................................... 52 Snowmobiling................................................................................. 31 Spearfish Area Hiking.............................................................10 & 11 Spearfish Canyon Self Guided Tour & Map.............................. 33-35 Spearfish Community Map.....................................................66 & 67 Spearfish Creek................................................................................ 9 Spearfish Introduction................................................................4 & 5 Spearfish Sasquatch: Expedition League Baseball........................ 48 Waterfalls of Spearfish Canyon...................................................... 36 Waterpark....................................................................................... 53 Winter Sports................................................................................. 30 Worship in Spearfish....................................................................... 63 Visitor Information.......................................................................... 64

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Welcome to Spearfish is a special publication of the Black Hills Pioneer in cooperation with Visit Spearfish. © 2020 Black Hills Pioneer

For more information about items in this publication: Visit Spearfish • 603 N. Main St., Spearfish, SD (605) 717-9294 • www.visitspearfish.com Produced and published by:

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A special thank you to photographers Les Heiserman and Heidi Watson for their contributions to this publication. Publisher: Letti Lister; Editor: Mark Watson; Layout: Melissa Barnett; Front cover photo (main) - Allen Meyer Photography; Smaller photos (L-R) - Les Heiserman, SD Tourism, Jake Servaty; Back cover photo (main) - Les Heiserman; Smaller photos - SD Tourism

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SPEARFISH

by the numbers THE

QUEEN CITY

Spearfish is known as “The Queen City.” There are three peaks surrounding the valley that form the crown: Lookout Mounain to the east; Spearfish Mountain to the south; Crow Peak to the west.

ELEVATION

3,640 ft (1,109.47 m)

TALLEST PEAK

5,760 ft

(1,700m)

CROW PEAK

Did you know?

POPULATION

15,105

PRECIPITATION (YEARLY AVERAGE)

22”

40”

rain

Spearfish Creek is one of the only bodies of water in the world that freeze from the bottom up?

CITY REC. PATH

7.4 mi. (11.9km)

snow

AREA HIKING TRAILS

SPEARFISH CANYON

70” snow

over

(80.4km)

TEMPERATURE (DAILY AVERAGE) SUMMER WINTER

78˚F 40˚F

50 mi.

SPEARFISH CANYON

19 mi. (30.5km)

Spearfish holds the world record for fastest recorded temperature change. It was set in 1943 when a 49˚ temperature swing occured in just two minutes.

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SPEARFISH

Its natural setting connects to its colorful history BY PAUL HIGBEE

FOR THE BLACK HILLS PIONEER

To say nature awaits you in Spearfish is an understatement. Nature asserts itself here, grabs you by the senses, and in some cases never lets go. It gets into your blood by way of pine-scented breezes, bugling elk, the feel of icy creek waters numbing your feet on hot summer days, and silvery moonrises that turn Lookout Mountain aglow. Nature surrounds Spearfish, but it seems to flow especially from Spearfish Canyon, a deep gorge descending from the northern-most reach of the Black Hills. Also flowing from Spearfish Canyon is Spearfish Creek, a mighty 40-mile mountain stream that drops 3,000 feet over its short course. The creek carved Spearfish Canyon, a place of high limestone cliffs, water-

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falls, towering spruces, Ponderosa pines, aspens, birches, burdocks and box elders. One-hundred-thirty bird species call the canyon home, including eagles that glide the gorge’s wind currents, and dippers that submerge themselves in the creek to feed on aquatic bugs. A good place to experience this abundant nature in full glory can be found next to Spearfish Canyon Lodge, 13 miles up the Canyon highway from Spearfish. From the lodge, two easy hikes along the Canyon floor lead you to Roughlock Falls and Spearfish Falls. A more strenuous hike brings you to the high rim at Buzzard’s Roost. Spearfish Creek created this setting over millions of years, and it has also splashed its way through human history in recent centuries. Flowing strong even in the driest years, the creek drew plains natives who regularly camped along its low banks. Brooklyn-born Daniel Toomey traveled west to hunt buffalo and first saw Spearfish Creek in May, 1876, with no man-made structures

anywhere in sight. After the town of Spearfish took root that same year, Toomey harnessed the creek’s water power and built a flour mill. The mill remained a successful Spearfish industry far into the 20th century. Also eyeing the creek for the first time in 1876 was Irish-born Robert Evans, a selftaught engineer who devised a means of irrigating the wide valley where Spearfish sits. He and friends dug an ingenious web of irrigation ditches and correctly calculated that the valley’s steep drop to the north would carry water to distant fields. Robert Evans and his wife, Rebecca, Spearfish’s first teacher, grew grains and fruits not only for Spearfish, but for Black Hills towns in high, rocky locations where farming was next to impossible. In 1893 railroad tracks were built alongside the creek in hopes that mining would develop in the Canyon, and in 1899, a federal trout hatchery took form along the water on Spearfish’s south side. The hatchery pro-


duced trout for sportsmen not only in the Black Hills, but across the West. Early in the 20th century, Spearfish Creek made possible one of the great American engineering projects of the era. Homestake Gold Mine of Lead built two hydroelectric power plants in the Canyon and another on Spearfish’s southern edge, for the purpose of bringing electricity to its mine. Homestake’s success turned the mine into the western hemisphere’s biggest gold producer for decades (and South Dakota the nation’s number one gold-producing state). For the Spearfish power plant, Homestake diverted creek water through a remarkable series of eight tunnels cut through solid rock for about six miles. Toomey’s mill is long gone. Canyon mines were short-lived, and the Canyon railway washed away in a

1933 flood. After 125 years, Homestake dug out its last gold in 2001. But the creekside fish hatchery is now the archival, interpretive and educational site for the entire federal fisheries program. The Homestake power plants still stand in tribute to the great mine and the one in Spearfish produces some power for the community. Robert Evans’ irrigation system works today as well as it did 140 years ago and keeps Spearfish gardens and fields green. The powerful creek itself still flows as cold and clear and reliably as ever. n

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 ... My hat is off to South Dakota treasures.”

~ Frank Lloyd Wright Famous American architecht and designer

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OUTDOOR LIFESTYLE Embraced by locals and visitors The most common response from people who visit Spearfish, is “ … we had no idea it was so beautiful here.” The surrounding Black Hills National Forest features an abundance of recreational opportunities all year round. Part of the reason so many area residents embrace the outdoor lifestyle here is the convenience of getting to the trailhead. Spearfish is a great place to live and play because the Black Hills National Forest is literally the community’s backyard. More than 54 percent of Lawrence County is public forestland, and the trail systems offer something for both motorized and non-motorized traffic. Spearfish Creek offers some of the best fishing in the country, plus the majestic scenery makes for an amazing backdrop. Located just a short drive from Spearfish is the trailhead for Crow Peak, a challenging 6.4-mile roundtrip hike. Its 5,760-foot peak offers views of the Northern Hills and Wyoming. Another popular hike, Lookout Mountain, is located on the east edge of Spearfish. This hike features a relatively moderate elevation gain and a bit of bouldering to get to its peak. Another magnificent location near this growing community is Spearfish Canyon. This is the most popular place for visitors to enjoy and Spearfish Creek offers some of the best fly-fishing locations in the nation, providing rainbow, brown and brook trout. The scenic byway makes for a relaxing drive or a stunning motorcycle ride. The hiking trails are rugged and challenging, and the many rock-climbing opportunities attract outdoor enthusiasts from all over. While several primitive trails have been established over the years, maintained trails include the ‘76 Trail and the Roughlock Falls Trail, both starting at Spearfish Canyon Lodge in Savoy. Just up the road from Spearfish Canyon is the Little Spearfish Trail, which is a six-mile loop that meanders through stands of ponderosa pine, quaking aspen and paper birch. To 6

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access this trail, travel south on Highway 14A to Savoy, and then travel west on Roughlock Falls Road for approximately five miles to access the trailhead. There are also three waterfalls within the Canyon, which include Spearfish Falls and Roughlock Falls located near Savoy, and Bridal Veil Falls located along Highway 14A. During the winter months, Bridal Veil Falls transforms into the most sought after ice climbing site in the area. But, the annual changing of the leaves is one of the most prominent events that occurs in Spearfish Canyon every year. Each autumn, thousands of visitors flock to Spearfish Canyon to gaze in awe at the variety of colors on display. Another gem off the beaten path is the Big Hill Trail system. To get to the trailhead, take McGuigan Road, which turns into Tinton Road, and follow that seven miles south. The Big Hill Trail system offers almost 15 miles of trails that loop together at times for hiking, trail running, horseback riding and mountain biking during the spring, summer and fall — and in the winter, the area features groomed and non-groomed cross country trails and snowshoe routes. The Old Baldy Trail is also popular with hikers, horseback riders, bicyclists and cross-country skiers in the area. To access the 5.7mile loop, travel south on Tinton Road for approximately 13 miles, and the trailhead is on the west side of the road. The trail features a short spur that provides access to the summit of Old Baldy Mountain.

Photo courtesy SD Tourism

more information Northern Hills Ranger District 605-642-4622 2014 N. Main St., Spearfish Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm. Foyer is open 7 days a week.

Iron Creek Lake provides a perfect hangout when the summer temperatures get too hot to handle. In addition to magnificent hiking and biking trails, swimming and fishing, the area features tent and RV camping opportunities. Iron Creek Lake is located about 13 miles south on Tinton Road. Ice fishing is also available in the winter. Just because the temperature drops doesn’t mean the outdoor activities stop. Spearfish receives an average of 40 inches of snow every year, and nurturing that outdoor lifestyle is just one of the many ways area residents beat the winter weather blues. Hundreds of people love to rev up their snowmobiles and get some fresh air. More than 350 miles of groomed trails are established, and they reach many significant areas deep within the boundaries of the forest. There are also several groomed crosscountry trails that offer views of some of the most beautiful areas in the Black Hills and snowshoeing routes that meet the standards of both the novice and the more advanced. For those who love to take their four-legged friends along when they are enjoying the great outdoors, the entire Black Hills National Forest is pet friendly. Local residents prefer pet owners try to stay away from the groomed crosscountry trails at both Big Hill and Eagle Cliff during the winter months. They prefer people use the snowshoe routes. n

Photo by Perry Jewett

The surrounding Black Hills National Forest offers an abundance of recreational opportunities year-round.


The

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Take a break and refresh in the

energizing water

SPEARFISH CREEK

City’s namesake flows gently through town BY MARK WATSON

Spearfish Creek starts high in Spearfish Canyon, growing as it flows downstream. With the exception during the spring runoff, the creek returns to the aquifer before entering the city. A large part of the water is removed from the creek at the Maurice intake. This is used to operate a hydropower plant in Spearfish. It is here that the creek returns to its bed and flows through town. The creek runs past the city campground offering campers a place to dip their toes and splash in the cool water. Downstream, the creek runs along the city park. It is here that many tubers and kayakers put in for a lazy, yet fun-filled aquatic journey through town. The creek in this section is also a popular stretch for wading, fishing and allowing dogs to chase sticks downstream. Brown trout, rainbow trout, and some brook trout can be caught throughout the creek using both wet and dry flies. At the lower end of the park is

the “waterfall,” a short section of the creek that drops sharply over a manmade waterfall. Most tubers portage around the stretch, but kayakers push on for an exhilarating drop over the falls. From here, the creek drops deeper in the gully surrounding it. There is no easy way to get up the banks. Instead, people can enjoy the brief stretch of solitude and watch the banks for songbirds and even ducks feeding along the way. The creek flows under a bridge and then another – Jackson Boulevard – one of the city’s busiest streets. Farther downstream there are benches that residents have placed along the creek, offering them a moment of creekside reflection. The creek flows through a residential area on one side and the campus of Black Hills State University on the other. It is in this stretch that daredevil kids jump into deeper holes from tire swings. The creek enters another turbulent area, allowing for a final stretch of rapids before running near

Jorgenson Park, where most kayakers exit the water. The creek flows farther downstream, leaves the city of Spearfish behind, and enters farming and ranching areas before becoming a tributary to the Redwater River. n

BHP file photos

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Spearfish Area

hiking

With the abundance of beautiful scenery in Spearfish — from the soaring limestone cliffs to meandering creeks and secluded valleys — it’s no surprise that hiking is one of the most popular outdoor-recreation pastimes.

With miles of trails to choose from on thousands of acres of easily-accessible public lands, hikers in Spearfish have a great opportunity to view wildlife, quietly behold some of the most scenic vistas in the country and learn about the history of the Black Hills by exploring interpretive trails through areas of rich history. Here are a few of the favorite hiking trails in the Spearfish area. More information and trail maps are available at the Black Hills National Forest Service office located at 2014 N. Main St. in Spearfish. Remember, afternoon thunderstorms are common in the area and outdoor temperatures can change quickly, so dress in layers. Bring your own water, and do not drink from streams! n

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POPULAR HIKING TRAILS:

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SPEARFISH FALLS 1.5 Miles (roundtrip) - Easy

The trail starts 80 feet above the Canyon floor on the deck of the Latchstring Inn Restaurant, eye level with the Canyon’s spruce and aspen canopy, and meanders down to the Canyon floor where you’ll get a good view of some of the local flora on your way to the falls. Directions: From Spearfish, take 14A (Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway) to Savoy. Park at the Latchstring Restaurant. The trail is to the left of the restaurant.

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IRON CREEK

4 Miles (roundtrip) - Easy to Moderate

This beautiful trail follows an old roadbed along Iron Creek in Spearfish Canyon. Arguably one of the most beautiful trails in the area, this easily accessible trail is just minutes from Spearfish and is not to be missed. Directions: From Spearfish, take 14A (Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway) about 11 miles. Just before you cross Iron Creek (which empties into Spearfish Creek) there will be a large parking lot on the right. There is a sign on the roadside for Iron Creek.

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‘76 TRAIL 1.6 Miles (roundtrip) - Difficult

This quick but difficult hike will take you to the rim of Spearfish Canyon. Climbing 700 feet in less than a half-mile, this trail is strenuous, but provides for a spectacular view from atop the rim of Spearfish Canyon. Directions: From Spearfish, take 14A (Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway) to Savoy. The trail begins near Spearfish Canyon Lodge and is accessible from the lodge parking lot.

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SAVOY TRAIL 4 Miles (roundtrip) - Easy

One of the newest trails in the Black Hills takes hikers from the Savoy intake pond near the Spearfish Canyon Lodge to Roughlock Falls. Directions: From Spearfish, take 14A (Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway) to Savoy. Follow the road right for a mile until you see a bridge and parking area on the right. The trail begins there and heads back down the Canyon. You can also start at Spearfish Canyon Lodge and hike the Roughlock Falls Trail, see Trail 5, or hike the opposite direction to the Savoy intake pond.

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ROUGHLOCK FALLS TRAIL 2 Miles (roundtrip) - Easy

This trail is accessible and winds its way slowly to Roughlock Falls, a breathtaking waterfall along Little Spearfish Creek. Directions:: From Spearfish, take 14A (Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway) to Savoy. The trail begins near Spearfish Canyon Lodge and is signed and accessible from the lodge parking lot.

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LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN 4 Miles of Trail - Easy to Difficult

The trailhead at Nevada Street is the start of a popular hiking loop that ascends Lookout Mountain, the closest hike to town. From this trail, you can follow the ridgeline to connect up with an old road that spans much of the mountain. The old road is popular with hikers because it is kept mowed and maintained, and a short spur leads to the tower area on the highest point where hikers can behold breathtaking views of the town of Spearfish and the surrounding area. None of the trails are marked or mapped, but most trails are very visible and easy to follow. Be cautious; rattlesnakes are common on Lookout Mountain. Directions: Head north on 10th Street and take a right on Nevada Street to the trailhead (road dead-ends and trail begins).

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CROW PEAK 6.4 Miles (roundtrip) - Difficult

Views from the top of Crow Peak include the city of Spearfish, Spearfish Valley, and eastern Wyoming. Crow Peak is a key landmark in the Northern Black Hills. The name “Crow Peak” is an English translation of the Sioux name for the peak, “Paha Karitukateyapi,” which means “the hill where the Crows were killed.” The name stems from a battle between Sioux and Crow Indians in which the Sioux were victorious. Crow Peak is a dominant landmark because of its geological makeup. Billions of years ago, underground molten rock pushed upward, forming hills. Crow Peak and other peaks you can see from the Crow Peak summit, such as Bear Butte, Spearfish Mountain and Terry Peak, were formed in this manner. Directions: From Spearfish, head north on Main Street (turns into North Avenue) past Safeway. Turn left onto Hillsview and drive approximately 4.1 miles. At the juncture, turn left onto Higgins Gulch Road, also known as Forest Service Road 214. Follow FSR 214 for approximately 7 miles to the trailhead.

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LITTLE SPEARFISH CREEK

Upper Loop - 4.7 Miles, Lower Loop - 3.2 Miles, Both Loops - 6.3 Miles, Spur Trail to Old Baldy Trail - 0.9 Miles - Easy to Moderate

This trail system meanders through stands of Ponderosa pine, quaking aspen and paper birch. Spectacular views of limestone cliffs are complemented by the ambiance of Little Spearfish Creek. The foundation of an old ranger station and a root cellar can be seen between Timon Campground and the Rod and Gun Campground. Directions: From Spearfish, take 14A (Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway) to Savoy. Travel west on FSR 222 for approximately 4.7 miles (past Roughlock Falls) to the trailhead.

Inset photos by: Heidi Watson 1, 2, 4, 7, 8; Letti Lister 3, 5, 6

When hiking, please be sure to travel in groups and be aware of rapidly changing weather conditions. Cell phones don’t generally work in Spearfish Canyon and other remote locations. Remember to let someone know of your plans.

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downtown vibe: A celebration of ar Visitors to Spearfish are greeted by the timeless, familiar storefronts and historic buildings characteristic of Main Street, but with the added bonus of a fresh, picturesque streetscape. With traffic- and pedestrian-friendly streets and sidewalks, a clock tower, and an outdoor fireplace, downtown business owners feel that the aesthetic attraction of Main Street enhances the welcoming feel of the downtown area. Main Street offers plenty of options for any shopper. Clothing, antiques, organic food, outdoor sporting goods, coffee shops, cafes, wine bars and more can all be found in the downtown area. The historic Matthews Opera House and Art Gallery accents the city’s varied arts community with year-round programs and art exhibits. n

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2020 Featured Downtown Events DOWNTOWN FRIDAY NIGHTS

Held throughout the summer, Downtown Friday Nights is a free concert series where families and friends enjoy vendors and sidewalk sales along with live bands playing from the stage. The event is held Friday evenings from June through August.

AUTUMN FEST

Held each September, Autumn Fest celebrates the fall in downtown Spearfish with live entertainment, vendors, childrens activities, contests, sidewalk sales and more.

CHRISTMAS STROLL & HOLIDAZZLE PARADE

The Holidazzle Light Parade does more than deck the halls. Held in early December, parade entrants deck out their vehicles and floats with Christmas lights and decorations for a parade down Main Street, putting visitors in the mood for Christmas.


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SPEARFISH WALKING TOURS Two walking tours take you through Spearfish’s historic commercial and residential district, giving you a piece of its history on foot. Stop by the Visit Spearfish office on Main Street for your copy of the commercial and residential walking tour guides.

Every community has a core, and Spearfish has a very solid one in the downtown area, one whose strength is commitment to the customers and dedication to the community. Visit the Spearfish Downtown Business Association’s website for shopping information and upcoming events.

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A Fun Place to Shop An enchanting gift shop in historic downtown Spearfish Gifts - Home Decor

616 Main Street, Downtown Spearfish


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MATTHEWS OPERA HOUSE AND ARTS CENTER:

A beating heart of color, culture and creativity for over 110 years more information Matthews Opera House 605-642-7973 612 N. Main St., Downtown Spearfish matthewsopera.com OPEN YEAR-ROUND

The Matthews Opera House and Arts Center has been the center of all things artistic in Spearfish since it first opened its doors to the public in 1906. It remains the beating artistic heart of the city today. Located on Main Street, all of its attributes and events provide a taste of the finest regional art the Black Hills has to offer. It has a unique window into the history of art in the west. Today, The Matthews Opera House and Arts Center thrives by hosting regular live productions. The community theater program puts on many stage productions each year. This allows both amateurs and professionals to mix

their talents into living pieces of theatrical work in Spearfish. “The Matthews Opera House and Arts Center provides a wonderful opportunity for visitors. They can walk upstairs and imagine what it was like to see a show here 110 years ago,” said Darren Granaas, executive director of The Matthews. “Our stage looks almost exactly like it did in 1906. We are proud of how this community nurtures and sustains the opera house. We also love showing this special place to visitors who come through Spearfish. During regular business hours, our doors are open for tours, even if there isn’t a production going on.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 16

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The Matthews Opera House and Arts Center is the only restored historic opera house in the Black Hills. Restoration work stayed as close to original as possible. Among the highlights of the building is the original proscenium – an intricate, detailed beauty glowing with history. The theater itself is unique in that the acoustics are the best around. This attracts actors and musicians from the community and around the country who enjoy taking the stage throughout the year. Cultural performances continue to grow in popularity at The Matthews, including film festivals, lectures, and educational events. The first floor of The Matthews Opera House and Arts Center houses a fine art gallery. The gallery features the juried work of 40-50 regional artists. Many of these artists have national and international reputations. It is ever-changing as more and more emerging artists begin to display their work. “We promote visual artists at all stages in their development, from emerging to well established. As an arts center, we can provide new artists with a means to grow into their medium and further develop their style, all the while learning the business of art,” Granaas said. For visitors who enjoy seeking out some of the best art in the Black Hills, The Matthews Arts Center is the place to visit. Artistic mediums include watercolor, oil and acrylic 16

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paintings, jewelry, photography, sculpture, and more. Dick Termes’ internationally recognized Termespheres hang throughout the space. One of the greatest triumphs of The Matthews Opera House and Arts Center is the Festival in the Park, an outdoor celebration of art and culture occurring the third weekend in July. More than 200 artists have booths displaying everything from handmade jewelry, woodwork, paintings, photography, handcrafted clothes, and more. “This is the largest summer event in Spearfish,” Granaas said. “We have up to 25,000 people that come to town just to attend this event. It’s an event we are very proud of.” As a nonprofit entity, The Matthews Opera House and Arts Center survives with volunteers. They appreciate the generous contributions of individual businesses and community members. “We have an incredible amount of volunteers. This organization couldn’t function without them,” Granaas said. Whether its from helping organize a reception in the gallery, taking tickets at the opera house, or helping set up the Festival in the Park, Granaas said volunteers are the true reason The Matthews Opera House and Arts Center is a success. The Arts Center, located at N. 612 Main St., is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday (Summer hours) and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday (Winter hours).

HISTORY OF MATTHEWS OPERA HOUSE Thomas Matthews established The Matthews Opera House in 1906. His goal was to bring arts and culture to the West. After The Matthews Opera house opened its doors, traveling theater companies from all over the world played at this unique venue. Many of the original laden doors and boards are now on display to memorialize its Photo courtesy Matthews Opera House history. As years passed, The Matthews Opera House and Arts Center went through many transformations. In the 1920s, it was known as “The Princess Theater,” when it was primarily a movie house. The silver screen fell in 1930 when the owner of the theater opened a new building down the street. Throughout the next 25 years, the opera house served time as everything from a practice basketball court to a shooting gallery. To say that the opera house fell into disrepair would be an understatement. Various restoration efforts were undertaken over the years. Some of them were more successful than others. It wasn’t until the 1980s that a serious restoration effort began. This was when the nonprofit Matthews Opera House Society was formed. The building owner, Mike Kelley, provided a rent-free 95-year lease. The first phase of the renovations ended in 1989 with final work completed in 2006. The completion of this historic masterpiece came 100 years after the n Studios building’s initial construction. Photos courtesy The Black Hills


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“Is The Matthews Opera House haunted?”

The Phantom of the Matthews Opera House by Paul Higbee

This original melodrama first appeared at The Matthews in 1976 and became a summer theater staple for locals and visitors alike throughout the 80s and 90s. In a joint effort between The Matthews and the BHSU Theater Department, The Phantom of The Matthews Opera House is back on The Matthews’ stage for the month of July 2020, performed every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. Under the direction of BHSU Theater Professor Bert Juhrend, the performances are staged in the beautifully restored 112-year-old Matthews Opera House, one of the West’s oldest and most beloved venues. We invite you to step into history, take a seat, and settle in for some great laughs and villainous hijinks. 5, 20, 21, 22, July 13, 14, 1 29 27, 28, p.m. Starting at 7:30 under 18

adults • $6.00 Tickets: $12.00 pera.com

thewso Visit www.mat rmation, for more info 7973. or call 605-642-

The Matthews Opera House invites you to the 43rd Annual

FESTIVAL IN THE PARK Over 200 art, craft and food booths fill Spearfish City Park July 17-19, 2020 Join thousands of locals and visitors for a festive stroll through Spearfish City Park, enjoying the sights and sounds of one of the largest and most popular artist events in the Black Hills. The annual Festival in the Park attracts more than 200 regional vendors offering items from art and jewelry, to food and furniture. Take in some live music at The Watering Hole, browse for unique art items and gifts, and enjoy a wide variety of food and beverage vendors. For more information, call (605) 642-7973 or visit www.MatthewsOpera.com.

FRIDAY: 4 P.M.-8 P.M. Matthews Opera House Fundraiser Night

$5 wristband required for entrance. They are available in advance or at entrances to the park. Live music from 4 p.m.-10 p.m. in The Watering Hole.

SATURDAY: 9 A.M.-7 P.M. (Free to the public)

Live music from 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. in The Watering Hole.

SUNDAY: 10 A.M.- 4 P.M. (Free to the public)

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D.C. Booth Historic National

FISH HATCHERY & ARCHIVES

Take time to visit one of the most beautiful and well-preserved historic sites in Spearfish. D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery is a free family attraction located just blocks from downtown along Spearfish Creek. With the popularity of trout fishing and the abundance of streams and great fishing opportunities in the area, visitors might not realize that trout are not native to the Black Hills. In 1890, because of the pristine water, habitat, and food sources for trout, Congress appropriated $500 to investigate the possibility of placing a hatchery near the Black Hills to establish trout populations in the area. After considering several locations, Spearfish was finally chosen because of the abundance of pure, cold spring water and its proximity to the town and railroad system, and in 1896, the Spearfish National Fish Hatchery was established, now

called D.C. Booth National Historic Fish Hatchery & Archives. In 1899, the completed hatchery building (which now houses a museum), raceways, ice house and rearing ponds were accepted from the contractor. Four days later, 100,000 trout eggs were incubating. In the 1980s, after years of very successful fish production that included overland trips to Yellowstone National Park; destructive floods; visits by heads of state; railroad journeys; and the

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closed. In 1989, however, the hatchery was rehabilitated and reopened with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife museum, the National Fish and Aquatic Conservation Archives, public restrooms, a visitor center, and an underwater viewing area. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service resumed operations of the facility with a new mission to assemble, preserve, protect, make accessible to researchers and interpret the history and technology of fish culture. The museum collection at D.C. Booth is growing and is currently one of the largest collections of fishery history and artifacts in the nation. Today, more than 160,000 visitors visit D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery every year. Admission to the hatchery is always free, although donations are appreciated. Grounds are open from dawn to dusk, 365 days a year. Guided tours through the Booth House, Von Bayer Fish Museum, and Fish Railcar are generally available every day May through September.

Visitors can feed the fish and view them through the underwater viewing windows. For more information or to check exhibit hours, call (605) 642-7730 ext. 221. n

THE BOOTH HOUSE The Neo-Colonial Revival Booth House, built for the first superintendant in 1905, is open for tours so visitors can learn about the history of the house and the families who lived and worked on hatcheries. Don’t forget to visit Ruby’s Garden behind the house, which is the site of weddings throughout the summer.

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THE GROUNDS Spanning 10 acres, the entire hatchery site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the general landscape is itself a historic resource. Ponds, rock walls, water systems and buildings all contribute to the site’s historical significance. The 10-acre grounds also include nature trails with scenic overlooks. Although many alterations have been made to the site over the years, each change tells a story about hatchery operations.

Visit the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Archives Your free federal public lands attraction in Spearfish, SD!

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D.C. Booth is America’s gathering place for all things fisheries – preserving our fisheries history to inspire present & future conservationists.

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THE SCULPTURES Two life-size bronze sculptures can be seen on the hatchery grounds depicting the lives of early fisheries workers and the important role that fishing plays in American tradition and culture today.

THE RAILCAR Before the advent of refrigerated tanker trucks, fish hatcheries were faced with the problem of how to quickly move fish from hatcheries to lakes and rivers around the country. During the “Fish Car Era,” 10 specially-designed railcars were constructed; and by 1920, fish cars had carried over 72 billion fish across 2 million miles of railroad track. D.C. Booth is home to the only federal fisheries railcar exhibit in the country. Visitors to this unique replica railcar will learn about the history of the Fish Car Era a 66-year period that played a key role in enriching the nation’s national resources and created a unique, romantic and proud tradition.

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THE MUSEUM The Von Bayer Museum of Fisheries History was created to preserve the vibrant history and rich heritage of American fisheries workers. The Fish and Aquatic Conservation Archives collection contains more than 1.7 million archival records and 14,000 fishery items and is the largest collection of fisheries artifacts in the country. The museum is open daily during the summer season.

THE POND GIFT SHOP Visit The Pond Gift Shop for hatchery and fisheries souvenirs, books, nature toys, gifts, and, of course, fish food. The gift shop provides information on the Black Hills, and the Fishing Tackle Loaner Program, which allows visitors to check out fishing poles and gear to use off-site at no cost.

Photo courtesy D.C. Booth National Fish Hatchery & Archives

Photo courtesy D.C. Booth National Fish Hatchery & Archives

THE FISH Approximately 50,000 trout are stocked regionally out of D.C. Booth each year by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service into lakes and streams for anglers to enjoy. Visitors can get up close and personal with brown and rainbow trout by feeding them from above or watching them through the underwater viewing windows.

THE YELLOWSTONE BOAT U.S. Fisheries Boat #39, a wooden “Great Lakes” style cabin cruiser, tells the story of early hatchery workers who went on expeditions from the Spearfish hatchery to Yellowstone National Park to collect trout eggs to be returned to the hatchery and stocked in the Black Hills.

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WESTERN HERITAGE CENTER Western history comes alive at the High Plains Western Heritage Center overlooking Spearfish. The museum was founded to honor the Old West pioneers and the Native Americans of South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Nebraska. Step back in time as you take in the museum that contains 20,000 square feet of displays featuring a wide range of Western artifacts, the cattle and sheep industries, blacksmithing, saddle making, natural history, mining, forestry and, of course, cowboys and rodeo. Observe outside displays including a one-room schoolhouse, a homestead log cabin, antique farm equipment and live

longhorn cattle grazing in the pasture. The center is part of the Blue Star Museums and offers free admission from Memorial Day until Labor Day for active duty and military veterans. The High Plains Western Heritage Center currently provides a community forum for entertainment and education that includes a 200-seat theatre. The Heritage Center is one of 700 marked locations along the historic Great Western Cattle Trail. After the Civil War, upon returning home, Texas ranchers found their longhorn cattle herds had been neglected and grown too large to be sustained by their home ranges. Cowboys pushed their herds north along what is now known as The Great Western Cattle Trail. The Cattle Trail runs though nine states from Mexico to Canada identifying the most used cattle trail route from Texas to the High Plains. Today’s travelers are able to loosely follow the same 1,800-mile cattle trail blazed by those early cowboys and see the sights that many early pioneers witnessed along the way. n

Cowboy Supper & A Cowboy Show In A Cowboy Museum Enjoy an authentic cowboy supper served from an authentic chuck wagon in a 20,0000 square foot western museum with a professional western music show. Veteran entertainers Orion and Stacey Potter will perform a western-style musical show that will delight the audience with dazzling harmonies and family friendly entertainment. June 9, 16, Aug. 18, 25 • 23, 30 Supper 5:30 p. Sept. 1, 8, 15 m. • 6:15 p.m. Show All tickets incl ude

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birding in Spearfish

Blue heron

The Spearfish area contains great bird habitats: Ponderosa pine forests, flowing mountain streams with rich vegetation, aspen groves, lakes, burned areas, mixed grassland hills, potholes and marshes, pastureland and urban parks. This diversity of habitat provides a home for scores of migratory and resident birds — some of which are found in few other locations in South Dakota. Your trip to Spearfish is a great opportunity to add some birds to your “life list.” And you don’t even have to venture far from your hotel or campground. The city of Spearfish maintains an amazing recreation path — most of which follows Spearfish Creek through town. The creek — together with 16 parks along the 7.4-mile recreation path, the enormous Spearfish City Park and the D.C. Booth Historic Fish Hatchery — all offer close and easy opportunities for successful bird watching during your Spearfish vacation. You can pick up a free bird checklist at the Visit Spearfish office before you begin your journey. Keep an eye open for some of these coveted Black Hills species: ruffed grouse, Lewis’s woodpecker, red-naped sapsucker, gray jay, canyon wren, lazuli bunting, American dipper, three-toed woodpecker, black-backed woodpecker and Clark’s nutcracker. n more information Pick up a FREE Bird Checklist at Visit Spearfish on the corner of Main St. & Hudson St. Downtown Spearfish

Photo by Les Heiserman “Path Les Traveled”

Ruffed grouse

Juvenile great horned owl

American dipper

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CANYON CURVES: A biker’s paradise When it comes to motorcycling, the curves of Spearfish just can’t be beat. From the famous Spearfish Canyon to the lesser-traveled back roads that loop around through neighboring communities, it’s no wonder motorcycle enthusiasts around the world have gravitated to the Queen City for beautiful riding experiences.

Photo by Letti Lister

One of the most popular rides in the Black Hills, Spearfish Canyon is U.S. Hwy 14A. The ride starts in gorgeous Spearfish, which has been called the “Queen City” because it is surrounded by three peaks of its own — Crow Peak, Spearfish Mountain and Lookout Mountain. Riders can then travel down Hwy 14A and take in some of the most beautiful sites of the Black Hills. The Canyon is filled with a forest of spruce, pine, aspen, birch and oak, with Spearfish Creek cutting through it all as it winds through native foliage. The Canyon is also home to a variety of wildlife that like to take up residence around the Canyon’s waterfalls — Bridal Veil, Spearfish and Roughlock Falls, which all offer

excellent hiking opportunities for a peaceful, fulfilling Black Hills experience. At the very end of the Canyon, stop for pie or lunch at Cheyenne Crossing Trading Post. Another lesser-traveled route showcases the many different kinds of terrain in and around the Spearfish area. Starting at Exit 17 off I-90, riders can take a short jog on Hwy 85 to St. Onge Road. From there, riders can stay on U.S. Hwy 34, a straight stretch of highway that leads through beautiful plains, to Belle Fourche. From Belle Fourche, continue along Hwy 34 to Aladdin, Wyo. Take Hwy 111 south and head toward Sundance, Wyo., cutting back on Hwy 585 to Four Corners in Wyoming. Follow Hwy 85 back through Spearfish Canyon, take a left at Cheyenne Crossing, and head back to Spearfish. The ride is approximately 100 miles, and features the Northern Hills’ signature curves, hills, plains and wildlife that make the motorcycle journey one of the best in the world. n

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Spearfish Canyon home to

WORLD CLASS CLIMBING BY MARK WATSON

For years, climbers from throughout the world have traveled to the Black Hills to climb the Needles’ granite spires. But it has been only in recent decades that Spearfish Canyon has become a world-class climbing destination. Climbers find high-quality limestone at multiple crags with approach distances of a few yards off the road to a grunt up the steep hills to the walls. As of 2019, there are 800 routes in the Canyon in seven main climbing areas, each containing a different challenge at a variety of skill levels. The Canyon sports mellow beginner routes from 5.4 to 5.8 leading Black Hills State University to bring its climbing classes to the limestone cliffs for introductory climbing. And for inspiration, they are located right next to a technical 5.12. Skeletal Remains is the first crag that people come to once leaving Spearfish, heading up Spearfish Canyon. It is home to a good mixture of routes of varying difficulty. There are several 5.4 routes — think climbing a ladder here — to a 5.12c, classified as a difficult route. A main attraction to this climbing area is the 30-second approach time to the wall from the parking lot. A newer area is Botany Bay a.k.a. “The Stadium.” It is home to the Canyon’s most difficult route “Babe Ruthless.” This climb, rated at 5.14b, is for expert climbers and is an overhanging route using “nearly invisible, improbable and impossible holds,” according to one website’s description. The Canyon is also home to some of the safest climbing in the area. Unlike the Needles, which is notorious for runout from bolt to bolt or from gear locations on tiny crystals that can and do pop off at inopportune times, the Canyon is home to beefy bolts only a body length apart, and that comes with a different code of ethics. This differs from the Needles with a ground up bolting ethic where a 160-foot route may have only two bolts.

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Another draw the Canyon has to the locals is the chance to climb all year long. The wall Sunshine is appropriately named as it soaks in the sun and is climbable even in the dead of winter — that is after walking through snow on the approach trail. When the weather is not cooperating, climbers can hone their skills at the indoor climing wall at Black Hills State University Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.

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SPEARFISH SCRAMBLE With Black Hills State University’s campus only minutes from rock climbing areas in Spearfish Canyon, the limestone cliffs have been both a proving ground and introductory area for many college students interested in the sport. A tight-knit group of climbers started the CRUX Climbing Club and now host the Spearfish Scramble — a climbing competition to test each other’s meddle. The competition, held in September, is at three crags – Blue Sky, Mohican, and Big Picture Gully. For more information, visit the CRUX Climbing Club’s Facebook page.

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BRIDAL VEIL FALLS With its close proximity and high visibility to the road, this is the most popular and accessible flow. It offers about a 60-foot climb rated at WI3.

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11TH HOUR GULCH Farther up the Canyon, climbers can find this narrow gully that offers a 60-foot climb rated from WI3 to WI4.

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TERMINATOR PILLAR This is located near the base of the Canyon, across the street from Skeletal Remains, up the canyon wall to Community Caves. It previously stood as one narrow column of ice rising from the floor to the roof above, but recently the flow spans a wider section and is rated WI4. Photos by Mark Watson

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SKELETAL REMAINS

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CLIMBING AREAS of Spearfish Canyon

> 6 Walls, 69 Routes > Range: 5.7–5.13 (most 5.11–5.12)

SPEARFISH

Directions: 12.4 miles south on Hwy 14A, small gravel parking area on right, follow trail across from parking for 10 min. to wall

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THE MOHICAN Skeletal Remains

> 12 Walls, 111 Routes > Range: 5.8–5.13 (most 5.11–5.12) Directions:: 12.6 miles south on Hwy 14A, large pullout

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BIG PICTURE

> 13 Walls, 89 Routes > Range: 5.8–5.13 (most 5.10–5.12) Directions:: 12.6 miles south on Hwy 14A, parking on

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THE DARKSIDE

> 7 Walls, 52 Routes > Range: 5.9–5.13 (most 5.11–5.12)

Directions:: South on 14A to Cheyenne Crossing (C.C.), turn right and go south on Hwy 85 1.1 miles to parking area, walk back towards C.C. for 5 min., cross creek, follow trail to wall

11th Hour Gulch

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> 13 Walls, 141 Routes > Range: 5.5–5.12 (most 5.8–5.11)

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Directions:: South on Hwy 14A to Cheyenne Crossing, turn right and go south on Hwy 85 1.1 miles to parking area, follow trail across highway from parking area 5 min. to wall

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Climbing is inherently dangerous. People should not attempt to climb without proper training, gear, and partners. You are responsible for your own Sunshine actions and decisions. Failure to follow these warnings can result in severe injury or death.

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Climbing locations from “Spearfish Canyon, The VC & other Black Hills Limestone” by Mikel Cronin.

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> 11 Walls, 67 Routes > Range: 5.8–5.13 (most 5.11–5.12)

Directions:: South on Hwy. 14A to Cheyenne Crossing, turn right and go south on Hwy. 85 2.2 miles to parking area, cross bridge onto trail 8 min. to wall GUIDES:

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WINTER

sporting activities

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With access to a ski area located less than 20 miles from Spearfish and plenty of cross country, snowshoeing and trails throughout the Northern Hills, those looking to play in this winter wonderland won’t be disappointed.

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Cross Country Skiing

Skiing & Snowboarding

There are a few sets of cross country ski trails in the Northern Hills district of the Black Hills National Forest.

Downhill and snowboarding opportunities are rife in the Black Hills.

BIG HILL TRAILS:

Located just outside of Lead, Terry Peak Ski Area is typically open from Thanksgiving through March and features rental equipment and full-service lodges.

• 3 loops, 13.6 miles • Moderately groomed trail • No fee • Location: 9 miles south of Spearfish on Tinton Road

EAGLE CLIFF: • 21 inter-connected trails, 27.1 miles • 1 groomed trail, rest is backcountry • No fee • Location: 3 access points between 7.4 & 9.4 miles southwest of Cheyenne Crossing

TERRY PEAK SKI AREA:

• 30+ trails, 12 black diamond runs • 5 lifts • Family friendly • Location: 1 mile south of Lead on Nevada Gulch Rd.

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Snowshoeing If barreling down a mountain on a pair of skis or a snowboard isn’t your sort of thing, there’s always the sport of snowshoeing — and innumerable places to do it.

BIG HILL TRAILS: • 2 routes, 5 miles • Ungroomed trail • No fee • Location: 9 miles south of Spearfish on Tinton Road

EAGLE CLIFF: • 2 routes, 2.5 miles • Ungroomed trail • No fee • Location: 7 miles southwest of Cheyenne Crossing

MICKELSON TRAIL: For current SNOW CONDITIONS: 866-349-2576 maps & more information SD Game, Fish & Parks Trails: 605-584-3896 www.gfp.sd.gov

GEAR UP: High Mountain Outfitters Snowshoe and Cross Country Ski Rental 313 W. Jackson St. (605) 717-2982 Spearfish Canyon Lodge Snowshoe Rentals 10619 Roughlock Falls Rd. (605) 584-3435

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• 109 miles • Ungroomed trail • Fee: $3/day or $15/year • Location: Northernmost trailhead at Sherman St. in Deadwood

Dakota Game, Fish and Parks makes the prospect of snowshoeing hard to turn down, as snowshoes can be checked out for free from their Lead office, located at 11361 Nevada Gulch Rd., Monday through Friday.


SEASON: DECEMBER 15 – MARCH 31 • Call ahead for trail conditions.

CHOOSE YOUR TRAILS: BIG HILL/TINTON TRAIL SYSTEM • 9 miles south of Spearfish on Tinton Road

TRAILSHEAD TRAIL SYSTEM • 13 miles southwest of Cheyenne Crossing

GET YOUR MAPS: SPEARFISH VISITOR INFORMATION CENTER • 603 N. Main St., Spearfish

FOREST SERVICE OFFICE

(NORTHERN HILLS RANGER DISTRICT)

• 2014 N. Main St., Spearfish

ONLINE • www.fs.usda.gov/blackhills • gfp.sd.gov/to-do/snowmobile

PAY YOUR DUES: In South Dakota, all snowmobiles must be properly licensed to operate on public or private lands, except those private lands owned by the snowmobile’s operator.

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Snowmobiling Snowmobiling season means sledheads have 350 miles of groomed trails to navigate in the Black Hills. Early season storms usually allow much of the Black Hills to have “adequate snow” for the trails, but the farther south you go, the less snow is on the ground, said Shannon Percy, Black Hills trails district supervisor. Each year trails are updated and moved due to logging contracts with the Forest Service, which has contractors

hauling out trees, infested with mountain pine beetles. “Sometimes we have to move trails to accommodate their use,” Percy said. “Snowmobilers need to be aware that we change our maps every year because of these reroutes, so they need to make sure they have a new, updated map.” Snowmobilers can ride on the trails as well as public land that is not posted closed.

For current TRAIL CONDITIONS: 605-584-3896

Background photo by Heidi Watson/Watson Photography

• Residents - FREE - rider and vehicle must be licensed and registered in the state of South Dakota - purchase at County Treasurer’s office in Deadwood • Non-residents - $40/5-day permit - unless licensed and registered in another state - trail permits from other states not accepted - purchase at trailside vendors or online at gfp.sd.gov/to-do/snowmobile • Must carry liability insurance

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A fascinating, educational wonderland with over 50 spherical and polyhedron paintings. The gallery itself is one of four geodesic domes. The spherical paintings are called Termespheres and are painted by artist Dick Termes. They vary from realistic to surrealistic to geometric. They range in size from 2 1/2 inches to two feet in diameter.

“One of the nation’s more unusual art spaces” – NY Times

“The must-visit location in South Dakota” – Oprah’s O Magazine

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we invite you

The following two pages feature a selfguided tour starting from the intersection of Hwy 14A and Colorado Boulevard in Spearfish, south to Cheyenne Crossing located at the intersection of Hwy 14A and Hwy 85.

SPEARFISH CANYON National Scenic Byway

Six hundred million or so years ago, long before man walked this area, it was covered by a huge sea. As waters subsided and landmasses began to appear — 30 to 60 million years ago — drainages such as Spearfish Canyon formed as softer rock was eroded away. Today, this area is part of the Black Hills National Forest. What remains is a stunning canyon

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filled with a wide variety of flora and fauna and breathtaking views of the Canyon walls. Archaeological evidence indicates big game hunters and their families (paleo-indians) were present in the area and possibly in the Canyon at least 10,000 years ago. Today, the Canyon attracts visitors to take in sights and to fish its pristine waters for trout. n

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SPLIT ROCK

BRIDAL VEIL FALLS

HOMESTAKE #2 HYDROPLANT

The Homestake Mining Company opened its second hydroelectric plant in 1917 using the water of Spearfish Creek to create electricity for its massive gold mine located in Lead. The plant sits idle now, but its older sister plant, opened in 1911 and located near the Spearfish City Campground, still operates and generates clean power.

MILE 8.1

Cascading approximately 60 feet, Bridal Veil Falls is located adjacent to a large parking lot to accommodate sightseers. An observation platform was recently installed by the Forest Service to prevent erosion to the area. The falls flows intensely in the spring and slows considerably in late summer and fall.

MILE 5.8

2.9 miles traveling up the Canyon, from the intersection of Colorado Boulevard and Highway 14A, the road travels through a notch blasted in a domed rock outcropping to permit access for the railroad that traveled the Canyon floor.

MILE 2.9

VICTORIA’S TOWER

11TH HOUR GULCH

KISSING ROCKS

SPEARFISH FALLS

MILE 15.8

Botany Bay Picnic Area, USFS

1990 saw the epic Western film Dances with Wolves. Much of the movie was filmed in South Dakota, and the film site of the winter camp scene is marked 3 miles up Forest Service Road 222.

Split Rock

North Entrance

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Bridal Veil Falls Pullout

Kissing Rocks

Eastern Deciduous Forest

Homestake #2 Hydroplant

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DANCES WITH Spearfish WOLVES

FILMING LOCATION

Victoria’s Tower 11th Hour Gulch

At Savoy, the road forks in the Canyon. Park at a parking lot and take the hiking trail to the floor of the Canyon.

MILE 12.8

Use the same parking lot to visit Kissing Rocks, two large boulders laying in the middle of Spearfish Creek. The rocks, also known as The Dice, came crashing to the bottom of the Canyon.

MILE 9.3

Blink and you’ll miss it. But there is a parking lot located just downstream from 11th Hour Gulch, a narrow slot, about 50 feet wide, carved by time into the Canyon wall.

MILE 9.2

ROUGHLOCK FALLS

SPEARFISH

At Savoy, turn up Forest Service Road 222 and travel approximately 1 mile. Several parking lots are available for people to use while they visit Roughlock Northern Falls. Pioneers traveling down the Great Plains Canyon used to lower their wagons down the drop. To do so, Grasslands they would rough lock the wheels to prevent them National Forest from rolling freely – hence Service Kiosk the name of the falls.

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Points of Interest

Located 9 miles up the Canyon, a large limestone face towers from the Canyon floor. This is Victoria’s Tower.

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Rimrock Trail

USFS Scenic Byway Portal City Point of Interest Hiking Trails Picnic/Campground

Timon Campground, USFS

Creek Paved Road Gravel Road

Public Restrooms

Grasslands/Forest

Little Spearfish Trails

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Roughlock Falls

13.8 Miles South of the North Entrance to Spearfish Canyon

Take a break from your day to experience Roughlock Falls, a breathtaking multi-tiered waterfall along Little Spearfish Creek. Pioneers traveling down the canyon used to lower their wagons down the drop by roughlocking the wheels to prevent them from rolling freely - hence the name of the falls. Parking and facilities are available as well as many mantained walking paths. Directions: At Savoy, turn on to Forest Service Road 222 and travel approximately 1 mile.

Bridal Veil Falls

Spearfish Falls

Cascading approximately 60 feet, Bridal Veil Falls is the most accessible waterfall in the Canyon. The falls flows intensly in the spring and slows considerably in late summer and fall. It is located adjacent to a large parking lot to accommodate sightseers. An observation platform was recently installed by the Forest Service to prevent erosion to the area.

Spearfish Falls is slightly off the beaten path, but well worth the walk. It is located at the base of the Canyon at Savoy. There is a trail that will guide you to the bottom of the canyon and take you beneath a canopy of trees as you approach the roaring waters of Spearfish Falls. Be sure to wear good shoes as the trail can be slippery at times.

5.8 Miles South of North Entrance to Spearfish Canyon

Directions: On Highway 14, after about 5.8 miles, Bridal Veil will be on your left.

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12.8 Miles South of the North Entrance to Spearfish Canyon

Directions: On Highway 14, at approximately 12.8 miles you will arrive at Savoy. Park at The Latchstring Restaurant parking lot. Trail to falls will be marked.

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THE FALL SPLENDOR of Spearfish Canyon

BY MARK WATSON

When the fall colors in Spearfish Canyon reach their peak, you can bet there will be visitors clambering to see the beauty of the deciduous trees. Rusts and oranges are found in the oaks. Gold aspen and birch leaves quiver in the breeze. The cottonwoods and willows show off their bright yellow. Ruby reds show up near the ground on smatterings of sumac. The dark green backdrops from the pines combine with all of these to make an exquisite palette of colors. “Spearfish Canyon is our number one attraction,” said Mistie Caldwell, the executive director of Visit Spearfish. “It is all year long, but the fall is a totally different experience than in the summer.” She said people, mainly adult couples and retirees, start calling her office as early as April asking when they should come out to see the colors of Spearfish Canyon in their prime.

“Adult couples plan their vacations after school starts again and before winter,” Caldwell said. “As we get closer to the day, it’s people from the five-state region asking, ‘When’s the peak?’” Fall colors in Spearfish Canyon reach their peak near the end of September or the first part of October. Caldwell said. “It’s interesting. Most people who call think the colors change a lot earlier than they do. A lot of people plan their vacations around Labor Day. They get a little concerned when you tell them the last week of September.” But when September does roll around, the visitor numbers can increase even over summer month totals. “Linda Ahlers, former general manager of Spearfish Canyon Lodge, always says that ‘Sturgis has their Motorcycle Rally., we have a leaf rally. That’s true. It’s our signature event, the changing of the leaves.” n

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COURSES Disc golf is similar to traditional golf, but players use a Frisbee-like flying disc instead of balls and clubs. The object of disc golf is to complete each hole in as few throws as possible. The disc golf hole may be one of several targets, with the most common being an elevated metal basket. As a player progresses down the fairway, he or she makes each consecutive throw from the spot where the previous throw lands. A hole is completed when the disc is thrown into the basket. Disc golf players in and around the Spearfish area have two options for testing their skills. n

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27 Holes 6,874 ft. (alt. 9,095) Hilly, moderately wooded Challenges: 27th hole named “Crow’s Nest” tees off a 100 ft. canyon cliff to the basket

Directions:: Go west on Colorado Blvd., turn right at Spearfish Canyon Country Club onto Hwy 14A. Turn right on Winterville Dr. and drive to parking lot located on the left near the intersection of South Canyon St. and Winterville Dr. Walk east on bike bath for 200 yards until you reach the course’s sign.

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18 Holes 4,662 ft. (alt. 5,243) Slight slope, sparse foliage Challenges: winds, creek, tall pines

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CHOOSE YOUR TRAILS: TINTON ROAD SYSTEM

• 9 miles south of Spearfish on Tinton Road

IRON CREEK LAKE AREA

• 13.3 miles south of Spearfish, located on Iron Creek Lake Road

TRAILSHEAD TRAIL SYSTEM

OHV/UTV TRAIL SYSTEM The Black Hills is home to hundreds of miles of off-road trails that offhighway vehicle (OHV) users of all types can enjoy. Previously, riders could drive anywhere in the forest that wasn’t posted closed, but a federal directive required that an official system be established and maintained in order to protect the environmental resources of the forest. Now organized and maintained by

the Forest Service, the trail network stretches across 650 miles of the 1.2 million-acre forest. There are 3,650 miles of roads and trails in the Hills. Of those, 707 miles will eventually be marked specifically for off-highway vehicle use. Many trails still require work. Disconnected trails need to be connected across streams and around private and non-federal land. n

• 13 miles southwest of Cheyenne Crossing

GALENA AREA

• 26 miles southeast of Spearfish, located on Galena Road

NEMO AREA

• 38 miles southeast of Spearfish, located on Nemo Road

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PAY YOUR DUES: • Fees - $20/week or $25/year - purchase at Forest Service District offices

In-state licenses and temporary out-of-state permits can be purchased at the Lawrence County Treasurer’s office in Deadwood. Multiple permit types are available, so for more information, contact the treasurer’s office at 578-1862 or visit www.lawrence.sd.us/treasure.htm. GEAR UP:

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A BIKING MECCA BY MARK WATSON

Spearfish, and the miles of single-track trails surrounding it, was one of the best-kept secrets in the mountain biking world. But the secret is out, and those trails draw thousands of mountain bikers to the Queen City every year. The ranks of mountain biking

enthusiasts have swelled, and the trails around Spearfish are among the favorites of many, including top industry riders. Even Salsa Cycles, a Minnesota-based bicycle company, named its revamped ultra endurance suspension mountain bike the “Spearfish.” n

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a winter fat tire fest

MAR. 14, 2020

Distance: 28 mile loop StartsEnds: Savoy www.28below.com

Who says you can’t ride in the winter? An up-and-coming trend gaining momentum among mountain bikers throughout the country is fat tire riding. And Spearfish isn’t immune. In 2014, the “28 Below” was held for the first time. The race, on snowmobile trails, climbs to a high point of Cement Ridge and the fire lookout.

GOLD RUSH GRAVEL GRINDER a backroads tour

JUNE 13, 2020

Distance: Fools Gold: 45 mile tour, Gold Dust: 70 mile tour, Gravel Grinder: 110 mile tour, Mother Load: 210 mile tour Starts: Spearfish City Park www.goldrushgravelgrinder.com

The Gold Rush Gravel Grinder is a three race ride/tour of of the Black Hills. It consists mostly gravel roads, but will also include a bit of pavement while riders roll over open prairies. The course takes riders through canyons, flowing creeks, and trails provide a perfect opportunity to explore the deep forests, all while climbing toward views of the Black Hills.  The rides will be held again this year with a 5 a.m. start at the Spearfish City Park. Riders must carry their own food and water, but there will be four checkpoints in which riders can purchase food. Jewett said the first checkpoint will be at mile 69 at Trailshead Lodge, the second checkpoint is at mile 124 at Mountain Meadows, the third Checkpoint is at mile 153 at Moonshine Gulch Saloon, and the last checkpoint is back at mile 170 at Trailshead Lodge. There is a time limit to the race, so it is not for the faint of heart or first time racers. All riders will have from 5 a.m. to midnight to complete the ride. After midnight riders will not be given a finishing time, and there won’t be anyone or anything at the finish line. It is a challenging course with about 12,000 feet of climbing.

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DAKOTA FIVE-0 a mountain bike race

SEPT. 6, 2020

Distance: 50 mile loop Starts/Ends: Spearfish City Park www.dakotafive-0.com

In recent years, more and more races have come to fruition, but in the Black Hills, one reigns king — The Dakota Five-O. The Dakota Five-O is called a “race, ride, tour” because top competitors will race each other along prime single-track trails while other riders will take a few moments to stop and take in the beauty of the woods. The race is run in a clockwise fashion in even numbered years and counter clockwise in odd years. The Dakota Five-0 begins at the Spearfish City Park. Riders head up Tinton Road and begin single-track riding after about three miles. The first aid station is at mile 11, the Big Hill Trailhead. Climb up Cardiac Climb on your way to the second aid station, Old Baldy Trailhead. The third rest area is at is at Sheep Flats and mile 27. Eight miles later is the Ball Park and the last official aid station. One more stop remains: the Bacon Station. Don’t ask for water here. PBR and bacon is served. The trail links back to the Tinton Trail and into the Spearfish City Park, where music, food, and a cold brew is waiting with your name on it! Registration, beginning at 7 a.m. on April 1, typically fills within hours of opening.

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LEADING LADIES MARATHON

AUG. 23, 2020

Distance: 26.2 miles Starts: Lead Ends: Spearfish www.leadingladiesmarathon.com

This all-woman marathon follows a gentle downhill journey through Spearfish Canyon from Lead to Spearfish. It is scenic, serene, and spectacular. The 26.2-mile full marathon starts at Lead Country Club. Runners in the 13.1-mile half marathon start just north of Savoy. The Leading Ladies Marathon course is USATF-certified and is a qualifier for the world-famous Boston Marathon. Marathon and half marathon races end a weekend that includes a writer’s workshop, guest speakers, and shorter road races for other runners. “It has not really changed from my original dream,” race creator and organizer Elaine Doll said when reflecting on the event’s progress over the past several years. Doll trained in Spearfish Canyon 38 years ago. She and fellow marathon runner, Fred Romkema, determined the distance from Lead Country Club to Black Hills State University was 26.2 miles. The Canyon features moss-draped spruce, marsh grass areas, and cabins in the hills. Runners may also see deer in the meadows, fish in the ponds, or an early-morning angler. Personal touches include chocolate at the aid stations, men wearing tuxedos, and Spearfish’s welcoming atmosphere.

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SPEARFISH CANYON HALF MARATHON/5K

JULY 11, 2020

Distance: 13.1 miles/5 kilometers Starts: Just north of Savoy Ends: Spearfish City Park www.spearfishcanyonhalfmarathon.com

This event is an annual fundraiser, which benefits the abused and neglected children through the Northern Hills Area CASA Program. The event gathers about 400 people every year and raises approximately $20,000 for the local organization.

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SEPT. 27, 2020 BLACK HILLS BEER FUN RUN/WALK

Distance: 5 kilometers www.DCBoothFishHatchery.org

Not up for running for hours on end? There are numerous 5K races and fun runs in Spearfish. Among them is the Black Hills Beer Run/Walk. Proceeds from the run/walk go to the Booth Society, the non-profit friends group of the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Archives. Photos by Jason Gross

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GEOCACHING Do you like to explore the outdoors, discover hiking trails off the beaten path, and enjoy an activity perfect for all ages at no cost? If so, try geocaching — where you can embark on a real- world treasure hunt. Geocaching started gaining in popularity in 2000. Today, about five million people seek out at least 2.6 million caches throughout the world. Currently, there are over 380 caches that have been hidden around the Spearfish area. To get started, you need a GPS-enabled device, and to be registered as a member of www.geocaching.com, an online reference for hidden caches. Once registered, visit the “Hide and Seek a Cache” page and enter zip code “57783” and coordinates will be displayed. Log the information provided into the GPS, validate the distance to the cache, and it’s time to seek out some fun. Caches vary greatly in size and appearance. In the field, geocachers will see everything from large, clear plastic containers to film canisters to a fake rock with a secret compartment. Another resource available is the Black Hills Area Geocachers online site at www.blackhillsareageocachers.com. n Get started today!

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LET’S GO camping! Perhaps the best ceiling visitors to the Black Hills can have is the star-filled sky. Spearfish and the hills that surround it offer primitive and modern camping opportunities. If you don’t feel like roughing it, pull your RV into one of the modern campsites. Several offer full-service hookups, Wi-Fi, guest laundry, showers, and pet-friendly areas. Others offer a playground for the kiddos, and even a pool and hot tub to soak in after a long day of adventures in the Hills. If more primitive camping is your style, several local campgrounds offer tent sites and fire rings while still having intown amenities. Other campgrounds offer limited services.

If camping in a campground is not for you, the 1.2 million acre Black Hills National Forest allows dispersed camping. General rules include: camping at least 100 feet away from roads, streams, and trails, and at least a half mile away from designated campsites. There is a 14-day limit for any 60-day period. Open campfires are prohibited in South Dakota’s portion of the forest, but in Wyoming, campfires are permitted as long as additional special orders prohibit such. There are many creeks and springs to gather water from, but all water should be filtered or treated before drinking. Campers should follow Leave No Trace principles. n

ROD & GUN CAMPGROUND Campsites: 7 Facilities: Restooms, potable water, fires allowed in established fire rings Fee: $18/night single unit, $2/night extra vehicle Directions: Drive south from Spearfish on Hwy 14 through Spearfish Canyon to Savoy. At Savoy, ahead 2.5 miles up FS Road 222, better known as Roughlock Falls Road to the Rod and Gun Campground. It is located adjacent to Little Spearfish Creek. A main attraction nearby is the Dances with Wolves film site.

TIMON CAMPGROUND Campsites: 7 Facilities: Restooms, potable water, fires allowed in established fire rings Fee: $18/night single unit, $2/night extra vehicle Directions: Drive south from Spearfish on Hwy 14 through Spearfish Canyon to Savoy. At Savoy, head approximately 3.5 miles up FS Road 222, better known as Roughlock Falls Road, to find Timon Campground. It is located in Little Spearfish Canyon, adjacent to Little Spearfish Creek and its popular hiking trail.

HANNA CAMPGROUND Campsites: 13 RV sites, Various walk-in tent sites Courtesy photo

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Facilities: Restooms, potable water, fires allowed in established fire rings Fee: $18/night single unit, $2/night extra vehicle Directions: Drive south from Spearfish on Hwy 14 through Spearfish Canyon to Cheyenne Crossing. Near Cheyenne Crossing is the Hanna Campground. It is located adjacent to East Spearfish Creek. The above campgrounds are pay on site, first-come, first-serve. No reservations are accepted.

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TAKE ME OUT TO THE In 2019, the Spearfish Sasquatch, members of the Expedition League, an elite summer collegiate wood bat baseball league, thrilled families in its second season. They won five more games than they did in 2018, finishing with a 28-33 record. They aim to improve this year, in their third season in the Expedition League. In the offseason, the team’s ownership changed hands with Heidi and Kevin Bybee selling their stake in the team to Steve Wagner, who is also the Expedition League CEO and president. “We’re going to continue to grow and build on what’s been established already,” Wagner said about the team’s future plans. “Our focus is on making and keeping things great for the fans. We’ll do some new things and keep it fresh. We’re all about the fan more information 605-559-0214 spearfishsasquatch@gmail.com spearfishsasquatch.com

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experience, and we’re all about fun.” Wagner is the Sasquatch’s lone owner, but he said the team would really like to bring local businesspeople aboard. He added that while this may eventually happen, the current focus is on operating the Sasquatch. The team will not be affected at all if the local ownership plan does not materialize Players lived with host families in Spearfish and got involved in the community through a variety of ways. They read to school children, participated in local parades, and their mascot, Sampson the Sasquatch, even served as a bell ringer during the annual Salvation Army’s kettle campaign. The Sasqatch’s former owner, Kevin Bybee, wished the Sasquatch and Expedition League the best in the future. “We will miss the fans, the city of Spearfish, and the exciting atmosphere at the ball field on game days,” Bybee said. The Sasquatch open the 2020 season in late May.

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GOLF COURSES Spearfish Canyon Golf Club and Elkhorn Ridge Golf Club provide wooded fairways, elevated tees, and scenic views for all visitors. Spearfish Canyon Golf Club is one of the state’s oldest courses. It was established in 1921 and became the Northern Hills’ first 18-hole course in 1988. The front nine features a traditional tree-lined layout. A modern design intertwined with an oak-laden creek bed highlights the back nine. Spearfish Canyon Golf Club also features a driving range, practice green, short-game area, full-service bar and grill, and a fully stocked pro shop with name-brand apparel and equipment. Head golf pro and operations director Rob Kortan said the bar and grill help set Spearfish Canyon apart from other courses. He added that it enables the course to host events and accommodate more people than other facilities. “If the course is playable, we’re open,” Kortan said. “When we can get on the back nine, we can play.” The Elkhorn Ridge Golf Club, located just off Exit 17 on Interstate 90, opened in August 2009. It started as a nine-hole course and grew to 18 holes in the summer of 2016 following almost two years of work. All 18 holes feature five different tee distances. Golfers enjoy views of the Centennial Valley, with elevation changes up to 285 feet. A full-scale practice facility features tee areas, target greens, a greenside practice bunker, and a double-ended driving range. Elkhorn Ridge’s back nine includes the “canyon holes” 12, 13, and 14. Every green in the canyon features a limestone backdrop behind it. Number 12 stands as South Dakota’s longest par 5 and measures from 421 yards to 606 yards, depending on the tee distance. more information Elkhorn Ridge Golf Club offers Elkhorn Ridge Golf Club a full-service golf 605-722-4653 GolfElkhorn.com shop, plus food Spearfish Canyon Golf Club and beverage 605-717-4653 services at the SpearfishCanyonCountryClub.com clubhouse. n

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Experience the

GREAT OUTDOORS IN THE CITY Are you looking for a place to relax? Then head over to one of Spearfish’s parks, relax on a picnic table or under a tree, or dip your toes into Spearfish Creek, which runs alongside several of the city’s parks. The city of Spearfish maintains 130 acres of parkland in 16 developed parks, six “pocket” parks, and five sports field areas, according to the city’s Parks, Recreation, and Forestry

department. Those parks are connected by a paved rec path that is seven miles long. The city is also home to more than 1,500 acres of undeveloped land including 300 acres of South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks leased property, which includes a disc golf course, and the popular Lookout Mountain Park. The city also has a skateboard park and seasonally, an ice rink. n

ENJOY MOVIES IN THE PARKS Spearfish has combined the beauty of its parks system, beautiful summer evenings and movies to make a fun family evening. Movies in the Parks draws people together to watch both classic and modern family-friendly movies projected onto a big screen. “My favorite thing about Movies in the Parks is the nice weather and getting the kids out to run around then watch a movie,” said Brett Rauterkus, the interim director of the Spearfish rec center. Occasionally, weather can be a factor, he said, but typically people settle onto spread blankets or in chairs to watch movies. Rauterkus said Movies in the Parks is something different, and gives people an opportunity to come together as a community. 52

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SPEARFISH RECREATION & AQUATICS CENTER: Fun for the whole family The Spearfish Recreation and Aquatics Center is a great place to get away. Nestled between Lookout Mountain and Crow Peak, this state-of-the-art attraction offers something for everyone. More than an acre of swimming pools, slides and recreation areas entice tourists to stop and play for the day. Relax poolside under shaded umbrellas or float down the lazy river. Crank it up and ascend down the double flume waterslide into the deep plunge pool or drop through the enclosed body slide — all will grab you by the seat of your suit. For the tiny tots in the family, child-size slides and a playland are atop a splash pad that also features a 300-gallon dump bucket. And like the beach,

a zero-entry pool gradually descends to a depth of 3 feet. Grab lunch at the snack shack, where all items are affordable. Up to the challenge? Team-up for a game of foosball or ping pong. For a full-body work out, check out the two-court gymnasium, walking tracks, cardio room and weight room. In addition, the staff offers 30-50 group fitness classes per week available as a package or drop-in rates. Back at the pool, try your skill on the floating log adventure, climbing wall or volleyball in the heated, three-lane lap pool. Your family will find affordable fun for everyone at this beautiful location. The rec center is conveniently located south of Interstate 90 at Exit 10. n

WATER PARK: Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day (May 25th - Sept. 7th) Public Swim: 12pm-7pm daily Water Park Day Pass: Less than $10.00 per day (depending on height and usage)

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A FISHERMAN’S DREAM Anglers near Spearfish have the chance to catch a variety of fish. Rainbow, brown, and brook trout are the only game fish found in Spearfish Creek, but nearby lakes and reservoirs hold both cool and warm water species. Anglers should read the Fishing

Manual published by the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks before fishing and be aware of certain special catchand-release regulations, which exist in Spearfish Creek. Here are a few of the favorite fishing locations of Spearfish anglers:

Gear up!

SPEARFISH CREEK:

IRON CREEK LAKE:

Through town - beginning at

Directions - On Interstate 90, take Exit 8 and turn south on McGuigan Road (which soon turns into Tinton Road, FSR 134). Follow Tinton Road 13 miles and follow the signs to the lake. Iron Creek Lake can also be accessed from Spearfish Canyon by following the signs near Roughlock Falls.

The D.C. Booth Fish Hatchery and the Spearfish Rec Center have fly fishing supplies and fly fishing reports.

hydroelectric plant near the Spearfish City Campground. • 5 miles of stream through Spearfish • city parks throughout • very accessible for anglers

Through Spearfish Canyon • pullouts along Hwy 14 • very accessible for anglers

TIPS: Small spinners in the deeper holes will produce results year-round. Fly fishers should have luck on caddis, parachute adams, pheasant-tails, hoppers, hare’s ears, and San Juan worms.

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• fishing, swimming, or hiking • family friendly & accessible • campground

Fish stock

• rainbow trout (stocked by GF&P) • bass, crappie and perch

Spearfish Creek Fly Shop sells fishing gear, licenses and offers guided fishing trips. The Iron Creek Lake store sells fishing tackle, licenses, and bait and also meals, snacks, and drinks.

A one-day, non-resident fishing license is $16. A three-day, non-resident fishing license is $37.

Licenses can be purchased at Spearfish Creek Fly Shop, Spearfish Canyon Lodge, Wal-Mart, Minitman, Minitman Too, and the Iron Creek Lake store.


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A HUNTER’S PARADISE There aren’t too many places in the country that allow hunters to enjoy more than a 50 percent success rate every year while pursuing their quarry. But Black Hills hunters can do just that and have done so for the last decade.

BIRDS The GF&P also offers two seasons for turkey — fall and spring. The nearby waters offer waterfowl hunting opportunities for the resident and migrating ducks and geese. Grouse and pheasants can also be hunted north of Spearfish.

DEER The Black Hills has both whitetail and mule deer populations with whitetails being more plentiful. At higher elevations, hunters are more likely to find mule deer, as wildlife managers with the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks are trying to bolster their numbers.

MOUNTAIN LION The newest big game season in the Black Hills is for mountain lions. The first season began in 2005. That year, hunters surprised many wildlife officials and lion hunters when a subquota was reached in 13 days closing the season. Some officials thought if two lions were shot in the entire season, the state would have a successful hunt.

ELK Also found in the Black Hills is a coveted elk population. Open to residents only, the wait, at times, can be up to 10 years or more to draw a coveted tag. But when that envelope comes in the mail, hunters can enjoy a quality hunt pursuing large bulls and good numbers of cows. The herd, isolated from others in neighboring states, has genetics that produces trophy bulls quickly.

ANTELOPE Just north of Spearfish is prime hunting for antelope. The area enjoyed near record numbers of antelope in the past, but several harsh winters have cut the population that is steadily rebuilding.

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SHOOTING RANGES:

For hunters and recreational shooters to hone their skills there are three ranges near Spearfish.

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Archery Range Located off Christianson Drive.

Rifle and Pistol Range Located just before you enter the mouth of Spearfish Canyon on Hwy 14A. Membership required.

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Trap and Sporting Clay Range Located along Highway 85 heading north of Spearfish. Photo courtesy SD Tourism

Inset photos by: Turkey - Mark Watson, Mountain Lion - Watson Photography, Deer - courtesy, Elk - SD Tourism, Antelope - J&L Photography

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BLACK HILLS STATE UNIVERSITY HAS ACTIVITIES FOR ALL Spearfish is set in the beauty of the Northern Black Hills with abundant scenery, wildlife and outdoor activities. Black Hills State University also calls Spearfish home and brings with it a wealth of activities for the community and visitors alike. BHSU is a NCAA Division II school and hosts numerous football and volleyball games in the fall, as well as golf and cross country meets. Winter finds the indoor sports of basketball and indoor track and field, while spring means outdoor track and field, softball and golf. Numerous plays and concerts are held throughout the year at BHSU featuring student and professional performers. Other cultural events include the annual Summer Stage

theater performances, now in its ninth year, lectures, and programs of a variety of topics, as well as the annual Lakota Omniciye Powwow held in April. Several art galleries are also on campus. This includes The Ruddell Gallery located on second floor of the David B. Miller Student Union. The gallery displays an alumni show, the Dakota Masterswork Show, student photography show, senior art show, student award show and six visiting

art shows, which include individual and group shows every year. The art shows display different types of art, including sculptures, clay, paintings, stained glass, mixed media and more. Other galleries in campus halls feature work of photography and art students. Visit bhsu.edu/events for details on events throughout the year. n

more information Black HIlls State University 605-642-6171 BHSU.edu bhsuathletics.com

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more information Visit Spearfish 800-344-6181 or 605-717-9294 VisitSpearfish.com Corner of Main St. & Hudson St. Downtown Spearfish

reasons to host your next event here! LOCATION

RESTAURANTS

ACCOMMODATION

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We’re easy to get to and easy to get around — Spearfish is the ideal location as your hub for touring the Black Hills. With more than 850 rooms to stay, Spearfish can fit any size of convention.

MEETING/VENUE SPACE

From convention space and autocross locations, to drag racing lots and Main Street Show & Shines, Spearfish has it all!

PLANNING GUIDE

Visit Spearfish, Inc. offers a free planning guide as well as many convention support services.

Hearty steakhouses, Italian cuisine, gastropubs, and more — Spearfish has a place to eat for every kind of taste bud. With local attractions and short drives to nationally-known attractions such as Mount Rushmore, Devils Tower, Crazy Horse, and Historic Deadwood, Spearfish is the perfect location.

SCENIC DRIVING TOURS

From Spearfish Canyon to the scenic tunnels of Needles Highway and Iron Mountain Road, we’ve got it all mapped out!

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The Spearfish Convention Center, attached to the Holiday Inn, will launch your leisure or corporate event to its full potential! Located in the heart of the Black Hills of South Dakota conveniently off Interstate 90, the Spearfish Convention Center provides easy access to Spearfish Canyon as well as local restaurants, unique shopping and historic sites. Nestled among the natural beauty of the Black Hills, the facility allows guests to advertise not only their conventions, but the tourist destination of Spearfish.

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Baymont Inn & Suites 605-642-8105 • Exit 14, Spearfish

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Chris’ Camp 605-642-2239 • 800-350-2239 • Exit 14, Colorado to Christensen Dr., Spearfish

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott 605-642-3500 • 800-228-2800 • Exit 14, Spearfish

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Hampton Inn 605-642-3003 • 800-228-5150 • Exit 14, Spearfish

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Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center 605-642-4683 • 800-999-3541 • Exit 14, Spearfish

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Iron Creek Lake Campground 605-642-5851 • 12 mi. SW of Spearfish on USFS 134, Spearfish

Jo’s Field of Dreams 605-641-6955 • Exit 10, 122 Hwy 14, Spearfish • Call for availability

KOA Campground, Spearfish 605-642-4633 • 800-562-0805 • Exit 10, West on Hwy 14, Spearfish

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Orchard Creek Cottages 605-642-4234 • 877-642-2400 • Exit 12, Jackson Blvd to Ames to Mason, Spearfish

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Quality Inn 605-642-2337 • 800-228-5150 • Exit 14, Spearfish

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Rim Rock Lodge 605-642-3192 • Exit 14, 5 miles up Spearfish Canyon, Spearfish - Seasonal May-October

Secret Garden Bed & Breakfast 605-642-4859 • 938 North Ames St., Spearfish

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Spearfish Bed & Breakfast 605-642-2485 • 605-430-7175 • Exit 14 or 17, 4220 Airport Rd., Spearfish

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Spearfish Canyon Lodge 605-584-3435 • 877-975-6343 • Exit 14, 19 miles up Spearfish Canyon, Spearfish

Spearfish Creek Inn, LLC 605-642-9941 • Exit 12, Jackson to 3rd St., turn right, Spearfish Spearfish Super 8 Motel 605-642-4721 • 800-800-8000 • Exit 14, Spearfish

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Spearfish City Campground 605-642-1340 • 605-642-1333 • Exit 12, Jackson, then left on Canyon, Spearfish

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Trailshead Lodge 22075 Hwy 85 • 605-584-3464 Travelodge 605-642-2350 • 800-606-2350 • Exit 14, Spearfish

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Tiny Town Extended Stay Campground 605-642-7941 • 4325 E. Colorado Blvd., Spearfish

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Fillmore Lodge & Cabins 605-642-7087 • 17 mi. SW of Spearfish on USFS 222, Beaver Creek Rd, Spearfish

Internet Access

Crow Peak Lodge 605-559-3333 • Exit 12, Main St to Kansas, Spearfish

Elkhorn Ridge RV Resort & Golf Club 605-722-1800 • 877-722-1800 • I-90, Exit 17, S on Hwy 85 1/2 mi., Spearfish

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Canyon Gateway Motel 605-642-3402 • 503 Spearfish Canyon Rd., Spearfish

Days Inn 605-642-7101 • 800-225-3297 • Exit 10 to Ryan Rd., Spearfish

Pets Allowed

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Bell’s Motor Lodge 605-642-3812 • 800-880-2095 • Exit 12, Main St, Spearfish Best Western Black Hills Lodge 605-642-7795 • Exit 12, Jackson Blvd, Spearfish

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Williams Standard Service 1-800-800-8000 • 605-642-4721 For Reservations

440 Heritage Drive, Spearfish, SD 57783

Call 605-642-2417 for Service 706 Main Street, Downtown Spearfish

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Fine Art Photography • www.BlackHillsReflections.com • 605-381-9296 visitspearfish.com

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Spearfish offers diverse

Wine/Beer Only

Applebees 605-642-9480, Exit 14, Spearfish

Arby’s 605-642-0109, Exit 12, Jackson Blvd., Spearfish

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Barbacoa’s Burritos & Wraps 605-722-1774, Exit 12, Jackson Blvd., Spearfish

Blackbird Espresso 605-717-0022, Exit 12, Downtown, 503 Main St., Spearfish

Bunky’s BBQ 605-641-5962, 125 US Hwy 14, Spearfish

Burger King 605-642-4332, Exit 12, right on Main St., Spearfish

Cheyenne Crossing Store & Stage Stop Cafe 605-584-3510, Highway 14A & 85

City Brew 605-559-0557, 130 Ryan Rd., Ste. 2, Spearfish

Common Grounds 605-642-9066, Downtown, 135 E. Hudson St., Spearfish

Creekside Bean & Vine 605-717-2458, 2545 Yukon Pl., Spearfish

Culvers of Spearfish 605-722-4868, Exit 14, Spearfish

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Buffalo Jump Saloon & Steakhouse 307-643-7173, Exit 205 (WY), Main St., Beulah

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Antunez 605-722-8226, 117 E. Illinois St., Spearfish

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featuring authentic Mexican, Italian and Chinese food, along with many steakhouses and niche restaurants. In addition to the restaurants in town, there are two restaurants in Spearfish Canyon. The “Queen City” also embraces the chain industry, and there are several fast food restaurants that serve everything from submarine sandwiches, wraps, pizza, tacos, cheeseburgers and ice cream. After a long day playing in the Black Hills, visitors might just want to go back to their hotel and relax – and in that case, there are many restaurants that deliver. No matter what you are hungry for and no matter where you go in Spearfish, you are guaranteed to enjoy quality food and friendly customer service. It’s a small town with a little bit of flair when it comes to its dining preferences — so enjoy your meal! n

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This growing community prides itself on the diverse dining scene it offers both area residents and visitors alike. More than 50 restaurants, cafés and coffee shops line the streets of Spearfish, so finding a place to enjoy a quality meal isn’t too hard in this town. But, making a decision on where to eat might be — because they are all good. Whether you are in the mood to devour a gourmet breakfast buffet, eat a juicy buffalo ribeye, dig into a bowl of pasta or simply partake in a cup of coffee and homemade pie, there is something for everyone. From bistros to bakeries, there are also several quaint, locally owned and friendly places to sit, relax and have an iced coffee and a scone. Spearfish also features an assortment of family restaurants and hometown cafés that serve breakfast, lunch and dinner all day long. There are also several ethnic restaurants

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Domino’s Pizza 605-642-0288, 1410 North Ave. #7, Spearfish

Dough Trader Pizza Company 605-642-2175, 543 W. Jackson Blvd., Spearfish

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Famous Wok 605-642-2692, Exit 14, 2825 1st Ave, Spearfish

Farmhouse Bistro & Bar 605-559-0196, 2525 Yukon Pl., Spearfish

Fuji San Japanese 605-642-2268, 126 W. Hudson, Spearfish

Fairway Junction 605-717-4655, 120 Spearfish Canyon Rd., Spearfish (seasonal)

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Dickey’s Barbeque Pit 605-717-6970, 545 W. Jackson Blvd., Spearfish

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Dairy Queen 605-642-7455, 907 Colorado Blvd., Spearfish

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Golden Dragon 605-642-2641, Exit 12, right on Main St., Spearfish Good Day Cafe 605-559-0410, 541 W. Jackson, Spearfish

The Green Bean Coffeehouse 605-717-3636, 304 Main St., Spearfish

Guadalajara Family Mexican Restaurant 605-642-4765, Exit 10, right on Hwy. 14, Spearfish

Himalayan Indian Cuisine Restaurant & Bar 605-519-2164, Exit 17, 6764 Colorado Lp., Spearfish

Jade Palace 605-642-2588, Exit 12, Downtown Spearfish, 715 N. Main St.

Jimmy Johns 605-717-2459, 1420 North Ave., Spearfish

KFC 605-642-4044, Exit 14, Spearfish

Killian’s Food & Drink 605-717-1255, Exit 12, Jackson Blvd., Spearfish

Latchstring Restaurant 605-584-3333, Exit 14, Spearfish Canyon, 19 miles

Los Cabos Mexican Restaurant 605-642-2730, 447 N. Main St., Spearfish

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Leones’ Creamery (ice cream) 605-644-6461, 722 1/2 Main St., Spearfish Little Caesars 605-642-3355, 1420 North Ave., Spearfish Lucky’s 13 Pub 605-642-1582, I-90, Exit 14, Spearfish

McDonald’s 605-642-2053, Exit 12, Main St. to Ryan Rd., Spearfish

Miller Creek Pub & Patio 605-717-3929, 6845 St Onge Oil Rd., Spearfish

Millstone Family Restaurant 605-642-4200, Exit 12, Jackson Blvd., Spearfish

Nonna’s Kitchen 605-307-1345, 544 North Main, Spearfish

Papa Murphy’s 605-642-3663, 310 W. Jackson Blvd., Spearfish

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Perkins 605-642-8535, 2301 E. Colorado Blvd., Spearfish

Pizza Hut 605-642-7717, Exit 12, 435 Jackson Blvd., Spearfish Pizza Ranch, Inc. 605-642-4422, Exit 14, Spearfish Qdoba 605-559-0542, 130 Ryan Rd., Ste. 1, Spearfish

Queen City Coffee 605-559-1025, Exit 12, 231 W. Jackson Blvd., Spearfish

Redwater Kitchen 605-717-2404, 741 N. Main St., Spearfish Rustic Rolling Pin 605-717-6844, 3135 E. Colorado Blvd., Spearfish

Soul Food Bistro & Espresso Bar 605-717-0693, 2728 1st Ave., Spearfish

Starbucks 605-642-5728, Exit 12, Main St., to North Ave., Spearfish, Inside Safeway

Steerfish Steak and Smoke 605-717-2485, 701 5th St., Spearfish Subway (2 Locations) 605-642-5205, Exit 12, Main St. to North Ave., Spearfish • 605-722-4500, Exit 14, Across from Wal-Mart Super Center, Spearfish

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Sunshine Cafe 605-722-7639, 638 Main St., Spearfish

Stadium Sports Grill 605-642-9521, Exit 12, Jackson Blvd. & Main St., Spearfish

Sawyer Brewing Co. 605-569-2676, 2537 Yukon Pl., Spearfish

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Taco John’s 605-642-4620, Exit 12, Jackson Blvd., Spearfish

Trailshead Lodge Restaurant 605-584-3464, 22075 Hwy 85

Tropical Smoothie Cafe 605-717-1006, 2430 Platinum Dr., Suite 1, Spearfish

Taco Bell 605-644-8805, Exit 12, right on Main St., Spearfish

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celebrate SPEARFISH NIGHTLIFE

Spearfish is home to a diverse, active nightlife scene — from wine bars and brew-pubs to sports bars and rustic biker bars, there’s something for everyone in town. Whether you’re in the mood to sample some locally brewed beers, to sip wine in a chic lounge, to have a drink while watching the big game, to chat with locals at a cozy dive, or to shake it into the wee hours at a nightclub, Spearfish has you covered. With more than a dozen locally owned bars and lounges in town, whatever you’re up for, it’s here. So pull up a stool, grab a cold one and ask the locals about their favorite outdoor hangouts — oh, and be prepared to make some new friends. n

Back Porch B&B Bar

703 N. Main St. • 605-642-2134

Crow Peak Brewing Company 125 W. Hwy 14 • 605-717-0006 crowpeakbrewing.com

Flanagan’s Irish Pub 729 N. 7th St. • 605-722-3526

False Bottom Bar 645 N. Main St. • 605-559-0700

Happy Jacks Casino 520 Jackson Blvd. • 605-642-8236

Killian’s Food & Drink 539 W. Jackson Blvd. • 605-717-1255

Creekside Bean & Vine 2545 Yukon Pl. • 605-717-2458

Lookout Lounge 540 E. Jackson Blvd. • 605-642-7795

Lucky’s 13 Pub 305 N. 27th St. • 605-642-1582 luckys13spearfish.com

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Miller Creek Pub & Patio 6845 St. Onge Oil Rd. • 605-717-3929

Sawyer Brewing Co. 2537 Yukon Pl. • 605-569-2676

Scoreboard Lounge 1607 Ryan Rd. • 605-642-9509

Spearfish Brewing Company 741 Main St., Ste. 130 • 605-717-6999

Spearfish Creek Wine Bar 127 Grant St. • 605-722-7027

Stadium Sports Grill 744 Main St. • 605-642-9521

Sunshine Saloon 3226 W. Fairground Lp. • 605-641-9095

Triple 7 Casino 923 Colorado Blvd. • 605-717-0777

Zbar & Nightclub 529 N. Main St. • 605-559-3000


worship SPEARFISH CHURCHES

All Angels Episcopal Church 1044 N. 5th St., Spearfish • 605-642-4349

Calvary Temple Assembly of God 240 W. Hwy 14 • 605-642-3844

Northern Hills Church of Christ

10945 Summer Creek Ln., Spearfish • 605-642-7167 2 miles N. of Spearfish on Hwy. 85

North Point Christian Church

Christian Science Society Church

2 miles N. of Spearfish on Hwy. 85 • 605-717-6770

Connection Church

2040 Vista Hills Pl., Spearfish • 605-210-2339

710 N. 7th St., Spearfish • 605-642-1869 535 N. 7th St., Spearfish • 605-559-1020

Countryside Church

625 Woodland Dr., Spearfish • 605-642-0585

First Baptist Church

1120 North 5th St., Spearfish • 605-644-7337

Grace Fellowship

524 W. Jackson Blvd., Spearfish • 605-717-1155

Hillsview Church of the Nazarene 1200 N. 10th St., Spearfish • 605-642-3436

Hope Lutheran Church

913 S. 34th St., Spearfish • 605-722-3857

Jehovah’s Witnesses

1900 Windmill Dr., Spearfish • 605-642-7552

Mountain View Baptist Church Corner of Jackson & 12th St., Spearfish 605-642-4036

Old Apostolic Lutheran Church Our Savior’s Lutheran Church (ELCA)

1020 State St., Spearfish • 605-642-3715 oslcspearfish.com

St. Joseph Catholic Church 844 N. 5th St., Spearfish 605-642-2306

Seventh Day Adventist Church 290 W. Hwy 14, Spearfish • 605-642-0874

Solid Rock Church

3025 10th Ave., Spearfish • 605-642-0955

Spearfish United Church of Christ

920 Main St., Spearfish • 605-642-8253

Spearfish United Methodist Church 845 N. 5th St., Spearfish 605-642-3457

The Summit

535 N. 7th St., Spearfish 605-642-7222

St. Joseph Catholic Newman Center (BHSU) 814 W. King St., Spearfish 605-717-2582

St. Paul Lutheran Church MO Synod 846 North 7th St., Spearfish 605-642-2929

New Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA) 1140 Ames St., Spearfish 605-642-1122

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connect with Visit Spearfish! For a warm welcome and more information about everything there is to do in Spearfish, stop by our downtown office, conveniently located at 603 N. Main Street Regular hours: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm

Memorial Day through Labor Day: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm • Saturday-Sunday 10am-2pm

Calendar of events and more at www.VISITSPEARFISH.com

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