2015 Montana, Calgary Stampede, Icefield Parkway travel blog

Spearfish, SD - Elkhorn Ridge RV Resort - site 49

Spearfish, SD - Elkhorn Ridge RV Resort - site 49, another view

Spearfish, SD - Elkhorn Ridge RV Resort - site 49, and another

Spearfish, SD - Elkhorn Ridge RV Resort - the stagecoach outside the...

Billngs, MT to Spearfish, SD 0 - our route - 285 miles

Billngs, MT to Spearfish, SD 1 - lots of haze or most...

Billngs, MT to Spearfish, SD 2 - they are actually only doing...

Billngs, MT to Spearfish, SD 3 - wide open spaces - we...

Billngs, MT to Spearfish, SD 4 - lots of color on the...

Billngs, MT to Spearfish, SD 5 - a few farms but mostly...

Billngs, MT to Spearfish, SD 6 - as we went farther east,...

Billngs, MT to Spearfish, SD 7

Billngs, MT to Spearfish, SD 8 - a good bit of time...

Billngs, MT to Spearfish, SD 9

Billngs, MT to Spearfish, SD 10

Billngs, MT to Spearfish, SD 11

Billngs, MT to Spearfish, SD 12

Billngs, MT to Spearfish, SD 13

Billngs, MT to Spearfish, SD 14

Billngs, MT to Spearfish, SD 15 - some of the many, many...

Billngs, MT to Spearfish, SD 16 - in Wyoming now and still...

Billngs, MT to Spearfish, SD 17 - coming into our two-day home

Spearfish Canyon Trip 1 - downtown Spearfish

Spearfish Canyon Trip 2

Spearfish Canyon Trip 3

Spearfish Canyon Trip 4 - starting into the canyon

Spearfish Canyon Trip 5

Spearfish Canyon Trip 6

Spearfish Canyon Trip 7 - Bridal Veil Falls along the road

Spearfish Canyon Trip 8 - a little closer

Spearfish Canyon Trip 9

Spearfish Canyon Trip 10 - hard to believe this little stream created...

Spearfish Canyon Trip 11 - it's definitely fall in South Dakota too

Spearfish Canyon Trip 12 - it has been a steady 18 mile...

Spearfish Canyon Trip 13

Spearfish Canyon Trip 14 - coming into Lead, SD

Spearfish Canyon Trip 15 - downtown Lead, mostly under conctruction - over...

Spearfish Canyon Trip 16

Spearfish Canyon Trip 17 - the Chubby Chipmunk on the outskirts of...

Spearfish Canyon Trip 18 - it sells chocolate and ice cream -...

Spearfish Canyon Trip 19 - the Deadwood-Lead trolley coming out of Deadwood

Spearfish Canyon Trip 20 - we were stopped for about 15-20 minutes...

Spearfish Canyon Trip 21 - coming through Deadwood

Spearfish Canyon Trip 22

Spearfish Canyon Trip 23

Spearfish Canyon Trip 24

Spearfish Canyon Trip 25

Spearfish Canyon Trip 26 - and then back down another mountain

Spearfish Canyon Trip 27

Spearfish Canyon Trip 28 - following this old antique


The trip from Billings, MT to Spearfish, SD covered 285 miles which is a little longer than we like to go but it wasn't too bad. We went from the south-central part of Montana through the southeastern part of the state, including the Crow and Cheyenne Indian reservations, then through the northeast corner of Wyoming into Spearfish which is in the northwest most part of South Dakota. The terrain was varied but was mostly the high plains we have been in for quite some time. Many think of it as desolate and ugly but we enjoy the views of wide open spaces and mostly the very light traffic!!

We are staying at the Elkhorn Ridge RV Resort, or is it the Elkhorn Ridge RV Park? The sign at the entrance says RV Park but the literature and web site say RV Resort! Either way it is an extremely nice park with huge sites for this area, 50 amps, full hookup on almost level concrete pads. The long pull-throughs will accommodate the largest of RVs and their tows/toads. We have a clear shot to the satellite and good Verizon coverage. They also have free WiFi which works very well when the park is almost empty as it is this late in the season.

We drove the loop through Spearfish Canyon and then back down through Lead and Deadwood today. It wasn't a long drive, except for the construction delay, and presented us with some very nice scenery.

Tomorrow we head for a five-night stay at Custer State Park just south of here where we will again see mucho, mucho wildlife!!

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