Bison and Balloons travel blog

Scenery in Spearfish Canyon

Fall at its Peak in Spearfish Canyon

Majestic Rock Formations

Bridal Veil Falls

Spearfish Creek

More Fall Color

Lunch on the Deck at Latchstring Restaurant

View From the Deck at the Restaurant

Spearfish Falls

A Small Fall on Spearfish Creek

The Upper Roughlock Falls

The Lower Roughlock Falls

Small Rippling Falls

Old Hydroelectric Plant to Power Gold Mines

Plaque for Calamity Jane

Plaque for Wild Bill Hickock

Grave Marker for Wild Bill Hickock

Grave Marker for Calamity Jane

Mt. Moriah Cemetery Known as Boot Hill

The Gate to Mount Moriah Cemetery

The Town of Deadwood

More of Deadwood

The Deadwood Trolley

Main Street in Deadwood


It was a beautiful day with not a cloud in the sky and highs in the low seventies. We took the scenic drive through Spearfish Canyon. This was to be one of two peak fall color weekends and there were many people in the Canyon. The combination of the fall colors and the craggy, rocky cliffs made a spectacular drive. We stopped to take pictures at Bridal Veil Falls then proceeded on the the town of Savoy where we had lunch at the Latchstring Restaurant. The food was delicious. We ate out on the deck with a wonderful view, then took the trail down to Spearfish Falls.

When we left Savoy, we headed up the road to Roughlock Falls. There were many people there enjoying the scenery and picnicing. These falls have an upper portion and a lower portion. The path down to the lower falls is steep but paved and a pretty easy walk which is well worth the time. The lower falls are really beautiful.

After Roughlock Falls we continued our drive through the Canyon. Along the way there are smaller falls, some of which powered hydroelectric plants which in turn powered the gold mines. The largest gold mine in the United States was in this area. We drove on to Deadwood where we stopped at Mount Moriah Cemetery to see the gravesites of Wild Bill Hickock and Calamity Jane. She was in Deadwood at the time of Wild Bill's murder and her dying request was to be buried next to him. They were both very young when they died. He was thirty-nine and she was fifty-one. Leaving Deadwood, we headed back to the RV. A Great Day!!



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