Friday, July 16, 2010

City Campground, Spearfish, SD


Some friends told us we should stop here for a night on our way to Custer, so we did. Spearfish City Campground is a pretty park right in town, with lots of trees and a creek running through it. They have 66 full hookup sites, but they are way too close together for our liking. The dry camping area is anywhere on the grass you want to park, which was a bit strange. There are scattered picnic tables and fire rings, but no specific sites. For this privilege we are paying $20 and change.Too much, but we got lucky and parked in a private spot right on the creek.

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The DC Booth Historic Fish Hatchery and the City Park are just outside the campground. The fish hatchery is actually very nice, similar to the one at Bonneville Dam.


Yesterday we drove through the Black Hills National Forest along the Spearfish Canyon Scenic Highway. We stopped and did a couple hikes, one along Iron Creek.

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And another mile to Roughlock Falls, where they filmed the final scenes of Dances With Wolves. It was a beautiful trail and waterfalls.

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We also continued our drive through Deadwood and Sturgis, just to see what they were like. We thought Deadwood was going to be another Tombstone, but it didn’t look quite that hokey. Sturgis, on the other hand, was not too desirable. The main street was lined with saloons and tattoo parlors, just like you would expect for a big Harley town. The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally begins August 9th. Over a half million are expected to attend. Want to be well out of the area before then!

The Spearfish Festival of the Arts begins today at the City Park, just a short walk out of the campground, so we imagine it will get pretty crowded here. Luckily there is a paved bike trail running through the campground and into town, so we won’t have to take the car out. We are impressed with South Dakota so far.

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