Spearfish Canyon, Rod and Gun and Timon Campgrounds in South Dakota for Hiking and Biking. A Short Drive to Sturgis on I-90
Entering at the town of Spearfish from Route I-90, the east coast to west coast interstate highway, you find Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, Route 14-A, just east of the town. Enter route 222 at Savoy near Spearfish Falls and find the campgrounds. Sites are $15 a night, self-pay envelope $7.50 for Golden Age Pass holders. No hookups, no dump station.
Self Pay Camping
Tent and RV camping are available in spearfish Canyon parks for $15 per night, $7.50 with Golden Age Pass. This is National Forest land. Self-pay envelopes, correct change advisable. The sites are small sites with no shade at the Rod and Gun camp and shade at the Timon camp, two miles further in on SD 220. The Rough Lock Falls road. No dump stations available at these sites.
Enter at Savoy for the Roughlock Falls and go three miles to the Rod and Gun Campground, or two more to the Timon sites. Pick an unoccupied site, pay at the kiosk, and clip your receipt to the post. Private campgrounds are available at Spearfish, a large one at the fish hatchery.
Spearfish Scenic Byway
RV vacationers can use the two parks as a convenient stopover on the way west or east on route I-90; the park's Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway eventually comes to the town of Lead and then Deadwood, towns near Mount Rushmore and stopovers for most east/west travelers.
Bikers on the way to the first week in August rally at Sturgis
SD camp at the park in the center of the town of Spearfish near the fish hatchery and at the Spearfish Canyon parks.
A network of gravel roads makes hiking and biking a great activity in the canyon. Hiking trails follow the Little Spearfish River along its course near Roughlock Falls and the two camp grounds, Rod and Gun and Timon.
These streams are stocked with brown and rainbow trout.
Two posts mark the site of the filming of last scenes from the movie Daces With Wolves, about a mile beyond Roughlock Falls
hiking and biking
trails follow these
the Little Spearfish
and the Spearfish
The streams are
stocked with rainbow
and brown trout.
The town of Spearfish
has a large fish
near the large
the center of the
In the Spearfish River and Little Spearfish River, the State stocks Brook and Rainbow Trout.
The Final Scene in the Movie Dances with Wolves Was Filmed near the campgrounds in spearfish Canyon
Spearfish Canyon Camping
. In the
southwest corner of South Dakota about 46 miles west of Rapid City and 65 miles from Mount
Rushmore, Spearfish offers some great camping and hiking.
The Canyon is about ten
miles from Lead/ Deadwood.
The area is a preserved landscape of pine forest and meadow with the
Spearfish River running through it. Brook and Rainbow Trout are stocked by the State in the streams.
Getting to the Badlands: The nearest large city is Rapid City South Dakota. Air service reaches Rapid
City from hubs in Denver and Chicago. Rental cars are available at the airport. From Rapid City take scenic Route 44 east to Interior and the National Park campground or take Route route 90 east to Wall and find the Park entrance and loop road.
Best Time To Visit Badlands South Dakota: May to October 40 f at night 65 f days
The weather is perfect June, July, August but the mid day temperature can reach over 100 f. Cool in May and September, Cold and winter snows October to April Total snow 2 feet per year. June is a wet month. July and August can have thunderstorms with hail.
Spearfish Canyon Rod and Gun and Timon Campgrounds in South Dakota are open for Hiking and Biking on the old mining and logging roads.
From Spearfish Canyon it is a Short Drive to Sturgis on I-90 or 65 miles to Rushmore.