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
you find Spearfish
Byway, Route 14-A,
just east of the town.
Enter route 222 at
Savoy near Spearfish
Falls and find the
are $15 a night,
$7.50 for Golden Age
Pass holders. No
hookups, no dump
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
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
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.
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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.