Written on August 26th, 2020
Located at the mouth of scenic Spearfish Canyon, the town of Spearfish was named after the creek where Native Americans “speared” fish. While other Black Hills communities were established as mining camps for prospectors seeking gold, Spearfish focused on agriculture and commerce. With fantastic scenery and a variety of family-friendly attractions, Spearfish has a lot to offer.
No trip to Spearfish is complete without a drive through scenic Spearfish Canyon. The 22-mile Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway features rugged limestone cliffs, waterfalls, hikes, and the area's best fall foliage. Historic Spearfish Canyon Lodge, built with heavy log walls, offers 54 luxury rooms and suites, as well as a rustic cabin. Right across the street, the Latchstring Restaurant serves a variety of cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including South Dakota specialties like chislic, buffalo, and walleye. Golfers can tee off along tree-lined fairways complete with spectacular views at Spearfish Canyon Golf Club, celebrating its 100th birthday in 1921. It features a driving range, practice green, short-game area, full-service bar and grill, and well-stocked pro shop.
Another favorite for young and old alike is the D.C. Booth Fish Hatchery. The 10-acre grounds feature hiking trails, scenic overlooks, ponds, rock walls, sculptures, a replica fish car, and—of course—fish. Brown and rainbow trout can be observed from the outdoor troughs (where they can be fed) or through the glass of the underwater fish viewing area. There's also a historical fisheries archive and museum. After strolling the grounds, check out the burgeoning craft beer scene at Spearfish Brewing Co., with a wide selection of ales, sours, IPAs, and more on tap. If you'd rather sip from a glass than a mug, Spearfish Creek Wine Bar will pour your favorite reds and whites in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. Caffeine addicts have plenty of choices too; Blackbird Espresso and Green Bean Coffeehouse are favorite stops for java junkies craving coffee, tea, or tasty bites to eat.
Want to get some shopping in? Spearfish has a number of specialty shops catering to diverse needs. The Junk Drawer & Naked Olive sells an eclectic collection of vintage furniture and home decor, custom apparel and merchandise, and freshly bottled olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Both Pink 629 Boutique and V-Rae's Boutique offer a large variety of trendy women's clothing, shoes, boots, and accessories, while Reruns for Small Ones is your go-to for gently used baby and kids' clothing. ReStore is Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity's retail outlet for new, used, and surplus building materials and home items. Proceeds help fund the construction of Habitat houses throughout the Black Hills.