Spearfish South Dakota was nowhere on our radar.
And despite being an amazing chunk of canyon with towering sandstone walls, pines, and small falls – we’d recommend that it not be on yours.
If you like crowds, tamped gravel walkways with mothers and grandmothers encouraging their little ones to scratch their names into the aspen tree bark along the path, well then maybe you want it on yours.
As part of the route around Sturgis, it attracts a very "tourist" crowd, replete with open motorcycle exhausts, UTV rentals, and said mothers/grandmothers encouraging vandalism of public property.
It IS beautiful, but if you can’t hit it in a very off-peak season, steer far, far clear.
We had planned on dispersed camping, but with a holiday weekend everything was already occupied. We lucked into the last spot in the Forest Service Hanna Campground.