Hiking the Tallest Peak East of the Rockies

Hike beneath towering granite spires to the tallest peak east of the Rockies Distance: 8.0 miles round trip (numerous routes of varying lengths possible) Type: lollipop loop hike Difficulty: moderate with ~1,500′ elevation gain Best season: summer through early fall At 7,242 feet elevation, Black Elk Peak isn’t just South Dakota’s highest point. It’s the …

South Dakota’s Spearfish Canyon National Scenic Byway

During a September 1935 visit to Spearfish Canyon, visionary architect Frank Lloyd Wright described the canyon as, “unique and unparalled elsewhere in our country.” During our fall 2021 adventures, we drove the 22 mile Spearfish Canyon National Scenic Byway and experienced its breathtaking beauty for ourselves. The canyon offers towering cliffs, lovely Spearfish Creek, three …