Spearfish Canyon in the fall

The Amazing Autumn Leaf Colors of Spearfish Canyon

A Photo Essay

The changing seasons turn Spearfish Canyon into an explosion of color every fall

Cruise the 19-mile Spearfish Canyon Byway in early autumn to experience a forest of color and beauty in South Dakota. Along the way, see (and easily pull over) for limestone cliffs, lush hillsides, flowing mountain streams, beautiful waterfalls, and the chance to see mountain goats, deer, and other wildlife just as pretty as the leaves themselves.

Spearfish Canyon in the fall
Spearfish Canyon in the fall
Spearfish Canyon in the fall
Spearfish Canyon in the fall
Fishing in Spearfish Canyon in the fall
Spearfish Canyon in the fall
Spearfish Canyon in the fall
closeup of pinecone and fall leaves
Spearfish Canyon in the fall
Spearfish Canyon in the fall
Spearfish Canyon in the fall
Spearfish Canyon stream in the fall
Spearfish Canyon in the fall
Spearfish Canyon in the fall
Spearfish Canyon in the fall
Spearfish Canyon in the fall
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