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Fall in the Black Hills: Unparalleled Experience

  • Fall in the Black Hills: Unparalleled Experienced
    Fall in the Black Hills: Unparalleled Experienced
Updated: Tuesday, August 21, 2018
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Fall is just around the corner. As the leaves begin to change and the air fills with a crisp coolness, our thoughts turn to sweaters and scarves, ghouls and goblins, and pumpkin-flavored everything! The Black Hills and Badlands are filled with inspiration for embracing the transition into autumn, offering a cornucopia of experiences for all. It’s clear why visitors can’t help fall-ing for the Black Hills this time of year.

Fall Colors

The vibrant red and gold hues of shimmering leaves on tree-lined hills set the stage for an unforgettable drive through meandering roads in the Black Hills and Badlands. Five major routes unveil exquisite displays of vibrant color to choose from.

1. Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
Waterfalls, hiking trails, and limestone cliffs with jagged peaks line this 20-mile route on U.S. Highway 14A.

2. Vanocker Canyon
Birch and aspen provide a glowing backdrop on this 17-mile drive on Forest Service Road 26.

3. Boulder Canyon
Take U.S. Highway 14A for a short, 12-mile drive on a high-walled, valley road that is filled with colors of autumn.

4. Belle Fourche to Devils Tower
This 52-mile route on Highway 34 offers rolling landscapes with abundant fall beauty.

5. Pine Ridge
This 218-mile trek is the hidden gem of fall in the Black Hills. Take Highway 79 to Highway 18, through Pine Ridge, and out on Highway 44 for a spectacular fall view.

Gas up your car, pour yourself a large mug of cider, and prepare to “ooh” and “ahh.” Be sure to bring your camera!

Fresh Autumn Air
Autumn ushers in the perfect combination of sunny afternoons and clear, brisk nights. The ideal pair beckons visitors to lace up their boots, zip up their fleece jacket, and explore the natural beauty outdoors. Quiet trails tucked within the hills will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated after hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding or ATVing. When the sun shies away and fog rolls in, cozy up inside a museum or gallery and discover days gone by.

Fewer Crowds 
The hustle and hum of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is behind us, making way for the beginning of the region’s shoulder season. The time between traditional peak and off-peak travel means fewer crowds, off-peak prices, and more lodging options for fall travelers. Plus – take advantage of shorter lines at even the most popular attractions

Events Galore
Celebrate the fall harvest at a family-friendly festival, sample seasonal libations with friends at local breweries and wineries, or feel the rush of more than 1,000 bison thundering by into their corrals. Plan your travels around the many Black Hills and Badlands beloved events that quickly turn into annual traditions. From pumpkin chuckin’, stein holding competitions, wiener dog races, and spooky haunts –the overflowing list of fall events will have you celebrating well into the Christmas season! For a complete list of fall happenings, check out our events calendar.

A visit to the Black Hills and Badlands in the fall will have you quickly planning your next trip. Share your fall vacation with #DiscoverBlackHills.

About the Author

Amanda is a Colorado native who made the Black Hills her home in 2010 when she moved to Spearfish after college. She attended college in Colorado and acquired a degree in Mass Communications from Colorado Mesa University. After a few years living in Spearfish she moved to Rapid City, which she has called her home ever since. Amanda and her husband enjoy taking motorcycle rides through the Black Hills, touring the area breweries, going on hikes with their dog, Ginny, and enjoying all that the Black Hills have to offer.

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