Spearfish Canyon Fall Foliage

Nature & Recreation Scenic Drives

Another peak has come and gone. Be sure to return in September 2019 for another great season!

Current Leaf Saturation Report:

Freeze and snow has taken its toll as color peak was lost last night muting many of the brightly colored trees primarily at the high elevations. However, much beautiful color remains at 90% for an enjoyable weekend drive. 

Colors should hang around to about Wednesday when they rapidly begin to dissipate.

Enjoyed the year….see you in '19.

Jerry Boyer, Canyon Author
September 28, 2018


When the colors change, the adventure and beauty heightens in Spearfish. Every September and early October, visitors from around the world come to experience the fall splendor of Spearfish Canyon. High limestone cliffs, waterfalls, towering spruces, Ponderosa pines, aspens, birches, burdocks, and box elders perfectly frame this creek carved gorge making Spearfish a truly awe-inspiring place during the autumn months.

While weather in Spearfish and the northern Black Hills is sometimes hard to predict, the color peak typically occurs during the last week of September or the first week of October.

Local resident, Jerry Boyer has provided the Spearfish community for several years with a saturation report, tracking the progression of the fall colors.


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