||Deadwood, Lead, Spearfish Canyon, Bear Butte & Sturgis
||About 3 hours of driving time but sightseeing could
take all day
|Best Time To Go:
||Anytime but Bear Butte is spectacular at sunrise and
|| Follow Highway 16A north out of Keystone, back
to US16. Take 16 west to the junction with 385 then take 385 north to Pluma.
You will pass by Sheridan Lake and over the dam at Pactola Lake.
In Deadwood visit Mt. Moriah Cemetary, the Adams
Museum and look into some of the Saloons or Gambling dens on Deadwood's
Main Street. When finished, take highway 85 South back to Pluma and then
turn right to go on up to Lead. At Lead stop at the Homestake
visitor center and look into their huge open pit mine. (Surface tours are
no longer offered since the mine closed in 2001.) The Museum of Mining
is also in Lead so if that sort of thing interests you, be sure to stop.
From Lead follow 85 South to Cheyenne Crossing,
the junction with 14A, and take 14A north through Spearfish Canyon. At
Savoy, about 8 miles down the canyon, take a one-mile detour up Road 222
to Roughlock Falls. This is the site where the final scenes in the film
"Dances With Wolves" were filmed.
Backtrack to the canyon and follow US14A
north. Be sure to stop at Bridal Veil Falls.
For the return, follow I-90, US 16 and
US16A back to Keystone.
If time permits you could also see Bear
Butte near Sturgis and the Petrified Forest near Piedmont. Another worthwhile
stop, if the topic interests you, is the National Motorcycle Museum in
Sturgis. Or, if Western History is more to your liking, the Ft. Meade Cavalry
Museum, also in Sturgis.