SPEARFISH — Reports that Spearfish Canyon's fall colors were at or near their peak this weekend brought sightseers from all around the country to the winding roads of U.S. Highway 14. Popular spots like Bridal Veil Falls and Roughlock Falls were packed with tourists snapping photos of the Canyon's deep greens, golden yellows and fiery reds jumping off towering canyon walls.
Jessie Gillim, his sister-in-law Kristen Gillem, her husband and their children spent sometime driving through Spearfish Canyon Saturday afternoon. The family, who recently moved to Rapid City from Texas, had never seen the Canyon before.
“It's great, I love it here,” Jessie said. “The Hills are beautiful.”
Chuck and Bonnie King, of Deadwood, took their friends Marge Beetdner and Merril Hoebelheinrich, both of Laurel, Mont., for a drive through the Canyon Saturday afternoon as well, snapping pictures along the way.
“It's gorgeous,” Beetdner said during an impromptu photoshoot at Bridal Veil Falls.
Jerry Boyer, of Spearfish, a retired conservationist who's kept track of the fall color change in Spearfish Canyon for more than 20 years urged sightseers and nature fanatics to get out into the Canyon as the deciduous trees will soon begin dropping their colorful leaves.