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Bird watching is a classic pastime in Spearfish Canyon. A quote that appeared in National Geographic Magazine stated, “One of the most popular birding routes in the region is the Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway which runs south from Spearfish 20 miles to Cheyenne Crossing.”

The Spearfish area is home to more than 220 species of birds. Ponderosa pine forests, aspen groves, streams, lakes, and marshes create a number of diverse habitats that attract a variety of unique birds. If you are an avid birder, you will definitely want to spend a few hours hiking in Spearfish Canyon with your binoculars.

Red-naped Sapsucker, Canyon Wren, Lewis’s Woodpecker, Ruffed Grouse, and Clark’s Nutcracker are all Black Hill Favorites. To top off the list, Spearfish Canyon is home to the coveted American Dipper. This is one of the few places in South Dakota these playful birds can be found. Roughlock Falls is a great place to spot them.

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