Your Guide to Black Hills, SD in the Fall

Your Guide to Black Hills, SD in the Fall

Black Hills Activities in the Fall

There is no shortage of things to do in the Black Hills area during the fall. Whether you’re chasing after the best views or prefer a more laidback experience, we have it all. One of the best ways to enjoy the Black Hills is by relaxing in one of our vacation homes with a private hot tub, or in one of our pet-friendly properties (yes, bring the pup!). Learn more about what makes the Black Hills a prime fall destination for your next family vacation!

Hiking Trails

Cathedral Spires Hike

If there’s one thing we recommend you do on your Black Hills vacation, it’s hiking! With 450 trails to be explore, you may have a tough time choosing which one to tackle, so here’s some of our recommended hikes in the Black Hills:

Sunday Gulch Trail

The Sunday Gulch Trail is one of the area’s most popular trails and rated as a strenuous hike. This 4-mile loop begins near Sylvan Lake in Custer State Park and takes you through a valley with boulders surrounding you. You’ll be rewarded with gorgeous views of the valley and stunning rock formations. Many rare plants and a wide variety of trees can be seen throughout the trail. 

Elk Creek Trail

If you’re looking for an easier hiking trail in the Black Hills, Elk Creek Trail is a 5-mile out-and-back trail with many places to stop and take in the peace and quiet. Enjoy a leisurely stroll with the pups (remember to leave no trace!) and enjoy a day outdoors with family and friends. The trail follows a creek, and if you choose to go all the way to the end, you’ll be greeted by Dalton Lake.

Cathedral Spires

Head to Custer State Park and hike the family-friendly trail of Cathedral Spires. This 1.6 out-and-back trail offers a look at the unique rock formations of Custer State Park with views of Black Elk Peak, Cathedral Spires, and the Black Hills Forest. 

Leaf Peeping

Take in the colors of fall with a drive along Route 14A as it takes you through Speafish Canyon. It’s one of the most scenic roads in the Black Hills area during all seasons, but it’s even more of a treat during the fall when you get to drive through the vibrant red, yellow, and orange leaves. The leaves typically begin to change color starting in mid-September, however, you can view this report to get the most up-to-date information on when the colors are at their peak. 

Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze

Pumkin Patch

The Spearfish Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch is entering its 10th season in 2022!L Located about 3 miles northwest of Spearfish, you’ll find plenty of fun including a pumpkin patch and corn maze. Bring your family and find your way through the maze and enjoy our other extra activities! For hours, visit here.

On September 24th, a special event will be held that includes live music, food trucks, beverages from Crow Peak Brewing, Sawyer Brewing and Spearfish Brewing Co. Come out and have a good time!  

Black Hills Events in the Fall

  • Deadwood Oktoberfest – October 4 – October 5 | Deadwood
  • Bierborse – October 5 | Rapid City
  • Run Crazy Horse – October 5 – October 6 | Hill City
  • Black Hills POWWOW – October 11 – October 13 | Rapid City
  • Deadweird – October 25 | Deadwood
  • Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch | Spearfish
  • Fall Festival at the Farm | Old McDonald’s Farm – Rapid City

Find Your Fall Getaway in a Black Hills Vacation Home

Black Hills vacation home

Ready to enjoy these kid-friendly activities that make the Black Hills the perfect fall family vacation destination? Find your home-away-from-home in one of our stunning properties. Choose between a variety of wonderful Black Hills communities including Deer Mountain, Gilded Mountain, and Powder House Pass. Feel at home waking up with your family in gorgeous, cozy cabin, cooking in a gourmet kitchen, and embarking on a vacation that is sure to create lifelong memories!