Accommodations and Food
The only food and lodging within the canyon are located in the town of Savoy, about 13 miles into the canyon, measured from the intersection of U.S. 14 and U.S.14A in Spearfish, or about 5.5 miles into the canyon from Cheyenne Crossing in the south.
Spearfish Canyon Lodge (10619 Roughlock Falls Rd., 605/584-3435 or 877/975-6343, www.spfcanyon.com, $149–169) has it all in terms of beauty and location for those seeking a quiet place near the best scenery, hiking, and biking in the region. The facility features large log construction and a light and airy lobby with a huge stone fireplace. The large log motif is carried into the full-service lounge.
Several trailheads are located within walking distance of this site, including the Roughlock Falls Trail, Spearfish Falls Trail, and 76 Trail. Guests can take advantage of bike rentals, arrange for fly-fishing packages, obtain fishing equipment and licenses, and rent snowmobiling equipment. The lodge also has conference facilities.
The Latchstring Inn Restaurant (10619 Roughlock Rd. and U.S. 14A, 605/584-3333, www.spfcanyon.com/dining.html, June–mid-Oct. daily 7 a.m.–9 p.m., mid-Oct.–May Sun.–Thurs. 7 a.m.–8 p.m., Fri.–Sat. 7 a.m.–9 p.m., breakfast $8, lunch $9, dinner $20) is a beautiful log cabin with high ceilings, a fireplace, large windows, and simple wood tables. The restaurant is run by the same folks who run the Spearfish Canyon Lodge across the street. In the summer, dining is available on the wood deck on the back of the restaurant overlooking the canyon, as well as the inside dining room.
The breakfast menu is limited but includes a little bit of everything. For something different, try the trout with roasted red peppers and two eggs. Lunch features a variety of sandwiches, buffalo stew, and a daily soup offering. The Inn enjoys offering a variety of breads, including flatbread, ciabatta buns, and whole-grain bread. The chips are homemade and soups are served with corn cakes. Dinner entrées range from walleye, trout, salmon, and scallops to buffalo rib eye, beef rib eye, and chicken and pasta dishes. For dessert, think chocolate decadence. The establishment has a beer and wine license.
© Laural A. Bidwell from Moon Mount Rushmore & the Black Hills, 1st Edition