Spearfish Canyon Lodge, located among the beautiful Black Hills, is the perfect getaway for families, couples, and outdoor lovers! Not only is Spearfish Canyon Lodge a comfortable and upscale accommodation, but it’s also the ultimate adventure hub and lies within minutes of South Dakota’s best climbing, biking, hiking, and ATV riding!
We discovered the Spearfish Canyon Lodge on our first trip to the Canyon a month ago. The Lodge was trailhead location of the popular hike we were doing, Roughlock Falls, and I was instantly awestruck when discovering the Spearfish Canyon Lodge and how many epic adventures lay outside its front doors.
Spearfish Canyon Lodge is located in Savoy and it’s really the only thing located in Savoy. Standing alone, like a beautiful slice of heaven, it’s surrounded by dark green ponderosa pine trees, lime green birch trees, and huge limestone cliffs.
It’s truly tranquility at its best and I knew from the moment I saw it that I had to come back and stay here to experience all the Lodge had to offer.
Disclosure: Our experience at Spearfish Canyon Lodge was compensated to us free of charge in order to create this post however the opinions expressed in this blog are, and always will be, truly our own.
The Spearfish Canyon Lodge
I’m an introvert at heart and with only 54 rooms, the smallness and quaintness of the lodge is one of the many things I was drawn to. While it has every amenity of a large scale hotel, the fact that it didn’t feel crowded added a lot to my sense of peace and calm.
Right when you walk into the lobby area, you’ll get that homey feeling with large chairs, comfy couches, and an oversized fireplace. Here, there’s a bar to grab a drink or a cup of coffee in the morning if you prefer not to make it in your room.
The rooms themselves are extremely clean and comfortable. Our kids stayed in the Bridalveil Suite, which is perfect for a family looking to stay for a few days and make Spearfish Canyon Lodge their home base for fun and adventure.
This room at the Lodge has a kitchen, a large living room, a huge bedroom, a separate vanity area, and a bathroom with a separate shower and jacuzzi bathtub.
The kitchen had a full-size refrigerator, microwave, Keurig coffee maker, and a large eating area that is perfect for feeding a family.
The living room had plenty of seating for our entire family to curl up and watch a movie and the futon couch converts to a comfy bed that easily sleeps 2 or 3 kids.
The bedroom had a king-size bed. But my favorite part of this room was the large patio with great views.
Calamity Jane Suite
Victor and I had a wonderfully romantic evening across the hall in the Calamity Jane room. This room is extremely spacious for a couple with a king size bed, oversized armchair, full size couch, writing desk, and my favorite, a fireplace.
While it doesn’t have a balcony, you still have views on the canyon from your room.
While we stayed in the luxury suites, the basic rooms are also very nice and put you right in the center of all the fun and beauty of Spearfish Canyon.
Best of all, these rooms are extremely affordable at less than a hundred a night.
My favorite part of staying in a hotel or lodge is going in the spa/jacuzzi. Spearfish Canyon Lodge has two small spas on the second-floor balconies that overlook the beautiful canyon. I especially loved how powerful the jets were in it!
Ultimate Adventure Hub
There’s an extensive network of trails and forest roads surrounding SCL and one of the best ways to explore these trails is with an off-road vehicle.
We took two razors out to explore and discovered one of the highest lookout towers in South Dakota, a beautiful lake, more hiking trails, and a lot of happy cows!
If you rent a razor, I highly recommend a half-day rental and do the popular Castle to Iron Creek Lake loop. Along the way, you’ll pass a turn off for road 8055. Definitely turn there and go have some fun in the narrower trails.
Be sure to watch our video to see how awesome ATV riding is in Spearfish Canyon.
As I mentioned, it was the popular hike to Roughlock Falls and Spearfish Falls that originally brought us here and it’s so incredible that you can explore these trial sright from the Lodge’s front door. There is also a trail that takes you a mile to the dam.
I love that you can walk right out of your room and instantly be under a canopy of trees and feel energized by the ions falling off Spearfish Falls or while standing on the bridge over the creek.
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Rock climbers, you can even walk to a lot of the walls such as Mohican and Blue Sky from the Lodge.
Fishing is one thing we just haven’t made time to learn but every time we are in South Dakota I really wish we had the right gear and knowledge. If you fish, you will love staying here and if you don’t but want to learn, Spearfish Canyon Lodge does offer guides to take you out and show you the lines
With the convenience of Latchstring Restaurant right across the street from the lodge, Spearfish Canyon Lodge really is a destination in itself.
The restaurant had great service and delicious food with incredible views of the canyon from the patio.
Our favorites were the steaks. We had both the ribeye and the sirloin and they were perfectly prepared. I had one of the house specialties, rainbow trout, that was to die for and all the meals came with sides such as veggies, potatoes, or fried as well as your choice of soup or salad. The bison soup was also a favorite for our crew.
Summary of Spearfish Canyon Lodge
Overall this was a five-star stay. The only complaint was that as a digital nomad it would be hard for me to stay here for an extended time because the wifi is very slow.
In the case of a short escape, it was actually really nice to be able to disconnect for a while.
Who is this best for? So many people!
I kept thinking how much my mom would just love the Wild West vibes, easy hiking trails, and have a blast riding quads or razors on the surrounding trails.
Couples who are looking to unwind, feel pampered, relax in nature, and have some fun exploring during the day would also love this.
I think families would also love it here! If I was planning a South Dakota road trip, I’d use this as a stop for 2 nights that way I had one full day to get in some riding, fishing, and hiking.
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