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Add Some Color to Your Life

If it could be fall all year I probably wouldn’t object. Don’t get me wrong, every season in Rapid City has a lot to offer so it makes it hard to pick a favorite, but if I had to, it would be fall. I love the cool, crisp weather perfectly accompanied by a hot cup of coffee in a travel mug and my camera.  The already magnificent sight of the Black Hills becomes even more breathtaking as the green Ponderosa Pines are accompanied by bright hues of yellows and reds.

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Ready to see the colors yourself? My favorite way to enjoy these fall colors in the Black Hills is to gas up the car, grab some coffee and cruise! Spearfish Canyon is an absolute must on my list each year. A quick, 45 minute drive north of Rapid City transports you to a canyon of colors fit for a postcard. To get the most out of the colors you can’t just drive through the canyon, though. I would recommend getting out, stretching your legs and seeing even more beauty on the Roughlock Falls Trail. It’s an easy one mile trail that winds you back to the ever popular Roughlock Falls. To access the trail: Turn off the scenic byway at Savoy, park at the Spearfish Canyon Lodge and you’ll see the trail head. If you aren’t up for hiking there is a place to park at the falls themselves, but if you are able, I’d recommend the hike.

Speaking of hiking, fall is also one of two times a year visitors are offered the unique opportunity to hike to the face of Crazy Horse Memorial. Whether you complete the Volksmarch on your own, with a significant other, or with children, it’s an experience I would recommend you do at least once in your lifetime. I completed the hike last fall with my fiancé, best friend, her husband and 10 year old daughter (full post to come soon!). It is a 10k hike that winds you through the trees, around the arm, and ending with an opportunity to see the Hills through Crazy Horse’s eyes.

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From my experience, I will warn you that the trail is busy. Go at your own pace and enjoy the hike, even if it means passing some people or letting others pass you; you don’t want to race through the experience! I would recommend to start early in the day to give yourself plenty of time to complete the hike, then come back to Rapid City for some great dining. Wear layers, as the mornings can be cool, but you’ll be warmed up by the time you reach the top. Don’t forget plenty of water, and a few snacks (be sure to deposit your garbage in the trash cans found at each checkpoint).

Get even more tips to help prepare you for hiking the Black Hills with this video from a local expert:

No matter how you choose to enjoy the beautiful colors of the season, you won’t regret making a trip to Rapid City! Find out about all the great season’s happenings here, request a Visitors Guide to help with your planning process, and follow us on social media. I love sharing the area with you there, too!

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Shiloh Francis

With coffee in one hand, a camera in the other and her four-legged sidekick, Taz by her side, Shiloh loves getting out and exploring Rapid City. Her favorite things about Rapid City include the great dining scene, coffee shops and ease of access to the hiking trails within the city and the Black Hills.

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Shiloh Francis
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With coffee in one hand, a camera in the other and her four-legged sidekick, Taz by her side, Shiloh loves getting out and exploring Rapid City. Her favorite things about Rapid City include the great dining scene, coffee shops and ease of access to the hiking trails within the city and the Black Hills.

Shiloh is a transplant to Rapid City, having fallen in love with the area during family vacations and deciding to make it her permanent vacation after graduating from college. Traveling and discovering new places has always been a passion for Shiloh, but she loves the site of coming home to Rapid City each time the plane lands at the end of one of her adventures. Despite now being considered a local, she doesn’t let that stop her from taking time to play “tourist” in her own backyard. Shiloh is your go-to source for pup-spiration (all things pet-friendly), the perfect place to grab a cup of coffee or great bite to eat, and helping you find those hidden gems on your next vacation.

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