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Community Caves

photo of community caves spearfish canyon black hills national forest

Community Caves are just another great reason to explore Spearfish Canyon.  These little waterfalls create some really beautiful ice formations in the winter.

photo taken near highway 14A of Community Caves in Spearfish Canyon in the Black Hills National Forest

The caves are only a few miles into the canyon if your are traveling from Spearfish.  You’ll want to watch for mile marker 13 and park in the pullout on the right side of the road just after the marker.

You don’t have to hike up there to catch a glimpse of the falls in the winter.  Just before mile marker 13 if you look to the left you’ll see the falls.

To get to the falls you’ll cross the road and and cross the creek.  You’ll see the well worn trail that heads up the draw and will take you to Community Caves.

The trail is pretty steep and if your going in the winter time there is a pretty good chance that the snow packed trail may have turned to a sheet of ice.  So don’t forget your crampons. I forgot mine and spent most of the trip back down on my backside.

Winter hiking is Spearfish Canyon is total different then summertime.  Everything looks different and it is easier to see the rock walls of the canyon without the leaves on the trees.

Update:  Click Here to Watch my Community Caves Video

Other Hikes in Spearfish Canyon

Since most of the canyon is public land hiking is pretty much unlimited, however, here are some great trails you should check out.

More Information about the area

There are very few straight roads in the Black Hills and for that reason I recommend you always carry a good map.  Black Hills – Northeast, South Dakota Map #751 is my favorite map, it is big enough to read easily and has most hiking trails marked.  If you want a guide book, I like both Best Easy Day Hikes Black Hills Country and Moon Mount Rushmore & the Black Hills.  They cover the basics and with your map you should be able to navigate the Black Hills really well.

There are many tourist information areas throughout the area that offer free maps and information too.

About the author: Josh loves to take pictures and share them on his South Dakota and the Black Hills blogs.  Plus he enjoys traveling with his family any chance he gets.

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