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spearfish cnyon or detour to scottsbluff/chimney rock

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spearfish cnyon or detour to scottsbluff/chimney rock

i will be spending 4 nights in keystone in july and need to decide to go south to visit scottsbluff and chimney rock or to spend 2 nights in the northern hills in spearfish canyon before going to the badlands for my last 2 days. flying in and out of rapid city. anyone familiar with these sites and area would appreciate your honest input.

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1. Re: spearfish cnyon or detour to scottsbluff/chimney rock

Spearfish canyon is a must in many TA posters view.

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2. Re: spearfish cnyon or detour to scottsbluff/chimney rock

It really depends on your interests. If you are a Western History buff, it would be a great detour to go to Ft. Laramie, Wy, which was a major stopping off point on the trails. It is a National Park site and is a very interesting stop. Then go to Scottsbluff National Monument, visit and hike to the top. Continue on to Chimney Rock, which was a major landmark for those traveling west in the Wagon Train. Forth Robinson State Park in Nebraska could be part of your swing back north to catch your plane. IT is a reconstructed frontier site and was the epicenter of the Indian Wars. However...if you are visiting those sites for hiking and nature, Spearfish Canyon would be the best choice and not as rushed. Spearfish Canyou and Deadwood could easily occupy two days and it would not be as rushed as trying to fit all the western history site into two day.

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3. Re: spearfish cnyon or detour to scottsbluff/chimney rock

If you do Spearfish & Deadwood, you can also take a side trip to Devil's Tower. Devil's Tower is even more of a must see than Spearfish, imo. (Although both are great). I haven't been to Scottsbluff/Chimney Rock, so I unfortunately can't compare the two.

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