Spearfish Canyon Waterfalls Field Trip
Sunday Oct. 4, 2015
Shooting: Waterfalls, autumn leaves and color, Animals at the Spearfish Wildlife Sanctuary
IMPORTANT: YOU MUST LET ME KNOW YOU ARE COMING BY FRIDAY OCT.2 – 6PM OR WE MAY LEAVE STURGIS WITHOUT YOU.
Where: meet at the Sturgis Dairy Queen Parking Lot (it’s a strip mall with Pizza Ranch, etc.) on the North (right hand side) of Boulder Canyon Road. To get there- take the interstate north to Sturgis, exit at Lazelle (the second exit for Sturgis as you go North). Go west under the interstate, cross the railroad track and the parking lot is about 0.25 miles farther west on Boulder Canyon Road (also called 14alt).
When: 6:30 am Sunday Oct 4, 2015 – we are going early to avoid crowds and harsh light on the falls
What to bring:
$20 for the Wildlife Sanctuary Fee
Macro lens – in case the leaves are gone
Polarizer (if you have one) to eliminate reflections
Neutral gradient filters (if you have some) to achieve a silky effect
Lens cloth (to wipe off spray from the waterfalls)
Good walking shoes (short hike to Spearfish falls)
Light jacket and thin gloves- it can be quite chilly early in the morning.
The Plan: We will meet at the Sturgis Dairy Queen parking lot and head up Boulder Canyon Road( also called 14Alt), pass through Deadwood and Lead, and continue on Highway 85 until Cheyenne Crossing. At Cheyenne Crossing we will turn north into Spearfish Canyon (once again on 14Alt). I will scope out the leaves on Saturday. If the colors are good at the waterfalls we will spend our time at Roughlock and Little Spearfish Falls, stop briefly at Bridal Veil Falls and arrive at the Wildlife Sanctuary before 1PM. (We can arrive any time after 10 am, I’m just leaving some time in case we find something wonderful). If the waterfalls have lost most of their color we will we will shorten our time at the falls and move on through the canyon stopping for macro shots along the way.
The Spearfish Wildlife Sanctuary has an interesting collection of animals (African lions, Mountain lions, bears….) They will be charging us their standard fee, but have offered to let us have our own tour guide so we can move at our pace. This should allow us to take the time to photograph the animals the way we want. If the weather is still cool the animals hopefully the animals will be active.
Note: We will be going rain or shine, so please bring rain gear if there is any
possibility of rain.
For a map of the highway routes :
For more information about the Spearfish Wildlife Sanctuary: