Spearfish Canyon - O'Neil Pass Road Ride

Ride Description

Proceed right, north, out of the parking lot onto Hwy 14A, Spearfish Canyon. It's a 12 mile shot on a slight grade of 1 to 2 % along a serpentine road to Savoy the home of the Spearfish Canyon Lodge and Latchstring Inn. Above Savoy the road narrows, with tighter curves and changing grades. Some tough rollers take you past Elmore and onto Cheyenne Crossing. A good stop for water, snacks or good meal.

From here you can turn around and enjoy the 18 mile grade back to Spearfish.

Conversely you can turn right and ride the long gradual grade on Hwy 85 for 14 miles to O'Neill Pass which is marked with its elevation.

  • Approximately 36 miles or 64 miles
  • Long even grade to Savoy.
  • Rolling and tight above Savoy
  • Good 'big ring' climb to O'Neill Pass
  • Long coastable descent
  • The upper canyon can be significantly cooler, hence the name 'Ice Box Canyon'
  • Sites: Bridal Veil Falls, Eleventh Hour, Savoy, Cheyenne Crossing, O'Neill Pass


From I-90 exit 14 south. Turn right on the Colorado Blvd. Proceed one (1) mile toward the town of Spearfish and past K-mart. At the sometimes three way stop at Hwy 14A, turn left and immediately right and park behind the strip mall facing the golf course driving range.

A View of the Rim
Spearfish Canyon, Fall Colors
The Kissing Rocks at 11th Hour
The Kissing Rocks at 11th Hour
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Last Updated:
05 Feb, 2011