About Bridal Veil Falls
Bridal Veil Falls was a convenient roadside waterfall in Spearfish Canyon that was quite popular as a result of its ease-of-access.
It was a 60ft waterfall seen between trees from the lookout platform that was directly opposite the parking area across from the Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway (US14A; see directions below).
During our end-of-July 2020 visit, we saw scores of people scrambling down the steep banks to access Spearfish Creek as well as others who managed to scramble their way to the base of the waterfall.
That said, I wasn’t sure if any of the scrambling was sanctioned because none of the paths looked like they were sanctioned by the authorities, nor did they look like they could endure the eventual erosion of the stream’s banks.
Our daughter didn’t feel like getting down to Spearfish Creek to cool off so our visit lasted a mere 10-15 minutes before we continued on our drive through Spearfish Canyon.
Another thing I noticed about Bridal Veil Falls was that it seemed to have noticeably light flow when we saw it.
It flowed from the Rubicon Gulch, which was a side stream that fed the perennial Spearfish Creek.
Therefore, I’d imagine the falls would be best seen during the Spring, and it might not perform very well towards the Autumn though I’m just extrapolating based on how much better Spearfish Falls and Roughlock Falls performed.
Roughlock Falls resides in the Black Hills National Forest near the town of Spearfish in Lawrence County, South Dakota. It is administered by the USDA Forest Service. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.
Bridal Veil Falls was right by the US Highway 14A (Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway) about 5.9 miles south of the intersection of E Colorado Blvd and the US Highway 14A.
The parking area was on the west side (right as you head south) of the highway.
Overall, this drive would take about 10 minutes.
For additional context, Spearfish was 18 miles (under 30 minutes drive on the direct route) northwest from Lead, about 48 miles (45 minutes drive) northwest from Rapid City, 69 miles (over an hour drive) northwest from Keystone, about 71 miles (90 minutes drive) north of Custer, 392 miles (over 5.5 hours drive) west of Sioux Falls, 33 miles (30 minutes drive) east of Sundance, Wyoming, 296 miles (over 4.5 hours drive) north of Cheyenne, Wyoming, and 274 miles (about 4.5 hours drive) southeast of Billings, Montana.
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