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Old 04-24-2020, 06:43 AM   #1
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US-85 Cheyenne to Spearfish

We are planning a trip through Colorado to Spearfish SD in late summer - hoping the travel restrictions are eased by then. I would like to get off I-25 in Cheyenne Wy and take the more direct route to Spearfish via US-85. Has anyone taken US-85 between Cheyenne and Spearfish? We have a 40 foot coach pulling a car. Steep pulls? Sharp curves? Low bridges? RR humps? Any info appreciated.

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Good Morning Chuck,

That is my old stomping grounds! You will have no problems from Cheyenne to Four Corners. At Four Corners you have a decision. You can stay on US85. There are pretty good grades with curvy road from there to the intersection with I90.

US85 takes you through the towns of Lead and Deadwood. Might be a little congested.

You can choose to leave US85 at Cheyenne Crossing and take US14a to Spearfish. US14a is narrower with lots of curves. It depends on your faith in your driving skills. Your RV can do it! This is a VERY scenic drive. I would highly recommend it.

Or you could leave US85 at Four Corners and take WY585 to Sundance where you would pick up I90 to Speafish.

All are relatively moderate drives. Have fun!

Consult this webpage for current road conditions just before you head out.
https://map.wyoroad.info/wtimap/index.html
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Old 04-24-2020, 12:41 PM   #3
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Good Morning Chuck,

That is my old stomping grounds! You will have no problems from Cheyenne to Four Corners. At Four Corners you have a decision. You can stay on US85. There are pretty good grades with curvy road from there to the intersection with I90.

US85 takes you through the towns of Lead and Deadwood. Might be a little congested.

You can choose to leave US85 at Cheyenne Crossing and take US14a to Spearfish. US14a is narrower with lots of curves. It depends on your faith in your driving skills. Your RV can do it! This is a VERY scenic drive. I would highly recommend it.

Or you could leave US85 at Four Corners and take WY585 to Sundance where you would pick up I90 to Speafish.

All are relatively moderate drives. Have fun!

Consult this webpage for current road conditions just before you head out.
https://map.wyoroad.info/wtimap/index.html

Thanks! We are gonna be in Spearfish for almost 2 weeks (5 days for Freightliner Rally and a week afterward) so I was thinking we would drive 14a in the toad. And other roads through the area, as well. I had looked at WY585 out of Four Corners and I think that might be the way we will go.

Your local knowledge is VERY helpful.

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I don't care if it is his old stopping grounds.DO NOT I REPEAT,DO NOT take spearfish canyon between Cheyenne crossing and spearfish. Do take it in your car ,it is arguably the most scenic drive in the black hills. Doing it in a 40 ft m.h. with a toad is stupid,lots and lots of blind corners where you will need at least a lane and a half
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I don't care if it is his old stopping grounds.DO NOT I REPEAT,DO NOT take spearfish canyon between Cheyenne crossing and spearfish. Do take it in your car ,it is arguably the most scenic drive in the black hills. Doing it in a 40 ft m.h. with a toad is stupid,lots and lots of blind corners where you will need at least a lane and a half

It really isn't that bad. I have driven it many times, both with and without my 5th wheel in tow. I have never needed more than one lane. The only real danger is being so absorbed in the magnificent scenery that you forget to watch the road.



While you're there, don't miss Roughlock Falls, about 1 mile west of Savoy, in FR 222. Spearfish Falls, behind the Latchstring Restaurant in Savoy is also a must see. BTW, the food is good, and reasonably priced.


About 5 miles north of Savoy, on the east side of 14a, Bridal Falls is worth a look. There is ample parking there, on the west side of 14a.


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I wouldn't hesitate to drive from Deadwood to Spearfish with my coach, motorcycle and toad on a dolly(61 feet long) on US14/14A. What I prefer to do (and have done) is ride that route back and forth repeatedly on the motorcycle. I like to ride it slowly in one direction just soaking in the beautiful scenery. I then like to ride it fast in the opposite direction just enjoying the twisties.
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I don't care if it is his old stopping grounds.DO NOT I REPEAT,DO NOT take spearfish canyon between Cheyenne crossing and spearfish. Do take it in your car ,it is arguably the most scenic drive in the black hills. Doing it in a 40 ft m.h. with a toad is stupid,lots and lots of blind corners where you will need at least a lane and a half
My brothe-in-law drove that road regularly in a 5000 gallon fuel truck. Eighteen wheelers travel it. If they can do it a 40' MH with a toad can do it too. My 34' with toad has NO problems.

As one person said...ya gotta pay attention...lots to see besides the road. Keep you eyes on the road.
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Thanks to all for the info. We will likely take WY-585 Four Corners to Sundance, then I-90 to Spearfish.

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Or you could leave US85 at Four Corners and take WY585 to Sundance where you would pick up I90 to Speafish.

All are relatively moderate drives. Have fun!

Consult this webpage for current road conditions just before you head out.
https://map.wyoroad.info/wtimap/index.html
This would be my choice..85/585/90
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I wouldn't hesitate to drive from Deadwood to Spearfish with my coach, motorcycle and toad on a dolly(61 feet long) on US14/14A. What I prefer to do (and have done) is ride that route back and forth repeatedly on the motorcycle. I like to ride it slowly in one direction just soaking in the beautiful scenery. I then like to ride it fast in the opposite direction just enjoying the twisties.

Oh, so that was you?

When I follow Google street view through a part of that stretch of 14A the street view camera is following a motorcycle most of the way, heading north toward Spearfish.
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