Added by Michaela Mader
What better place to view the Milky Way than a small valley with old ghost town buildings including barns, houses, old cars, and a school?
Great all year long but, especially stunning when the galactic center of the Milky Way is visible from Spring to Fall, Spokane Ghost Town is a local favorite and a hidden gem. Set up your camera, and light paint some old buildings! The ghost town was originally a mine founded in the late 1800's which produced silver, lead, copper, and various other minerals.
Just before the intersection of Playhouse Road and Iron Mountain Road, there's a forest service gate on the east side of the road. Park at the secure Forest Service gate and then hike back about a half mile. You will see the first two buildings once you're in the valley. There's plenty more to see as you walk around the valley.
- Wide angle lens
- Blanket or sleeping bag to stargaze from
- Warm jacket (even warm summer days cool down in the Black Hills)
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