Stargaze at Spokane Ghost Town

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  • Activities:

    Chillin, Photography

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Forest
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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.

Getting There:
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.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Wide angle lens
  • Tripod
  • Blanket or sleeping bag to stargaze from
  • Warm jacket (even warm summer days cool down in the Black Hills)
  • Headlamp
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Michaela Mader

photographer, writer, artist, adventurer. black hills, south dakota.

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