Spearfish Canyon is a popular spot in the Black Hills, and it's certainly not hard to see why.
The fall leaves and mild temperatures made for a perfect weekend hike. And plenty of people took advantage.
The trees haven't peaked yet; they're about 85 to 90 percent changed.
And even though this year's dry conditions caused the leaves to begin changing about a week early, the peak may be right on time.
Jerry Boyer, who's been reporting on the fall colors in the canyon for nearly two decades says the peak typically occurs between September 23rd and October 3rd.
"More colorful than I've ever seen them before, they pop out, the contrast with the dark greens behind and the yellows in the foreground, it's a sight to be seen," says Douglas Clark, up seeing the colors from Denver.
"Gorgeous. There's some red, green, brown, even found some orange ones. It's just absolutely beautiful this weekend, and is the perfect weekend to come out and check them out," says Jennifer Weich of Rapid City.
Other areas around KOTA Territory are seeing color changes as well, the colors are also vibrant along Needles Highway and in Custer State Park.