Viewing: The Black Hills

Devil's Bathtub & Squaw Creek

Black Hills National Forest

Devil's Bathtub & Squaw Creek by Eric Reynolds - Landscape Photographer

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The Story

Imagine: a refreshing swimming hole fed by a gushing natural water slide, remote enough that only a select few people know about it.

After a little over a mile hike up Squaw Creek, Devil’s Bathtub emerged through the trees as a restoring oasis. Devil’s Bathtub, which is located in the Spearfish, WY area, is a series of rock formations that create a swimming hole. The naturally-made water slide that feeds into the “tub” acts as a fun and relaxing activity for those lucky enough to find it.

Being from out of town, my wife did some extensive research to find this outlying watering hole. Once we found the Devil’s Bathtub, we were pleasantly surprised by the serenity the nature offered (plus, the lack of people). I set up my tripod to straddle the creek and used a longer exposure to slow the flowing of the water.

If you’re lucky enough to find the Devil’s Bathtub, don’t hesitate to take a trip down the smooth and slippery slide.

Image Details

Camera: Nikon D810

Lens: Nikkor 14-24 f2.8

ISO: 64

Aperture: 11

Exposure: 1/10 second