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Scenic Drives around Mount Rushmore

Needles Highway
Located in Custer State Park
14 Miles in Length on SR 87
This drive features spectacular Black Hills scenery including; granite spires, the Needles Eye, narrow tunnels and hairpin curves. Traveling on this road, visitors pass picturesque Sylvan Lake.

Needles Highway



Iron Mountain Road

Iron Mountain Road
17 Miles in Length
This winding road extends between Mount Rushmore and the junctions of Highway 16A and SD 36. Along the highway are pigtail bridges and three tunnels which frame Mt. Rushmore in the distance.



Wildlife Loop Road
Located in Custer State Park
18 Mile Loop
This Wildlife Road goes from forests to prairie grasslands. Animals often seen along the loop are bison, pronghorn, deer, elk, burros and prairie dogs.

Wildlife Loop Road



Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway

Peter Norbeck
Scenic Byway

70 Mile Loop
The route follows US 16A, SD 244, SD 87 and SD 89. This drive includes all or portions of the Needles Highway and Iron Mountain Road. Visitors will see granite spires, Mt. Rushmore, tunnels, bridges and lakes.



Spearfish Canyon
National Scenic Byway
20 Miles in Length on US 14A
This drive winds through an ancient, narrow canyon with scenic mountain views and colorful fall foliage. This is a popular hiking and fishing area.

Spearfish Canyon National Scenic Byway



Scenic Drives

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