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Address: Custer, SD
Activities: Rock climbing
Description: A geological formation located in Custer State Park.

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Wonderful Mountain Drive

Great views!!! Drive slowly and stop a lot. The road is narrow so don't take a camper. We saw a Big Horn Sheep standing directly above us!!!

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 7, 2015
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Hastings, Nebraska
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Hastings, Nebraska
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203 reviews 203 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Great views!!! Drive slowly and stop a lot. The road is narrow so don't take a camper. We saw a Big Horn Sheep standing directly above us!!!

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Northwich, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

I have never seen such an amazingly shaped rock, in all my travels in England, Europe, Australia and of course the United States. The route that takes you to the Needles Eye is narrow, with just about enough road width, for 2 vehicles to pass, in opposite directions. There is an EXTREMELY NARROW TUNNEL, close to the Needles Eye rock.... More 

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Watertown, South Dakota
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This is not to be missed. Great views on this scenic road. The road is very fun to drive. There is so much to look at its hard to drive!

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Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Highly recommended by many friends who had ridden this road before, we decided it was definitely on our to-do list. There was quite a bit of traffic, being a holiday weekend, but we were able to enjoy many of the hair-pin turns this road is notorious for. If you're riding in the area.....DO IT!

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Kansas City, Missouri
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

The road is filled with curves and hills and something to see around every bend. Make sure to stop and see the chipmonks at the turnout just past the needle!

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

I would recommend this trip. Very scenic trip up to the Needle and is what makes the Black Hills unique

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

This was a great drive. Unfortunately, the kids were asleep after a long day, so they missed most of it. The rock formations were fantastic... just so unique and unlike anything we have seen before. It is amazing to think that these rocks were the initial inspiration for Mt. Rushmore. I can't even imagine the founding fathers being carved into... More 

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missouri
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

This is a must see!! It actually looks like the eye of a needle. Beautiful drive but kinda of narrow in places. Very beautiful scenery

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Miller
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

A very beautiful and scenic drive! The needles were the inspiration for the carving of Mt Rushmore. Doane Robinson thought that we could carve figures on the needles, but they were too thin and weathered to support a carving, thus Mt Rushmore. You can hike right into the middle of them by taking the catheridal spires trail. You can climb... More 

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Jefferson City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Great granite rock formations!! The road to the Needle narrows down to one lane big enough for a pick up truck fit through. Took many photo's of the "Eye of the Needle". The Black Hills offers many sights to see. Such as Crazy Horse Mnt. ,Spear Fish Canyon.

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