We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Needles Eye

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: , Custer, SD
Website
Improve this listing
Activities: Rock climbing
Description: A geological formation located in Custer State Park.

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 655 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 520
    Excellent
  • 117
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
WOW!

Definitely a highlight of my South Dakota trip. You get to drive right up to this amazing formation, park and hike through the other granite rocks, take as many pictures as you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
Joy S
,
Maple Grove, Minnesota
Add Photo Write a Review

655 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Indio, California, United States
Level Contributor
35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Saw it coming out of the tunnel. The rock formations are unbelievable. Hope to go back some day. Great day.

Was this review helpful? Yes
surrey, b.c.
Level Contributor
61 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

It was mind boggling as to how a road could go through such a small area. We were fortunate that we didn't have to wait too long to go through with our car

Was this review helpful? Yes
Maple Grove, Minnesota
Level Contributor
31 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Definitely a highlight of my South Dakota trip. You get to drive right up to this amazing formation, park and hike through the other granite rocks, take as many pictures as you like, and then be on your way. A unique and breathtaking experience.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ephrata, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

If you love spectacular views around every bend (and there are lots and lots of bends), then this drive is for you! You will be totally in the rocky spires of the Black Hills, with geological wonders in every direction. Be sure to stop at some of the many pull-offs to take the required photos!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Custer, South Dakota
Level Contributor
154 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Neat formation located along needed highway a must do drive that includes beautiful views and tunnel. Located in Custer State Park.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bronx, New York
Level Contributor
67 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Nice stop on the ride through Custer State Park. My pictures look just like that one already posted.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

of all of the "scenic drives" in the black hills, this was our favorite! the rock formations are so unique, and the tiny tunnels you make your way through are incredible! never saw the mountain goat we were hoping for, but did see a lone buffalo,any prairie dogs, and a family of big horned sheep. awesome!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This wild drive didn't disappoint. Scenery was great, saw wildlife. The tunnels were very cool. #1 with Rushmore in it was amazing. Do not miss this. Super cool. Road is long and winding.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Alberta
Level Contributor
18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Very nice scenic drive. Worth the time to take in the unique formations. Pace of travel is as fast or slow as you wish, no one was in a hurry the day we did the drive and it was relaxing and enjoyable.Our kids enjoyed the tunnels. It was good for the whole family.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Apache Junction, Arizona
Level Contributor
41 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

If you have to go out of your way to take the Needles highway, do it. You may never return you should not miss it. Take the Wildlife Loop road at the south end of Needles highway and return north on Iron Mountain Road. There may not be a prettier seventy mile drive anywhere.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Needles Eye also viewed

 

Been to Needles Eye? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Needles Eye and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from Needles Eye staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?