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This scenic drive passes by tall rock formations and through tunnels.
Custer State Park, SD
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All reviews custer state park rock formations take your time beautiful drive black hills hairpin turns sylvan lake take pictures cathedral spires one lane tunnels iron mountain road windy road peter norbeck large vehicle needle's eye every turn tight turns
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Reviewed today

We saw so many cool things along Needles Highway but the highlight were the buffaloes that we saw. I would love to go back in the fall.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank BBB341962
Reviewed today

Another biking outing during Bike Week. Beautiful park and a great ride on a motorcycle. The animals are just roaming around in the open. Saw so many bison and we actually had to stop while a herd crossed the road! Went to the visitor center...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank thedoc1989
Reviewed today

A big group of us visited on a motorcycle trip!! So much fun and so very beautiful!! Don't forget to take your camera!! Pictures area must!

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Christinalyn S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were in Custer State Park in September and found this to be fantastic..The scenery is fantastic..Never had I seen rock formation like that before...This is a definite without a doubt must see ....

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank len b
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

we drove Needles Highway after leaving Mount Rushmore. It was overcast and a little rainy so there wasn't a lot of traffic allowing us to stop and enjoy the spectacular views. You drive through tunnels that have more than enough room for a car or...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank SV-David
Reviewed December 9, 2018

Friends had told us to go to custard State Park and we’re glad we did. The needles highway was an easy drive winding through the countryside. I expected it to have a long line of cars but that was not the case there is plenty...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Janet D
Reviewed December 5, 2018

We went during the Sturgis Rally and was great to see all the bikes. Plenty of stops along the way to have a snack if you've packed one. You wont see much wild life at times because of the windy roads but the views are...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Ryangene13
Reviewed November 16, 2018 via mobile

We took the kids for a drive on the Needles highway and it was beautiful and very scenic. The highway was a slow winding drive but worth it. We all enjoyed the afternoon.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank 112danielled
Reviewed November 16, 2018

We visited the first week of November and were disappointed to find that the Highway was closed for the season. We had been checking with the nearby parks and no one mentioned any of this. When we called, we were told that "DoT" had made...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 9, 2018

Needles Highway was an awesome experience but would have been a lot better without the tons of motorcycles during Sturgis.

Date of experience: August 2018
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October 7, 2018|
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Response from shelley s | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure it it's open year round. I suppose it depends of snow amounts. It's $20 to enter Custer Park but if you are over 62 you can get a senior pass for all National parks for $10 and get in free with that. That pass... More
September 21, 2018|
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Response from Patti I | Reviewed this property |
One tunnel had a sign that said: LOW NARROW TUNNEL WIDTH 8FT HT 9FT 9IN I hope this helps you. It was a spectacular drive.
August 9, 2018|
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Response from Ernie K | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is a $20 per vehicle fee, or a $10 per motorcycle fee. It will s good for 7 days. Worth the money. Great scenery and wildlife.