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Wildlife, pine trees, lakes and nature. What more could you ask for? The roads are made to enjoy... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Highlight of the Needles Highway

Another scenic drive through Custer State Park and the Black Hills. It helps to make Custer SP one... read more

Reviewed December 15, 2018
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A geological formation located in Custer State Park.
Custer, SD
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wildlife, pine trees, lakes and nature. What more could you ask for? The roads are made to enjoy the scenery and it won't disappoint.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Tom1s
Reviewed December 15, 2018

Another scenic drive through Custer State Park and the Black Hills. It helps to make Custer SP one of the most fantastic state parks in the country.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed December 11, 2018

So... where’s SOUTH Dakota .. I know I asked that before I visited and ended up lovin here in The Black Hills.. the Needles Eye on Needles Highway is definitely a must see and then you will understand magestic..

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank reddsuzann
Reviewed December 6, 2018

This unique rock formation, the Eye of the Needle, is nestled in South Dakota's Black Hills. One of the must-see spots in Custer located on Highway 87

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Ryangene13
Reviewed November 15, 2018 via mobile

Awesome! I would have to count it as one of my favorite rides ever. The road is curvy and narrow, which puts you at a great vantage point to take in the scenery. The highlight is Needles Eye, which is amazing. I highly recommend this...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Becky H
Reviewed November 11, 2018

Everyone stops here so lots of traffic in a small parking area. A man had climbed to the top & rappelled down the side which was cool to watch. There is a scenic overlook and it's right by a very narrow 1-way tunnel through the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Jeana K
Reviewed November 8, 2018

This is just another interesting feature on a road full of them. It's an interesting stop with several things to look at.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank mrpbody2482
Reviewed November 6, 2018

This is a great drive to take just for the rock formations alone! Throw in scenic views, rock tunnels, autumn foliage, and snow dusting everything and becomes a wonder. If you are in Custer State Park, visit every corner of the park, but do not...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank PegiSioux
Reviewed October 20, 2018

What an amazing part of the Black Hills and the drive through the Needles highway was amazing, the scenery superb! You will need to stop so many times its crazy just to take photos.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank SiandraW
Reviewed October 17, 2018

The trip on the Iron Mountain road was amazing too begin with, and then we came upon this. Got some great photos to try to recall everything we saw.

Date of experience: October 2018
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janet w
June 26, 2017|
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Response from WYOJuls | Reviewed this property |
Depending on your timing there is a rest area by the missiour river near Pierre sd that is a beautiful stop & view. Then u have wall drug & the badlands. Once you reach rapid city there is flintstone villiage on the road to... More
January 14, 2017|
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Response from old_mountie | Reviewed this property |
Ride it whenever you can if you are passing through. Did the trip last week in June on my Wing accompanied by my brother on his wing. There was not much traffic. Optimum time would be spring/fall outside of the school... More
tina r
June 28, 2016|
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Response from WYOJuls | Reviewed this property |
My brother had his dog with: make note of the leash requirements in custer state park. The beaches are little more restrictive then the camp areas.
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Philadelphia, PA
Needles Eye and Wildlife Loop (2 Replies)
How long to do both? Is is feasible to do both between Rapid City in route to Lake Sylvan?
May 31, 2015|
Response fromslrtravelplanner|
It will also depend on what time of day you drive the Wildlife Loop. If you drive in the early a.m, or late afternoon/early evening, you can probably spend more time on the loop because more animals will be out. Since my DH isn't a morning person, we find the best time is early evening.
Saint Joseph, Missouri
Is needles eye open in march? (2 Replies)
Hi, is Needles Eye open mid-March? Is this on Needles Hwy? Thanks, guys!
March 01, 2016|
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Needles Eye is on the Needles Highway. It might be open as long as there hasn't been any snow because they do not plow it. There are gates that they close after the first snowfall and I'm not sure if they've reopened them this winter. We haven't had much snow at all.