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Road with trees surrounding and Mount Rushmore in the distance

Scenic Drives

Head for the Hills

Discover some of the most beautiful vistas in the region without leaving your car. Somebody believed that the beauty of the Hills shouldn’t be paved over, so the roads went around and around and up and down—and straight through the mountain. Today, these roads afford some of the most breathtaking views in the park. Be sure to take it easy and leave time to pull off for pictures. Download our state park map for easy exploration.

Aerial shot of the Needles Highway

Needles Highway

A spectacular Custer State Park drive through pine and spruce forest meadows surrounded by rugged granite mountain spires.

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Woman sticking out her hand to feed wildlife

Wildlife Loop Road

A wildlife hotspot. Travel through 18 miles of open grasslands and pine-speckled hills. Plan for photo ops!

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Custer State Park Resort's Iron Mountain Road

Iron Mountain Road

The famed road to Mount Rushmore takes you through pigtail bridges, magnificent Black Hills scenery, and tunnels that frame the national monument.

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Peter Norbeck Scenic Highway

Named one of the 10 Most Outstanding Byways in North America.

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Lodging at Custer State Park

Looking for a place to pull off and stay awhile? Custer State Park isn't just for driving through—we offer tons of additional activities and adventures as well. Explore lodging options at Custer State Park Resort to book your stay.

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