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Needles Highway

South Dakota State Highway 87, Custer, South Dakota 57730 USA

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“Outdoors & Recreation in Custer, SD”

Deemed “impossible” to construct by its critics, Needles Highway—a National Scenic Byway—was completed in 1922 and includes 14 miles of sharp turns, low tunnels and impressive granite spires. The road lies within the 73,000 acre Custer State Park, just 30 miles south of Rapid City. 

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Reviewed by
sandymik

  • 4 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
May 14, 2017
Rated 5.0

Well worth the travel. Glad we rented a car, dont think the motorhome would have made it through the tunnels. Do not miss this if you are in the area.

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
johille

  • 4 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
March 26, 2018
Rated 5.0

Searching for a hidden gem with photo stops at every turn? The Needle's Hwy IS IT. Plan at 1 full day. For hiking, boat paddling and driving from one awesone stop to the other.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Sam

  • 16 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
September 19, 2019
Rated 5.0

Wow...how do you even put into words how beautiful this drive was?! Can I just take a second and ponder about how in the heck those motor coach buses fit through those tunnels? Like how? Anyways, yes it was beautiful. I would do that drive over and over again. What a way to get a first glance of Mount Rushmore!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Jennifer

  • 14 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
July 24, 2018
Rated 5.0

Beautiful drive! Well worth the time. Be mindful of vehicle height/width restrictions, they are not a suggestion. We passed a motor home that was stranded with no where to turn around and talked to a guy in a dually that decided that he didn’t want to chance getting his truck scratched going through the tunnels. Lots of wildlife in the area. We enjoyed this scenic drive so much that we drove it again before we left the area.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
juicejr33

  • 15 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
June 16, 2018
Rated 5.0

Just amazing to drive through along with Custer state park and badlands!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
danireis

  • 11 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
October 22, 2017
Rated 5.0

Beautiful and worth the time to go on this road. Needles Eye Tunnel is amazing and worth getting out to take photos. We went off season and had more time to enjoy without a long line of cars.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Bailey Irene.

  • 28 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
August 28, 2016
Rated 5.0

Got lost and so glad we did. The Needles drive was a highlight of our trip. We got stuck in a hail storm driving through. It was great.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
jgroves80

  • 5 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
August 01, 2016
Rated 4.0

Very interesting drive. Watch the youtube videos to see what you are in for before the trip. Children may get nauseated by the twists and turns.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
kasselman

  • 4 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
June 11, 2020

Please do not try to bring a trailer. I did this pulling a 22ft that was as 9’6” and it was stressful.

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Reviewed by
JEP0712

  • 10 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
September 03, 2019
Rated 5.0

Another 'must' to add to the bucket list. Phenomenal views. Several single lane tunnels. We drove it twice because it was worth it!

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Needles Highway

South Dakota State Highway 87
Custer, South Dakota
57730 USA

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  • Sun - Sat: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

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