Drive Needles Highway in Custer State Park

Drive Needles Highway in Custer State Park

Needles Highway

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Beginner

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

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Ashley Stimpson

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A feat of engineering, this 14-mile scenic byway in Custer National Park dives through narrow tunnels, wraps around granite spires, and offers endless instagram-worthy vistas.

Perfect for a pre or post Black Hills/Badlands adventure, Needles Highway is the joyride of a lifetime. 

Entrance to Custer State Park costs 10 dollars, and do be prepared to keep it in low gear behind RVs and motorcycles. Pull-offs for photos and general marveling are frequent. 

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Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

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Must Do in the Hills!

If you do not have that much time in the Hills to hike and see all the sites, this is a great drive to see the area! you get so many scenic views, and some really up close looks at the granite spires that make this area so unique! You can do it in a short span of time or make it a whole day affair with stopping at trailheads, parking spots and viewing areas!

Nice views

Really neat drive after a hike in Custer!

Activities

Photography

Skill

Beginner

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Added by

Ashley Stimpson

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