Driving the Needles Highway

Driving on a cloudy day in May did not take away from the thrill and beauty of the Needles Highway in South Dakota. Located in Custer State Park, in the Black Hills of  South Dakota, this is an amazing bit of road. I had my mouth open in awe for the fourteen miles of rock formations, crazy curves and narrow tunnels.


The narrow road winds very close to the rock formations on either side.

There are a lot of these very narrow, one lane tunnels cut through the rock.

The road rises in elevation giving a panoramic view of the countryside


Approaching the narrow tunnels on an angle ensures that traffic moves slowly on this route. Warnings of falling rock were numerous.

I was happy that we had to travel slowly along the winding road, the highway has spectacular scenery. I wanted to stop every chance I could to drink in the beauty. It is like no other place. Peter Norbeck, the South Dakota Governor in the early 20’s wanted this highway to be thrilling. He succeeded.

4 responses to “Driving the Needles Highway

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  2. We LOVE Needles Highway and Custer State Park. I’ve been through the area twice. Last time in 1992.

    Did you see the friendly burros at the park?

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