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Iron Mountain Road, Custer

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#2 of 15 in Outdoors in Custer
Offering sweeping views over switchbacks and through tunnels, you'll experience life in the slow lane along Iron Mountain Road. This 27 km (17 mi) stretch of scenic road was designed specifically to slow drivers down so they could enjoy the Black Hills and the road's architecture. Consisting of a series of severe switchbacks and pigtail bridges that twist up and around over the road below, this route is fun to drive at a leisurely pace. The road stretches from Mt. Rushmore National Memorial to Custer State Park. At various spots along the way, it is possible to see one or more of the presidential faces of Mt. Rushmore framed through the opening of a tunnel. Keep your eye out for antelope, deer, and mountain lions--you might even come across a herd of buffalo crossing the road. To visit Iron Mountain Road and other attractions in Custer, use our Custer trip planner.
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  • Love it.Make sure you take this route on your way to Mt Rushmore.Nice excellent views.Zigzag,loop turns.Very exciting drive.Watch out for the tunnels.  more »
  • We went on this by accident and it was the perfect scenic tour. We enjoyed the views and the fun of the twists and turns of the road. It's a must do if you're in the area!  more »
  • Enjoyed seeing buffalo and the beautiful views. Tunnels were fun as well. Each turn and hill top brought a different view more pretty than the last.  more »

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