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Iron Mountain Road, Custer
(4.8/5 based on 850+ reviews on the web)
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 itinerary builder.
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  • This scenic drive was on my list of must-sees in the Black Hills. Well worth it! We stopped at a couple of scenic overlooks for photos and good views. The kids loved their first look at Mt. Rushmore! 
  • This drive was amazing! This was a must do! So many neat things to see, the tunnels, pigtails, bridges, and just beautiful nature.this was almost better than Mount Rushmore. Don't miss it! 
  • We were really on our way on motorcycles to "the needles" in Custer State Park, but Iron Mountain Road was enough for us. Hairpin turns, pigtail bridges, amazing views of Mt. Rushmore (don't forget to...  more »