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Needles Eye Tunnel, Custer

#3 of 15 in Parks in Custer
Must see · Geologic Formation · Nature / Park
Situated among pointed geological formations that resemble needles and spires, Needles Eye Tunnel is the main attraction along Needles Highway within Custer State Park. Look for this 10 m (35 ft) tall granite formation with a slit in it, created through centuries of erosion of soft sediment by wind, rain, thawing, and freezing. The rock's shape attracts photographers, and together with the other rock formations nearby, it has become a popular rock climbing spot. If you are a climber, do so cautiously; many accidents have occurred on this rock. Put Needles Eye Tunnel at the forefront of your travel plans using our Custer day trip planning website.
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  • What a way to build a scenic route. Tunnels were fantastic. Most drivers were courteous. Had no trouble navigating thru the tunnels.  more »
  • This was a beautiful drive with lots of places to stop and check out the views. I recommend taking your time as you drive through. Some of the roads can be narrow.  more »
  • This was awesome! I videoed is driving through and it was so neat. The views are beautiful and definitely worth the drive. Great experience!  more »
  • This was a lot of fun and wish we had do e it the first day in the Black Hills. $20 pass is good for 7 days and we would have taken advantage of more hiking etc. Rock formations are beautiful and there is plenty of wildlife along the hwy. Other drivers forget other people use the road and cause issues by tunnels, jam on brakes, or swerve across the road without warning so obey the speed signs
  • Very wondrous geological formations as one part looks like the eye of a needle. These formations rise high above the surrounding area, with pull outs where you can get out stretch your legs, and take in the scenery. Photographic opportunities abound in this general area. It's amazing to watch the tour buses, and vehicles squeeze through the tunnels that are just wide enough to accompany them. Highly recommend visit!
  • Wonderful views and makes for an amazing stop on the highway. Plenty of wild life along the way. A must do in Custer state park.
  • Stop and enjoy the view. Sometimes mountain goats approach the balcony area by the parking rail. Great photo spot.
  • Loved it. It was fun to stop before passing through. Great views, and there was a Mt Goat standing there on the rocks 10 feet from us. Wow

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