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Needles Eye Tunnel, Custer

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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. To visit Needles Eye Tunnel and other attractions in Custer, use our Custer trip builder.
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Where to stay in Custer

You'll feel like you're experiencing life in the Old West on the outskirts of Custer, where several vacation cabins combine the grandeur of the Black Hills' scenery with amenities such as in-room televisions and Wi-Fi. Many are located just a short drive from Main Street. For a real adventure, consider staying in one of the area's campgrounds. To explore Custer's cultural delights on foot, book a room in a downtown hotel, motel, or bed and breakfast.
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  • I stopped here to take a few photos. I'm happy I was there before the summer season really got going, because there are not many places to park here. You don't need much time to stop and take photos, ...  more »
  • The Needles parkway is a must do while in the black hills. Very mysterious and beautiful. Any vehicle bigger than an SUV will have a little trouble getting through the tunnels. Wonderful!!  more »
  • Wonderful and exciting drive to see the wonders of nature. It was great to drive through the tunnel. We had to fold the mirrors in on the truck but the granite sparkly walls were great to see. Even sa...  more »
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  • Very impressed when we saw a bus squeeze through!
  • Really narrow passage and awesome rock formations. Take your camera.
  • During our trip to South Dakota, we found some time to go through the Needle Road. The tunnel was closed at that time due to maintenance, so instead of going with the car we got to walk through it (which was also pretty cool!). The drive was totally worth it, and the views are impressive!
  • My guest, Sabrina Lyn, was the best part of this trip. The area is magnificent and a must see. If you go to the the rally you've got to ride through here before you leave!
  • The drive is nice, but the road is narrow. Make sure to plan to spend time going through it so you can make your $20 park fee go further.