Trip Planner:   USA  /  South Dakota  /  Custer  /  Nature  /  Needles Eye Tunnel

Needles Eye Tunnel, Custer

(4.9/5 based on 1,000+ reviews on the web)
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.
Create a full Custer itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Custer

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Custer by other users

23 days in United States BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 24 days in Continental USA BY A USER FROM ITALY July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 23 days in South Dakota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Hill City, Rapid City & Custer BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Midwest BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 16 days in Midwest BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 18 days in United States BY A USER FROM ITALY August, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 17 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, kids, popular PREFERENCES: July, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in South Dakota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 33 days in Continental USA & Mexico BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA August, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 31 days in United States BY A USER FROM INDIA June, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 10 days in South Dakota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • If you are in the area of Custer State Park, definitely take a trip to drive this route. If you are driving a large vehicle you will definitely have white knuckles at the end of your drive. :-)  more »
  • Once you are there you’ll realize why it is fantastic, if you’re luck you may see some mountain goats around, but be careful the coming cars, so move slowly with horn, turn around and go again. The mo...  more »
  • Custer state Park is one of my favorite places in the u.s. This attraction is one of many beautiful attractions in this area. The road is quite narrow with natural stone tunnels that may not accommoda...  more »
Google
  • 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.
  • Cool place to stop and climb the rocks. One lane car tunnel was neat.
  • This is the best spot in the Custer State Park. Best to drive through from west to east, and check out the 'eye of the needle' in the little parking lot before you go through the tunnel.