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Needles Eye Tunnel, Custer

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#3 of 13 in Parks in Custer
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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Needles Eye Tunnel by using our Custer day trip planning website .
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  • The Needles Eye is unique but really the highlight was driving the Needles Highway. This is a must do.  more »
  • Amazing place to visit at least once. Please come and experience a new way of life and history. Part of the Custer Magic.  more »
  • Our tour group stopped here and we were able to get out and explore for a while. This is another of the GREAT roads through Custer Park. This is absolutely an amazing rock formation and the area surro...  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.

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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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