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Needles Eye Tunnel, Custer

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#3 of 15 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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  • I wanted to see the Needles Eye and we made sure on our way to Mount Rushmore, we stopped by and took some great photos and just took it all in. Wow, what a need place.  more »
  • There are many small attractions and sights along the SD 87 highway so it's worth a slow drive to take them all in.  more »
  • Was on the scenic route and just happened to catch the sunset going through the eye. It was amazing. The eye is right before 1 of the tunnels so there can be some traffic, backup. As long as there are...  more »
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  • You must take the Route 87 Toll Road, it will be the best toll you'll ever pay. You'll enjoy incredible beauty, a winding twisting road, switchback and an unexpected circular exit from a tunnel. Included are the fantastic rock formations where nature decided to be creative in forming the star of the road 'Needles' formations. Then you're treated to man's attempt duplicate natures creativity by carving tunnels barely wide enough for a vehicle, you just about scrape your door handles off (compacts recommended .... LOL). An unexpected surprise is a viewing area, where you can see an uninterrupted view of Mt. Rushmore across the valley. We enjoy the ride it is certainly worth the trip. It ends with a picnic/rest area with a small stream and a shallow cave to enjoy as well. Enjoy.
  • Excellent place to stop for some pic's, it does get crowded but worthy of a wait or parking out of the area and walking back. The tunnel is amazingly narrow....
  • Bring your camera, forget the camper! Very tight, and long. Impressive rock spires. It is the definition of one lane, so you will need to take turns driving through.
  • 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!
  • Really narrow passage and awesome rock formations. Take your camera.
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