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Needles Eye Tunnel, Custer

4.9
#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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  • 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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  • Enjoy the ride it is worth the trip. Many awesome rock formations, really cool tunnel's, picnic areas a cave or two, lots to do.
  • 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.
  • Really narrow passage and awesome rock formations. Take your camera.
  • Very impressed when we saw a bus squeeze through!

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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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