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Iron Mountain Road

Custer State Park, Custer, SD
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Get on your bike and let it rip.

One of my favorite rides in the Black Hills. I need day no more. Good ride it and enjoy. Pig tails... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Terry N
Rapid City, South Dakota, United States
via mobile
Beautiful Drive through the Black Hills

My husband and I took 3 scenic drives through the Black Hills and this may have been my favorite... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Karen M
Beaufort, South Carolina
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Custer State Park, Custer, SD
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

One of my favorite rides in the Black Hills. I need day no more. Good ride it and enjoy. Pig tails, old wooden Bridges, and really sweet times when the road actually splits for a ways. Just go do it.

Thank Terry N
Reviewed 2 days ago

My husband and I took 3 scenic drives through the Black Hills and this may have been my favorite. A very scenic drive with many beautiful overlooks, and if you travel Iron Mountain Rd east to west toward Mt Rushmore, you can see Mt Rushmore...More

Thank Karen M
Reviewed 2 days ago

If you are in the area it is great little drive. The views are amazing but the road is a little narrow in places. We did not see a lot of wild life on our drive though.

Thank JensogSetta
Reviewed 6 days ago

Very curvy road beautiful scenery and I do not care how old you are, driving through rock tunnels and over bridges that look like Lincoln logs are the coolest thing. Several areas to pull off are great for the family photography.

Thank Foreveryoungtogether
Reviewed 6 days ago

My wife and I traveled this road on a recent trip to the Black Hills. The views are tremendous. Pig tails, single lane roads, tunnels, switchbacks fun to drive.

2  Thank Dennis S
Reviewed 6 days ago

This was a good road to travel on. Not sure it is worth the time but it was ok. There are some nice views of Mt Rushmore, and the pigtail bridges are unique, but the rest of the road is average, especially if you get...More

Thank rex m
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a scenic drive where we were happy we were in a smaller car! Interspersed along this drive are smaller tunnels through the rock, which can feel very claustrophobic driving through! But the views were amazing! A nice way to spend a Saturday out...More

1  Thank SLPlovesPE42
Reviewed 1 week ago

You are most likely to see this if you go to Custer Park and it is an amazing piece of human engineering.

1  Thank jjones76b
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fortunately, we had a friend who liveds in the area who was our guide for Iron Mountain. She knew all of the right spots to stop and the special views. I suggest this as part of the trip to the Mt Rushmore/Keystone/Hill City/Custer State Park...More

1  Thank Susan L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Love the way the one way tunnels frame out a view of Mount Rushmore. Check out the dimension limits if you are driving a very large vehicle or RV Tunnel #5 is 8'4" wide and 12 ' high.

1  Thank STM0041
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Erin B
Hi, my family of 5 (three under 10) are spending 15 days driving from Michigan to Yellowstone and back. That's a lot of car time, so I am wondering how long this drive, and the Needles takes. We are staying at Sylvan Lake and thought about driving both to Mt. Rushmore after setting up our camp. Then taking the short return trip. We could also do Badlands then Iron Mt then Rushmore. WE only have the one day as we head out the next day for Devils Tower. What advise do you have??
23 June 2017|
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Response from SLPlovesPE42 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Erin! Oh wow! That IS a lot of driving time! I might recommend that you do part of the Badlands Loop Road as you head in towards Rapid City / Custer State Park - since the Badlands are east of Mt. Rushmore. Or... More
Can I drive the Iron Mountain Road in a 26 foot RV?
7 May 2017|
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Response from Jason B | Reviewed this property |
There are three tunnels on the Iron Mountain Road (16A). Doane 14'0" W x 12'.9 Gideon 13.2 W x 12.2 H Scovel 13.4 W x 12.4 H Doane and Gideon both can be bypassed
Will be traveling from Dodge City, KS to Rapid City, but want to side-track and take Iron Mountain Road for the scenic drive and Mount Rushmore views. Trying to figure out where to pick up 16A on the way up and where to get off to head on up to Rapid City. Tried several "destinations" or "stops" on Google maps to try and make it work, but I'm a little confused about where the scenic part of Iron Mountain Road begins & ends coming from the south. As is, Google Maps has me doing the following: 1. Cross over from Nebraska to SD on 385. 2. Continue north on 79 3. Take Left on Cobb Rd. 4. Turn Right on N Cobb Rd. 5. Take Left on SD-36 6. Turn Right on US-16A (about 16.5 mi) 7. US-16A E turns Left and becomes SD-244W (This is where I am confused if I should continue on with the step since we are really heading to Rapid City. Are all of the Mount Rushmore Views prior to this step????? If so, then I believe we would take a right rather than a left at this point?????? Thank you for your help!
18 April 2017|
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Response from bnterry | Reviewed this property |
I would continue on 244 until reaching 16. Granted, you will have seen most of the iconic views as you drove north towards the monument, but there are still a couple of great views as you drive near the monument and as you... More