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Needles Highway and Norbeck Scenic Byway


Check out the most scenic route in the hills! The Norbeck Scenic Byway has been placed as the number 2 of 10 favorite scenic drives in America by a survey of members of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). You won’t find any Black Hills lodging closer to the byway than the Roosevelt Inn; we are only a mile awayFrom Keystone, the first leg climbs to the top of Iron Mountain on US Highway 16A, which goes over the world-famous "pig-tail" bridges, and three one-lane rock tunnels. Each tunnel frames Mount Rushmore in the distance. The road has several scenic overlooks with pull-offs offering majestic views of the Black Hills. Coming down from Iron Mountain, the road enters Custer State Park and turns West. (Many visitors choose to take the Wildlife Loop through the park.)

The scenic byway continues west to State Highway 87, called “Needles Highway". Follow the needles north through the Cathedral Spires region and into the Needles and Little Devil's Tower area. Stop by Sylvan Lake and eventually you'll follow a series of switchbacks down from the mountain to US 385 between Custer and Hill City. The route follows SD Hwy 244 back to Keystone.

Contact us today if you have any questions about the Norbeck Scenic Byway or if you are in need of Black Hills lodging.

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