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Amazing drive

This state park is beautiful. The needles eye are great to see and the one car tunnels are fun to... read more

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ct782
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Monroe, New York
Fun to see again

Nice fun drive even in the light rain. Spent many summers driving up to see this as a kid. First... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
tlmdcarter17
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Kearney, Nebraska
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A geological formation located in Custer State Park.
  • Excellent81%
  • Very good16%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“rock formations” (95 reviews)
“narrow tunnel” (29 reviews)
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Custer, SD
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Reviewed yesterday

This state park is beautiful. The needles eye are great to see and the one car tunnels are fun to drive through

Thank ct782
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Nice fun drive even in the light rain. Spent many summers driving up to see this as a kid. First time I’ve taken my family and it was as great as I remembered

Thank tlmdcarter17
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Truly amazing scenery. The road was quite narrow in places so it was a bit scary at times. Plenty of places to pull off for pictures.

Thank Bobbie F
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Reviewed 4 days ago

If you don't mind hair-pin turns and lots of switch-backs, this is a fabulous drive. The rock formations and mountain views are super.

Thank Bruce D
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The scenery was amazing. Lots of great pictures. Even got to watch an RV America rental squeeze through!

Thank DebbieN2727
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you drive the needles scenic highway the two tight tunnels are on the Sylvan lake end of the drive. Be sure to park and get out of your car and walk around or you won’t see the needle eye in the rock spires. It’s...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved exploring this scenic highway while staying at Custer State Park! Amazing views and couldn't have been more convenient!

Thank Betsy M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Drove Needles Highway from both ends. Loved the small tunnels and the one particular one that was so tight we had to pull the side mirrors in to make it through. No wide loads through there! The rock formations were amazing and we got some...More

Thank Precept123
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow, Needles Highway (Hwy 87) is an incredible drive. Lots of tight tunnels and beautiful needle rocks along the way. The needles Eye and the tunnel next to it is the best part of the drive. Lots of tight spots so be careful if you...More

Thank Craig-World-Travelle
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband & I travel around in our motorhome & see a lot of state parks. Custer is by far my favorite!! I loved all the wildlife & beautiful scenery. Needles eye is named from a rock that actually formed a “needle eye.” When you...More

Thank Maggie D
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janet w
26 June 2017|
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Response from WYOJuls | Reviewed this property |
Depending on your timing there is a rest area by the missiour river near Pierre sd that is a beautiful stop & view. Then u have wall drug & the badlands. Once you reach rapid city there is flintstone villiage on the road to... More
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_lucyglover55
15 January 2017|
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Response from old_mountie | Reviewed this property |
Ride it whenever you can if you are passing through. Did the trip last week in June on my Wing accompanied by my brother on his wing. There was not much traffic. Optimum time would be spring/fall outside of the school... More
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tina r
29 June 2016|
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Response from WYOJuls | Reviewed this property |
My brother had his dog with: make note of the leash requirements in custer state park. The beaches are little more restrictive then the camp areas.
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