Custer State Park is home to roaming buffalo, towering peaks and cool mountain lakes. It’s a place filled with history, adventures and countless family activities. Spanning 71,000 acres, the park is one of the largest state parks in the country and is the best nature has to offer.
Custer State Park:
Sylvan Lake is probably the most recognizable of the five Custer State Park lakes. Amazing hiking trails, a swimming beach and boat rentals (non-motorized only) where visitors can rent paddle boats, canoes or other watercraft rentals.
The Crazy Horse Memorial campus offers breath-taking views of the ongoing carving from its veranda. Also includes an Indian Museum, gift shop, welcome center, Native American Cultural Center, and the Laughing Water Restaurant. During the summer, visitors can watch a laser light show.
Your Black Hills vacation checklist:
Iron Mountain Road:
Crazy Horse Memorial:
Iron Mountain Road offers some of the most spectacular views of Mount Rushmore framed in granite rock tunnels. There are 3 of these tunnels, each offering a different view of the mountain monument.
This unique rock formation, the Eye of the Needle, is nestled in South Dakota's Black Hills along Needles Highway. This natural granite sculpture was formed over a long period of time by wind and water erosion plus a natural process known as frost wedging.
Ranger-guided tours take visitors through the passageways and rooms of the cave and along the trails located on the surface. The Discovery Talk and Scenic Tour are offered daily during park hours. A Historic Lantern Tour and Wild Caving Tour are only offered during the summer months.