Iron Mountain Road
Iron Mountain Road
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  • KarenM1_10
    1,084 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    View of Mt. Rushmore
    This was the last drive we did in Custer State Park. There are a lot of twists and turns, and the scenery is nice but nothing like the Wilderness Loop and Needles Highway. However, as we started to get further down the road, there were a series of tunnels you drive through. Keep your eyes peeled for the Doane Robinson Tunnel. There is a small turnoff here and many people drove through it without noticing the great view of Mt. Rushmore that you can see from the entrance of the tunnel. There is also a small turnoff on the other side as well. I would recommend this drive as well.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 15, 2023
  • the_ken_marshall
    Rockford, Illinois17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Scenic drive with steep slopes and blind switch backs.
    Glad we took this road from Custer State park to Mt. Rushmore. Even more glad it had stopped raining and there was no opposing traffic on the blind switch backs. If you fear heights be aware there are definitely some uncomfortable areas. I would not recommend it at night or in bad weather.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Nick M
    Sheridan, Wyoming120 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the Best Drives in South Dakota
    One of the Best Drives in the Black Hills! There is a lot of twists and turns, tunnels and bridges, and some downright gorgeous views of Mt Rushmore from a distance. There are numerous pull offs for photo ops and short hikes. Plan at least 2 hours of driving the whole thing and please don’t be in a hurry as there are is a lot of traffic on this road.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 10, 2023
  • Chandra S
    Texas138 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pig-tail Curves and Switchbacks!!
    Our family of seven (4 generations) from Texas drove the Iron Mountain Road while in South Dakota for Fall Break. What an Awesome road!! We loved the fall colors popping and the pig-tail curves, the switchbacks and the tunnels!! The views of Mount Rushmore coming out of the tunnels were Amazing!! I can say the only thing better is to ride this road on a Harley which my husband and I did in 2018!! If you are visiting the Black Hills of South Dakota, definitely take the time to drive the Iron Mountain Road!!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 2, 2023
  • Jordy M
    Rapid City, South Dakota7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A trip to the past
    Stunning views! It felt like we traveled back in time with old tunnels, curving roads, low hanging trees, and the perfect frame from Mt Rushmore it looked like something bout of a history book. Absolutely breathtaking. Drive North to South of course.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 20, 2024
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Jordy M
Rapid City, SD7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Stunning views! It felt like we traveled back in time with old tunnels, curving roads, low hanging trees, and the perfect frame from Mt Rushmore it looked like something bout of a history book. Absolutely breathtaking. Drive North to South of course.
Written January 20, 2024
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GoAlong2
Seattle, WA909 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
This scenic drive winds its way along the ridge across the valley from Mt Rushmore. It provides distant views of the monument as well as views of the black hills area. The loop bridges are interesting as well as the one-way tunnels that line up with views of Mt Rushmore. There are picnic areas and viewpoints along the way as well.
Written November 10, 2023
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Chandra S
Texas138 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
Our family of seven (4 generations) from Texas drove the Iron Mountain Road while in South Dakota for Fall Break. What an Awesome road!! We loved the fall colors popping and the pig-tail curves, the switchbacks and the tunnels!! The views of Mount Rushmore coming out of the tunnels were Amazing!! I can say the only thing better is to ride this road on a Harley which my husband and I did in 2018!! If you are visiting the Black Hills of South Dakota, definitely take the time to drive the Iron Mountain Road!!
Written October 2, 2023
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Joebob747
Neenah, WI358 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Fun trip. Drive this road north to south and you will be rewarded with one of the tunnels framing Mt Rushmore. Drive it south to north and???? no idea. Very winding, steep road in spots. Great views
Written September 28, 2023
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Nick M
Sheridan, WY120 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
One of the Best Drives in the Black Hills! There is a lot of twists and turns, tunnels and bridges, and some downright gorgeous views of Mt Rushmore from a distance. There are numerous pull offs for photo ops and short hikes. Plan at least 2 hours of driving the whole thing and please don’t be in a hurry as there are is a lot of traffic on this road.
Written September 10, 2023
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Sherry C
Wadsworth486 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Another great drive to take. Lots of information along the way at the tunnels. And it was pretty cool seeing Mount Rushmore perfectly framed while going thru one of the tunnels. Great photo op! We did this one from both directions so we could catch all the scenery. Don't miss this drive!
Written September 3, 2023
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Sara S
30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Great drive. Really enjoyed the views. There are several overlooks to stop at. Would recommend if in the area.
Written August 12, 2023
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the_ken_marshall
Rockford, IL17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Glad we took this road from Custer State park to Mt. Rushmore. Even more glad it had stopped raining and there was no opposing traffic on the blind switch backs. If you fear heights be aware there are definitely some uncomfortable areas. I would not recommend it at night or in bad weather.
Written July 6, 2023
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MomofAPN
Matawan, NJ105 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
This is a must drive road when in the area! The kids loved driving through the tunnels and the windy roads. We found a nice picnic spot along the way. Breathtaking scrub!
Written July 2, 2023
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RICART75
Peru, IN2,217 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Traveling from Custer State Park to Mount Rushmore, we drove the Iron Mountain Road; it was a fascinating journey.
We certainly appreciated the lower traffic flow of early May; as navigating the steep curves and dramatic mountain cutbacks was much more comfortable without a heavy vehicle onslaught.
Seeing Mount Rushmore framed through the one-lane stone tunnels was an amazing (and iconic) experience.
This was yet another pleasurable aspect of exploring Custer State Park and its surroundings.
Written June 18, 2023
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