Pigtail bridge on Iron Mountain Road, a section of the Norbeck Scenic Byway.
Norbeck Scenic Byway
||1 mile to Iron Mountain Road
||2 to 4 hours or all day
|Best Time To Go:
||US16A west out of Keystone about 1
||Iron Mountain road is free, but the
drive in Custer
State Park requires a park entrance fee
||Spectacular scenery, wildlife, views of
Iron Mt. Road and the Needles highway may be closed in winter.
| The Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway passes about a mile
from the Roosevelt Inn of Keystone
and runs approximately 70 miles. A survey of members of the
Society of American Travel
Writers (SATW) placed the Norbeck Scenic Byway as number two in a list
of their 10 favorite
scenic drives in America.
route is circular and may be joined
at any point. It includes Iron Mountain Road; the Needles Highway; and Custer State Park which requires an entrance fee.
From Keystone, the
first leg climbs to the top of Iron Mountain on US Highway 16A which
over the world-famous "pig-tail" bridges, shown above, and three one-lane rock
Each tunnel frames Mt. Rushmore in the distance. The road has several
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
may choose to take the Wildlife Loop" through the park.)
continues west to State Highway 87, called "the Needles Highway".
the needles north through the Cathedral Spires region and into the
and Little Devil's Tower area. Stop by Sylvan Lake and eventually
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.
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Of the Peter