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Iron Mountain Road

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Distance 1 mile
Time Needed: About 45 Minutes to cover 17 Miles
Best Time To Go: Morning -- close to sunrise.
Directions: West on US16A
Cost: Free if you don't stop in Custer State Park. Park entrance fee applies if you choose to enter the park at the south end of Iron Mountain Road.
Highlights: Tunnels that frame Mt. Rushmore, pigtail bridges
Description:
Mt. Rushmore is Open All Year.
Seasonal: This
road may be
closed in
winter.

 This road is not maintained in winter. It may be closed after a snowfall. Open to snowmobiles in winter.
    Iron Mountain Road is actually US Highway 16A. It is the long, scenic route to Custer. The road itself starts about a mile west of The Roosevelt Inn and winds for about five miles to the top of Iron Mountain -- hence the name. In the first five miles drivers pass through three tunnels and over two pigtail bridges. Each of the three tunnels frames a view of Mt. Rushmore.
    At the top of Iron Mountain you can pause at a scenic overlook from one of the highest points in the southern Black Hills. There is a large parking lot there (closed in winter, however), and a short trail to the west that offers a terrific view of Mt. Rushmore and the central Black Hills.  It is also a nice area for a picnic.
    For the next 12 miles the road slowly descents after a series of hairpin turns and one more tunnel into Custer State Park.  Iron Mountain Road is one leg on the Norbeck Scenic Byway. The north end of this road is not recommended for large RVs  or Motorhomes.
Updated 1/13/2013
 

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