Custer State Park
The Wildlife Loop
Two-Day Black Hills Itinerary
||About 8 hours each day
|Best Time To Go:
||Start early in the day
|| Nobody, but
nobody, can see all of the Black
Hills in only two days. This itinerary uses many
of the same roads
listed in the other itineraries, so rather than
repeat them here, we'll
just give you a list of the highlights that you
should try to hit.
Basically this combines the North and South
itineraries, going south
the first day and north the second.
Day one: Arise
early drive up to
Mt. Rushmore. Follow 244 west from Mt. Rushmore to
US385. Take 385
south 1/4 mile to the Needles Highway (Highway
87). Follow Highway 87
to Sylvan Lake, the Needles, and the Cathedral
Spires and into Custer
Take 16 east to the
Wildlife Loop Road
in the park and follow the Loop Road all the way
around to Highway 87
again. Follow 87 north back to Highway 16 and take
16 west to custer.
Stop at Stockade Lake. From Custer, follow 385
north to the Crazy Horse
Memorial then continue on to Hill City. A Hill
City follow 16 and 16A
back to Keystone.
If you drive this
non-stop, it will
take 3-4 hours. For suggested stops, look at our
listings for Custer
State Park, Custer, Hill City and Crazy Horse
Day two: Follow
north out of Keystone, back to US16. Take 16 west
to the junction with
385 then take 385 north to Pluma. You will pass by
Sheridan Lake and
over the dam at Pactola Lake.
In Deadwood visit Mt.
look into some of the Saloons or Gambling dens on
Street. When finished, take highway 85 South back
to Pluma and then
turn right to go on up to Lead. Stop at the
Homestake visitor center
and look into their huge open pit mine.
From Lead follow 85
South to Cheyenne
Crossing, the junction with 14A, and take 14A
north through Spearfish
Canyon. Stop at Bridal Veil Falls.
For the return, follow
I-90, US 16 and
US16A back to Keystone. For suggested stops, look
at our listings for
Deadwood, Spearfish and Sturgis.