Custer State Park Scenic and Hiking Experience

Experience the best of Custer State Park in one day, from driving the mesmerizing Needles Highway to hiking to the summit of Black Elk Peak and exploring iconic Cathedral Spires.

Last updated: Apr 2024

    $20 per vehicle for a 7-day pass.


    More than 500 Miles from you


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  1. 8:00 AM: Visit the Visitor Center.
  2. 8:30 AM: Drive Wildlife Loop Road.
  3. 10:00 AM: Explore Needles Highway and Needles Eye Tunnel.
  4. 12:00 PM: Picnic lunch at Sylvan Lake.
  5. 1:00 PM: Hike around Sylvan Lake or ascend Black Elk Peak.
  6. 4:00 PM: Drive through Iron Mountain Road.
  7. 6:00 PM: Return to your accommodation or continue exploring nearby attractions.



Custer State Park, South Dakota

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  • Comfortable hiking shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Water and snacks
  • Binoculars for wildlife viewing
  • Camera

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