Trip Planner:   USA  /  South Dakota  /  Custer  /  Iron Mountain Road

Iron Mountain Road, Custer

4.9
#2 of 15 in Outdoors in Custer
Offering sweeping views over switchbacks and through tunnels, you'll experience life in the slow lane along Iron Mountain Road. This 27 km (17 mi) stretch of scenic road was designed specifically to slow drivers down so they could enjoy the Black Hills and the road's architecture. Consisting of a series of severe switchbacks and pigtail bridges that twist up and around over the road below, this route is fun to drive at a leisurely pace. The road stretches from Mt. Rushmore National Memorial to Custer State Park. At various spots along the way, it is possible to see one or more of the presidential faces of Mt. Rushmore framed through the opening of a tunnel. Keep your eye out for antelope, deer, and mountain lions--you might even come across a herd of buffalo crossing the road. To visit Iron Mountain Road and other attractions in Custer, use our Custer trip planner.
Create an itinerary including Iron Mountain Road
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

Iron Mountain Road Reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5.0
1,606 reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Iron Mountain Rd is 16A. It is gorgeous. The one lane tunnels. The pigtails and switchbacks. The wildlife along the road. The views of the Black hills. The road could have been shorter and straighter....  more »
  • Go early in the day, take your time, enjoy the wildlife and amazing views of the area and Mt. Rushmore.  more »

Plan your trip to Custer

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Custer

See all ›
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
4.0
Duration: 8 hours

Side trips from Custer

3.4
Duration: 4 hours
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
4.5
Duration: 8 hours

Nature in Custer

See all ›
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
4.2
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Custer

4.8
Duration: 2 hours
4.7
Duration: 30 minutes
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min

Nearby attractions in Custer

5.0
Duration: 4 hours
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
5.0
Duration: 4 hours

Kid-friendly things to do in Custer

4.7
Duration: 2 hours
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min