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We are planning our trip to Mt. Rushmore for next year over the 4th of July. I know that I need to be at the park all day on the 3rd for the fireworks. The only problem is, what to do with my dog? She can go 8 without going out but I know we will be gone longer then that.

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You can go in and out of the park at Rushmore. So go early, stay awhile, go back and exercise the dogs, then go back to the park for the fireworks. If you are in a MH and don't have a campsite, you can park in the lot at Mt. Rushmore, then go in and back to the MH as needed. Just don't try to do Needles Highway in the MH!


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No bridge on the Needles, believe this might be the Iron Mountain Road.

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Once you are in the park you must stay for the day if you want your parking spot for the fireworks. We were there for the 4th last year and saw many leave the park only to have their spot taken the minute they left. If you have the MH as someone said you can park it on the grounds but it is very crowded. We boarded our dogs for this trip for this same reason - camped in Custer and were at the Monument by 8:30 in the morning - saw the faces and messed around in the morning, then just hung out at the truck on the top level of the parking garage in the afternoon - games, visits, naps all while waiting for the show. The fireworks are fantastic and well worth spending the day there but you won't want to leave the park until all is over. Enjoy the 4th at Mt. Rushmore.


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We were there for the 3rd July fireworks, but did not get a spot near the Monument. We did find a spot off the Needles Highway to park, then hiked up a hill, a good view but it was a good mile or two to the Monument. The parking along the roads to the Monument, the parking lot were very crowded. Not sure if you left the Monument, if you could get back, the parking spot would be filled. If you could park a vehicle, leave it, then enter and leave at will. But would need two vehicles to do it. It is a mad house, we just did not want to take the time and trouble to do an all day, our daughter in law was very large with child as they say. Our grand-daughter was born later in July that year.

One of the Tunnels on the Needles Highway


A Bridge on the Needles Hwy.


Tunnel on Needles Hwy.

Custer State Park has campgrounds scatter all over the area, they are all very nice. We have stay several times at the Stockade Lake campgrounds North & South. These are the closest to Custer the town. The last time we were there (2008), we stayed at Bismarck Lake CG a Black Hills Nat'l Forest CG just across the road (kind of) from the Stockade North & South, just a few miles (maybe 3 or 4) from the town of Custer. We enjoyed it, very nice area, very quite, nice camp host. More like camping. The sites are more private than the Stockage South or North for that matter. But no showers or flush toilets (pit toilets were new & clean). Almost the same cost as Stockade North but less for me due to Senior Card.

Horse Thief Lake CG is also a Black Hills Nat'l Forest CG, very close to Mt Rushmore. It would be a nice one as well. My son had stayed at it before.

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Horsedoc, You will find bridges on it. We did for sure, pigtail bridges, which the photo shows. "On the Needles Highway (SD 87), you'll experience hairpin curves, pigtail bridges, and narrow tunnels that wind in and around massive granite pinnacles and rugged terrain. With views of a variety of spires and outcroppings, the highway is considered one of the most scenic drives in America. At the end of one tunnel, you'll be treated to a spectacular view of the Needles Eye, a granite spire bearing a 3-4 foot wide slit that reaches 30 to 40 feet in the air." Needles Highway, AllBlackHills.com

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Horsedoc wrote:



No bridge on the Needles, believe this might be the Iron Mountain Road.


I have to agree with Horesdoc on this one. Photo is of a bridge on Iron Mountain Road 16A south of Keystone SD.
Note all of the narrow tunnels are on SD 87 Needles Hwy.

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Been a few years since we were there, but I don't remember the Needles Highway being very close to Mt Rushmore or having a good view of it, and the Iron Mountain road was close and did have a good view.


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bukhrn wrote:

Horsedoc is right, we saw NO bridges on Needles Highway, just a tunnel, called "Needles Eye", the bridges & "pigtails" & more tunnels are on Rt 16 "Iron Mountain Rd." If you go to Google Earth & zoom in far enough, you can see the pigtails on Rt 16.

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If you drive the full length of the Needles HWY. you will see a few bridges. specifically the pigtail turns. there is also a spot where the road splits and zig zags through the forest! pretty cool.


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Horsedoc is right, we saw NO bridges on Needles Highway, just a tunnel, called "Needles Eye", the bridges & "pigtails" & more tunnels are on Rt 16 "Iron Mountain Rd." If you go to Google Earth & zoom in far enough, you can see the pigtails on Rt 16.

Needles Eye



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