Custer State Park
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 Memorial.
Day two: Follow Highway 16A
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. Moriah Cemetary
look into some of the Saloons or Gambling dens on Deadwood's Main
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.