The most incredible part of our ride through Custer State Park was riding the motorcycle along the Needles Highway. This 14-mile road is a spectacular drive through pine and spruce forests surrounded by rugged granite mountains. The road's name comes from the needle-like granite formations which seem to pierce the horizon along the highway. The roadway was carefully planned by former South Dakota Governor Peter Norbeck, who marked the entire route on foot and horseback. Construction was complete in 1922.
We loved this area so much we returned on August 7th to have a picnic lunch along the shore of Sylvan Lake! I even climbed up the rock formations! Just breathtaking!