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The Needles, South Dakota

The Needles of the Black Hills of South Dakota are a region of eroded granite pillars, towers, and spires within Custer State Park. Popular with rock climbers and tourists alike, the Needles are accessed from the Needles Highway, which is a part of Sylvan Lake Road (SD 87/89). The Cathedral Spires and Limber Pine Natural Area, a 637-acre portion of the Needles containing six ridges of pillars as well as a disjunct stand of limber pine, was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1976.
The Needles were the original site proposed for the Mount Rushmore carvings. The location was rejected by the sculptor Gutzon Borglum owing to the poor quality of the granite and the fact that they were too thin to support the sculptures. The Needles attract approximately 300,000 people annually.
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  • Its difficult to put into words the beautiful scenery before, during and after seeing Needles. The rock formations alone and stunning. If in the area, take time and enjoy the surrounding views. You wo...  more »
  • its really like needles as the name mention,very sharp, good tourist spot in south dakota, loved it.  more »
  • I just think this is a beautiful spot. I like when the land seems to match its form to that of something about me.
  • One of the greatest roads ever made! 14 miles of narrow, windy road and spectacular view. There is many one way tunnels you have to pass going through. From some of them you can see in a distance Mountain Rushmore. You can't go fast so it will take you around an hour to go from one end to another. You have to pay $20 if you go through the entrance at Sylvan Lake. The road is closed in the winter season.

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