Scenic Drives & Byways | Black Hills & Badlands - South Dakota
Scenic Drives & Byways | Black Hills & Badlands of South Dakota
Scenic Drives & Byways

Sometimes its the journey

The highways and scenic byways, as well as an extensive network of backcountry lanes, make the Black Hills and Badlands of western South Dakota a driver’s delight. From hairpin curves, mountain-carved tunnels and eagle-eye views, to wide-open meadows and ranges with bountiful wildlife, to deep canyon passageways along sparkling mountain creeks, a family drive offers every pleasure from thrills and chills to blissful, serene relaxation.

As you wend your way along the area’s spectacular scenic drives, you will experience a sightseeing adventure of wilderness, wildlife and waterways. Custer State Park’s 70-mile Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway, threading its way around the Pigtail Bridges, through one-lane rock-walled tunnels, and ascending to the uppermost heights of the Needles and Harney Peak in Custer State Park, is considered one of the Most Outstanding Byways in America. No less spectacular is the Hills’ other noted National Scenic Byway – Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway.The Canyon’s thousand-foot-high limestone palisades, richly and uniquely landscaped by all manner of woodlands fauna and flora, line Hwy. 14A as it twists through the 19-mile gorge between the towns of Spearfish and Lead. Three waterfalls only add to the wonder of Spearfish Canyon.

U.S. Highway 385

Lake Pactola | U.S. Highway 385 | Black Hills & Badlands of South Dakota

The route of choice for rambling through the Black Hills National Forest

Belle Fourche to Devils Tower

Belle Fourche to Devils Tower | Black Hills & Badlands of South Dakota

The 52 miles from Belle Fourche to Devils Tower along South Dakota State Hwy. 34/Wyoming State Hwy 24 are always stunning, whatever the season. But a fall drive is particularly wonderful. Orange, red, and golden-hued pockets of burr oaks and elm are pocketed in the creekbeds and valley swales along the route.

Boulder Canyon

Boulder Canyon | Black Hills and Badlands, South Dakota | photo by Chad Coppess, SD Tourism

12 miles of beauty connecting legendary Sturgis and historic Deadwood

Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway

Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway | Black Hills & Badlands of South Dakota

Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway throngs with summertime pleasure drivers. Thousand-foot-high limestone palisades in shades of brown, pink and gray tower to the right and left of Highway 14A as it twists through the 19-mile gorge.

Badlands Loop State Scenic Byway

Driving Badlands Loop | Black Hills

This two-lane state highway is considered one of the nation's top scenic drives

Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway

Needles Highway | Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway | Black Hills

This 70-mile scenic byway has been named as one of the Most Outstanding Byways in America