Scenic Drives & Byways | Black Hills & Badlands - 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
Road Trips & Scenic Drives

U.S. Highway 385 Scenic Drive

Badlands Loop State Scenic Byway
Road Trips & Scenic Drives

Badlands Loop State Scenic Byway

Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
Road Trips & Scenic Drives

Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway

Belle Fourche to Devils Tower
Road Trips & Scenic Drives

Belle Fourche to Devils Tower Scenic Drive

Vanocker Canyon / Nemo Road
Road Trips & Scenic Drives

Vanocker Canyon / Nemo Road Scenic Drive

Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway
Road Trips & Scenic Drives

Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway

Boulder Canyon
Road Trips & Scenic Drives

Boulder Canyon Scenic Drive

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