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

Scenic Drives & Byways

Take the scenic route to see how windshield time can become the most electrifying part of your vacation.

The highways, scenic byways and extensive network of backcountry roads make the Black Hills and Badlands of Western South Dakota a driver’s delight.

Every sort of exciting, chilling, blissful and serene pleasure can be had from these hairpin curves, mountain-carved tunnels, and eagle-eye vistas to wide-open ranges abundant with wildlife.

Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway

Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway

Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway throngs with fall 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.

Belle Fourche to Devils Tower Scenic Drive

Belle Fourche to Devils Tower Scenic Drive

The journey to Devils Tower National Monument takes you through the picturesque Belle Fourche River Valley on SD 34.

As you enter Wyoming, the road changes its name to WY 24. The drive passes through Aladdin, WY, and climbs through ponderosa pine forests.

As you approach the town of Hulett, WY, glimpses of the tower emerge from the ranches and grasslands surrounding the rocky hills.

Boulder Canyon Scenic Drive

Boulder Canyon Scenic Drive

The Black Hills of South Dakota are a sight to behold during any time of year. But when the leaves start changing colors, it’s a jaw-dropping experience that’s not soon forgotten.

Fortunately for you, there’s an amazing road trip that will take you straight through the heart of this beautiful region with its towering pines and lush canyons.

Vanocker Canyon / Nemo Road Scenic Drive

Vanocker Canyon / Nemo Road Scenic Drive

Vanocker Canyon, which runs through the Black Hills from Sturgis to Nemo via Forest Service Road 26 off Interstate 90, is a favorite of locals and motorcyclists alike.

This is the route to take if you want a quieter autumn drive with fewer crowds than Spearfish Canyon.

U.S. Highway 385

U.S. Highway 385 Scenic Drive

Venture into the Black Hills along Route 385, which extends 59 miles from Custer to Deadwood and traverses the sprawling Black Hills National Forest.

Between the ponderosa pines on either side of the road, take in the splashes of color from deciduous trees.

Sheridan and Pactola lakes emerge, providing vast expanses of deep blue water, and perfect for camping or fishing.

Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway

Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway

The Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway is a must-see for new and returning area visitors.

The 70-mile road connects some of South Dakota's most famous landmarks. Sights like Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Crazy Horse Memorial®, and Custer State Park can all be accessed via this route.

Badlands Loop State Scenic Byway

Badlands Loop State Scenic Byway

This two-lane state highway is considered one of the nation's top scenic drives by many travelers and motorists

 

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