Car on Iron Mountain Road

Iron Mountain Road

A Photo Essay

What many said couldn’t be done is now a road that causes gasps and smiles with every cruise

Described by legendary SoDak writer Bernie Hunhoff as “one of the most crooked 17 miles you’ll ever drive,” Iron Mountain Road is one part of the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway, a route recognized internationally for being one of the most scenic in the country.

Norbeck was a senator when scouted the path for Iron Mountain Road. Did some people call him crazy? You bet, but those naysayers are quiet now that the road is complete, popular, and absolutely beautiful. Drivers enjoy cruising over three pigtail bridges and through three stone tunnels to a small parking lot where views of the Black Hills and Mount Rushmore National Memorial are waiting to be savored.

Bus driving through mountain tunnels
Historic sign for the Father of Mount Rushmore
Car with pop up camper driving
Timelapse image of Iron Mountain Road
Cars driving away from Mount Rushmore through a tunnel
Motorcyclists driving on Iron Mountain Road
Birds-eye view of pigtail curve in Iron Mountain Road
Iron Mountain Road Tunnel
Pigtail curve in Iron Mountain Road
Motorcyclist driving through tunnel towards view of Mount Rushmore
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Illustrated image of three bison grazing in Custer State Park. The Needles rock formation is visible in the background.
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