Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway
There are several scenic loops through the Black Hills. Today we drove a loop named for a former governor of South Dakota. He established Custer State Park and was chief in preserving much of the area for future generations while at the same time developing an infrastructure that allowed access to some amazing country. He laid out a road that many said could never be built and is an engineering marvel. Much of this area is wild and very rugged. Building a road without destroying the land was very challenging but the result is one of the most scenic roads we have seen. This is not a road for trucks, RVs, or trailers. Here is why.
The car on the right is about to enter a tunnel. Here it is part way in.
There are seven of these tunnels, some smaller than this one.
Here is a rock formation about 40 feet from where Sue is standing. It is called Needles Eye.
The road also has three pig-tail turns, one of which connects directly to a tunnel.
Custer State Park has a large bison population – over 1500. We went through a couple of large herds on this loop and this area is not where the majority are. Buffalo picture for the day, again not enlarged.
Down the road a bit we had a first sighting for us.
None of these pictures are telephoto either. The burros are descendants of some that were turned loose many years ago and are now just part of the wildlife.
This scenic loop just happens to go by this place.
Here is our Rushmore collection.
Not your common view of George Washington.