Larry & Lee Ann's Journey travel blog

Picking Larry & Bonnie up at their cabin for our trip today...

Coming out of their driveway, several doe's having breakfast, lol!

Well, this one's resting...

Stopping to read about Peter Norbeck, builder of this fabulous road...

The guys are waiting for me to take a few pics, as...

See Mt Rushmore in the distance?

Fiscus checking things out through the telescope...

We'll just lean on it...

We're in one of the tunnels here...

Love the bridges...

A neat scenic drive for sure...

The road splits here...

So pretty but the road is so narrow it almost feels like...

Second tunnel, love the view of Rushmore through it!

One of the pigtail bridges...

The road has serious twists & turns...

Check this ride out...

A unique Stallion from Thoroughbred Motorsports...

A bit of info on Gutzon Borglum, Mt Rushmore sculptor...

Ahhhh, too cute sis!

Nice rock formations across the street...

Come see more of Mt Rushmore next post, okay?


Today's post takes us on the Iron Mountain Road, final destination Mt Rushmore. Known for its “pigtail” bridges, Iron Mountain Road is a popular scenic highway here in the hills. Climbing 17 miles from Custer State Park to the entrance of Mount Rushmore, it winds over stacked loops of wooden bridges and through one-lane tunnels aligned to frame the faces on Mount Rushmore perfectly. Such care was taken not to disturb the landscape that some sections of the road actually divide into one-lane, one-way ribbons that swoop and bound through mixed pine and deciduous forest. This scenic byway, like several other scenic roads in the Black Hills, was laid out by Governor Peter Norbeck in 1933, specifically to create a very scenic, slow-speed road for tourists. With 314 curves, 14 switchbacks, 3 pigtails, 3 tunnels, 2 splits and 4 Presidents, it's quite a drive!

As we reached the junction of Hwy 16A we turned right for a stop in the small town of Keystone. We lunched at the Arriba Mexican Grill, always a good choice for a nice meal. Then we browsed a couple of the shops nearby and Bonnie purchased a very nice purse. I forgot to take a pic of it ladies, sorry, but trust me, it was really cute! We made a short stop in the Borglum Museum, but ultimately decided to save the extended tour for another day and moved on to Mt Rushmore. I took way too many pics for one post so will split them into two. Post One will be the Iron Mountain Road pics and Post Two, Mt Rushmore. Enjoy...



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