Larry & Lee Ann's Journey travel blog

Entrance to the park, love, love, love this park!

First stop, Norbeck Visitor's Center...

View from the porch...

There are always a few bikes in the Hills even though the...

There are many life-sized bison on display in town but there will...

The visitor's center also has local wildlife on display, like this beautiful...

Bighorn & mountain goat...

And a large 'kitty'...

A quick look at the Game Lodge, hope to come back for...

One way tunnel...

Time for a snack...

Nice view from the overlook...

Did I mention the curves in the highway? LOL

Info on the pigtail bridges...

Neat...

View of Mt Rushmore heads through the tunnel, how cool is that!...

Split road ahead!

Might be my favorite part to drive!I can hardly keep the truck...

Arriving in Keystone, a quick stop here...

Chainsaw art on our right...

Cute display there using the river...

My favorite piece!

Have to do the chair!

Nice...

The guys chose to sit by the train station to 'watch' while...

I don't think they saw much!!! Too funny...

One of the many shops in town...

God Bless America!

See you next time at Mt Rushmore!


Today's post takes John, Joyce, Larry & I 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!

When we reached the junction we made a right turn for a short stop in the small town of Keystone. It's such a cute little town, & even though we'd eaten a nice breakfast earlier, an ice cream cone seemed like a reasonable lunch option, lol! And of course a bit of browsing for Joyce & I while the guys, well, you'll see in the pics, 'entertained' themselves! We didn't hang out very long as we were anxious to make our way to Mt Rushmore for the last guided tour of the day. As it turned out, we missed the second to the last tour by 5 minutes, and didn't want to wait over an hour for the next, so we did a self-guided tour. We watched the short orientation film first, then took the Presidential Trail & ended with the exhibits. Even though we've been here many times, we never tire of visiting and sharing this wonderful monument with family & friends. What an amazing feat. But more on Mt Rushmore next post. I don't want to overwhelm you with too much in one day. Enjoy!



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