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

    Sometimes its the journey

The highways and scenic byways, as well as an extensive network of backcountry lanes, make the Black Hills and Badlands of western South Dakota a driver’s delight. From hairpin curves, mountain-carved tunnels and eagle-eye views, to wide-open meadows and ranges with bountiful wildlife, to deep canyon passageways along sparkling mountain creeks, a family drive offers every pleasure from thrills and chills to blissful, serene relaxation.

As you wend your way along the area’s spectacular scenic drives, you will experience a sightseeing adventure of wilderness, wildlife and waterways. Custer State Park’s 70-mile Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway, threading its way around the Pigtail Bridges, through one-lane rock-walled tunnels, and ascending to the uppermost heights of the Needles and Harney Peak in Custer State Park, is considered one of the Most Outstanding Byways in America. No less spectacular is the Hills’ other noted National Scenic Byway – Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway.The Canyon’s thousand-foot-high limestone palisades, richly and uniquely landscaped by all manner of woodlands fauna and flora, line Hwy. 14A as it twists through the 19-mile gorge between the towns of Spearfish and Lead. Three waterfalls only add to the wonder of Spearfish Canyon.

Badlands Loop State Scenic Byway

This two-lane state highway is considered one of the nation's top scenic drives

Boulder Canyon

12 miles of beauty connecting legendary Sturgis and historic Deadwood

Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway

This 70-mile scenic byway has been named as one of the Most Outstanding Byways in America

U.S. Highway 385

The route of choice for rambling through the Black Hills National Forest

Belle Fourche to Devils Tower

The 52 miles from Belle Fourche to Devils Tower along South Dakota State Hwy. 34/Wyoming State Hwy 24 are always stunning, whatever the season. But a fall drive is particularly wonderful. Orange, red, and golden-hued pockets of burr oaks and elm are pocketed in the creekbeds and valley swales along the route.

Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway

Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway throngs with summertime 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.