If you are visiting Mount Rushmore, make sure you take the time to approach the monument from Route 16A, or the Iron Mountain Road, from Custer State Park.
In the five miles leading up to Mount Rushmore, drivers pass through three tunnels and over two pigtail bridges; each of the three tunnels frames a view of Mt. Rushmore, which is not only beautiful to see, but a feat of absolute astonishing engineering!
At the top of Iron Mountain you can pause at a scenic overlook from one of the highest points in the southern Black Hills. There is a large parking lot there (closed in winter, however), and a short trail to the west that offers a terrific view of Mt. Rushmore and the central Black Hills. It is also a nice area for a picnic.
Iron Mountain Road is one leg on the Norbeck Scenic Byway. The north end of this road is not recommended for large RVs or Motorhomes.over 5 years ago