Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway

National Scenic BywaySouth Dakota

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  • Objects In Mirror May Be Closer...

    Bison surround these two cars while crossing the road inside Wind Cave National Park.

  • Crazy Horse Memorial

    The face of the Crazy Horse Memorial shows through a space in Korczak Ziolkowski's original sculpture of the Native American hero.

  • Needles Highway Vertical Face

    The sun shines on this vertical rock face along the Needles Highway, while the rest of the roadway curve remains in shadow.

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  • Peter Norbeck Wildlife Exhibit

    The Peter Norbeck Visitor Center features several dioramas of animas in their natural habitats.

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  • Goat Exhibit

    Framed against a backdrop of the rocky pinnacles called the Needles, this display features information about mountain goats.

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  • Peter Norbeck Visitor Center

    The Peter Norbeck Visitor Center blends into the natural landscape along the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway.

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  • Winter View from Breezy Point

    Despite the snow that covers the rocks, the ponderosa pine retains its deep green color.

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  • Winter View From Breezy Point

    The shaded vertical rock faces rise parallel with the weathered post on the right in this winter view from Breezy Point.

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  • Winter Afternoon

    Light mingling with shadow casts the landscape of the black hills from Breezy Point in an interesting variety of textures and colors.

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  • Snowy Monolith

    More ice-blue snow clings to the shaded side of this rocky protrusion.

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  • Winter Landscape

    The orderly layering of tracked road, serene forest, towering mountain, and ice-blue sky creates a serene winter landscape along the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway.

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  • Needles Highway

    A motorcyclist zooms past towering gray rock needles on the Needles Highway.

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  • Crossroads Sign

    This 76-year-old crossroads sign has been repainted and continues to guide visitors to the cities near the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway.

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  • Cyclists Near Mt. Rushmore

    Washington's profile overlooks this group of cyclists as they climb the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway.

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  • Peter Norbeck Cyclists

    This group of cyclists rides through the gray peaks and dark ponderosa pines of the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway.

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  • Cyclist Along Peter Norbeck

    This cyclist rounds a sunlit end in the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway.

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  • Breezy Point Facilities

    This helpful kiosk and rest stop ease the stay of visitors to Breezy Point.

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  • Breezy Point Cliffs

    Rounded, rugged cliffs rise from the ponderosa pines in this view from Breezy Point.

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  • Breezy Point Pinnacle

    The sheer face of this pinnacle remains shaded in this summer shot from Breezy Point.

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  • Breezy Point Overlook

    Dry brown trees in the foreground contrast with the nearly black ponderosa in this view from Breezy Point.

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  • Breezy Point Landscape

    The South Dakota landscape recedes into the distance in four rugged layers in this view from Breezy Point.

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  • Pigtail Bridge Underpass

    The Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway passes under the arch of this wooden bridge before looping around to cross it.

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  • Snow Tracks Near Harney Peak

    Flecks of snow sparkle in the air in this winter photo of Harney Peak.

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  • Palmer Gulch View of Harney Peak

    The winter sun shines like a large snowflake in this artistic winter photo of Harney Peak.

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  • Harney Peak

    Flat-topped Harney Peak rises in the background of winter pines and a split-rail fence.

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  • Horsethief Lake Campground

    Green, gray, blue and gold intermingle in this wooded lakeside photo from Horsethief Lake Campground.

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  • Ice Fishing At Horsethief Lake

    A solitary ice fisherman and a shaded provides a context for the snow-covered ridge near Horsethief Lake.

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  • Iron Mountain Road

    The next curve in the Iron Mountain Road can be seen through the leafless trees.

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  • Iron Mountain Tree Island

    The Iron Mountain Road forks around this tree-filled hollow.

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  • Iron Mountain Road

    Light and shadow mingle on green pines and light gray asphalt in this photo of the Iron Mountain Road.

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  • Peter Norbeck Landscape

    Rising hundreds of feet above the road, the rock faces and conifer forest surrounding the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway form an inspiring landscape.

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  • Black Hills Overlook

    The forested slopes of the Black Hills tower over this overlook along the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway.

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  • Cathedral Spires Skyline

    The pinnacles of the Cathedral Spires rise majestically along a ridgetop along the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway.

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  • Cathedral Spires

    The nearer Ponderosa pines show more green than their cohorts further up the slope, framing the Cathedral Spires Rock formation.

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  • Cathedral Spires Monolith

    This massive, blocky monolith of stone deserves its place among the Cathedral Spires formation along the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway.

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  • Horsethief Lake

    These two anglers pause to appreciate the serene beauty of Horsethief Lake.

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  • Horsethief Lake Fishing Platform

    The fishing platform at Horsethief Lake juts out into the water, letting these anglers get closer to the fish.

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  • Peter Norbeck Uphill Climb

    A lone cyclist climbs the winding asphalt of the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway

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  • Peter Norbeck Ponderosa

    The straight trunks of Ponderosa pine create dark vertical bars along the side of the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway.

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  • Motorcyclists along the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway

    Two motorcyclists lean into one of the many twists and turns along the mountain roads of the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway.

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  • Mount Rushmore National Memorial

    The profiles of Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln etched into the cliff face mark one of the United States' most recognizable monuments, the Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

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  • Needles Highway Forest

    Two large stone pillars rise from the forest along the rugged Needles Highway.

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  • Balancing Boulder Among The Needles

    A round boulder appears balanced on the top of this outcrop along the Needles Highway.

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  • Stone Pillars Along Needles Highway

    A massive face of stone separates into two seemingly slender pillars on the Needles Highway.

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  • Needles Highway

    Peter Norbeck blazed this impressive trail through these monumental rock formations known as the Needles.

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  • Solitary Needle

    This solitary rock formation on the Needles Highway resembles a needle thrusting up from the earth.

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  • Black Hills Playhouse

    Tourists gather around the Black Hills Playhouse near the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway.

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  • Buffalo at Custer State Park

    Buffalo graze at Custer State Park in South Dakota

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  • The Model and the Mountain

    The colossal Crazy Horse mountain carving, seen nearly one mile in the distance, will look like Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski's 1/34th scale model when completed. Crazy Horse will be the world's largest sculpture, 641 feet long by 563 feet high.

  • Indian Museum of North America at Crazy Horse Memorial

    The Museum's three native pine wings include this one dedicated to Plains Indians, which contains a teepee. The culture of many tribes also is represented in the Memorial's Native American Educational and Cultural Center.

  • Mount Rushmore National Memorial

    The angle of the Texas flag and its pole frames the great American Presidents carved into Mount Rushmore.

  • A Bird's-eye View of the Crazy Horse Monument

    When completed, it will be the largest sculpture in the world, standing 641 feel long by 563 feet high. More than eight million tons of granite have been removed to date. The nine-story-high face of Crazy Horse was completed in 1998.

  • Drilling on the Mountain

    Granite dust billows from the largest drill operating on the Crazy Horse mountain carving. The nine-story-high face of Crazy Horse was completed in 1998 after which work shifted to the 22-story-high horse's head.

  • Chief Talking with Sculptor

    Korczak Ziolkowski came to the Black Hills in 1947 at the invitation of Chief Henry Standing Bear and his fellow chiefs who asked him to carve Crazy Horse so "the white man will know the red man has great heroes, too." Photograph taken during the 1948 dedication.

  • Face to Face With Crazy Horse

    Volksmarchers give a dramatic size perspective to the nine-story-high face of Crazy Horse on the colossal mountain carving now in progress in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

  • Mt. Rushmore

    Mt. Rushmore towers above the byway.

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  • Custer State Park, SD

    Although smaller than the truck, this motorcyclist still must wait his turn before passing through a narrow one lane tunnel in Custer State Park.

  • Two Faces at Mount Rushmore National Monument

    The giant busts of Washington and Jefferson gaze out serenely from their granite mountainside.

  • Lake near Mount Rushmore

    A lake near Mount Rushmore National Monument reflects the surrounding bluffs and forests in its quiet waters.

  • Willow Creek Loop Trail Views

    A thunderhead cloud gathers in the Black Hills of South Dakota near the Willow Creek Loop Trail.

  • Hiking on the Centennial Trail

    A lone hiker walks among the thick emerald-green forests of the Centennial Trail in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

  • Tunnel on Hwy. 87 in South Dakota

    Framed by the thick evergreens of the Black Hills, Hwy. 87 follows a cliff face and even cuts through the mountain in places.

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  • Springtime in the Black Hills

    Silver clouds drift over the dark pine forests of the Black Hills National Forest in South Dakota.

  • Mists Over the Black Hills

    Sun rays dance on the mists over the majestic Black Hills in South Dakota.

  • Horsethief Trail Hikers

    Hikers pose for a photo along the Horsethief Trail in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

  • Centennial Trail Riders

    Horse riders follow the rocky Centennial Trail in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

  • Drive Through Black Hills National Forest

    A road cuts through the thick evergreen trees lining the mountains of the Black Hills National Forest.

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  • Boxwork at Jewel Cave National Monument

    Boxwork formations line the walls of the Jewel Cave National Monument.

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  • Lichens in Norbeck Wildlife Preserve

    Gold, green, and gray lichen clings to a rock face in the Norbeck Wildlife Preserve.

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  • View from the Rushmore Cave

    The Rushmore Cave provides views of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln framed by the cave walls.

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  • Faces of Mount Rushmore

    Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Lincoln look out across South Dakota from their famous carved rock faces.

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  • Rocky Mount Rushmore

    A clear blue sky frames the faces of America's four famous Presidents carved into the rocky mountain.

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