Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway

Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway

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Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway

South Dakota

(605) 673-2251


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Named for South Dakota's former governor and U.S. Senator, the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway offers 70 miles of outstanding sights including Mount Rushmore, the Needles Highway, Iron Mountain Road, and Custer State Park. Visitors may spot mountain goats, bison, deer, elk, bighorn sheep, and turkey.

Favorite spots along the Byway include the pigtail bridges, rock tunnels, Cathedral Spires, Needles Highway, and Sylvan Lake. Historic resorts include the State Game Lodge and Sylvan Lake Lodge. The Norbeck overlook provides views of Harney Peak and Mount Rushmore, and many lakes are near the byway. For those wishing to see more than the road can offer, the byway has several trailheads, which lead into the backcountry of Norbeck Wildlife Preserve and Black Elk Wilderness.

The road connects with a number of other notable and scenic roads, including the Custer State Park Wildlife Loop and the Needles Highway. It passes through the Black Elk Wilderness, Norbeck Wildlife Preserve, Black Hills National Forest, Custer State Park, and Mt. Rushmore National Memorial.

Map of Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway

Latitude, Longitude: 43.769854, -103.535500



  • Auto/Motorcycle

    The Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway offers 70 miles of outstanding sights, including wildlife and topographical features.

  • Camping

    There are campgrounds along the road in the various parks the road passes through.

  • Historic Sites

    The road provides views of Mount Rushmore.


Summer temperatures range, on average, from 80 F to 46 F. In the winter, temperatures range from 12 F to 40 F. Visitors should check with the Department of Transportation as to road conditions in the winter.

Phone Numbers


(605) 673-2251