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Monday, August 25, 2014

Iron Mountain Road–Mt Rushmore–Crazy Horse Monument –Custer State Park–South Dakota

Deciding to camp at the Game Lodge Campground
inside Custer State Park was the perfect decision. . .
The Wildlife Loop started 250 feet to our right. . .
Iron Mountain Highway - Pigtail Bridges
and the Iron Mountain Road and Needles Highway Loop
created the perfect Scenic Drive for a Day Trip. . .
First view of Mt Rushmore from Iron Mountain Highway - Pigtail Bridges
driving along the Iron Mountain Road. . .
our first view of Mt Rushmore
approaching tunnel - Iron Mountain Highway - Pigtail BridgesIron Mountain Highway - Pigtail Bridges
driving through the tunnels. . .
Mt Rushmore as viewed from Iron Mountain Highway Tunnel
the views only get better. . .
exiting tunnel - Iron Mountain Highway - Pigtail Bridges
and better. . .
Mt Rushmore as viewed from Iron Mountain Highway
and better. . .
Iron Mountain Highway - Pigtail Bridges
the last pic of Mt Rushmore was taken from Dave’s rock climb at an overlook. . .
seriously. . .do they every outgrow this need to climb things?  LOL. . .that man!
Iron Mountain Highway - Pigtail Bridges
if you are not inclined to drive the pigtail bridges. . .
Iron Mountain Highway - Pigtail BridgesIron Mountain Highway - Pigtail Bridges
the hairpin curves. . .and the tunnels. . .
Iron Mountain Highway - Pigtail Bridges
you can take a bus tour. . .which is what we did when we visited in 2010. . .
our F550 was just a little big to try all this. . .
we loved it in the Jeep. . .
Iron Mountain Highway - Pigtail Bridges
or if you’re feeling really brave. . .
well. . .there ya go!
George Washington Profile - Iron Mountain Highway
as we begin to descend down into Keystone SD. . .
we can see this profile of Washington in the distance. . .
George Washington Profile - Mt RushmoreGeorge Washington Profile - Mt Rushmore
and as we continue on around, past the actual monument entrance,
we round a corner, and there it is. . .spectacular. . .
with a perfect pullout designed to enjoy the view.
back-of-rushmore
We chose to not return to the actual monument this trip,
as we felt we had thoroughly explored it from every angle Summer 2010. . .
as you can see. . .every single angle. . .LOL!

DISCLAIMER:  The photo ABOVE is a joke. . .
there are no behinds on the back side of Mt Rushmore. . .

but it is spectacular, and if you haven’t seen it
up close and personal you need to add it to your list. . .so worth it!
Crazy Horse Monument
the other tour we did Summer 2010 was the Crazy Horse Monument. . .
so we wanted to see if any progress had been made. . .
Crazy Horse MonumentCrazy Horse Monument
2010                                                                            2014
I know they’ve been working on it. . .
we could see workers up on it the day we were there. . .
I’m just not sure I can see too much difference in it from the highway angle. . .
what do you think?

Maybe the face is a little more defined. . .not sure? ? ?


I was going to include our Needles Highway Trek
in this post. . .but it’s really getting a little long,
so I think I’ll save it for next time. . .

See you there,
Janice and Dave