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Old 06-23-2013, 04:10 PM   #15
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Agree that Hwy 16/16A, Iron Mountain road, is a scenic drive with great wildlife sightings, in a toad. But because of the single lane low clearance tunnels and very sharp curves I would never take a big rig on that route. Don't remember the height restrictions but I vagually recall 12ft signs but only after I was on the road. It was 5 years ago I was there.
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Thanks JM. We will be there 3 or 4 days, and will have our Jeep in tow. 385 looks the closest and most scenic...I just am hoping to not run into a Needles Hwy scenario. We were in the area about 10 years ago, but on a motorcycle. We stayed in Keystone and rode through Custer SP, Needles Hwy and around to Deadwood & Sturgis, but we did not worry about tunnels, and severe curves were a plus on the bike. We did get held up once as a MH was coming through one of the tunnels. I am sure I don't want to do that. Thanks for the reply.
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You are a lot braver than me getting that close to a Buffalo with a motorcycle. They are wild and can get a little cantankerous. Jim
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What's about a good route when coming from Canada (Saskatchewan)? Would like to go down and have a look see.
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I'm just seeing this and getting more than a bit nervous. We're traveling in a 40ft MH to Custer at the end of August and I have not seen these warnings about low tunnels before. We will come in off I-90, then rte 79, then rte 36, finally on 16A into the park to get to Stockade Lake CG. We will have (and can disconnect if needed) our toad. Has anyone done this and have any advice? THANK YOU!
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Just have a look at 16A on a map - at least for the very winding part. You might change your mind but it may be OK for the northern part of 16A coming off 39. But good luck, please let us know how you make out if you take that route. It was the winding part of 16A where I encountered the tunnels.

Suggest you call the destination campground - they should give you the skinny re the best route.
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Blondie, pay no attention to those talking about the route you have chosen. 79 is 4 lane divided to 36. 36 is a good road with a few curves until you reach the park entrance. 16A is the main path through the park and will take you right to Stockade Lake. There are a few curves but nothing to worry about. We have made that trip numerous times and it is a snap. We worked at Custer and managed both Stocakade CGs. Watch for bighorn sheep and buffalo in the roadway as well as the occasional biker. Speed limit is low so you will be fine.
Great pizza place on left as you turn off 79 onto 36 btw.
Hiway 16 (iron mountain road is the one with the tunnels etc. Do that route in a towed and it comes out at Rushmore. Look for a huge vein of rose quartz on the right as you pass the route. Pig tail bridges are neat. Sadly the beetles are making the Black Hills the "Brown Hills". Wish we were going with you this year
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I'm just seeing this and getting more than a bit nervous. We're traveling in a 40ft MH to Custer at the end of August and I have not seen these warnings about low tunnels before. We will come in off I-90, then rte 79, then rte 36, finally on 16A into the park to get to Stockade Lake CG. We will have (and can disconnect if needed) our toad. Has anyone done this and have any advice? THANK YOU!
I just road this on the bike yesterday (and earlier in the week in the toad). Take 79 south - no issues. Take 36 - no issues; a lot of sweeping turns and great plains scenery. You can take the Wildlife Loop through Custer State Park to avoid Iron Mountain Rd. Great scenery, and you may see a buffalo herd or two, antelope and prairie dogs (there ail be a couple of very negotiable 180 turns...should be no problem). When you get to the end of the Wildlife loop, take 16A to 385, no problems, mostly sweeping curves and great scenery. At 385, turn north to Custer. DO NOT TAKE either Needles Drive or iron Mountain Road. The most narrow tunnel is on the Needles Drive (but do take your toad this way...the most scenic in the area. There will be a charge for Custer State Park. pay it and go that way.

Alternative rout is to take 16 (not to be confused with 16A) from Rapid City (goes through town, but not a problem) to Hill City and turn right on 385. This is mostly 4 lane the entire way.

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We've been in that area four times and couldn't agree with you more. We've always enjoyed exploring the area.

At Mount Rushmore they have an excellent cafeteria that you can see the monument while you eat. I always get the beef stew there.

They have an ice cream store there that is wonderful.

We stay at the KOA in Rapid city.
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Thank you all very much! Sounds like we'll have no problems with the route I've plotted... so DH will not give me "the look"

We are less than two months to leaving the house and heading west for 5 weeks. I can't wait to take (and post) pics!
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As this area is on my bucket list of places to visit, I appreciate all the input. Keep it coming. Pics are nice too!
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What's about a good route when coming from Canada (Saskatchewan)? Would like to go down and have a look see.
No one?? Any one??
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TK > where will youenter the US?
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TK > where will youenter the US?
I could enter Sask. or Alberta........It doesn't matter to me. Just want the best route.
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