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South Dakota Scenic Byways

Badlands Loop Scenic Byway- This scenic byway showcases Badlands National Park with its pinnacles and eroded canyons. Visitors will experience vistas of the Badlands and vast expanses of open prairie.
Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway- The highlights of this byway include historic Mount Rushmore and the spectacular Black Hills. Pigtail bridges and narrow tunnels traverse the rugged terrain, massive granite outcroppings, and diverse landscape found along this route.
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway- Located in the northern Black Hills, follows US 14A through Spearfish Canyon.
The Native American Scenic Byway- The history of the Sioux and other indigenous people unfolds along this byway through cultural, historical, and archaeological sites in the heart of the Sioux nation.
Wildlife Loop Road Scenic Byway- The Wildlife Loop Road, located within Custer State Park, offers the traveler a wide variety of experiences. There are open grasslands and rolling hills speckled with pine.

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Description - South Dakota offers national, state and National Forest designated byways which include Badlands Loop, Peter Norbeck, Spearfish Canyon, The Native American and Wildlife Loop Road.

Attractions - Both Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway and The Native American Scenic Byway are designated National Scenic Byways.

The highlights of Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway include historic Mount Rushmore and the spectacular Black Hills. Pigtail bridges and narrow tunnels traverse the rugged terrain, massive granite outcroppings, and diverse landscape found along this route. The Native American Scenic Byway traverses a land of variability and variety. Journey through the Crow Creek and Lower Brule Sioux Indian Reservations and view their unique cultures firsthand.

Recreation - Byways provide access to numerous cultural, historical, natural, recreational and scenic sites. Some of the most popular activities along the byways include hiking, camping, picnicking, biking, fishing, photographing scenery, viewing historic sites and of course scenic driving.

Climate - As throughout the region, climate varies drastically depending on elevation. Summers generally offer warm clear days with cool nights. Afternoon thunderstorms are often a possibility in the summer. In the winter, sunshine, with plenty of snow in the higher elevations, are ideal for winter activities. Harsh weather - including wind, cold, and snow - is possible throughout the winter and even throughout the year, in the highest elevations.

Location - Byways travel through scenic and historic areas throughout the state. Maps are available on each page describing an individual byway.

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South Dakota - This northern state is comprised of high rolling plains with the distinct rock formations of the badlands in the southwestern region. It is a largely rural state with a concentration of the public in the eastern regions.


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