Autumn get-away in the Black Hills

In late September I packed up my camper and headed to the Black Hills for a few days. 

As I planned my getaway, I was looking for a scenic spot not too far away and the Black Hills pretty much filled the bill. Climbing Back Elk Peak has been on my To Do list for while, and I have never visited beautiful Custer State Park.

Above from top left: Inspiration Point along Needles Highway in Custer State Park. Top right: Stone fire tower constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corp in 1935 crowns the summit of Black Elk Peak. Bottom left: Thin eroded spires of granite along Needles Highway in Custer State Park. Middle: Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Right:Needles Highway in Custer State Park.

Below from left: Smith Falls campground along the Niobrara River. Right:Tourists enjoy the sun roof view of the tight squeeze though Eye of the Needle tunnel in Custer State Park.

Above left: Eye of the Needle Tunnel in Custer State Park. Middle and left: Autumn color in Spearfish Canyon.

Bench near the Black Elk Peak trail head

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