Iron Mountain Road | Scenic Motorcycle Ride

Iron Mountain Road is one of the must-ride roads in the Black Hills.

We consider this one of the BEST roads to ride in the country.

There are more scenic roads out there, but this one’s just plain fun.

One of three pigtails on Iron Mountain Road

This 17-mile ride is known for its curves (314!), 14 switchbacks, 3 tunnels, 3 pigtails, and 2 splits

Exiting Doane Robinson Tunnel

Be sure to ride south to north to get a fantastic view of Mount Rushmore when you exit the second tunnel.

Approaching Mount Rushmore from Highway 244


Trip Summary for Iron Mountain Road

Trip Distance – 20 miles

Time – 1-2 hours to allow for traffic and stops

Highlights – Tunnels, Switchbacks, Pigtails, Splits, Views of Mount Rushmore

Riding Skill Level – Advanced

Max Elevation – 5,423 feet

Min Elevation – 3,563 feet

Tips for this ride

  • Ride this road from south to north to get the best views of Mount Rushmore.
  • Go early. Tourists frequent this popular road. During rally, you can expect heavy stop and go traffic which can detract from the ride. Heading out before 10am will allow you to experience this unique road with less traffic and road obstacles.
  • During rally, keep an eye out for photographers along this route. Pay attention to their company name and most importantly if you want souvenir photos, make note of the date and time of your ride. This will allow you to more easily find your photos on their website later.
  • Stop at the overlooks. There are some amazing views of the Black Hills at the pull-offs and parking areas. Take your time and enjoy these points of interest.
  • As always, ride your ride and stay alert for other riders, tourists, and wildlife. This is more of a riding course than a road at times. We’ve encountered deer leaping out in front of our bike, tourists taking photos in the middle of the road, and several opposing riders not maintaining their lane position. Ride safe and enjoy!

Nearby Rides & Attractions

Iron Mountain Road is the perfect ride to combine with a visit to Mount Rushmore.

Riding Iron Mountain Road from south to north provides the perfect opportunity to add a Rushmore stop, followed by a ride down Needles Highway.

Both of these roads are part of the Custer State Park experience, so adding the Wildlife Loop and even a visit down to Wind Cave National Park can turn the 20-mile Iron Mountain Road ride into a full-day itinerary.

Mount Rushmore sunset

Give yourself plenty of time to ride Iron Mountain Road.

You’re going to want to stop and check out the overlooks and enjoy the ever-changing scenery

Ride Along with Us

Highlights from our Iron Mountain Road ride in June 2022.

We got very lucky and were able to enjoy the ride with very little traffic.

Iron Mountain Road | June 2022

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