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The Needles, The Black Hills, SD

On a trip to the Black Hills in South Dakota last July, my husband and I made it a point to drive by the Needles. The Needles are a but out of the way but are SO worth the drive! I can not describe what an amazing sight these huge rocks are to see in person!


Here is a video I took while driving by:


"The Needles of the Black Hills of South Dakota are a region of fantastically eroded granite pillars, towers, and spires. Popular with rock climbers and tourists alike, the Needles are accessed from the Needles Highway, which is a part of Sylvan Lake Road (SD 87/89). The Cathedral Spires and Limber Pine Natural Area, a portion of the Needles containing six ridges of pillars as well as a disjunct stand of limber pine, was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1976.


The Needles were the original site proposed for the Mount Rushmore carvings. The location was rejected by the sculptor (Gutzon Borglum) due to the poor quality of the granite and the fact that they were too thin to support the sculptures." -Wikipedia

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Taken on July 20, 2010