We saw 2 sets of climbers on the tower.
This guy was about 3/4 of the way up, my camera was at maximum zoom.
We spent quite a bit of time watching them scamper around and bark to each other.
Wanda was about 5 feet from this prairie dog and his hole right along the edge of the road.
As we left, we stopped at a souvenir place just outside the park.
This is also on the S D license plate.
Custer State Park in the Black Hills, SD is one of largest state parks in the country. We drove the scenic Needles Highway, Wildlife Loop and Iron Mt. Road.
The Needles Highway has some of the tightest switchbacks I've driven. It was a relatively pleasant drive through the forests and there wasn't a 1,000' drop off the side of the mountain (but still guardrails).
Washington's Profile had a convenient pulloff
The Avenue of Flags leads up to the Monument from the parking lot. Luckily the sun was shining on the NC flag.