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Rankin Ridge Drive (North Entrance)

Rankin Ridge Drive (North Entrance) Review

Entering the park across the north border via Highway 87 is perhaps the most beautiful drive into the park. As you leave behind the grasslands and granite spires of Custer State Park and enter Wind Cave. You see the prairie, forest, and wetland habitats of the backcountry and some of the oldest rock in the Black Hills. The silvery twinkle of mica, quartz, and feldspar crystals dot Rankin Ridge east of Highway 87, and gradually give way to limestone and sandstone formations.

Updated: 11-25-2013

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