Rock climbing is not a park-sponsored activity but climbing is allowed. Most climbing takes place in the northern spur of the park and includes routes near Sylvan Lake, the Needles rock formations, and Cathedral Spires.
The Sylvan Rocks Climbing School & Guide Service (605/484-7585, www.sylvanrocks.com) has permits with Custer State Park to teach and guide climbers in the park. The school offers classes for every level of climber, including beginners, and provides all equipment for the climb.
Cost for beginners is $72 per person with a minimum of two persons per class.
© Laural A. Bidwell from Moon Mount Rushmore & the Black Hills, 1st Edition