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Custer State Park

Address: 13329 US Highway 16A East Custer, SD 57730, Custer, SD 57730
Phone Number: 605-255-4515
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Ranked #1 of 20 Attractions in Custer
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Hiking, Horseback riding, Driving
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Owner description: A 73,000-acre wilderness that draws comparisons to Yellowstone National Park when it comes to spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Sacramento, California
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161 reviews 161 reviews
28 attraction reviews
379 helpful votes 379 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

In one day we went to Rushmore and drove the circle route around Custer State Park (Iron Mt. Road [16A], Wildlife Loop, Hwy 87 to Sylvan Lake, South on Hwy 80 to Custer due to a closed road and back to Keystone on Hwy 16, past the Crazy Horse Memorial with dinner at the Ruby House). This was similar to... More

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Washington
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Custer State Park is wonderful and the fee allows 7 days of access to enjoy this gorgeous park. The staff is so friendly and the scenery is gorgeous. Wildlife is plentiful and even after the round-up buffalo was everywhere. Sylvan Lake, Needles Highway, the wildlife loop, and I could go on and on about all the beautiful sites to enjoy.... More

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Millersburg, Ohio
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53 reviews 53 reviews
24 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Our bus trip took us on the Wildlife Loop located in Custer State Park. This 18 mile stretch of road offers increadible views of grasslands and rolling hills, and a whole lot of wildlife like small herds of buffalo, bighorn sheep, anteloop, deer, elk, coyote, and a prairie dogs everywhere!! We also came upon some wild donkeys, some of which... More

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Eyota, Minnesota
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Custer is an incredible park - it's much more than just looking at the bison on the wildlife loop. Great hiking - Harney Peak is the highest point east of the Rockies. Great lakes for swimming. Needles highway. Camping - their nightly programs are great - ghost stories to frogs. A wonderful experience for the whole family.

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Maybrook, New York
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34 reviews 34 reviews
25 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We had a great time at this park. Was surprised with the amount of wildlife we saw in the park. We saw big horn sheep, whitetail deer, mule deer, buffalo, prairie dogs, turkeys. We watched the buffalo roundup which was pretty neat. A lot of great scenery. We had a great horseback ride and a nice chuck wagon dinner while... More

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Palm Coast, Florida, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
24 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Plan on an entire day to see and enjoy all the scenery. Not to be missed is the Needles highway and Sylvan Lake. Lots of wildlife can be seen by going slowly and looking. Anyone who loves nature and animals should not miss this state park.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

lovely driving in this park with great scenery to view and plentiful wild life. It snowed overnight whilst we there and this just made the scenery even more good to look at. It was like a Christmas card, only real and not Christmas!

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Ohio
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Driving through Custer State park has beautiful, scenic drives. We were able to see some of the local wildlife up close and personal on our drive through the area. We saw deer, buffalo, prairie dogs and pronghorn antelope in their natural environments. There are really no words to express the magnificence of the buffalo when you are driving through, come... More

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Mobile, Alabama
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

My husband and I were on a bus tour of various sights in Rapid City, Custer State Park being one of the attractions. There's not enough words to describe the beauty of this area, you just have to see it to believe it!! I would definitely recommend visiting here, and while in the park, eat at the restaurant, fabulous food,... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

We enjoyed seeing the buffalo everywhere, including in the front yard of our cabin. So many different animals to see in the park and the wild burros were a hoot!

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