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Custer State Park

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Address: 13329 US Highway 16A East Custer, SD 57730, Custer, SD 57730
Phone Number: 605-255-4515
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Activities: Viewing wildlife, Hiking, Horseback riding, Driving
Description: A 73,000-acre wilderness that draws comparisons to Yellowstone National...
A 73,000-acre wilderness that draws comparisons to Yellowstone National Park when it comes to spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife.
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Fantastic for the views and critters

We had a great day in the park today. Animal track activities for the kids at the V.C. Ice cream on the front porch. Bison, elk, deer prairie dogs, willet babies, Princeton... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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Poplar Bluff, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW via mobile

We had a great day in the park today. Animal track activities for the kids at the V.C. Ice cream on the front porch. Bison, elk, deer prairie dogs, willet babies, Princeton... this list goes on and on. We will be driving through each evening on this vacation.

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Arlington, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

This is the most beautiful park!! We spent all afternoon checking it out. Saw lots of Buffalo!! It is beautiful here. I suggest taking needles highway, it is amazing. This is a must see!?

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West Henrietta, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Suggest early AM or late afternoon as it cools down to see peak animals. Mid-day may explain people who say there are no animals on wildlife loop. If it was 90 degrees mid-day would you be sitting on blacktop frying in the sun. Didn't think so. Animals are no different. The bison herd is large. In fact it is one... More 

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Crystal Lake, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Simply incredible! !! Bison, deer, prarie dogs, and donkeys oh my! ! Landscape aw inspiring. The are these little cabins that you can rent.... Looks right out into the bison traffic jam.

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Irvine CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Custer State Park provides great scenery and abundant wildlife. The Wildlife Loop Road is well worth the time, as is the Needles Highway and the Iron Mountain Road to Mount Rushmore. Sylvan Lake is also beautiful. One can easily invest a day or more exploring the beauty of Custer State Park. Bring your camera and hope for sunny days!

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Rosenberg, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Wonderful drive with lots to make you blink. Herds of buffalo, deer and other wildlife and the scenery is stunning

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

We loved driving through Custer State Park, seeing bison, deer and mules was a very cool experience. The scenery is beautiful, but nothing was more impressive than Lake Sylvan, it is amazing! I didn't realize a place like this existed, it just doesn't look real. We kayaked the lake, it's not very big so it doesn't take more than an... More 

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Montville, New Jersey, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW via mobile

It is an amazing landscape but we were disappointed with the wild life loop. We drove and drove for over an hour and barely saw a few deer and a donkey. They need to encourage population of these animals, Buffaloes and others. We did not see Buffaloes even far distance. I have read that they auction their Buffaloes every year... More 

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Cary, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

This had a lot of scenery, and tons of buffalo. There were prairie dogs, pronghorn as well. I recommend a Jeep Safari Tour, so you can enjoy the scenery without driving.

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Traverse City, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

For people who like to hike--this is nirvana! Such variety! Also the horseback trip (2hr) was delightful. We had a great meal at the Blue Bell Lodge! We will be coming back.

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Address: Address: 13329 US Highway 16A East Custer, SD 57730, Custer, SD 57730
Phone Number: 605-255-4515
Location: United States  >  South Dakota (SD)  >  Custer

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