We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Custer State Park

Address: 13329 US Highway 16A East Custer, SD 57730, Custer, SD 57730
Phone Number: 605-255-4515
Website
Improve this listing
97%
Ranked #1 of 20 Attractions in Custer
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Hiking, Horseback riding, Driving
Owner description: A 73,000-acre wilderness that draws comparisons to Yellowstone National Park when it comes to...
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
More attraction details
Attraction details
Type: State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Hiking, Horseback riding, Driving
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 older children, Activities for young children
Write a Review

1,851 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    1,553
    245
    36
    11
    6
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Polish first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Lawrence, Kansas
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

Driving through Custer State Park was well worth it. We saw all kinds of wildlife. There were several herds of Buffalo, so we got tons of really great pictures. We saw the wild burros, but they were kind of far away...bring binocular. We drove into Wind Cave (?) park to get off the beaten track and saw a few elk... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Visited Custer State Park in October. Weather was so beautiful. A MUST SEE if every in South Dakota. Would recommend this over all attractions.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Dublin, Ohio
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
28 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

If you want to see wildlife, this is the place. The park is known for having the largest herd of bison in the US (over 1300). Was able to see deer, pronghorn, bison, prairie dogs and burros. Recommended time to see the wildlife is early morning and early evening.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Miller
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
23 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

There is so many wonderful things that Custer State Park has to offer. There are the Needles, Silvan Lake, The wildlife loop, Iron Mountain road, The pig tail bridges, Harney Peak, Mt. Cooledge Lookout tower, Hole in the wall, several hiking trails, Beautiful lakes and streams, The Black Hills Playhouse, 4 campgrounds, 3 visitor centers, Several beautiful picnic areas, Etc.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
New York City, New York
Top Contributor
631 reviews 631 reviews
277 attraction reviews
370 helpful votes 370 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

We have a marvelous visit to Cluster State Park and wonder how come the Federali have not managed to take over yet, it is still a State Park. I saw more wildlife in Custer State park than in Yellowstone! And I'm not only talking about buffalo, there is pronghorn and bighorn sheep and yaks and many bird species. The self... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Rochester, Minnesota
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Custer State Park offers a spectacular wilderness experience without the hassle of traveling a great distance west. Hiking Harney peak has always been a family tradition that yields amazing views of the black hills and devils tower in Wyoming. Driving needles highway also is a great opportunity to experience the beauty of the black hills without physically hiking. Sunday gulch... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
MT
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
8 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

From the winding Needles Highway to the spectacular Sylvan Lake, serene Stockade lake to the Wildlife Loop, this park is amazing. On the wildlife loop, we saw bison, burros and pronghorn. Peter Norbeck Scenic Highway has amazing views (including of Mount Rushmore). Needles Highway is probably more beautiful than we thought, driving it in the pouring rain, but the tunnels... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Sacramento, California
Top Contributor
161 reviews 161 reviews
28 attraction reviews
380 helpful votes 380 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Washington
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Millersburg, Ohio
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
24 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Custer State Park also viewed

 

Been to Custer State Park? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Custer State Park staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?