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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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$15 gives you a one week pass to the park. Use it as much as possible! Beautiful views and plenty of bison and prairie dogs, with some pronghorn and bighorn sheep. We missed the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

$15 gives you a one week pass to the park. Use it as much as possible! Beautiful views and plenty of bison and prairie dogs, with some pronghorn and bighorn sheep. We missed the burros somehow.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Wildlife Loop: At first we thought we had missed most of the animals at 6pm, when we thought they might be eating before bed, then came upon a large herd of buffalo crossing the road, very cool to see them all and a lot of calves too. We saw several other animals, but the burros that people stopped to feed... More 

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Loved the wild life and the beauty of the area. It was a pleasant drive as we viewed the buffalo, deer, antelope and donkeys

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Evergreen, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We drove throughout the whole park, saw many buffalo with calves, wild turkeys, donkeys with their young, deer, birds, lots of animals and wildlife, all with the background of the gorgeous black hills, in Custer State Park. The lake was beautiful, be sure to walk around it, the rock spires on the Needles highway were beautiful. This was truly a... More 

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Chariton, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

My husband and I drove through with our 1 yr old. This is a beautiful park and one of our favorite parts of visiting the black hills! We loved the wildlife loop and seeing all of the animals! I think if we ever came back, we would want to camp in the park just because we loved it so much!!

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Port Charlotte, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Took the wildlife loop and really enjoyed it. Saw some great scenery , a lot of Buffalo, and the begging burros. Well worth the 18 mile drive. We ran into some real friendly park rangers too; no question was too small or too big; they have a great deal of knowledge to share. Was glad to see a rest stop... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

My husband and I drove thru over Memorial Day weekend. Beautiful scenery and got lots of great pictures of the buffalo and other animals. Several buffalo were in the road and we were able to sit and watch them. Quite an experience!

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Europe
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

The cost was $15/car to enter the park and the permit was valid for 7 days. Lovely place to get out and do some hiking. Be sure to travel the Needles Highway while in the park. It has some beautiful lookout points and fun tunnels just big enough for your car.

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taylor, texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

We were here in 2000 and this visit was just as memorable. Thank goodness this park is here with such a peaceful drive and wildlife so close.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

I return here year after year to take the WILDLIFE LOOP: buffalo herds, pronghorn, elk, etc. etc. BEAUTIFUL COUNTRYSIDE, TOO.

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