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Wildlife Loop Road

Custer, SD
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Ranked #5 of 26 Attractions in Custer
Type: Scenic Drives
Activities: Driving
Traveler Description: The wildlife loop road is pretty cool, it's to be done slowly.....take in the scenery and look for animals.  You may only see a small group of... more »
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

My favorite Black Hills experience!!! Our timing didn't allow for the recommended early A.M. or 6:30P.M. drive. We did the Wildlife Loop mid-morning around 9:00am & found the animals very active! We fed a pack of very friendly burros with cut up apples & carrots we brought (they will eat the entire core and carrot if not cut up, but... More

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Dublin
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Make sure to take this drive @ dusk. We were lucky to time it right to see all the bison crossing the road by the ranger's station. We were comfortable behind a fence watching all the bulls, cows and calves making their way up the ridge. Prairie dog town was amazing. Fun to watch the little prairie dogs scamper around... More

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Fort Frances, Canada
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58 reviews 58 reviews
29 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Felt like we had driven a LONG time and that we were going to get skunked on sighting animals when we came around a bend and there were the donkeys!! Yay!! They were very tame and allowed us to approach them and pet them and take close pictures of them. They are very very friendly. I was a little bit... More

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Seaside, OR
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43 reviews 43 reviews
25 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

This was a great part of the visit to Custer State Park. The buffalo were very accustomed to tourists and came right up to cars and in the roads for great viewing. You could also see pronghorn and burros. Unfortunately, the tourists don't realize that buffalo and burros can (and do) severely injure/kill people (especially children) and were opening the... More

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

If you take this road do so either early in the morning or just at dusk. We were able to see a large herd of bison, pronghorn, turkey, burros, and more bison! It's a little overwhelming when a large, male bison just comes strolling down the road, but also incredible.

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St. Paul
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Our family did the buffalo jeep tour in Custer. This was one of our favorite things we did on our trip to the Black Hills. Our guide Tim was very knowledgeable - we learned a lot about the area, the wildlife and saw more buffalo and other animals than we would have seen if we had driven the wildlife loop... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

If you came here to see Mt Rushmore, this will complete your journey. Just $15 for a week pass for the Custer State Park and you can make this look one of your daily activities. My wife and I have been doing this for a few years now and it's different every time. Beautiful scenery, lots of wild animals in... More

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Victoria, Canada
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124 reviews 124 reviews
48 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful drive, wildlife or not, but we were certainly rewarded. We were greeted right at the gate by a wild turkey, and I got a great close up photo as he was right beside the car, turned the corner to see a bison in amongst the trees, saw wild burros, prairie dogs, pronghorn,various birds, and then got... More

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Framingham
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173 reviews 173 reviews
36 attraction reviews
240 helpful votes 240 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

You will see the most wildlife if you get there early. after sunrise or somewhat close to it and towards sunset. also plan on getting off on the dirt roads. 2 and 3 were especialy fruitful for us. took then near the ranger station. also stop at the ranger places and they can tell you where the animals are. often... More

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Cooper City, Florida
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130 reviews 130 reviews
60 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Located in Custer State Park, the Wildlife Loop Road provides terrific viewing of buffalo, pronghorn, feral burros, prairie dogs and more. Tip: Go near dusk, when the animals come out onto the prairies to feed. You'll see more wildlife that way. Give yourself about three hours to complete the loop. As a bonus, enter by way of the Needles Highway... More

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