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Wildlife Loop Road

Address: Custer, SD
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Ranked #2 of 14 Activities in Custer
Type: Scenic Drives, Outdoor Activities, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Driving
Owner description: An 18-mile scenic drive in Custer State Park.
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Type: Scenic Drives, Outdoor Activities, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Driving
Owner description: An 18-mile scenic drive in Custer State Park.
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Maitland, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Loved the loop, we saw plenty of buffalo, deers and elk but the highlight was the wild donkeys!!!! We were told in advance to take carrots to feed the donkeys and the kids had a blast. We are Aussies and spent 2 months traveling across the U.S. In an RV. We loved South Dakota and if you have any questions... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Drove through the beautiful scenery in June and there were buffalo everywhere with calves at their side. It was a wonderful day to just park and observe them as they grazed and came very close to our car. We did not get out because they are dangerous if provoked but the natural wonders continued to amaze us. Fabulous drive included... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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58 reviews 58 reviews
24 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

We went twice. Once at night - just to see if we could see anything at night and once during the late AM. The night time trip was almost a bust. We came across the begging burros (that were in almost the exact location on each visit) about half way through the drive. We were about 3/4 of the way... More 

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Dublin, Ohio
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36 reviews 36 reviews
28 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

You will need to pay the $15 admission into Custer State Park to access the Wildlife Loop Road. The fee will cover 1 - 7 days and is worth it if making a couple to few drives through the loop road. You will see bison (there are 1300 in the park), prairie dogs, deer, pronghorn sheep and burrows, just to... More 

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Miller
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71 reviews 71 reviews
23 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

What a great family adventure! It has breathtaking scenery. You can see Buffalo & Pronghorns. One time we saw a coyote and family. You can stop by the praire dog town. The most fun is the "begging Burros". They will come right up to you. They will even put their head in your car looking to be fed. They love... More 

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Custer, South Dakota
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67 reviews 67 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Always a good road to drive to see the Buffalo, Antelope, prairie dogs, and Burros. Went there in late September to watch the Buffalo Roundup. They had over 10,000 of us standing up on the hill sides for the event. Buffalo are brought in for shots and to cull the herd down to 1,000 which is what the park can... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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28 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We did the loop road on a hayride/chuck wagon cook out from Blue Bell Lodge. Lots of fun and beautiful drive. Saw a few critters, but not too many sightings, which didn't diminish the fun.

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Plainfield, IL
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

We were almost all the way through the park and hadn't seen one buffalo. We stopped at a ranger station and they were very helpful. The park ranger knew exactly where the buffalo were and told us on what inland road to venture. I thought we were going on a wild goose chase, but sure enough about a mile into... More 

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48 reviews 48 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Drove the loop looking for Bison- none anywhere started paying attention to birds in the air and found antelope resting, mules and donkeys (lol) Could not use the word as#. Wish the loop would have a locator on the Bison so that you could actually get a glimpse of them

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Palm Coast, Florida, United States
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53 reviews 53 reviews
43 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

We took this road thinking because of the name we would see lots of wildlife. Not. Maybe it was the time of day-late morning but we did see some deer but that was all. The road is very windy so care must be taken if driving a camper.

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