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Wildlife Loop Road

Custer, SD
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Ranked #5 of 24 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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Ames, Iowa
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57 reviews 57 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

It was a little unnerving to have a"herd " of about 100 bison running at us down the road from around the curve. There was a car coming from the other direction and the bison were trying to avoid the car. We were on the other side of the hill and they couldn't see us. We and they just stopped... More

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South Riding
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66 reviews 66 reviews
23 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

We drove, parked, hiked and watched for animals. This is not a Disney operation - you will see animals don't ask the rangers where or when they'll be out. You've just got to be patient and drive slowly. We say Prairie Dogs, Donkeys, Antelope, and of course Bison. We may have seen other animals but at this point teh Bison... More

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Grand Marais, Minnesota
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

The wildlife loop in Custer State Park was fantastic. Our four kids (grades 1-6) loved it so much we did it twice on our stay out there. Take a relaxing pace and enjoy the scenery. If you are in a hurry, forget it. We were stopped by Buffalo on the road as they get right up next to your car.... More

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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319 reviews 319 reviews
237 attraction reviews
220 helpful votes 220 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

You will see wildlife on this drive, especially in the summer, particularly bison and pronghorn. You can also hike in the area.

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51 reviews 51 reviews
35 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

This is a good ride that will give you the opportunity to see wild life. I would go on a week day for maximum viewing as there will be less traffic. I have been there 3 times and seen wild life each time, mostly deer. I go during the motorcycle rally so lots of traffic almost bumper to bumper at... More

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Fleming Island, Florida
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

A 20 mile drive through one of the most beautiful parks and terrains I have ever been in. Rolling green pastures, pristine pine forests, buffalo grazing in the grasslands. You will not be let down by taking this drive and seeing the beauty that Black Hills have to offer.

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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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19 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

It is an 18-mile loop but you must drive slowly and soak it all in and enjoy the scenic views and wildlife. The prairie dogs are cute and fun to watch their tails twitch to alert of danger-us, as they pop back down into their holes. The Buffalo are so majestic and fun to watch. Early morning or late evening... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

So, I was so set on seeing bison when we were here and I was not disappointed! We were so close to the herd that I was actually scared we were going to be rammed at one point. We also got to see mule deer up close, pronghorn and burros who decided to stick their heads in our vehicle repeatedly.... More

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34 reviews 34 reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

Love the begging burros...beware of sudden traffic jams though, and unless you want a head inside your car then roll up the windows. We saw buffalo, deer, antelope.

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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
21 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

If you want to experience wildlife, scenery, fun, this is the place to be! We drove this loop three times and saw something different every time. Bison, deer, elk, antelope, sheep, coyote, birds, lakes, trees, grassland, mountains, everything! Just beautiful, what else can you say? There are places to pull off so you can get out and take pictures or... More

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