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Wildlife Loop Road

Address: Custer, SD
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Ranked #4 of 33 things to do 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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Watertown, South Dakota
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154 reviews 154 reviews
60 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

My kids never tire of coming here. They just love feeding the burrows. We always bring a loaf of bread and they will stick their heads right in the car to eat.

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Centennial, Colorado
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353 reviews 353 reviews
251 attraction reviews
236 helpful votes 236 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This is the place to see the wildlife out in the open in their natural habitat. you drive through prairies and then you see all kinds of wildlife. you can pull over and take pictures galore. Of course the bufflao were amazing becuase they were so close to the road at a watering hole. they also have very friendly donky's... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Wonderful scenic drive.. Take your time and enjoy! The landscape is wonderful. The wildlife amazing. Travel the gravel roads off the main highway for a more in depth journey through the park.

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Maitland, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
12 helpful votes 12 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
14 helpful votes 14 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
24 helpful votes 24 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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76 reviews 76 reviews
23 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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76 reviews 76 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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78 reviews 78 reviews
30 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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