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Custer State Park

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A 73,000-acre wilderness that draws comparisons to Yellowstone National Park when it comes to spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife.
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
13329 US Highway 16A, Custer, SD 57730-8351
+1 605-255-4515
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

June 2017. This state park and everything around it awesome. Wildlife Loop Road is a must, saw hundreds of buffalo and fed burros. Needles Point Highway and Iron Mt Road are amazing, places to stop an admire the area. Be sure to check out vehicle...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This was a wonderful experience driving through this park. My kids were flabbergasted when our car was surrounded by the buffalo crossing the road. We just stopped and waited for them to go. We saw more wildlife here than at Yellowstone and we loved Yellowstone....More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Loved every minute we spent in this park! There's so much to see and do! Well worth the visit. Needs to be part of any Western South Dakota trip.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Kim C
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

It seemed like every tree we saw was bigger than the last! Lots of great hiking trails and visitor centers where the rangers answered all of our questions. This was a bucket list trip and it did not disappoint.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 133roxanneh
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a great little side trip if you are in Rapid City. The Needles (interesting rock formations) are truly unique.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Chris R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As we approached the Blacks Hills through serious road construction, I had no idea what was in store for us. We happened onto the entrance to Custer State Park while searching for our hotel. It was an accident that we repeated for three more days...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank LittleDragon101
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited Custer State Park in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The entire park was beautiful with breathtakingly beautiful scenery. We drove Needles Highway and the rock formations were just amazing. A must see.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank MarthaLovesTravel
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is amazing if you love wildlife... Went on a late evening in January. Took the scenic road and was not dissapointed. Seeing buffalo roaming wild like it was meant to be was glorious. The wild burros are great, way too friendly. If you...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Porky1999
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A beautiful and diverse park from rolling hills to granite spires.a most scenic adventure. Of course the wild life is amazing as well as the scenic roads. So much to offer a park goer.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank fishnride
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wow small park lots of Bison and baby Bison crossing the road and together stopping all the traffic, turn off your engine, observe and take photos. No horn honking or load music this upsets them. As you drive further into the park you see prairie...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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September 12, 2018|
Response from WeOwnAFatCat | Reviewed this property |
August 5, 2018|
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Response from dplatt_12 | Reviewed this property |
Any wildlife viewing is always better early in the morning or in the evening, especially during warm weather. Although the roads in the park are open park facilities have specified hours of operation.
July 22, 2018|
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Response from WeOwnAFatCat | Reviewed this property |
If you like nature and scenery, then you'll be there all day. 20 bucks to get through the gate.
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RV Camping Custer State Park and other areas (1 Reply)
We will be traveling in the Badlands for two weeks from mid September through early October. We are traveling in a 30' motor home and pulling a small car. We would like to spend about 5 nights at Custer Sate Park and use it as our base to explore the area. I would appreciate recommendations on which campground would be both scenic and central for our day trips. We will be coming from 10 days in Yellowstone and Grand Tetons area and enjoy hiking, biking and exploring. Recommendations other...More
August 05, 2013|
state park campgrounds (4 Replies)
Any advice on what the best campground to reserve in Custer State Park, we are traveling with a 26foot travel trailer, two small children looking for some swimming, clean, we like semi-private sites with treesand natural beauty. Not fans of RV parks
February 16, 2005|
Response fromwateronbluesky|
I think youcan call Custer Park. We travel thur , but wished we would have had more time. The buffalo were right up to the car- awesome to see them and the open spaces. Ok we arecitypeople, taken with the priarie dogs too. Everything looked great out there. We were in Radipcity so staying in Custer will be beautiful. We ate at one of the places in the park..Im forgetting the name now,. .. Good luck.
"Best bang for your buck" hikes (6 Replies)
We are going tp Custer State Park in 3 days and we only have 2 full days there and want to do some hiking. We can do no more than 5-6 miles and one of us is afraid of ledges. Any recommendations for us? Also, we thought about going to the Black Hills Playhouse one night. Do they usually put on a well done, entertaining show? Thanks very much for the help! Marlene
June 17, 2008|
Response fromAccommodator|
Harney Peak is the standard hike but the easy route is also the most boring (aside from the summit). The route with more scenery (a loop from Sylvan Lake via the Little Devils Tower trail) is probably longer than you'll want to do based on your post. The two I'd recommend for you are: Sunday Gulch and Cathedral Spires. Check out the trail descriptions in the link that Lorhs posted. The Playhouse is pretty good. It's more than a regular community theatre. It's mostly a professional...More