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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
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13329 US Highway 16A, Custer, SD 57730-8351
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+1 605-255-4515
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This was one thing the whole family was looking forward to during our trip to the Black Hills. It was a beautiful drive, and how fun to see all the wild animals! It is a long drive, I recommend stopping to use the bathroom ahead...More

Thank Beth B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Custer State Park A drive through this park is essential for anyone wanting to explore beautiful South Dakota. Of course, the interesting events that transpired under General Custer and Crazy Horse are fascinating. The Welcome Center is a great place to visit. However, the wildlife...More

Thank 492denverr
Reviewed 2 days ago

This park is a gem and we always enjoy driving thru the park. But the best time spring / fall. Less tourists, more animals. The donkeys are a hoot! Highly suggest you stop by a farm business like Runnings, Bomgar's or TSC and get a...More

Thank MB232
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Quiet this time of year. Very peaceful to visit. None of the restaurants or stores open in the park, but stayed at a great cabin by State Game Lodge. Cabins are pet friendly, clean and comfortable

Thank BHLovesTravel
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Custer State Park is amazing, as good as many national parks. We did the scenic loop, taking in the beautiful landscape as well as prairie dogs and pronghorns. We had brought carrots and cake across the feral donkey herd, so the kids had an opportunity...More

Thank BlueDevilOKC
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on an Autumn trip to the Black Hills in October, 2018. We arrived in Rapid City at the same time as an early winter storm, and it was glorious! We went to Custer State Park, first on our list of things to do...More

Thank PegiSioux
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful park for hiking and driving. Black Elk Peak is a hike not to be missed! Wildlife loop includes impressive buffalo crossing.

Thank MN_travelers_18
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to the visitor center. They are good in helping you find the buffalo. We rode around and found two herds which was a wonderful surprise. We took the long drive from there to Mt Rushmore which I would strongly recommend.

Thank Charl0tte2012
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took the Wildlife Loop one night on our way back to Rapid City. It was nearing sunset which was the perfect time as the animals are very active then! The annual bison roundup had already occurred, so we saw them at the corral, but...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Custer State Park is a beautiful place to visit. To those complaining about not seeing animals, the park is NOT a zoo. It is not designed to make the animals come to you. It is a refuge for them, some of which are endangered. They...More

Thank Sean R
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mspidell1959
September 12, 2018|
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Kiwilover5000
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.
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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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