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Custer State Park

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Address: 13329 US Highway 16a, Custer, SD 57730-8351
Phone Number: 605-255-4515
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A 73,000-acre wilderness that draws comparisons to Yellowstone National...

A 73,000-acre wilderness that draws comparisons to Yellowstone National Park when it comes to spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife.

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Endless things to do!

We stayed in the Keystone area and drove into the park twice during our visit. The first day we picnicked at Sylvan Lake and went for a swim since it was unbelievably hot. The... read more

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Lino Lakes, Minnesota, United States
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Lino Lakes, Minnesota, United States
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stayed in the Keystone area and drove into the park twice during our visit. The first day we picnicked at Sylvan Lake and went for a swim since it was unbelievably hot. The parking at Sylvan Lake (day use lot) was very crowded and we had to circle the lot a few times in order to grab a spot.... More 

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Atlanta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Plenty to do and see here. Loved all of it. Could spend a week here. Wildlife and scenery without peer anywhere.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I am completely biased. This place calls to me. Someday I'm going to retire here. Everything is awesome. The smell of pine trees, the wildlife, the people, the atmosphere, the park service.. I'm too smitten to provide an unbiased review. Truly my favorite spot in the US.

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Millerville, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This attraction was so much better than I expected. The collection of artifacts and historical information was awesome. Anyone of any age could enjoy this. The kids seemed to really enjoy this.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Custer State Park is a must see while traveling in South Dakota. We were able to see all kinds of wild life. The air and the smell of the Juniper Pines was wonderfull

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Park Ridge, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We only had about three hours to enjoy and explore this lovely park. From the moment we arrived and were greeted by friendly staff, to the wild life loop tour, sylvan lake, and needles highway, we were flat out amazed by beauty. We had no idea such a lovely spot existed. Pictures and words can't do justice to the awe... More 

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Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Incredible scenery, abundant wildlife, great restaurants, and plenty of recreation opportunities. We spent two days in this park. Drove thru the middle of a buffalo herd, saw pronghorn, donkeys, and deer at all hours of the day. Spent most of a day kayaking, hiking, and swimming at Sylvan lake. Drove the Needles and Iron Mtn highways which have awesome views... More 

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Miami, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

On a previous visit we saw wildlife everywhere, but on this trip we really had to search to see a few antelope. Of course we saw the donkeys, but saw no bison at all. Perhaps it was the hot weather.

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Windsor, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Custer State Park is in the Black Hills of South Dakota. George Armstrong Custer led an expedition here in 1874 and found gold. Even though the Black Hills had been ceded to the Lakota, the discovery of gold meant the treaty was worthless. The US government offered to buy the BH but the Lakota refused. The money sits in an... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great sites to see. Lots of wildlife and wonder. We saw goats, snakes and lots of interesting birds. The cliffs, craters and jagged rocks were a complete mystery and seemed a bit sci-fi. There were walk out points so you could get an inside view. We did not use them since it was sprinkling and slippery. Must see!

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