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Custer State Park

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13329 US Highway 16a, Custer, SD 57730-8351
+1 605-255-4515
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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.
  • Excellent84%
  • Very good12%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“wildlife loop” (879 reviews)
“bison” (1,064 reviews)
“needles highway” (647 reviews)
13329 US Highway 16a, Custer, SD 57730-8351
+1 605-255-4515

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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a must see when you are visiting SDakota. The entrance is $20 I remember but as you keep driving into the park covering wildlife loop/needles highway, you would definitely see the prairie dogs, the american bison, deers. We enjoyed viewing the prairie dogs,...More

Thank Kareena417
Reviewed 3 days ago

Breath-taking views. Be sure to drive along Needles Highway, Iron Mountain Road and Wildlife Loop. Chances are great that you'll see buffalo, as Custer SP is a sanctuary for North American Bison. If you're visiting Mount Rushmore or the Badlands, add this park to your...More

Thank Mayo-n-Tater69
Reviewed 6 days ago

I went out with my significant other for the day, and wow! It was so worth it to go through! It was great to be able to see all the bison, whitetail deer, and elk! We got so close, that if we didn't have our...More

Thank Molli G
Reviewed 1 week ago

For those in US geographically distanced from the Rockies, this is lovely park to get a taste of the mountains. Ponderosa pine and granite outcroppings cover the landscape, and the bison are more plentiful than in Yellowstone. Mt Rushmore is an American icon and really...More

Thank Carpediemsollasollew
Reviewed 1 week ago

What an unexpected find! But you MUST have reservations! Was surprised, even when we were there in the off-season, that we could not get a same-day tour as our arrival in the area. Meeting at the State Game Lodge in Custer National Park a driver/guide...More

Thank Linda Margaret
Reviewed 1 week ago

We drove through part of the Park on the way to Mount Rushmore. What a amazing place it was. Sylvan Lake was beautiful, we were limited on time but we did walk around it and as it was early morning it was fairly quiet and...More

Thank Di-Roth
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were lucky enough to see the cowboys (male and female) working the annual bison roundup. The park is majestic. Don't miss the State Game Lodge.

Thank JohnK14
Reviewed 1 week ago

This Park was such a surprise. The first thing to do is stop at the Visitor's Center and find out where the buffalo herd is--1300 strong! Awesome to see, but they aren't shy about coming close to the road for excellent pictures. We also saw...More

Thank Marncol
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did a drive through. There were closeups of bison and they came up behind the car....so awesome! We happened to be near the park and decided to drive through. It was a good choice.

Thank Rosemarie M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved the drive through Custer State Park - excellent close up views of wild life and the wonderful landscape!

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shauna g
September 8, 2017|
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Response from John M | Reviewed this property |
You might want to consider Custer State Park, outside Custer, which is an amazing place, perhaps the finest state park in the country. Great opportunity to see some bison and other wildlife. Had some very nice log cabin... More
August 21, 2017|
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Response from Teancum12 | Reviewed this property |
There are many KOA-type camp grounds in the area and all had a significant amount of RV pads that I could see. We stayed at a place called Beaver Lake Campground near Custer,SD and even though we rented a Tipi there were a... More
August 15, 2017|
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Response from HikerEllie | Reviewed this property |
We were just there during the bike rally and it wasn't terrible. I mean yes, there were motorcycles EVERYWHERE but we had no trouble with traffic or anything. Still, if you want to avoid literally thousands and thousands of... More