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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.
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  • Very good12%
  • Average1%
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“wildlife loop” (792 reviews)
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13329 US Highway 16a, Custer, SD 57730-8351
+1 605-255-4515
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Reviewed yesterday

We ended up driving the wildlife loop about 3 times on different days. We say a bison here and there. On our last evening in the area, we decided to drive through one more time. We spotted a bison in the road ahead and stopped....then...More

Thank Dave S
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We went in the late afternoon with a mission to see buffaloes. We were not disappointed. We had a chance encounter with two walking along the Wildlife Loop and then saw a third laying in the grass a little further up the road. (The car...More

Thank MarTee959
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Just loved it!! A great drive in from Keystone along Iron Mountain Road. So many hair pin bends! The park itself is very pretty but if course the highlights are the animals. The donkeys were a crack up. Be prepared for a head right inside...More

Thank SydneyJim56
Reviewed yesterday

We did the wildlife loop at the park. The first part of the drive is pretty but there was not a lot of wildlife present so I was disappointed. The second half was great- donkeys and buffalo all around the car. The kids were able...More

Thank Rachel S
Reviewed 2 days ago

This was my favorite stop on our trip through South Dakota! What an amazing view all the way through the park, lots of trails, and lots of driving. Some of the best parts included a herd of buffalo walking right next to and in front...More

Thank Nicole K
Reviewed 2 days ago

What can I say, this is the best experience. If you don't visit this park when in the area then you have no idea what you are missing. The opportunities for animal viewing are fantastic. The priarie dog towns are huge. Bison had lots of...More

1  Thank Pava1
Reviewed 3 days ago

This was our first trip to Custer State Park and we will be back! We were able to see bison several times (including when they crossed the road and stopped traffic), feed the wild donkeys, saw the adorable prairie dogs, and had mountain goats block...More

Thank travel_gal_midwest
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We were here with a group of 40 on an intergenerational road scholar trip. We were 18 children and 22 grandparents. This was our first day and seeing the bison was unbelievable. We also did a trail ride and got rain and hailed on. The...More

Thank molarman26
Reviewed 3 days ago

We stayed in Rapid City and drove through Custer State Park several times while seeing other sites. We drove the wildlife loop 3 times and saw lots of buffalo in the early evening, very few in the middle of the day. Very pretty, only cost...More

1  Thank Carl A
Reviewed 3 days ago

We wanted to see the bison in the wild and feed the donkeys. Those are the two things we saw on our drive. The price for entry was twenty dollars, and if you're just doing the Loop, which we were - I thought that was...More

Thank Cherri B
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July 18, 2017|
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Response from Gregorio47 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, there are several lakes withing the park that are stocked with fish, sylvan Lake being one of them. You can fish and catch from shore without a boat. I believe there are both trout and other warm water species in these... More
July 13, 2017|
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Response from Sue P | Reviewed this property |
Cash or credit seems to be the norm anymore
July 13, 2017|
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Response from laurull | Reviewed this property |
We gave them cash, but I believe they take credit cards.