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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” (850 reviews)
“needles highway” (625 reviews)
“prairie dogs” (715 reviews)
13329 US Highway 16a, Custer, SD 57730-8351
+1 605-255-4515

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Reviewed yesterday

If you like gorgeous views and up close wildlife this is the place for you. I could drive through this park everyday and love ever minute of it. If you dont stop here your truly missing out!

Thank 942jeaninel
Reviewed yesterday

The wild life loop was awesome. We saw a lot of burros and bison would walk right beside are vehicle. The Imax movie at the visitor center is a must see.

Thank buckeyeblazer
Reviewed yesterday

The drives through Custer State Park are always a highlight of any trip to the Black Hills area. From the twists and tunnels on the Needles Highway, to the tunnel views of Mt. Rushmore and pigtail bridges on the Iron Mountain Road, as well as...More

Thank Dee D
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We loved the beautiful park. It was our first visit. Gorgeous scenery. Saw Bison. We hope to visit again.

Thank Brenda G
Reviewed yesterday

After viewing Mount Rushmore, we took our grandsons and their parents to Custer State Park. My daughter has been to Yellowstone and was surprised at the large amount of wildlife and how close we were to the animals in this much smaller version. The drive...More

Thank TheresaGriffin
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I really didn't do research on Custer SP before we got here. I'm so glad we took the time to visit tho! It is a beautiful park. Mostly an outdoor experience-driving the wildlife loop and appreciating the gorgeous So Dakota Black Hills. The visitor center...More

Thank JCnBoerne
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Enjoyed driving through Custer State Park on our own. Lots of beautiful scenery and animal sightings. We took about 3 hours to drive through.

Thank Karen C
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A great park for viewing wildlife, particularly at sunset. Lots of buffalo, antelopes, deer, and a few overly-friendly donkeys!

Thank sanstrk
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

There is so much to do here. Wildlife viewing, water activities, hiking, horseback riding and just driving through to see the amazing views and wildlife. There are several lodges and campgrounds. If you are just s day-tripper have lunch in one of the lodges. They...More

Thank MrsPickle
Reviewed 4 days ago

We've been to countless state parks around the country and custer is one of our favorites. Beautiful wildlife and great camping.

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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