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Wildlife Loop Road

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An 18-mile scenic drive in Custer State Park.
Custer, SD
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Did this today and loved it. First, a couple of hints: if you google map getting there from Rapid City, it will take you down a dirt/gravel road that is not in the park, but this is not a bad thing, because this is where...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a easy driving loop through meadows and grassland - much different scenery from the northern half of the park. We entered from Custer and only saw buffalo and deer in the distance until we got to the visitor center. It was made of...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank MNnola
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

When we first started on the loop road we didn’t see anything but one lone buffalo and a prong horn. Then about halfway through we came upon a buffalo crossing for about 45 minutes. How awesome that was!!

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Do you want, prairie dogs, turkeys, vultures, pronghorn antelope, buffalo? This is the place. Others on the tour saw a beaver.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Glenn L
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Beautiful drive lots of animals. We stopped to feed the horses and donkeys. Hiked hills and walked beautiful trails.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Missoki
Reviewed 4 days ago

Drove the loop road and saw lots of buffalo in several areas. Also saw turkey, and a variety of birds. Did take a couple of short hikes to stretch the legs.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank work2travel991
Reviewed 1 week ago

There’s plenty of camping and hiking to offset your entry fee, but I would have paid 10 times what we paid for the experience we had. The scenic loop is a beautiful ride and you may be lucky enough to peep a few animals like...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank ewamaine
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The loop travels through the area of the park where you will see buffalo, elk, antelope, both white tail and mule deer, prairie dogs, and possibly sheep and mountain lions. If you love wildlife and nature's beauty, this loop must be taken

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank Joe32926
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I saw buffalo, sheep, wild burros, many deer. It is a fantastic but slow drive. I really enjoyed seeing the animals.

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank eggersty
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was so exciting to see the buffalo roam. I could go back again. It was fun feeding the begging burros, too.

Date of experience: September 2019
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July 31, 2019|
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Response from PrincessK1201 | Reviewed this property |
Not really an answer to your question, but don't reserve much time for Mt Rushmore. It was really just a 5 minute stop for pictures. If you haven't looked and are going this summer, much is closed and the walkway is torn... More
June 23, 2019|
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Response from Schiffs_Creek | Reviewed this property |
We found that earlier was better for pretty much everything in the Black Hills. We beat the crowds, the heat, and got to see more wildlife. Get up early to see stuff and then nap!
June 20, 2019|
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Response from hsnhess | Reviewed this property |
I would say “no” also and agree being inside the car is the safest and most enjoyable way. We had to help a rider on horseback who got separated from her group. She stayed next to our car until she was safely away from the... More