Wildlife Loop Road

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Wildlife Loop Road
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An 18-mile scenic drive in Custer State Park.
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Freedom54088925372
Yankton, SD9 contributions
We signed up to take a private jeep tour through the wildlife loop,while we stayed at the State Game Lodge, Although it was pricey, our driver was very friendly and certainly knew the area and could answer any questions we had. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we appreciated that we could tour without a group. We saw the burro's, buffalo, prairie dog colony and so much more, that we probably would not have seen if we hadn't taken the tour. It rained, but quickly the sun came back out, and our driver provided blankets for protection from the rain. We highly recommend taking this tour if you are seeing the Wildlife Loop for the first time,
Written June 24, 2020
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Judy M
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I’m giving this an excellent review because, though we saw only 4 bison, I know had we gone a different time of year/day the potential of seeing more is there. We arrived at 9:30 am, July 14, 2022 and it was already 80+ degrees so there wasn’t much to see.
Along with the few bison we saw a handful of donkeys and one female elk in the 18 mile drive.
The bison center is pretty cool and if you can come in September that’s when they do the buffalo roundup.
Written July 15, 2022
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papiodad
Papillion, NE176 contributions
Couples
Bucket list item for me , and it was awesome highly recommend it for anyone who loves buffalo. other than waking up that early to get a good spot it was well worth it . check the weather if you go it was cold in the am but was sunny and warm when the sun came out highly recommend it
Written September 29, 2020
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whosaidthatnotme
Newtown, CT9 contributions
Family
We drove here directly from Jackson Hole, WY after two mediocre days in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Each park has different things going for it, but we agreed that the Wildlife Loop Road in Custer State Park is by far the best. Wow, wow, wow. At the entrance gate we purchased a week long pass for $20, a friendly ranger told us where there were recent sightings of bison and wild burros, and we were off. Within 10 short minutes we were enveloped in a “bison jam” and further down the road we saw the burros on a hillside with people walking out to meet them. We also saw pronghorn antelope, deer, and prairie dogs. Blue skies and rolling hills seemed to go on forever, providing picture postcard views in every direction. The road is scenic, curvy, and fun to drive. The second day we were prepared and brought carrots for the burros, now we were the ones walking out to meet them, they would tolerate brief petting before ambling off to the next hillside. Our last day we did an early morning drive-through and lucked out by seeing over 1,000 bison in 7 herds (5 on the Wildlife Loop and 2 others nearby). It was unforgettable. Loved it and we can’t wait to return to this beautiful place someday.
Written July 15, 2020
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bigtyke
Greeley, CO6,918 contributions
This is my 4th or 5th time driving the Wildlife Loop. Everytime has been good, but this is probably the best. Other trips were in June and Sept. This was in late March.

We entered from the east side. Right near the entrance was a herd of 4-5 Bighorn Sheep lying by the road. We came across several small herds of Pronghorn Antelope. In one herd were several that had big bellies, indicating that they were pregnant.

Most of the buffalo were farther away from the road, but there were several within good viewing and photoing distance. In the meadow where we ususally see the most buffalo and they are on the road, there were just a few. We were the only car there and so we didn't stop, but slowly drove by. No other cars to run interference !

The begging burros were there and when the wife rolled down the window, their ears perked up but then they saw we had no carrots for them.

The highlight was a MOUNTAIN LION. Just ahead of us it came running from the side and ran across the road in front of us and down the valley. Boy, could it run fast. No time to get a photo, Darn!

While it is frequently mentioned in the SO\outh Dakota forum here on TA that the spring is not the best time to come to the Black HIlls, I cannot agree. There were very few cars and lots more wildlife. What I would recommend is that you make last minute plans to insure decent weather.
Written March 30, 2021
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TAP647
Chicago, IL389 contributions
Family
On our first visit just prior to sunset, we saw very few animals - deer, burros, and a handful of bison. We were disappointed. We returned the next day closer to sunset and we treated to hundreds of bison at the Blue Belle entrance - it was amazing! We loved seeing these animals so close. While we did not see many other animals, we enjoyed the scenery of the loop. A special place.
Written June 9, 2022
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sakflva
Arlington, VA668 contributions
Family
Great loop. We went twice. Both times saw Buffalo herds in the distance. The babies were so cute. We saw the burros as well. People brought food for them which clearly shouldn’t happen. They tried to feed the babies and it was clear they we still nursing but you know people they persist.
Written July 24, 2021
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David S
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September 9 we took a drive on the wildlife loop from 5:20 PM until 7:30 PM.

My husband and I saw a wolverine towards the end of our drive. It was sniffing around the meadow grasses on the way into the pine woods about 10 feet away. But before it disappeared among the low branches, it had turned several times to look toward our stopped car.

At first I thought it was a small bear, but its body was longer, it had a dark long fluffy tail, and shorter legs. Its face and ears were bear like, as it turned its head towards us. It studied us at length one of the times it glared towards our car from about 100 yards away. We didn't get a picture of it sadly.

I didn't know what it was until I saw a stuffed one at Cabellas shopping two days later. Upon seeing the displayed taxidermy wolverine I exclaimed to my assisting Cabellas staff, "that's the animal we saw 2 days ago driving in Custer Wildlife
Loop!" It was labeled a wolverine.

We felt fortunate to have seen one in the wild, thanks to the safe wildlife drive.
Written September 18, 2020
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Stephanie B
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We are so glad we went on this. Our family really likes to look at the wildlife so we took our time as we drove through. We pulled over and let quite a few vehicles pass us. If you plan on just quickly driving through, you may not see anything. We saw prairie dogs, whitetail deer, pronghorns, burros, and Buffalo.
For the burros, we brought carrots along. I would recommend the full size carrots as the.burros grabbed those right away over the little baby carrots.
Written July 19, 2021
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Sandy P
California Desert, CA20 contributions
First, I read some reviews and agree about the animals not being seen, but that is probably because they did what we did. There is a huge area where there are little buffalo and then there is another huge area where there are tons of buffalo. One thing I wish South Dakota would consider is putting up just a few signs telling people which way to go! We were so upset that we could not find our way until we bumped into someone who told us which way to go. AND, the area where the buffalo were was a lot less scary! No huge drop offs and tight, twisty, narrow roads! That would have helped to know! Regardless, drivers in South Dakota are the most awesome anywhere and we got lots of buffalojams as one person put it so we didn't miss seeing these exciting creatures! We will treasure our visit. Too bad the herds have to be thinned out unnaturally and sadly.
Written July 23, 2020
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