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Wildlife Loop Road

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Custer, SD
+1 605-255-4515
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If you want to get up close to a buffalo in a car this is the place to come. Keep in mind you... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
jprince1444
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Custer, South Dakota
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The Loop road has scenic views to experience !!

Check out the scenic view of the Custer area in SD. You get to see so many more things than the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
DannyWasserman
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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An 18-mile scenic drive in Custer State Park.
  • Excellent79%
  • Very good15%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“prairie dogs” (590 reviews)
“bison” (608 reviews)
“wildlife loop” (257 reviews)
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

If you want to get up close to a buffalo in a car this is the place to come. Keep in mind you should never approach a buffalo on foot.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Check out the scenic view of the Custer area in SD. You get to see so many more things than the main highway.

Thank DannyWasserman
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great place to see wildlife. We went earlier in the day and saw a lot of different animals. The buffalo are amazing to see.

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Reviewed January 15, 2018

Simply amazing. We started the drive right before sunset. Half way through it happened, herds and herds of buffalo/bison crossing from one side of the park to other. We pulled over on the road along with several other cars and just watched. It was simply...More

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Reviewed January 11, 2018 via mobile

We visited early January & 3 weeks after they had a quite a bad fire. We hadn't expected it to be open, then didn't expect to see any animals as it was getting colder & colder but we saw lots of deer & wild turkeys,...More

1  Thank Sally T
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Reviewed January 9, 2018

Herds of Bison, wild donkeys, wild turkeys and deer - all spread out around the loop and as close as you would ever want to be to it all!

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Reviewed December 30, 2017

Be prepared for a buffalo traffic jam and be patient. Resist the urge to touch because they will be that close to your car. There is no way I would ride a motorcycle through the loop

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Reviewed December 29, 2017

Drive the Wildlife Loop Road when you have plenty of time so you can enjoy it unhurried. Stop by the Wildlife Station Visitor Center and park rangers will let you know where to see the buffalo herd. There will be wild burros near this area...More

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Reviewed December 26, 2017

We drove the Wildlife Loop Road at least three times during our visit to Rapid City. We enjoyed looking at the bison, elk, deer. We also had the chance to see some absolutely stunning sunsets as we were driving.

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Reviewed December 11, 2017 via mobile

So much Wildlife. Drive slowly to enjoy them but stay back. A few individuals tried to approach buffaloes with calf’s but received a charge instead. If they turn their head towards you, you have their attention, move away. The friendly burros beg for food and...More

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Ryan D
December 19, 2017|
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Response from grlsx3 | Reviewed this property |
They have sales of certain animals at specified times to control park population. Otherwise you can not remove wildlife or anything else from the park.
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Dave H
August 23, 2017|
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Response from larkenRidgefield_CT | Reviewed this property |
The visitor Center is open 8-8 to buy your pass. You place that on your front windshield. You can also buy it at the entrance to the wildlife loop if someone is on duty...if not, there is a self registration. I think the... More
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Jenn S
July 7, 2017|
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Response from Driftboat | Reviewed this property |
I was there in late Sept / early Oct - it was amazing. Wildlife everywhere. Pick late Sept and watch the Buffalo Stampede - probably one of the best wildlife experiences you can have. . . .
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