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Wildlife Loop Road

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Address: Custer, SD
Phone Number: 6052554515
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An 18-mile scenic drive in Custer State Park.

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The loop is very nice but get off the loop to see the herds!

The loop is very well know and we have traveled on it before. A must route for animal lovers. A bag of carrots will have the "wild" donkeys being your best friend. If you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Waukesha
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Waukesha
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The loop is very well know and we have traveled on it before. A must route for animal lovers. A bag of carrots will have the "wild" donkeys being your best friend. If you really want to experience the park and wild life get off on to one of the many roads off the loop that are open to the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This drive is absolutely beautiful. We saw elk, bison, prairie dogs, pronghorn, and donkeys. This drive along with Needles Highway were the highlights of our visit to Custer State Park. If you only have limited time, I would choose this over the Iron Mountain Rd.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Our family drove through and all loved it. We got to see turkey, deer, pronghorns, buffalo, and coyote. The highlights though were getting a few feet from prairie dogs and walking amongst a group of donkeys. It's a day we'll never forget

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went to Custer, SD in July, and traveled all around the Custer State Park, but the wildlife loop was the best thing we did. We went there about an hour before sundown and saw deer, antelope, buffalo, burros, and prairie dogs. There is a wonderful new visitor center at what was the end of the loop for us. It... More 

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Mankato, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We didn't see much wildlife; some buffalo, donkeys, prong horn antelope- but it is a beautiful drive

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Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Make sure you stop at the information centers they can tell you which roads to take to see the buffalo, As sometimes they are not on the main road. We did see wild donkeys or burros, We same many deer and different types of wild life. Prairie dogs. You have to pay $20 for a pass through the park but... More 

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Mansfield tx
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

went in august at early dawn, we saw hundreds of buffalo very close to the car, lots of deer and all kinds of wildlife. take your time driving ,it says on local maps the loop will take aprox.45 min. it took us at least 1.5 hrs at a steady pace since there is soooo much to see.

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Bethesda, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Like everything I the wild, there is no perfect schedule. The bison (400 I hear) come out when they want to and hide at the times that they are usually out. And so went our experience on the loop. We went from 6-7:30 after reading that the late afternoon was the best time to catch wildlife. Apparently, not so. But... More 

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Livermore, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Once in this area make sure you try this drive. Different terrain and wildlife. We were on bikes and extra special.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Buffalo will cross the road stopping traffic, antelope can sometimes be seen fairly close to the road, and prairie dogs and such fun to watch! The burros definitely beg, however!

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