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Wildlife Loop Road

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Address: Custer, SD
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+1 605-255-4515

An 18-mile scenic drive in Custer State Park.

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This is where the bison actually walked right up to the car, lots of things to see in the wildlife. The only thing we did not see was the mountain sheep, thought we caught a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Juneau, Wisconsin
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Juneau, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is where the bison actually walked right up to the car, lots of things to see in the wildlife. The only thing we did not see was the mountain sheep, thought we caught a glimpse of one but gone before we got there so we don't know for sure

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Take the extra time and make the drive We saw a pack of over 200 Buffalo right before dusk all around and blocking the highway. Earlier we saw 4-5 Wild Turkeys with their beautiful feathers!! Wonderful;)

Thank Froomcat
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This an area to take your time, Buffalos stand in the road and we saw many along with other wildlife, the roads are well maintained

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La Verne, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Bison are “tracked” by the park rangers. When visiting, all you have to do is ask where they are. You will be directed to the herd. Even at the visitors’ center, there is a large map with bison figure locators. We were fortunate to be in the middle of a herd of bison. My husband, sitting in the passenger’s seat... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is the third or fourth time we've driven the wildlife loop, I think this time we saw the most variety of animals. We spotted many buffalo, antelope, burros, big horn sheep, prairie dogs and deer.

Thank Christina O
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were lucky. We saw a lot of bizons, pronghorns, prairydogs, deer and donkeys. Besides that it's a beautiful State Park. When you are in Custer you must visit this park.

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McFarland, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We didn't go at the best time, we went on our last afternoon at about 2pm, but we still saw quite a bit .We saw a huge herd of elk on the hillside, and we saw pronghorn, bison, and the burrows.We didn't have anything to feed them unfortunately but watched as they ate from other cars. Great loop to drive.

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Brookings, South Dakota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

On a typical drive through CSP on the loop you might only see buffalo. Drive at these times of the day and you'll also see elk, antelope, burros, deer, turkeys, and coyotes. It can be busy during the tourist season, but do it off season (we do it in the spring and fall when most of the campgrounds are closed)... More 

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

We saw burros, prairie dogs, pronghorns, deer and elk. The burros are tame, you can get out of your car and feed or pet them. We also had a close encounter driving through most of bison heard that lives in Custer State Park. A great experience for anyone who wants to see wildlife in the Black Hills. It is well... More 

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Modi'in, Israel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2016

We saw a herd of buffalo and prairie dogs. An up-close and personal encounter with wildlife. Must see.

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