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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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This is a must if you are in the area. Well worth the time, the views are simply breath taking! Keep your eyes open as you have a good chance of seeing multiple types of... read more

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Marion, Ia
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Marion, Ia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a must if you are in the area. Well worth the time, the views are simply breath taking! Keep your eyes open as you have a good chance of seeing multiple types of wildlife. We saw buffalo, prong horn antelope, & prairie dogs. The annual buffalo round up is late September.

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kc
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We didn't see any of the buffalo, but plenty of antelope, prairie dogs, and burros. The sheep and goats were no where to be found either.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you want to see some Bison well.. This is where you'll find them. Also proghorns and prairie dogs are a very common sight. Missed the burros though! I drove the loop twice: once around 10AM and once around 5PM. I would recommend when sunny.

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Ladera Ranch, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Stayed in Custer for 3 days to see the area as well as Mt. Rushmore. Took the Iron Mountain Road and also decided to do the Wildlife Loop Road as part of it. Glad we did. Beautiful drive with multiple animals spotted: Elk/Deer/Eagles/Bison. Worth the 1 hour detour.

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Woodward, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was my favorite part of our trip. We were lucky enough so witness the rangers rounding up some of the buffalo one day, we saw many white tail and mule deer, pronghorn antelope, prairie dogs, donkeys and a couple of coyotes. It was very hit-or-miss with regards to animal sightings. One day we'd see a ton of animals and... More 

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Viborg Usa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We go through Custer State Park quite often but I have to say the middle to later part of September is my favorite time to drive through. The buffalo are plentiful which is my favorite but the colors of the changing seasons are awesome too!

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We traveled the loop late in September and late in the day. Although we didn't see much wildlife, aside from a few deer and a large burro herd, the fall colors and general scenery were beautiful. This herd of burro were a bit off the road at first. We pulled over as did several other cars. As we waited they... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Check in at the visitor's center to find out where the bison are. Take some of the off roads you might see more. Make sure have gas in your car. Bring apples for the wild burros

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Columbus
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Taking the Wildlife Loop Road is the highlight of any visit to Custer State Park. Bison, pronghorn, mooching wild donkeys, prairie dogs and other animals are visible just by driving by. But be sure and stop, because otherwise you won't hear the sounds made by the animals.

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Rock Island, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The is the best place to see wild buffalo in South Dakota. We saw buffalo, pronghorns, prairie dogs, wild burros and deer. It's a nice drive, but make sure you give yourself plenty of time to stop and enjoy the animals.

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