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Wildlife Loop Road

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

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Lots of Wildlife

We saw a bunch of bison both before we started driving the loop and as we drove the loop. We also saw lots of other wildlife as well. It was fantastic! The donkeys were really... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Puyallup, Washington
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Puyallup, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We saw a bunch of bison both before we started driving the loop and as we drove the loop. We also saw lots of other wildlife as well. It was fantastic! The donkeys were really something. They blocked the road and cars were pulled off all over. Some of the donkeys will stick their head in open windows, which startled... More 

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Kingston u Thames
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You can drive this road and see nothing - and then look in your rear view mirror and do a quick U turn. The speed limit is low and you as drive along awestruck by what you see you will be pestered by the lovely 'beggin burros' .Escaped donkeys that now 'ambush' you by blocking the road and then put... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This particular area provides a great view of the different landscapes you can see while in Custer State Park. Part of it is heavily wooded, other is rolling grassy hills. Saw 30+deer, 1 bison (it was off season). So glad I went on this loop!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a lazy winding road, a place to take your time and enjoy the sights. The wild life is abundant and with each turn you will see nature at its best. The sights are a photographers dream.

2 Thank Wendy W
Flower Mound, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

15-20 miles of lovely driving, within Custer State Park. A couple of bison herds, winter grazing along the road and frequently licking salt from the road surface were a special treat for our 4 year old grandson

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Liberty Township, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were fortunate enough to see many types of wildlife. We drove the loop one evening at dusk and came upon a herd of elk. There were probably 70-100 elk with several bull elk. We were in search of the buffalo herd. That evening we did not see them. The next morning we drove the loop again. We drove off... More 

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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

A very scenic drive with lots of animals to view. Our first siting was a large herd of Antelope, followed by lots of deer, prairie dogs, rabbits, bison, and even a coyote. The terrain was very varied and we really enjoyed cruising this loop

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Kearns, Utah
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

During our visit to South Dakota and all the major tourist traps I found this little jem. Custer State Park was not crowded and I found out you can bring carrots to feed the wandering Wild Donkeys. IT was a highlight for my kiddos feeding those donkeys. Got so close up one of my pictures only has an eyeball of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

We love the wildlife loop! One thing we always make sure to do is stop at one of the visitors centers and ask about where recent burro and bison sightings have been. This helps us plan our route around the park and increases the number of animals we see. We also bring crackers or vegetables so that we can attract... More 

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Juneau, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2017

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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