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Reviewed yesterday

This was one thing the whole family was looking forward to during our trip to the Black Hills. It was a beautiful drive, and how fun to see all the wild animals! It is a long drive, I recommend stopping to use the bathroom ahead of time - but take the drive and enjoy every bit of it!

Thank Beth B
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Custer State Park
A drive through this park is essential for anyone wanting to explore beautiful South Dakota. Of course, the interesting events that transpired under General Custer and Crazy Horse are fascinating. The Welcome Center is a great place to visit. However, the wildlife is most fascinating. From herds of buffalo and burrows to hundreds of prairie dogs scampering everywhere, you will be entertained. The plains and forest are also breathtaking. A fee of approximately $12 per car is charged, but it is a great investment.

Thank 492denverr
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This park is a gem and we always enjoy driving thru the park. But the best time spring / fall. Less tourists, more animals. The donkeys are a hoot! Highly suggest you stop by a farm business like Runnings, Bomgar's or TSC and get a bag of horse treats to feed to the donkeys. They love them more than carrots!

Thank MB232
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Quiet this time of year. Very peaceful to visit. None of the restaurants or stores open in the park, but stayed at a great cabin by State Game Lodge. Cabins are pet friendly, clean and comfortable

Thank BHLovesTravel
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Custer State Park is amazing, as good as many national parks. We did the scenic loop, taking in the beautiful landscape as well as prairie dogs and pronghorns. We had brought carrots and cake across the feral donkey herd, so the kids had an opportunity to feed the donkeys, which was great. We topped it off with a hike around Sylvan Lake. All in all an awesome day. We would love to return someday.

Thank BlueDevilOKC
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on an Autumn trip to the Black Hills in October, 2018. We arrived in Rapid City at the same time as an early winter storm, and it was glorious! We went to Custer State Park, first on our list of things to do and it was the highlight of our Black Hills adventure. The park was beautiful with its Autumn foliage and the snow dusting everything. The Buffalo were on the move, and everywhere we went we saw these magnificent creatures. We saw many other wild park residents as well. We browsed the visitors center a bit, drove Needles Highway (do NOT miss this), hiked all the way around Sylvan Lake in the snow, picnicked in the frosty air, got coffee and great end-of-season bargains at the gift shops, and everywhere...Tatanka!! We most definitely will be returning, and often, to this amazing place!!

Thank PegiSioux
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful park for hiking and driving. Black Elk Peak is a hike not to be missed! Wildlife loop includes impressive buffalo crossing.

Thank MN_travelers_18
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to the visitor center. They are good in helping you find the buffalo. We rode around and found two herds which was a wonderful surprise. We took the long drive from there to Mt Rushmore which I would strongly recommend.

Thank Charl0tte2012
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took the Wildlife Loop one night on our way back to Rapid City. It was nearing sunset which was the perfect time as the animals are very active then! The annual bison roundup had already occurred, so we saw them at the corral, but we also saw scattered bull bison throughout the park. We saw prairie dogs, of course, and several deer including some within a group of wild turkeys! And the burros came right up to the car to visit! We actually even saw a badger out among the prairie dogs, probably looking for dinner. Unfortunately, the visitor center, cafe, etc. were already closed for the season, but it made for a beautiful, less crowded visit for us. We even went back a couple of days later, even tho we had to pay again as we had lost our ticket allowing us to re-enter. But it was worth it!

1  Thank 596Smokey
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Custer State Park is a beautiful place to visit. To those complaining about not seeing animals, the park is NOT a zoo. It is not designed to make the animals come to you. It is a refuge for them, some of which are endangered. They are not required to make an appearance. The rolling hills and gullies and trees are still worth seeing. You will see buffalo, but if you are expecting them to do tricks, move along. As you drive through Custer make sure you drive up the Needles Highway, which offers amazing scenery that ends with a crystal clear lake at the top of a mountain. At the end of the day, your time at the park is what you make of it. Though there are some stretches of road that can be "boring," you should visit. The fee for entering the park helps support the animals and their human caretakers, so don't complain. States Parks are not cheap!

Thank Sean R
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