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Custer State Park

13329 US Highway 16A, Custer, South Dakota 57730 USA

Open Now
Fri 12a-11:59p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair
  • Public

“71,000 acres of wildlife”

The clear mountain waters are inviting, and the open ranges are waiting to be discovered. Bring your family to Custer State Park, and let yourself run wild.Custer State Park in the Black Hills encompasses 71,000 acres of spectacular terrain and an abundance of wildlife. Within the park, you'll discover a world of adventure! A herd of 1,300 bison roams freely throughout the park, often stopping traffic along the 18-mile Wildlife Loop Road. The herd is one of the largest publically-owned herds in the world.Bison can weigh as much as 2,000 pounds. Historically, the animal played an essential role in the lives of the Lakota (Sioux), who relied on the "tatanka" for food, clothing and shelter.Besides bison, the park is home to wildlife such as pronghorn antelope, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, deer, elk, wild turkeys, and a band of friendly burros. Custer State Park boasts several scenic drives that explore the diversity of the area. From the granite spires of Needles Highway to the bison along WIldlife Loop Road.

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  • 11 Reviews
  • 13 Helpful
July 19, 2015
Rated 5.0

The drive into Custer State Park was amazing; winding roads through the Black Hills, tunnels, pig-tail turns, scenic look-out points. Absolutely STUNNING scenery! Gorgeous!! A must see!! Once in the Park there is a lot to do, however my husband and I just drove through. We saw burros and got out and fed them cause they were blocking the road. The rangers told us these were the ancestors of the original burros that used to carry people up the mountain. They are the only animals which you are allowed to feed in the park. Little prairie dogs popped in and out of their holes. Deer were prancing across the road. Buffalo were grazing off in the distance in several spots. As we were getting ready to head out we were dead stopped by an oncoming stampede of buffalo. It was so incredible. I was hanging out of our sunroof taking video and snapping pics. It was a once in a lifetime event!! WOW!!

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July 22, 2014
Rated 5.0

Iron Mountain Road and Needles Road were amazing drives to see the scenery!

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  • 2 Helpful
September 26, 2016
Rated 4.0

$20 entry fee. Was a really nice drive. Saw a lot of wild life. Did the wildlife loop then left via the iron mountain road to mt Rushmore. Was beautiful!

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September 03, 2014
Rated 5.0

Custer has some of my favorite points of interests in the Black Hills. Sylvan Lake is beautiful and has some awesome hiking, and the Wildlife Loop is such a cool way to see some Bison up close and personal. But my absolute favorite thing to do in Custer is to hike up to Harney Peak (the highest elevation between the Rockies and the Alps) from Sylvan Lake. The views of the Hills are incredible, and it's just challenging enough to make you feel accomplished while still being surmountable for most hikers.

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September 22, 2015

My fiancé and I are on a road trip from New York to California and crossed through the Black Hills of South Dakota as part of our travels. The Wildlife Loop in Custer State Park is a must see! The experience takes about 45-minutes and we drove in hoping to see a buffalo or a prairie dog. We saw at least 40 buffalo—herds of them grazing right up to the road. Wild donkeys come right up to your car. It was exhilarating and incredible. The Needles highway which takes you down to the loop from Hill City is also really impressive. Take a walk break and hike Sylvan Lake on your route down. Check out more from the whole experience on my blog.

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  • 2 Helpful
October 08, 2017
Rated 5.0

This is an amazing state park. The drive is beautiful and there were buffalo everywhere and plenty crossing the road as you drive along.

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April 28, 2017
Rated 5.0

A must-see, the drive is amazing! Pass by the needles highway spectacular view especially when u reach the sylvan lake. God's wonderful creation.

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September 25, 2016
Rated 5.0

Just phenomenal. Wildlife, scenery -- this place has it all. Wish we had gotten a faster start and taken less time at Rushmore to spend longer here! We were running out of daylight as we rounded the last curves of the needles highway. A definite highlight of our entire trip.

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September 09, 2016
Rated 5.0

Beautiful clean campground! We had a buffalo block the road at 11pm as we tried to find our way to the site. We just waited for him to make his way to the side of the road so we could get by. Awesome experience! Very friendly folks run the place.

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August 05, 2016
Rated 4.0

Place is beautiful. Enjoyed seeing the Buffalo, prairie dogs and Antelope. Be sure to leave yourself lots of time for the State Park.

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Custer State Park

13329 US Highway 16A
Custer, South Dakota
57730 USA


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  • Sun - Sat: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
  • No Wifi
  • Private Parking
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  • Yes Parking
  • No Pull Through
  • Full Hookup
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  • Tent Sites
  • Dump Station
  • No Sewer Hookup
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