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Custer State Park, Custer

(4.8/5 based on 3,800+ reviews on the web)
Experience over 28,732 hectares (71,000 acres) of rugged wilderness deep in the Black Hills at Custer State Park. A popular site for recreation and leisure, the park boasts dozens of hiking and driving routes, as well as a number of resorts and campgrounds for overnight stays. Drive along the 29 km (18 mi) scenic Wildlife Loop Road to take in the lush green landscape and wildlife sightings, including a herd of 1,300 bison, one of the largest publicly owned herds in the world, and over 186 species of birds. Keep in mind that the entrance fee is valid for 7 days if you would like to return to the park or extend your stay. Make Custer State Park part of your personalized Custer itinerary using our Custer tourist route planner.
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  • Amazingly beautiful country! I was on a tour bus and we had a "step-on guide". When we got to the entrance, one of the park rangers stepped on the bus and as we drove through the park she told us all ...  more »
  • Custer State Park is lovely to visit in the summer or the winter. There are so many animals to see, while driving through the park. It was much more enjoyable than we had thought it would be.  more »
  • The park is clean, nice campgrounds. Plenty of sights to see just driving around the park. It is huge. The buffalo come right up to the car and there is wildlife to see at almost every turn. A great t...  more »
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  • Beautiful spot. Makes you realize how we have been here for just a small blip in time. Really inspiring spot. Roads are really well maintained. The whole area except for the tourist traps are really quite amazing. Spearfish Canyon is not to be missed as well.
  • Beautiful park, well maintained. Accomadations are pricey but there is a lot to do. The showers inside the park are free, and really nice. Really clean. Lots of hiking trails and Lake beaches to play on.
  • Really enjoyed the loop around the park. A lot to see and we were there in the fall, the colors were beautiful. It will take most of the day. The roads in the park are narrow and extreme switchbacks. Do not recommend towing anything thru here. We went off on a lot of the back dirt roads looking for the Buffalo. When you go thru the tunnels stop and get some photos of Mt. Rushmore from a different view.
  • A must see on your trip to the Black Hills. The bison herd is amazing. We saw Pronghorn, turkey, and deer also. The tame Donkeys are a highlight for the kids. Stop at the Wildlife Loop visitors center first. They have a map where the bison and donkeys have been spotted that day. Well worth the entry cost. Everything appeared neat and well kept.
  • A truly amazing place. I visited the park in mid May, just before the schools were out, so the crowds were not bad at all. Early in the morning & late in the evening were the best viewing times for wildlife. I enjoyed the main campgrounds also. 3 mountain goats came down the cliffs of the campgrounds one evening.