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Custer State Park, Custer

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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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  • We saw over 300 Bison including lots of babies, 2 turkey's, Burro's (including a baby), deer with a days old fawn, lots of pronghorn. Relaxing drive through beautiful country.  more »
  • Definitely a highlight of our trip to the Black Hills! Our guide, Roger, was very knowledgeable and was able to find a large herd of buffalo (they were an arms length away from our jeep). So cool! We ...  more »
  • This is a great state park and while they do hit you up for a $20 fee to travel many of the roads or to stop and use the facilities, it is well worth it for the natural beauty and wildlife.  more »
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  • Custer is a fabulous state park. You could get through it all in an afternoon, but it's large enough it will probably take a good portion of your day. There are some historical sites right outside of the west entrance. There are several kinds of wildlife wandering around the park, bison, mules, deer. There are two main highways to drive around, the Wildlife Loop and the norther Needles highway. Both are well worth the time.
  • We love Custer State Park! We paid for the Jeep Safari Ride, which was well worth it. Then afterwords we drove down the Wildlife Loop trail to stop and pet donkeys. It was one of the best experiences of our road trip
  • We visited in mid-April right before the official opening of the summer season. The variety of scenery in one park was amazing. Around almost every corner of the road and every turn on a trail was an unexpected waterfall, alien-looking rock formation, wild animal, or unbelievable view of a horizon a hundred miles away or a valley floor a few hundred feet straight down. And, despite all this, we sometimes walked for hours without encountering a single other person. If you visit a little off-season, just come with a full tank of gas, water, layers of clothes for wide ranging temps in a single day, and pack a lunch.
  • Amazing park, I wish I had more time to spend there. It was quiet and peaceful with wonderful campsites as long as you don't need electricity or water at your site. If you are planning a camping trip in this area, keep this park in your short list.
  • Loved it! Very cute little mountain town. We stayed at Chief Motel and we're very close to Crazy Horse and Mt. Rushmore was only a 30mins drive. Definitely recommend taking the scenic route through Custer State park however.