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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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  • Beautiful scenery, incredible wildlife. The Wildlife Loop drive is a must--and not just once. Drive it during different times of the day and you'll never be disappointed with what you might see--bison...  more »
  • We mistakenly took a road trip to the Black Hills area and Custer State Park the 2nd week of August, when the Sturgis bike rally was going on. The park was packed with Harley Davidson motorcycles, whi...  more »
  • Stayed at State Game Lodge Cabins located the the bottom of a beautiful valley. Buffalo right outside our cabin one morning. Horseback ridding at Blue Belle lodge was super. Jeep Buffalo Safari took u...  more »
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  • GORGEOUS park! We loved seeing all the buffalo! PLEASE be sure you don't approach them! You don't want these national parks having to put up fences because we can't follow simple rules. The park is gorgeous, with spots to stop off and take photos! It was so refreshing to feel like we were out in untouched nature! It was amazing to see buffalo and deer out in the open! It's definitely worth at least driving through, at the very least!
  • Amazing! Had so much fun at Sylvan Lake. You can climb on rocks, walk various trails, swim, or just take in the beautiful views. Another day you can drive around the rolling hills and view prairie dogs, bison herds, and donkeys. We read somewhere to bring carrots to feed the donkeys and I'm sure glad that we did. They walk right up and stick their noses in your car to look for more. We ate at the Blue Bell Lodge. The bison roasts and burgers were cooked perfectly. With everything there is to do in the Black Hills, Custer State Park topped my list.
  • Great park with spectacular views. Game Lodge campground has large lots. Needles highway and Wildlife loop worth driving. Visitors center is well done and great for kids. Movie gives a great overview of the area. Set in a great place to easily reach Badlands National Park, Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, and Jewel and Wind Caves.
  • We had a ton of fun here. Bison walking right up next to cars, interacting with the begging burros, and best of all a trail ride through some gorgeous country. This is a must when you visit the Black Hills. You haven't really seen the Black Hills if all you do is gaze at monuments. There is much more here than what man created.
  • 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.

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Where to stay in Custer

You'll feel like you're experiencing life in the Old West on the outskirts of Custer, where several vacation cabins combine the grandeur of the Black Hills' scenery with amenities such as in-room televisions and Wi-Fi. Many are located just a short drive from Main Street. For a real adventure, consider staying in one of the area's campgrounds. To explore Custer's cultural delights on foot, book a room in a downtown hotel, motel, or bed and breakfast.
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