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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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  • If you're coming to the Black Hills, certainly you don't want to miss the viewing of the historic Mount Rushmore, but only a short drive beyond, Custer State Park offers tremendous diversity and relax...  more »
  • You have to go earlier in the morning or early evening to see the bison close to the road, we for some reason could not get the timing right and didn't see any up close at all 
  • It is wonderful to see all the Buffalo free roaming in the park (saw a pack of over 200)and saw 4-5 Wild Turkeys near the road! Many have commented on the amenities I wanted to point out the Wild life...  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.