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Wildlife Loop Road, Custer

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You'll find lots of animals along Wildlife Loop Road, a 29 km (18 mi) scenic drive through prairies and pine-studded hills inside the Black Hills' Custer State Park. Watch for free-roaming pronghorn antelope, deer, prairie dogs, donkeys, and 1,300 bison. The meandering road is semicircular, paved, and hilly. Park staff advises you to drive at 40 km/h (25 mph) or slower, as wildlife can appear on the road unexpectedly. Ask for information about the drive at the visitor center, and collect a map of bisons' routes. If you're there in summer, reserve a guided caravan tour of the park. Don't forget the camera for this drive. For Wildlife Loop Road and beyond, use our Custer attractions planner to get the most from your Custer vacation.
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  • Take your time on this drive and enjoy the excellent close-up views of wildlife in their element - we saw hundreds of Bison, Prairie Dogs, and wild Donkeys - loved it!  more »
  • We saw antelope, bison and prairie closely dogs. Do not hesitate to take the tracks because they are very drivable. We took the track in front of the visitor center n ° 3 (to the West) and then turned right on track n ° 4 "Lame Johnny" along the Valley. The herd was in this beautiful valley. It was beautiful. Don't forget to take a photo walk and a telephoto (you must stay away from the bison). On the end of the afternoon all prairie dogs out of their hole. We realize while we're on the surface of a huge underground city. Favorite for these small marmots. They're very endearing and more curious than tame!
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  • The Tour Group had the option for this side excursion. My wife & I are very glad we choose this. The amount of wildlife we saw was amazing & we would never have this opportunity to see these large num...  more »

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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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