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Wildlife Loop Road, Custer

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#1 of 60 in Outdoors in South Dakota
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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  • Check out the scenic view of the Custer area in SD. You get to see so many more things than the main highway.  more »
  • This is a great place to see wildlife. We went earlier in the day and saw a lot of different animals. The buffalo are amazing to see.  more »
  • Simply amazing. We started the drive right before sunset. Half way through it happened, herds and herds of buffalo/bison crossing from one side of the park to other. We pulled over on the road along w...  more »
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