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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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  • There was a herd of buffalo, about 30 strong, when we rounded a curve. It was quite an exciting spectacle to encounter. We had hoped for this but when it materialized we were ecstatic.  more »
  • Exciting driving through the prairies and finding a buffalo herd or just a simple coyote walking across the prairie, but both are very beautiful. It is absolutely a must see when in the Rapid City SD....  more »
  • My family and I visit the Custer, SD, area several times a year, and we never miss an opportunity to drive Wildlife Loop Road in Custer State Park. We always see Bison, Pronghorn Antelopes...  more »

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