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Wildlife Loop Road, Custer
(4.6/5 based on 1,600+ reviews on the web)
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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Wildlife Loop Road and many more Custer attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Custer travel itinerary planner.
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  • We saw a number of herds of buffalo on the drive. There were antelope at a distance from the road. Elk seemed to be out more at dusk. We also saw deer and prairie dogs. 
  • This is an 18 mile scenic drive in Custer State Park. You will be charged $20 to drive through it. The pass is good for 7 days though. The best time to see wildlife is early morning or in the evening....  more »
  • Go early in the morning for the most animal sightings, but be prepared to take your time! We got stuck in between the buffalo herds and you go at their pace. Bring a little something for the begging b...  more »