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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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  • Bison, Pronghorn, Deer, Coyote and Prairie Dogs is what we saw on a very hot June day. General wildlife viewing is best in the early morning or evening, but we still got to see plenty. We highly recom...  more »
  • It was a great way to spend time with my grandma and daughter. We had fun seeing all the buffalo, burros, deer, and prairie dogs. We even got to see a turtle! It was great fun.  more »
  • While in South Dakota it is a must see on your itinerary! Not only is the drive to the Wildlife loop spectacular, once you get there you are sure to see some type of wildlife. My husband and I went la...  more »
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