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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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  • A very scenic drive with lots of animals to view. Our first siting was a large herd of Antelope, followed by lots of deer, prairie dogs, rabbits, bison, and even a coyote. The terrain was very varied ...  more »
  • During our visit to South Dakota and all the major tourist traps I found this little jem. Custer State Park was not crowded and I found out you can bring carrots to feed the wandering Wild Donkeys. IT...  more »
  • We love the wildlife loop! One thing we always make sure to do is stop at one of the visitors centers and ask about where recent burro and bison sightings have been. This helps us plan our route aroun...  more »