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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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  • Wildlife Loop Road travels through 18 miles of open grasslands and pine-speckled hills that much of the park’s wildlife calls home. Depending on the day, you might see bison, pronghorn, whitetail and ...  more »
  • We were new to this loop, so didn't want to be stuck out there in the dark, so we went out about 5:00pm in late June. We did see some wildlife, but after we left the loop and were driving back to Rapi...  more »
  • This is a great wildlife viewing experience. We saw bison, prairie dogs, deer, etc. It's a natural area, so the wildlife roams free.  more »
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