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Custer State Park

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13329 US Highway 16A, Custer, SD 57730-8351
+1 605-255-4515
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A 73,000-acre wilderness that draws comparisons to Yellowstone National Park when it comes to spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife.
  • Excellent84%
  • Very good12%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“wildlife loop” (883 reviews)
“bison” (1,025 reviews)
“needles highway” (653 reviews)
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
LOCATION
13329 US Highway 16A, Custer, SD 57730-8351
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+1 605-255-4515
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Took the loop early in the morning. Great drive. Saw lots of animals, and not just buffalo. Being it wasn't during peak season, we could take our time and weren't rushed by cars behind us. I would recommend the drive to anyone. Little kids would...More

Thank 183monica
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The park is a nice visit but on Wildlife Road the destruction of the fire erased the enjoyment of the ride. We saw 40 to 50 buffalo, a couple turkeys and some deer and acres and acres of burned trees. I was told about half...More

Thank Xatlatc
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had come from yellowstone the previous day, so our hopes were high for Custer. It was nice, but not worth the $20 entrance fee. We saw buffalo, turkeys, and sheep. The needles highway was promised to be pretty, but it was a let down...More

Thank Mia W
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I came to the black hills from up North in saskatchewan Canada. I could believe how lush and green everything looked in comparison to the dry land we have had the last few times. I have been to the mountains many times and admired the...More

Thank Manoau2002
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

What a great, well kept place. I finally i got to see the burros, and saw a few tatanka up close. Cant waot to get back up there to some of the beautiful campgrounds!

Thank Patrick L
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Wow, jaw dropping beauty in an enormous park. Custer has it all and does not disappoint. There is something for everyone here. When you enter the park, you are greeted by packs of bison roaming about and munching on vegetation. They approach your vehicle very...More

Thank R P
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We were surprised by how much there was to see in this park. Be sure to go on the Needles road and the wildlife loop.

Thank JD-94-travels
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

CSP is a quick trip from Rapid City and a must do for any trip to the Black Hills region. The wildlife is abundant in the park and the scenery is stunning. You will leave with a new appreciation for the natural beauty of the...More

Thank Pete L
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I thought since this was a STATE PARK that it would be a less interesting location. WRONG! This was the best time spent during the 7 days in the area. Sylvan Lake is magical. It is so pretty you want to get engaged and marry...More

Thank csphilson
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Reviewed 1 week ago

When spending time in South Dakota be sure to have plenty of time to visit Custer State Park. Wonderful scenery, wildlife, lodges, campgrounds and a great visitor center.

Thank Linda S
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Kiwilover5000
17 May 2018|
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Response from Traveler G | Reviewed this property |
Bear Country you will definitely see animals elk, reindeer, mountain goats, sheep, coyotes, bears, bison, raccoons, badgers, porcupines, beavers, lynx, bobcats, fox, otters, grizzly bears, baby bears they are so adorable and... More
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Carol L
13 May 2018|
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Response from Traveler G | Reviewed this property |
Hello, You will have plenty of time to visit Mt. Rushmore and Custer State Park in two days and then some. I just was there two weeks ago and did both of them in a day. Also toured the Rushmore Cave it was really neat. Saw... More
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Kiwilover5000
9 May 2018|
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Response from camandshelly | Reviewed this property |
No, you can travel through the park in your own vehicle. A vast majority of the roads are paved so any type of vehicle is fine. The animals will cross the roads and any given point. Just keep in mind that if you go on a... More
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