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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” (871 reviews)
“bison” (1,052 reviews)
“needles highway” (642 reviews)
13329 US Highway 16a, Custer, SD 57730-8351
+1 605-255-4515

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This place is absolutely awesome. The whole time we were there we wondered why it had not become a National Park! A to h history, tons of wildlife, terrain of great beauty....loved this park and hope to visit again soon!!

Thank BRosswog
Reviewed 2 days ago

No matter which way you travel in Custer Park there is always something to amaze you. Between the magnificent buffalos and the absolutely adorable wild donkeys, to the amazingly stunning views from Needle highway and its tremendous rock formations you just don't know where to...More

Thank Sabine J
Reviewed 3 days ago

A relaxing park to drive through when you've got some time in South Dakota. The Wildlife Loop road is perfect for viewing the scenery of rolling prairie hills and seeing an occasional bison and prairie dog. Just be patient as you catch a glimpse of...More

Thank NateaBar
Reviewed 3 days ago

One of the largest state parks in the US and certainly one of the best, maybe the best. Buffalo (bison), prairie dogs, burros, wild turkeys and deer. Several lakes and stunning scenery.

Thank ballhawg
Reviewed 4 days ago

We had done the Wildlife Loop 18 months ago and had seen LOTS of wildlife. In the end of September, we and our friends were a bit disappointed. But wildlife is variable. However, we did see bison, praire dogs, elk, pronghorn and deer, but only...More

Thank John H
Reviewed 5 days ago

The road trip was amazing we choose the west loop and were disappointed only buffalos to see and few of them. Wondered if east loop afforded better animal viewing.

Thank retired27
Reviewed 5 days ago

My wife and I recently visited this state park. If you want to understand the meaning of wildlife, a drive through this park is necessary. Where ever you see cars pulled over, STOP. You will be treated with everything from prairie dog colonies, to buffalo,...More

Thank Daniel R
Reviewed 5 days ago

Spectacular scenery, wonderful wildlife, the annual Buffalo Roundup and a warm, welcoming campground to return to every afternoon.

Thank GreatLakeNomads
Reviewed 5 days ago

This has to be one of the best state parks anywhere. The wildlife was amazing, buffalo, wild burros, pronghorns, deer, long horn sheep, mountain goats and more. All these animals you can see up close from your car, it's like being in an outdoor zoo!...More

Thank Aworld2explor
Reviewed 6 days ago

We were here for the yearly Buffalo Round Up. Got up at 4:30 am, drove to Custer St. Park to get in line at 6 am to enter the park. This is a free event (which is unbelievable) Thousands of people turn out for this....More

Thank milltravel59
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shauna g
8 September 2017|
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Response from John M | Reviewed this property |
You might want to consider Custer State Park, outside Custer, which is an amazing place, perhaps the finest state park in the country. Great opportunity to see some bison and other wildlife. Had some very nice log cabin... More
21 August 2017|
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Response from Teancum12 | Reviewed this property |
There are many KOA-type camp grounds in the area and all had a significant amount of RV pads that I could see. We stayed at a place called Beaver Lake Campground near Custer,SD and even though we rented a Tipi there were a... More
15 August 2017|
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Response from HikerEllie | Reviewed this property |
We were just there during the bike rally and it wasn't terrible. I mean yes, there were motorcycles EVERYWHERE but we had no trouble with traffic or anything. Still, if you want to avoid literally thousands and thousands of... More