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Custer State Park

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Address: 13329 US Highway 16A East Custer, SD 57730, Custer, SD 57730
Phone Number: +1 605-255-4515

A 73,000-acre wilderness that draws comparisons to Yellowstone National...

A 73,000-acre wilderness that draws comparisons to Yellowstone National Park when it comes to spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife.

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What a great day! We enjoyed our drive through the park. We saw burros, bison, and prairie dogs. We drove up to the Mt. Coolidge fire tower (that drive was a nail-biter!) We... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Gallatin, Tennessee
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Modi'in, Israel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Drove through the park and saw a herd of buffalo and prairie dogs...nature--up close and personal...

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Gallatin, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a great day! We enjoyed our drive through the park. We saw burros, bison, and prairie dogs. We drove up to the Mt. Coolidge fire tower (that drive was a nail-biter!) We enjoyed the visitor center and picnic area. Great day!

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have visited over 150 National Parks but the most amazing event I have attended was at Custer State Park. I stumbled into the annual Bison round up around the first of October. You can find the dates on the park's website. It was life changing to watch hundreds of bison run down the hill and back up to where... More 

Thank DarethaH
North Oxford, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely spend a day driving through Custer State Park. The wildlife loop was filled with bison, prairie dogs, and burros. The Needles Highway is a must-drive route through the rock formations and tunnels. Just be careful if you're driving it around the time of the Sturgis rally, because there will be motorcycles speeding by at every corner.

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Monroe, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The park is full of wildlife! We saw more buffaloes than in Yellowstone NP. We took the gravel road to Fisherman's Flats, and there were hundreds of bison there! The Needles highway was spectacular with rock formations and the Sylvan Lake trail was beautiful, especially in the afternoon. Wish we could stay longer.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

On a recent road trip to the high plains, we were on our way to Cheyenne after having spent five days in Rapid City. There is so much to see and do in this are but we felt we owed it to ourselves to stop in at this park and spend but a few hours. It was a dreary day... More 

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Portland, Maine
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We took a delightful ride through the park and then went on to the adjacent National Park. Plenty of wildlife to see close up. Much different terrain than the prairie in nearby areas, so be sure to check it out. You won't be disappointed

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Drove iron mountain road today and attempted to drive needles highway but partway through had to turn around where they closed the road. Really nice driving it without the traffic we have heard is there in the summer. Driving from Custer is just beautiful. Coming around a corner and seeing Mount Rushmore straight ahead was magnificent. Very nice drive.

Thank DMRManitoba
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I took a trip through this park and we will never forget it. There was so much wildlife to see and experience. If you have never seen buffalo up close then this is your park. At one point we had to stop our car and let a herd of about 200 buffalo cross the road in front... More 

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New Ulm, MN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As many other reviews have noted, Custer SP is very much like a national park. Not quite a Yellowstone or Yosemite, but the animals seen throughout (especially on the Wildlife Loop), the Needles, Sylvan Lake, etc. make this a MUST SEE destination. We visited in July and saw at least 50 bison along the wildlife loop. We also saw a... More 

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