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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 2 days ago via mobile

We came to South Dakota to see Mount Rushmore National Monument, but Custer State Park has given us days of outdoor recreational activities! It is 73,000 acres of forested natural beauty. The parks wildlife is on full display on the 17 mile Wildlife Loop, but...More

Thank MKTBE
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Custer State Park is filled with amazing scenery, rock formations, wildlife and architecture. I never tire of a trip to this park...different everytime! The bison are the main attraction, of course. But the lodges are so beautiful!

1  Thank LakeshoreLady
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have been coming to the hills since 1998, and it never gets old! This park is like home to us! The new visitor center is fantastic, and don't miss the movie!! Awe inspiring!!

3  Thank Gertrude1973
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited only part of the park and did not do the loop so we did not see the Bison but saw many mule deer up close and personal. the park had signs indicating they were closed but we could drive through.

2  Thank Sandy3711
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This park is amazing!!! I have been to a lot of parks, but this is by far the best experience! The animals free roaming and you can see them so up close and personal is just breath taking!!! Also the park staff is extremely informative...More

Thank MrsWatson2576
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is the most beautiful state park in America! Also our largest! We got stuck in a huge heard of buffalo for over an hour. What a blessing! Enjoyed the park so much we came back and camped for a couple of days. So much...More

4  Thank Lagiles08
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A ticket gets you several days. This park is wonderful in every way. The wildlife is close and everywhere. The loop road is so beautiful, we did it twice. No RV’s on these roads. Go early to avoid traffic.

Thank Shucker73
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Love the outdoors. Recently CSP had a fire throughout the park. Was surprised how quickly they cleaned it up. Was glad to see the animals are surviving. Saw bison, elk, prairie dogs, antelope, sheep, and turkeys. Missed the donkeys but did hear most of them...More

Thank Traveler G
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent a week in the area and spent an entire day exploring this park. There is so much to see and do that you could easily spend much longer to really explore all it has to offer. Beautiful scenery that include woods, fields, plains,...More

Thank HootieToo
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The drive thru this park is amazing to say the least! We saw buffalo, antelope, deer and prairie dogs. Being in the off season, we were able to stop, take our time and take pictures and enjoy to animals.

Thank Michelle S
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Diane B
11 April 2018|
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Response from Roberta K | Reviewed this property |
We were out there for the Buffalo Round up and the park pass was waived for that attraction; but we purchased a pass since we stayed in the park overnight and drove through the Needles Highway. Breathtaking, and one must... More
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bearstarkorie
25 March 2018|
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Response from JudyAndMikeChicago | Reviewed this property |
There is one just across the street from the visitor center, I can't remember the name. Nice, spacious grounds along the bike trail leading to the store, with a pretty stream.
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Ronald C
22 March 2018|
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Response from Marncol | Reviewed this property |
All the roads in Custer State Park are suitable except the rough dirt road we had to travel to get to the 1300 head bison herd. Stop at Visitor Center to find out where they are. All others were well maintained and have... More
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