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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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“prairie dogs” (756 reviews)
“wildlife loop” (895 reviews)
“bison” (1,037 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

Attempted to hike up to Black Elk peak with my son (12) and daughter (7). The little one made it about a mile up before her and I turned back (while my wife and son continued, which is what I expected). Bring plenty of water.

Thank Thatguyjeff
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

First, there is a fee to enter the park, and you get a pass. You can see Buffalo, and possibly up close, BUT...stop at the visitor center and find out where they are. We had to go a couple miles down a dirt road, but...More

Thank D L
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Reviewed yesterday

Amazing wildlife and geology in this area. No wonder it is a sacred place for the Lakota people who were deeded this land in the 1800's. Bison, pronghorn deer, prairie dogs along the Wildlife Loop were abundant in their natural setting. Nearby the Wind Cave...More

Thank leanne517
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The park far exceed our expectations. The animals were abundant and the beauty of the terrain was spectacular.

Thank primelink
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The highlight of our trip to south Dakota was getting stuck in a buffalo traffic jam. Was so awesome and worth every minute

Thank Christi L
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Reviewed 2 days ago

If you are visiting Mount Rushmore, take some extra time and go a little southeast to visit Custer State Park and do two thing: 1) Drive the Needles Highway: this is 37 mile scenic drive through rock formations called Needles. Many spot in the road...More

Thank Joseph B
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I spent about half a day and could have stayed longer. I loved Needles Highway and Sylvan Lake. I docked a star because I did not see as much wildlife as I thought I would, which isn't really the park's fault, but I am rating...More

Thank Becky R
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We spent 3 days here and mainly hiked. Highly recommend Sunday Gulch Trail and Harney Peak trail! Fished and swam in Sylvan Lake and also drove the Wildlife loop,

1  Thank Dawn S
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This park is a lovely drive viewing hills and grasslands. Along the wildlife loop you can see a variety of wildlife especially buffalo and prairie dogs (even more than in the Badlands). We also stopped at the Coolidge Gracery store and gift shop.

1  Thank russlyna
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Amazing views. Great hiking. Gorgeous lake Sylvan. Highly recommend. A must do when you come to the Black Hills

Thank Teresita J
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Iatravler
2 June 2018|
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Response from HootieToo | Reviewed this property |
Yes they are and it's a great place to walk your dog. ENJOY!!
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CoffeeMates
2 June 2018|
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Response from Inez S | Reviewed this property |
We went to mount Rushmore in June/July and the weather was absolutely perfect. By the way Buffalo Burgers at Crazy Horse Monument are to die for delicious and don't forget to take the Helicopter ride over Mt. Rushmore and... More
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CoffeeMates
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Response from houstonnative47 | Reviewed this property |
Hi. We were there in September so I'm not so sure about August. Since most areas of the country are usually warm then, I would think that this might be the case there as well. There is plenty of shade around there though... More
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