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Custer State Park

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.
  • Excellent85%
  • Very good12%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“wildlife loop” (776 reviews)
“needles highway” (580 reviews)
“prairie dogs” (653 reviews)
13329 US Highway 16a, Custer, SD 57730-8351
+1 605-255-4515
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is a must. Lots of wildlife. Amazing views. We even saw deer right near us. My 13 year old spent plenty of time looking for quartz rocks everywhere on the ground.

Thank Cvanhorn
Reviewed yesterday

Such a nice driving area, very peaceful. Make sure you stop at the Visitor Center to find out where the buffalo have been sighted. Really worth it, we enjoyed the day.

Thank Sue P
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Our visit to Custer State Park was a great experience! We hiked the loop trail (approx 4 miles) through the prairie and came upon many prairie dogs signaling our presence and buffalo, who wanted their share of the trail. We never felt threatened as long...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is a gorgeous state park. The variety of terrain is amazing as is the wild life. There are frequent pull over spots for pictures and short hikes. I was thrilled with the wildlife I saw and the weather was amazing. I experienced wonderfully balmy...More

Thank Ann Y
Reviewed 2 days ago

Our first time in this area and we knew little about this wonderful 71,000 acre park. It has so much to see and do that you could spend days here. Entrance fee for a week is $20 per car. Some of the top things to...More

2  Thank Pnemiller
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Start with the Kevin Costner narrated big screen movie. Very well done. Take the wildlife trail and stop at the visitors center to find out where the buffalo are currently. We saw 2 different herds of about 25 each. Up close and personal!! Prong horn...More

Thank TioTim
Reviewed 2 days ago

Start by driving the scenic route out of Keystone. It's a winding road through the mountains and many small tunnels. When you come back down into the valley, it felt to us that we had missed the park. In fact, it was farther up the...More

1  Thank jermil
Reviewed 2 days ago

GORGEOUS park! We loved seeing all the buffalo! PLEASE be sure you don't approach them! You don't want these national parks having to put up fences because we can't follow simple rules. The park is gorgeous, with spots to stop off and take photos! It...More

Thank Cheryl J
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It costs $20 to get in. Cash only as they have no internet. This buys you a week long pass. The drive is very scenic. Chipmunks and prairie dogs are all over. The buffalo corral on the drive had hundreds of adult and baby buffalo....More

Thank Christa K
Reviewed 2 days ago

Great drive through park! Able to stop anywhere, its the place with the views and animals! Bison will literally walk side by side your car and the donkeys will come right up to your window looking for snacks. Lots and lots to see! Well worth...More

Thank jmees91
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The park website says you have to purchase a $20 vehicle license, but it doesn't say where you get this. Can we buy it when we enter the park, keeping in mind that we plan to arrive around 5:30 a.m. to see the most animals on the Wildlife Loop, or does it have to be purchased in advance? Thank you!
17 June 2017|
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Response from skpperry | Reviewed this property |
You can purchase a pass at the following lodges inside the park. Game Lodge, Legion Lake Lodge, Sylvan Lake Lodge, Custer State Park. I was there 2 weeks ago and the entrance stations were not open at 5:30am. Sure you'll... More
Is it safe to ride motorcycle thru the wildlife loop road
15 June 2017|
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Response from marymC3627BQ | Reviewed this property |
Yes. There were quite a few riders on the loop.
My husband and I are arriving in Keystone to stay two night. My two questions are 1. How late can one visit Mt. Rushmore? and 2. I wnat to spend the next full day touring the Black HIlls. Is it possible to visit Custer State Park and do the Wildlife Loop? What other notable sights are there to see? Thanks
11 May 2017|
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Response from Shannon P | Reviewed this property |
My Rushmore: Parking structure and memorial grounds are open from 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. The Information Center and Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center are open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There is no charge for parking before... More