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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” (850 reviews)
“needles highway” (625 reviews)
“prairie dogs” (715 reviews)
13329 US Highway 16a, Custer, SD 57730-8351
+1 605-255-4515

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

There is so much to do here. Wildlife viewing, water activities, hiking, horseback riding and just driving through to see the amazing views and wildlife. There are several lodges and campgrounds. If you are just s day-tripper have lunch in one of the lodges. They...More

Thank MrsPickle
Reviewed 2 days ago

We've been to countless state parks around the country and custer is one of our favorites. Beautiful wildlife and great camping.

Thank A and M
Reviewed 2 days ago

There are many excellent attractions to see in the Black Hills area of South Dakota; this is a park which often goes overlooked. This is unfortunate since it has a myriad of sites and activities for all ages. You have to pay a fee for...More

Thank IdaIllinois
Reviewed 2 days ago

If you go to South Dakota, do not miss this beautiful park. There are great hiking trails, horseback riding wildlife, and gorgeous scenery. One of our best meals was at the State Game Lodge, too..

Thank FMM15
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The circular route has many hairpin turns, but all worth it to see the bison freely roaming the fields. They get very close to the car. Also saw burros in the road and some deer. Beautiful lake. Needles Eye and other rock formations along Needles...More

Thank Sharon S
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

To start the drive we were a little worried because of the fog. It soon lifted, or we drove out of it and were able to enjoy the scenery and animals! We were able to see some antelope and buffalo up close and personal. Don’t...More

Thank Erin L
Reviewed 3 days ago

Custer State Park is a beautiful drive where you will see 4 lakes, deer, buffalo, etc. TIP: do not pay the park entry fee, we stopped to inquire about the fee and we opted to just drive through for free. There was no difference and...More

Thank Joyce N
Reviewed 3 days ago

Great place to unwind. We found... + best time to do the wildlife loop is just before dusk + favorite lake is Center Lake. Easy to miss + on the Stockade Lake trail the trees hide every view. + Needles Highway picturesque. Iron Mountain road...More

Thank jargoyle
Reviewed 3 days ago

Custer State Park odds home to approx 1400 buffalo and we were fortunate to see them twice. Traveling the wildlife loop we spoon turned the corner to see a big bull walking alongside the road. Amazed to watch him and satisfied to see him we...More

Thank cprptravel
Reviewed 4 days ago

Driving through saw lots of ground hogs holes and several ground hogs near their holes. Also saw several herds of buffalo about 100 yards away, then as we drove on, there in the side of the road, was this huge buffalo grazing in the edge...More

Thank CandE_Evans
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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