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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” (882 reviews)
“bison” (1,070 reviews)
“needles highway” (652 reviews)
13329 US Highway 16a, Custer, SD 57730-8351
13329 US Highway 16a, Custer, SD 57730-8351
+1 605-255-4515
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A wonderful wilderness/wildlife experience for the whole family. We live just outside the park and love to take our guests there to see the park and the wildlife. Make sure you checkout the wildlife loop when visiting the park.

Thank hdnut2krack
Reviewed 6 days ago

There is a fee to use the park. I believe it is $20 for a week pass. If you are staying in area sightseeing you will most likely use this pass several times. The park is beautiful and there are so many things to do....More

Thank bjm1271
Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been to the Black Hills a few times and Custer State Park is a must-do on every trip! This time, we went in September 2017 for my kids' first trip to the Black Hills and we went through it twice! Seeing the wildlife (especially...More

Thank Sightseer_Sam
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was a cold quick visit through the park. It was great to see some nature still running around. This is one of my favorite places. I highly recommend taking some time to stop at The Lodges and to go to the wildlife Loop.

1  Thank daninstlouis
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were hunting buffalo, with cameras!! Unlike the 1800's when, unfortunately, we were utterly destroying the Bison population, today we are hunting "buffalo" with our cameras on a very large "park" where the American Bison? today, enjoys the safety and comfort provided. We stopped at...More

Thank Michael S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved Custer! I was so excited to see Moose! I did not expect them. The grazing Bison were beautiful, but my favorite was the wild donkeys and I fell in love with the prairie dogs! The roads were well maintained and even the dumpy...More

1  Thank jw4778
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved the winding roads leading into the park. We saw some very friendly groundhogs. We would do this drive again.

Thank meg1991
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent almost an entire day driving through Custer state park. Needles highway is a beautiful winding drive (driving speed is 30-40 mph) to the lake. We then went back into the park and did the Wildlife Loop. We were there the weekend after the...More

Thank lynmarwy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved Custer more than Yellowstone! The animals were easier to spot and the crowds were much less. The scenery was just as beautiful and we will be going back. Both scenic drives were well worth the time and we just loved every day we...More

3  Thank Tina T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Custer is a beautifully kept state park with so much to do. I initially booked 2 nights in the park and upon further research booked 2 more. We could have easily kept busy for a few more days, but I would think 3-4 nights is...More

2  Thank TriciaWisconsin
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Jennifer H
29 December 2017|
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Response from jprince1444 | Reviewed this property |
My favorite is Blue Bell. The old cabins are classic. New cabins well done. Plenty of good hiking, horse back riding trails (guided). The Blue Bell lodge has good food and is classic. Reserve a table at a front window. I... More
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