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Wildlife Loop Road

#2 of 37 things to do in Custer Features Animals
Custer, SD
+1 605-255-4515
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A must see

We loved it!! Donkeys were so funny and almost join you in your car to get a snack. Bison were... read more

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A great drive

Easy to see a lot of animals on this drive. It's a well made road and quite wide, obviously you... read more

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An 18-mile scenic drive in Custer State Park.
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Custer, SD
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We loved it!! Donkeys were so funny and almost join you in your car to get a snack. Bison were magnificent and worth the trip alone. Lots of them on both sides of the road and up real close. Calves, mums, big fellas. Wonderful Make...More

Thank SydneyJim56
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Easy to see a lot of animals on this drive. It's a well made road and quite wide, obviously you need to allow plenty of time as people are stopping all the time.

Thank 28andyn
Reviewed yesterday

We did the loop on the way out of the park. The open and rolling prairie was gorgeous with wildflowers abounding. We also saw a lot of pronghorns and came upon a huge portion of the bison herd. It was really, really cool to see...More

Thank Rachel P
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We were here on a bus with 40 Road scholars. This was 18 children and 22 grandparents. And we saw the American Bison. This was the highlight of our tour. Not only did we see single Bison walking along the road, but a huge herd...More

Thank molarman26
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great to see Buffalo, but get there before 9:00 am in the summer, otherwise the Buffalo might have headed into the trees. There are prairie dogs, antelope and burros.

Thank Jacqueline G
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We rode the loop everyday during our vacation. Bison are everywhere. They are so majestic to watch. Would highly recommend this drive to anyone who likes to see wildlife roaming in their natural habitat. Loved it!

Thank Cada51
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Bison, prairie dogs, antelope, etc. didn't plan to go mid -day because figured they'd be hiding during heat but we seen plenty.

Thank Thomas T
Reviewed 6 days ago

Driving this loop and the wildlife you see takes you back in time to a place where all was pure and peaceful...where nature was free..

Thank PamMendelson
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was an amazing drive! We were lucky to meet a woman who offered us some apples and carrots so that my daughter could feed the burros. My daughter LOVED it! The burros are friendly and sociable and came right up to the car. You...More

1  Thank Kristin D
Reviewed 1 week ago

This took just a little close to two hours, with the stops and starts because of the wildlife, mainly bison and few ponghorn and lot of burros (donkeys). The curves are exciting and seeing the wildlife free and content is the most relaxing time we...More

Thank Amanda B
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Jenn S
7 July 2017|
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Response from Driftboat | Reviewed this property |
I was there in late Sept / early Oct - it was amazing. Wildlife everywhere. Pick late Sept and watch the Buffalo Stampede - probably one of the best wildlife experiences you can have. . . .
Cheyenne M
24 June 2017|
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Response from Gloria G | Reviewed this property |
I expect it's pretty random. We saw this huge heard right arounmd the State Game Lodge at 10 a.m. and then only random buffalo as we drove the actually loop road. We saw people feeding the mule deer with the animals... More
John L
16 May 2017|
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Response from Oleirishtraveler | Reviewed this property |
The loop is part of route 16a. You can stop at any of the lodges and get a map/specific directions. I would recommend signing up for the tour since they take you off the beaten track a couple of times.